Tested: Itch to Stitch Orono Top

By Sarah | February 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Friends, I have a problem. I have a gazillion pairs of leggings (can’t stop. won’t stop.), more in the works, and not nearly enough winter tops to wear them with! As much as I’d love to go around sporting hoodies all day long, they aren’t very nursing friendly (unless they have a zipper, and I’ve…

SuperStars!

By Sarah | February 12, 2019 | 7 Comments

I don’t know if y’all know this about me, but I’m a researcher at heart. I LOVE nothing more than to dive into a subject, research the heck out of it, and then bore my friends and family for daaayyysss about everything I”v learned. Its also why I buy more patterns even when I have…

Fit Capsule Planning (or not….)

By Sarah | February 10, 2019 | 6 Comments

I’m a card carrying Type A person….except when it comes to sewing. Sure, I’m a perfectionist, and will redo that reverse coverstitch a dozen times to make sure it lines up perfectly, but apart from my maddening tendency to re-stitch seams, I’m not really much of a planner when it comes to sewing. While Google Calendar is…

Why I Love Add-Ons…

By Sarah | February 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Face it. Sometimes you buy a pattern, and you make a few times, and you love it, and then you realize that it would be perfect, if only it had this one extra little thing. Most of the time unless you have mad illustrator skills or the time to figure out a hack, those dreams go…

Camo for a Cause…

By Sarah | January 29, 2019 | 6 Comments

I used to be such a girly girl…as in I would ONLY wear shades of pink and purple as a child, with the frilliest accessories possible. I cried when they fingerprinted me because I didn’t like my hands to get “dirty”, and I played with dolls until I could drive a car (in secret with…

Tested: Greenstyle Studio to Street Top

By Sarah | January 29, 2019 | 4 Comments

I’ve made a half dozen dolman patterns in the last couple years, and I’ve loved each more than the last. There’s something classic but stylish about a dolman, and oh, so many endless ways they can changed up to suit my whims…my sewing hacker heart is in heaven anytime a new dolman comes around. Until…

Tested: Cecilia Criss Cross Top

By Sarah | January 23, 2019 | 4 Comments

If you hang around the pattern world long enough, you start to see some consistencies in the requests for certain designs, and a relaxed fit, dolman sleeve wrap top like this one, has been one of the most requested this Fall/Winter. Since I’m slowing easing myself into wearing less fitted tops, I decided to give…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 5

By Sarah | January 22, 2019 | 2 Comments

Hooray! Today is the final day of our SewAlong! Today we are simply finishing up our bras, and looking at some inspiration in case you’re in the mood to make a few more- I know I am! SewAlong Schedule: Need to catch up? Click the links below! Day 1: Supplies, Sizing and Cutting  Day 2:…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 4

By Sarah | January 21, 2019 | 4 Comments

Today is the fourth day of the Power Bra SewAlong! After you’re finished with today’s tasks, you should have a fully finished bra- hooray! That’s really a huge accomplishment, and you should be proud! Grab your pattern! If you haven’t already, you’ll want to purchase the Power Bra pattern! This is a really excellent pattern with options…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 3

By Sarah | January 20, 2019 | 4 Comments

Welcome to Day 3 of the Greenstyle Power Bra SewAlong! Today we’re really going to get the bulk of construction done on those bras, so grab an extra cup of coffee (you might need it anyway, because Monday…) and let’s get going! Grab your pattern! If you haven’t already, you’ll want to purchase the Power Bra pattern!…

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Tested: Itch to Stitch Orono Top

By Sarah | February 17, 2019

Friends, I have a problem. I have a gazillion pairs of leggings (can’t stop. won’t stop.), more in the works, and not nearly enough winter tops to wear them with! As much as I’d love to go around sporting hoodies all day long, they aren’t very nursing friendly (unless they have a zipper, and I’ve…

SuperStars!

By Sarah | February 12, 2019

I don’t know if y’all know this about me, but I’m a researcher at heart. I LOVE nothing more than to dive into a subject, research the heck out of it, and then bore my friends and family for daaayyysss about everything I”v learned. Its also why I buy more patterns even when I have…

Fit Capsule Planning (or not….)

By Sarah | February 10, 2019

I’m a card carrying Type A person….except when it comes to sewing. Sure, I’m a perfectionist, and will redo that reverse coverstitch a dozen times to make sure it lines up perfectly, but apart from my maddening tendency to re-stitch seams, I’m not really much of a planner when it comes to sewing. While Google Calendar is…

Why I Love Add-Ons…

By Sarah | February 3, 2019

Face it. Sometimes you buy a pattern, and you make a few times, and you love it, and then you realize that it would be perfect, if only it had this one extra little thing. Most of the time unless you have mad illustrator skills or the time to figure out a hack, those dreams go…

Camo for a Cause…

By Sarah | January 29, 2019

I used to be such a girly girl…as in I would ONLY wear shades of pink and purple as a child, with the frilliest accessories possible. I cried when they fingerprinted me because I didn’t like my hands to get “dirty”, and I played with dolls until I could drive a car (in secret with…

