Portlanders!

By Sarah | May 24, 2017 | 2 Comments

You know my well documented love for comfy pants (examples here and here)- it turns out I’ve managed to pass on my obsession to my children! When New Horizons put out the testing call for the girls Portlander Pants, I knew they would be the perfect summer and winter staple for Princess! There are so many…

July Bee Box: Green Tee Cardy Hack

By Sarah | August 2, 2017 | 7 Comments

I’m terribly late with my bee box posting- all these family vacations and fun-in–the-sun summer activities have really distracted me from my sewing room lately! But, I finally got a chance to dive into my Bee Box and figured out what to make. When the fabrics first arrived, I loved the sinfully soft feel but…

Bye bye Bikini!

By Sarah | June 27, 2017 | 43 Comments

I’ve been on a bit of a swimwear kick lately, and I’ve been dying for a sexy, yet functional (read: won’t fall off in the ocean) one-piece swimsuit, but it’s been a bit of a unicorn. Don’t get me wrong, I still have all the feels for the bikini’s I’ve sewn (see examples here, and…

June BeeBox: The Duchess Skirt!

By Sarah | July 1, 2017 | 13 Comments

I’ll admit, I was a bit stumped when I received my June Bee Box from Vinegar and Honey. I love stripes, but I don’t love sewing them (I’m a perfectionist, and all that matching drives me batty sometimes!). That, combined with the fact that its been in the triple digits here, had me scratching my…

Tie Back Tank SewAlong: Neck and Arm Binding or Bands

By Sarah | September 13, 2017 | 3 Comments

Welcome back to the Tie Back Tank SewAlong! Today we will be attaching our neck and arm bands or binding! 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…

New Arrival: Sundown and Moondance Tanks!

By Sarah | August 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

We just got back from a family camping trip, and although I’m a bit late to the party, I’m excited to share a set of tanks I’ve been testing for Striped Swallow Designs for the past couple weeks! The Sundown and Moondance Tanks are part of the “Crossing Paths Collection”, come in both women’s and…

Dress up this Town: Separates Edition!

By Sarah | July 15, 2017 | 18 Comments

I’m excited to be a part of Ti’s “Dress Up this Town” blog tour today! You might be noticing something different about my post…..it doesn’t contain any dresses! I’ll confess to a bit of a misunderstanding here- when Ti posted the call for this tour and the accompanying song (I love a good theme song!),…

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…

Green Tee Hack: Side Lace-Up!

By Sarah | July 2, 2017 | 7 Comments

You know what I LOVE about a great staple pattern? The ability of hack it of course! The Green Tee by Greenstyle Creations is a great example: solid drafting (no sleeves cut on the fold! Can I get a hallelujah?!), perennial style and clear instructions. In fact, I love the Green Tee so much, I’m…

Belle of the ball (or pool…)

By Sarah | May 11, 2017 | 7 Comments

After my last swimsuit success, I was looking forward to trying my hand at sewing another suit, this time with some really gorgeous custom swim fabric from the Magical round over at Pink Zeppelin Fabrics. When a group puts up fabrics for their strike off seamstresses, there is usually an opportunity to chime in and…

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Toasty Warm!

By Sarah | September 22, 2017

I hate being cold. As in really, truly despise it with every fiber of my being. More than being hungry, sleep deprived or overworked, being cold is likely to send me into a fit of irriation and misery in less time than it takes to say “grab a sweater”. Now that summer is fading and…

One Button Cardigan Love!

By Sarah | September 18, 2017

I’ve mentioned my  penchant for staying warm in the winter and fall seasons, and I can’t resist a good fall floral. When I saw this “Drama Queen” french terry from Sly Fox Fabrics, I knew I had to have it- despite the little voice in my head warning me that sometimes mustard tones don’t look…

(Tested!) Brasov Crossover Top

By Sarah | September 17, 2017

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…

NO MORE Dinosaurs in Church on Christmas!

By Sarah | September 15, 2017

I don’t ask my boys to dress up often- I’m usually pretty laid back about what they wear, but I every year on Christmas and Easter I go digging frantically through their drawers to come up with something church appropriate for the holidays. And I usually come up empty- as their fashion sense leans more…

Tie Back Tank Sew-A-Long: Finishing!

By Sarah | September 14, 2017

Welcome back to the Tie Back Tank SewAlong! Today is our last official day- we will just be hemming our tops! 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…

Tie Back Tank Sew-A-Long: Full Back Hack

By Sarah | September 14, 2017

I’ve been having SO MUCH fun sewing along with you during the Tie Back Tank Sew-A-Long and I’m excited to share one last hack today: A full back tank, for those times when you don’t want to have any ventilation! Catching up? Check out these videos from the past couple days: Pattern Options, Fabric, and…

Tie Back Tank Sew-A-Long: Side Seams

By Sarah | September 14, 2017

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…

Holiday Dress for Baby!

By Sarah | September 14, 2017

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…

Eating Dino-nuggets in style with the Brunch Blouse!

By Sarah | September 13, 2017

Most of my “brunches” consist of frozen dino-nuggets, applesauce and goldfish crackers, but that didn’t stop me from jumping in on the latest Patterns for Pirates release: the Brunch Blouse! Despite my less-than-glamourous lunch dates, I was delighted by all the options in this pattern, particularly the placket option- as it means easy and fashionable…

Tie Back Tank SewAlong: Neck and Arm Binding or Bands

By Sarah | September 13, 2017

Welcome back to the Tie Back Tank SewAlong! Today we will be attaching our neck and arm bands or binding! 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…

Tie Back Tank SewAlong: Sleeve Hack!

By Sarah | September 12, 2017

I’m really excited to share a hack I developed for the Tie Back Tank SewAlong this week- a sleeved version! What’s even better is that you don’t have to purchase another pattern to make this yourself- the sleeves and body I’m using are from the FREE Green Tee (join the Greenstyle Facebook group to get…

Tie Back Tank SewAlong: Back and Shoulders

By Sarah | September 12, 2017

Welcome to Part 2 of the Tie Back Tank Sewalong! If you don’t have the pattern yet, you can grab it here! Yesterday, we discussed pattern options, supplies, and fabric choices! (read that post here) Today, I’m going to be showing you the following: How to print and assemble the pattern How to hem the…

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