Thankful Sewing: Man Sized!

By Sarah | November 1, 2017 | 49 Comments

It’s easy to get caught up in the hoopla of the holidays, the chaos of shuffling to and fro and baking the perfect pumpkin pie, and forget about the spirit of the season: Thankfulness. This month, I’m delighted to be co-hosting the Thankful Sewing Blog Tour with Melissa of Mahlica Designs. We have an awesome…

Zip it UP! Santa Fe Hack!

By Sarah | September 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Today’s my birthday, and for my present to myself (anyone else get to the age where they’re making themselves presents?!) I made myself the perfect nursing-friendly fall top using the Hey June Santa Fe pattern. I’ve made the tank view before (see it here), but I have always drooled over the dolman version, and finally…

How to Insert Clear Elastic into a Seam with your Serger

By Sarah | April 7, 2017 | 2 Comments

Ready to wear clothing makes great use of clear elastic in seams to provide structure, stretch and durability. Check out my video on how to apply clear elastic quickly and easily with your serger! I have the Brother 1034D serger, available here on Amazon. You can find clear elastic on Amazon as well here. Full…

Holiday Dress for Baby!

By Sarah | September 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

One of the things I dreamed about when I found out I was having a girl, was the Christmas and Easter dresses I would sew for her- but real life with a baby/toddler often gets in the way of realizing these dreams- especially if I wait until the last minute! That’s why I was so…

Camo is a Country Girl’s Bling!

By Sarah | July 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

I’ve never been huge on camo. Or pencil skirts, for that matter. I’m a pretty practical dresser, so most of my #momlife wardrobe consists of shirts in colors that don’t show baby food stains and pieces that can go from standing to sitting criss-cross-applesauce without any adjustment in ten seconds flat. However, sometimes you’ve got…

Tip Tuesday: Get out those lumps and bumps!

By Sarah | July 18, 2017 | 2 Comments

Welcome back to my Tip Tuesday series! If you’re new to my blog, every Tuesday (I hope! If I fall off the wagon feel free to bug me about it!) I’ll be sharing a tip, hack or sewing technique to help you sew faster, better and with more confidence. Today’s tip is all about the…

There Be Dragons Here…

By Sarah | June 3, 2017 | 1 Comment

I’ve mentioned before that my son Oliver LOVES fencing. And at twice per week, its pretty ingrained in the rest of us too (even the baby knows a few moves!). So when the “knights and dragons” round 13 at Beanpop Fabrics came up for strike offs, I jumped on it, knowing I would have to…

Tie Back Tank Sew-A-Long: Side Seams

By Sarah | September 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome back to the Tie Back Tank SewAlong! Today we will be sewing our side seams- pretty quick and easy! If you still need the pattern, you can grab it here (aff link). Catching up? Check out these videos from the past couple days: Pattern Options, Fabric, and Supplies Printing your pattern, Cutting Fabric, and Sewing…

Tie Back Tank SewAlong: Supplies and Options!

By Sarah | September 11, 2017 | 5 Comments

I’m excited to be offering a SewAlong for the Tie Back Tank by Greenstyle Creations (blogged previously here) this week over at So Sew English Sew-A-Longs (did you know they have a seperate sewalong group where all the cool cats are at?). Note: TODAY is the last day to grab your pattern for 25% off (code…

MY Stitch Fix!

By Sarah | October 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Before I got back into sewing, I was subscribed to Stitch Fix, a mail order service that sends you a selection of clothing every month, which you can then review and keep or return. It’s supposed to be “personalized”, with a shopper evaluating your preferences and doing all the hard work for you, while you…

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Animal Instinct

By Sarah | November 22, 2017

Are animal prints still trendy? I feel like as I’ve gotten older time seems to move more slowly for me- so it’s hard to tell if a trend is past, current, or recently been resurrected. Either way, I still like animal prints, and I had a small (slightly less than a yard) scrap left over…

Fancy girl!

By Sarah | November 22, 2017

It’s been too long since I’ve blogged something I’ve made for the Princess. I was a bit scared off by the whole stolen photo debacle (which we did manage to correct), and the fact that she’s less than cooperative when it comes to modeling. My sons can be encouraged (read: bribed) to pose appropriately- baby…

A Vest Obsession…

By Sarah | November 21, 2017

I’ve been on a bit of a vest kick lately- they’re faster to sew than jackets, and offer all the warmth of a coat without all the bulk over my arms, which really annoys me when I’m trying to mom-around. When I saw the tester call for the Oakley Vest by Love Notions, I couldn’t…

Sweater Weather!

By Sarah | November 16, 2017

As the weather gets cooler, I have to fight my natural instinct to hibernate. Much as I’d like to cozy up in front of the fireplace (my cave) and doze off all season long, life doesn’t seem to slow down, so I have to find ways to cope. Warm clothing is essential for motivating me…

Velvet Crush

By Sarah | November 13, 2017

I took my family out shopping last weekend, and I kept running into velvet tee shirts- over and over and over. In Old Navy, Target, Gap….they were everywhere. I’m not always one to follow the trends (or let go of them when they’re long past!), but something about the romantic, wintry vibe just resonated with…

Fall Textures!

By Sarah | November 12, 2017

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Itch to Stitch Patterns– they’re well designed, practical (read: mom friendly and no crazy styles that make me raise my eyebrows!), and the instructions are top notch: three of my biggest criteria when choosing a pattern company to sew from. On top of all that, the…

Little Trailblazers! My First Adventure in Upcycling

By Sarah | November 8, 2017

I blogged my husband’s new Trailblazer vest (Twig and Tale Patterns) last week, and it came together to smoothly that I decided to dive into a matching pair of Children’s Trailblazer Vests for my twins, because there’s nothing cuter than a matching daddy and son picture….(unless it’s a family picture…hint hint!!). Having spent most of…

A Plaid obsession….

By Sarah | November 3, 2017

Do you ever have a designer that just reads your mind- putting out the perfect pattern at the perfect time? Not to go too #fangirl on you, but that’s exactly what happened to me with the new Julianne shirt by the DIBY Club. I’ve had this hooded button up shirt on my mind since last…

Using a snap press to install fashion snaps

By Sarah | November 3, 2017

I have a sewing confession to make: I hate buttonholes. While my machine has an automatic button hole foot, sometimes things go awry, and picking out those tiny stitches gives me a neck-ache. Which leads me to my new snap obsession! Snaps are quick and easy to install, and lend a professional look to many…

Another Waterfall Raglan (or why you should sew with real pants on!)

By Sarah | November 2, 2017

I finally got around to sewing up another Chalk and Notch waterfall raglan (remember this vezrsion I sewed last spring?). All summer long I meant to get around to another one, but one project or another kept cutting in line, and I almost forgot- until this gorgeous metallic jersey from Sly Fox landed at my…

Trailblazin’ in Style!

By Sarah | November 1, 2017

     How much interest does your spouse take in your sewing? Being our resident photographer, Stephen knows about a few pattern companies, and his favorite by far is Twig and Tale. He has been showing me photos of adorable vests, coats and accessories he wants me to make the kids for months, so when the…

Thankful Sewing: Man Sized!

By Sarah | November 1, 2017

It’s easy to get caught up in the hoopla of the holidays, the chaos of shuffling to and fro and baking the perfect pumpkin pie, and forget about the spirit of the season: Thankfulness. This month, I’m delighted to be co-hosting the Thankful Sewing Blog Tour with Melissa of Mahlica Designs. We have an awesome…

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