Tested: Greenstyle Studio to Street Top

By Sarah | January 29, 2019

I’ve made a half dozen dolman patterns in the last couple years, and I’ve loved each more than the last. There’s something classic but stylish about a dolman, and oh, so many endless ways they can changed up to suit my whims…my sewing hacker heart is in heaven anytime a new dolman comes around. Until…

Tested: Cecilia Criss Cross Top

By Sarah | January 23, 2019

If you hang around the pattern world long enough, you start to see some consistencies in the requests for certain designs, and a relaxed fit, dolman sleeve wrap top like this one, has been one of the most requested this Fall/Winter. Since I’m slowing easing myself into wearing less fitted tops, I decided to give…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 5

By Sarah | January 22, 2019

Hooray! Today is the final day of our SewAlong! Today we are simply finishing up our bras, and looking at some inspiration in case you’re in the mood to make a few more- I know I am! SewAlong Schedule: Need to catch up? Click the links below! Day 1: Supplies, Sizing and Cutting  Day 2:…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 4

By Sarah | January 21, 2019

Today is the fourth day of the Power Bra SewAlong! After you’re finished with today’s tasks, you should have a fully finished bra- hooray! That’s really a huge accomplishment, and you should be proud! Grab your pattern! If you haven’t already, you’ll want to purchase the Power Bra pattern! This is a really excellent pattern with options…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 3

By Sarah | January 20, 2019

Welcome to Day 3 of the Greenstyle Power Bra SewAlong! Today we’re really going to get the bulk of construction done on those bras, so grab an extra cup of coffee (you might need it anyway, because Monday…) and let’s get going! Grab your pattern! If you haven’t already, you’ll want to purchase the Power Bra pattern!…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 2

By Sarah | January 19, 2019

  Welcome back to the Power Bra Sew Along! Yesterday we got started on our bras by finding the right supplies, measuring for the right fit, sewing a muslin (Hopefully!), ad cutting into our fabric. Today we will jump into the construction of our bras by sewing the front pieces together, in preparation for tomorrows…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 1

By Sarah | January 18, 2019

Welcome to the Power Bra Sew-Along! This week we will be sewing up our Power Bras! I can’t tell you how excited I am to host this event- I’ve litterally been thinking about hosting the SewAlong since the pattern went into testing late last year. I have no less than 6 Power Bras in my…

Raglan Round Up! (Part 1)

By Sarah | January 24, 2018 | 29 Comments

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…

That Girl’s Got Moxi!

By Sarah | May 22, 2017 | 8 Comments

According to the Urban Dictionary, “moxie” means “sass, spunk, attitude” and can also be used to refer to  someone as a “hot chick”. I’m not sure about the latter (I’m in my 30s now, I think only my husband still says this about me), but the former certainly describes how I feel in these shorts-…

Animal Instinct

By Sarah | November 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

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…

Sunset Cami: Lace Trim Hack

By Sarah | June 26, 2017 | 2 Comments

Last week I showed you my version of the Bali Blouse by New Horizons- but that was only half of the package! The Bali Blouse also includes a pattern for sweet little camisole called the Sunset Cami, to keep you covered under the open back of the Bali. Since I closed up the back of…

(Tested!) Brasov Crossover Top

By Sarah | September 17, 2017 | 7 Comments

I recently took a trip to San Francisco and found THE BEST fabric warehouse store (Discount Fabrics, in San Francisco, if you’re ever nearby!) and hit the motherlode in sweater knits, jerseys, and winter weight pontes. As I brought up roll after roll to the checkout counter, the lady in charge became more and more…

Inspire Tights Sew-Along: Day 3

By Sarah | October 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome to Day 3 of the Inspire Tights SewAlong! If you don’t have your pattern yet, you can get it here. Catching up: Need to catch up? Check out Day 1 HERE on the blog. It’s got lots of tips for selecting your size, adjusting your fit, and cutting your fabric! Day 2 is HERE on the blog.…

Zip it Up! FREE Zipper Bag Pattern!

By Sarah | September 10, 2018 | 2 Comments

I’ve added quite a few firsts to my sewing belt this year- my first jeans, my first capsule wardrobe, first coats (men’s AND women’s!), first bra (yet to be blogged)…there’s a lot to feel proud of! One thing I haven’t attempted yet, though, is to sew a bag. For some reason the idea of sewing…

A Vest Obsession…

By Sarah | November 21, 2017 | 1 Comment

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…

S.O.S. Pants, fitting, and my love for elastic waists….

By Sarah | November 19, 2018 | 10 Comments

A while back, before all the craziness came to town (see this post if you want to know what I’m talking about!), I opted to test out the updated version of the S.O.S. pants by Patterns for Pirates. I’ve actually owned this pattern for over a year, but never got around to sewing them, and…

Sailing away!

By Sarah | June 16, 2017 | 14 Comments

As I’ve mentioned before, we have several trips to the beach planned this summer, but I was so busy creating a capsule wardrobe for myself, I realized Princess needed some new clothes for our trips too! When I saw the Sailor Dress from Ellie and Mac, I knew this would be the perfect pattern to…

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