The Thong Song….

By Sarah | July 26, 2017 | 5 Comments

There’s a song on repeat in our house right now, thanks to my husband’s juvenile sense of humor and my sons’ unerring ability to pick up on things they aren’t supposed to hear: I didn’t anticipate adding the word “thong” to my kids vocabulary, and I hope someday they’ll forgive me for the side effects…

The Family that wears Sketchy Essentials Together….

By Sarah | May 12, 2017 | 2 Comments

When people find out I sew, they often ask me if I “save money” with my hobby. Which always provokes a laugh from me because no, I don’t really save money by sewing my own clothing, a la Laura Ingalls Wilder. Making my own clothes could be economical, if one chose to do it that way…

Sewing Staples: The Green Tee

By Sarah | June 9, 2017 | 5 Comments

Its fun to sew fancy clothing, with intricate details and a big wow factor. But that’s not what I wear on a daily basis. What I wear on a daily basis, are T shirts. Sure, I could buy an ill fitting and poorly constructed one at target for $15, but it would fall apart after…

It’s all about the hemlines, baby!

By Sarah | October 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

I’m still on a fall florals kick, and I love it when a test comes along that gives me a chance to sew them up, rather than letting them languish in my stash! The new Mama Adelyn pattern was perfect for this large scale double brushed poly from Pretty Posh Prints, and I was especially…

Swimwear: The Holy Grail of Sewing

By Sarah | April 25, 2017 | 10 Comments

I’ve long considered swim wear the holy grail of sewing, along with lingerie and full featured blue jeans (all those rivets, and topstitching!). Although I live in swim all summer, sewing my own swimsuits always seemed a little out of my league- a daunting task with an uncertain outcome. So, of course, when 5 out…

Valentine’s Day Comfort Wear

By Sarah | February 12, 2018 | 2 Comments

I’m excited to be hosting a Valentine’s Day Sew-Along for Greenstyle Creations this week, and as preparation I decided to sew up a new Valentine’s inspired Pajama set for myself- because the best gifts are the ones you make yourself, right? However, I had a bit of a conundrum- I am WAY more into comfortable…

Greenstyle Gathered Lille Hack and a little Bohemian Soul

By Sarah | May 5, 2017 | 2 Comments

Edit: All Greenstyle Patterns are on sale for mothers day with the code LoveMom Grab this one and all the others for 25% off until Sunday at Midnight! Here Summer where I live is HOT. And I have KIDS. That means I need to be able to survive outdoors, for long periods of time, without…

Tip Tuesday: Finding the Grainline on Knits

By Sarah | July 25, 2017 | 1 Comment

Hello! Welcome back to another Tip Tuesday! If you made it through Monday- you’re off to a good start! Our Air Conditioning broke in triple digit temps, and my sewing machine went on strike, so I’m going to put this one down to survival! That said, I’ve got a fun video for you today on…

Tutorial: Adding a hood to a tank top

By Sarah | May 9, 2017 | 3 Comments

Hooded tank tops are so fun, and when I sewed up a hooded tank for my son, I decided that I needed one as well! Its pretty easy to do, and saves me all that tedious neckband measuring and quartering (which I can do in my sleep, but somehow dread anyway). Want to make your own…

Porlander Shorts for Women

By Sarah | June 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

I love it when pattern designers listen to their fans! That was certainly the case with the Portlander Pants by New Horizons- as the girls version was released (see my review here), moms everywhere began clamoring for their own shorts and pockets version of the Portlander Pants! And boy, did Terra deliver! While I can…

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Feelin’ Foxy!

By Sarah | February 18, 2018

I’ve made about a million hoodies by now(only a slight exaggeration), and I live in them daily. I’ve tweaked them to fit my unique body and preferences, but what I haven’t done, is put an extra stamp of Sarah on them, by applying an image that speaks to me. I’ve dabbled in vinyl a few…

Plan B: Fabric Edition!

By Sarah | February 14, 2018

I don’t usually post twice in the same day, but I had to share the story behind this simple little top…. This pretty double brushed poly fabric (from Sly Fox) has had almost as many lives as a cat! I ordered it with plans for (yet another!) raglan, but got derailed by the last minute…

Luck O’ The Irish

By Sarah | February 13, 2018

You know I can’t resist a good raglan (see my comparison post here), so when Kennis of Itch to Stitch revealed her plans for a raglan to add to her own pattern line-up, I couldn’t take a back seat. Kennis is know for her excellent drafting and attention to detail, and I was really looking…

Valentine’s Day Comfort Wear

By Sarah | February 12, 2018

I’m excited to be hosting a Valentine’s Day Sew-Along for Greenstyle Creations this week, and as preparation I decided to sew up a new Valentine’s inspired Pajama set for myself- because the best gifts are the ones you make yourself, right? However, I had a bit of a conundrum- I am WAY more into comfortable…

Quilted Oakley Vest for Stripes Month!

By Sarah | February 8, 2018

Is winter stilling hanging on where you live? I heard the ground hog came out and saw his shadow, so we’re all in for at least six more weeks of “official” winter weather- which means more time to sew up some of my favorite winter patters (see? I’m looking on the bright side, even if…

Lady in Red…

By Sarah | February 2, 2018

I’m really on a roll this year- February has barely dawned, and I’ve knocked out the first item in my #menswearmake9 (see that post here!), I’ve got my first pair of jeans in progress (see my sewing goals post here), and now I’ve completed my first #makenine item for myself: McCalls 7441! The timing was…

Hit the Road Pants!

By Sarah | January 31, 2018

I wrote more about fitting boys and men in my last post, but essentially, when it comes to my twins, every winter, we have this choice: A) Pants that fit at the waist but are way too short B) Pants that are falling down but are long enough to cover their ankles It’s no choice…

The Family that wears Camo together….

By Sarah | January 30, 2018

One of my sewing goals for 2018 was to make more things for my husband and sons, and to delve more into their fitting needs, as well as my own (see the whole post here). I’ve had 30 years (plus or minus a few…won’t say which!) to evaluate my body shape and its fitting idiosyncrasies-…

Xpress Yourself!

By Sarah | January 26, 2018

I like to think I work out regularly. Or maybe I just dress in workout clothes regularly. Either way, the new Xpress tank from Greenstyle is my new fave! I made three versions during testing. The first is a orchid (maybe? I’m famous for killing plants, so feel free to correct me) print ITY with…

Raglan Round Up! (Part 1)

By Sarah | January 24, 2018

When I first started sewing indie patterns I was shocked that pretty much every designer had a raglan pattern. Why, I wondered? Don’t they know that style has already been “done”? After sewing a couple though, I quickly realized that while the basic design was the same, they all put their own spin on the…

Geranium Dress and Hank & Clementine Fabric Tour!

By Sarah | January 18, 2018

I hinted at it in my last post, but I’m excited to finally be able to share the other birthday dress I made for this precious girl! A few months ago I was contacted by the Phat Quarters shop, asking if I was interested in participating in a fabric tour for the new Hank & …

Birthday Girl!

By Sarah | January 17, 2018

This girl. You wouldn’t believe how she lights up our lives- and today we get to celebrate, because she’s turning TWO!!! Before I had kids (and when my twins were young and the days seemed so L-O-N-G) people would always remark about how “time flies with little ones”- and I would do a little mental…

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