Baby Harbor Knot

By Sarah | April 7, 2017 | 2 Comments

A few weeks ago, Striped Swallow Designs worked their drafting magic again and came up with the women’s Harbor Knot, a semi-fitted tee with a perfectly on-trend twist at the side seam. I’ve seen tops like this come up frequently on the pattern hacking groups, but there is NO WAY I would have been able…

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…

Striped Swallow Highlander Dolman and Rhapsody Joggers

By Sarah | March 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Hello friends! You know I’m all about comfy right? That’s why when one of my favorite pattern designers, Striped Swallow Designs, posted a testing call for the girls version of the Mainland Collection, which includes the Rhapsody Joggers and the Highlander Dolman, I was all in (despite probably having too much on my plate already).…

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…

Brassie Joggers Sewalong: Printing and Fitting

By Sarah | June 13, 2017 | 4 Comments

Welcome back to my SewAlong Series on the Brassie Joggers by Greenstyle Creations! You can find the SewAlong here (Join Knitpop first if you aren’t already a member or the link won’t work). Today we are printing our pattern, choosing options, and cutting fabric. If you don’t already have your pattern, you can get it…

A Plaid obsession….

By Sarah | November 3, 2017 | 5 Comments

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…

Greenstyle FitCapsule: Part 2

By Sarah | October 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

I’ve been a bit distracted lately with learning how to educate small people (in case you missed my post on it, we are homeschooling this year), traveling to Hawaii, and celebrating our family birthday month (6 of us have birthdays all in the same week, including my twins), but I’ve finally managed to sew up…

Open Back Pullover SewAlong Day 2: Back Binding

By Sarah | July 25, 2017 | 1 Comment

Welcome to Day 2 of the Open Back Pullover SewAlong! You can join in (there’s still plenty of time) HERE! If you don’t have the pattern yet, check the sewalong event for an exclusive discount code, and then grab it HERE. I’ve made a quick video tutorial for how I do the binding on the…

This one’s for the boys!

By Sarah | March 3, 2017 | 3 Comments

   I’m back with another pattern testing adventure, the Willow and Redwood vests from 5 out of 4 Patterns for two of my favorite guys! I could have alternately titled this post,  zipper immersion therapy, because with four! zippers a piece, these vests will desensitize your zipper fears FAST. I’m happy to say that thanks…

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…

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Family Photos!

By Sarah | February 22, 2018

It’s become a bit of a tradition in our family to take family photos every spring- we started after my daughter was born, and its fun to see our family change throughout the years. It’s also a beautiful time in our city- we live in an agricultural almond production area, and the trees bloom every…

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 & …

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