Strike off

Lightening things up for Spring!

The weather forecast FINALLY shows a week of sunshine around here, and if I was like any normal person, I’d be breaking out last year’s capris and tanks. Of course, as my friends would tell you, I’m pretty far from “normal”- so naturally my response is to make new things for Spring instead! I started with…

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Tutorial: Cutting & Sewing Stripes for a Perfect Finish

Confession Time: I LOVE wearing stripes. They’re a great way to add visual interest, a second (or third, or fourth) color to a basic wardrobe staple, and can be sewn in so many different ways (color-blocked, on the bias, etc.). BUT, ( and this is a big but)….I haven’t always loved sewing them. My perfectionist…

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Unity & Love & Leggings

Unless you’ve been hiding under a virtual rock, you’ve seen the uproar recently on social media regarding comments that have intentionally marginalized and demeaned members of the LGBTQIA community, and sewists of color as well. While I’m pretty much as white and straight as it gets, I want to believe in the possibility of an…

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When the dog eats your Ice Cream….and other tales of summer

    I believe firmly in sewing controlled weather…if I start sewing for summer, it will TURN INTO summer, right? It’s a theory of weather management that’s never failed, so since I’m officially tired of winter, I decided to start sewing rashguards. I’ve sewn my kids’ swimwear for the past three years running (check out…

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Christmas in July!

If the almost daily posts to my blog are any indication, I’ve been a busy seamstress lately! I honestly try to space things out a bit, but sometimes I have something I’m just dying to share…like the new Christmas dress I made the princess! If you knew me in real life, you might be surprised…

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Sahara by the Seaside…

While I was in San Diego, I had the pleasure of visiting several local fabric shops…and doing a bit of shopping (all that money saved on shipping means more to spend on fabric, right?). It was really fun to visit these places in person, and even better to get to meet the people that work…

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Spring Kids Clothes!

I havne’t done many strike offs for a while, but I recently had the opportunity to sew up some fabrics for Peekaboo, and I jumped on it, knowing it would motivate me to sew some cute things for my kids for the spring season. And, since part of the point of this blog is to…

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Christmas Traditions and Layered Sleeve Tutorial

I love a good Christmas tradition, and one of ours is to have mommy-made pajamas to lounge in on Christmas morning. Last year, I made my boys, daughter, and their friends a matching set of Polar Express themed pajamas- which are still in heavy rotation this year- but getting a little short arms, and kids…

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Greenstyle FitCapsule (Part 1!)

I’ve hung around the sewing community long enough to be familiar with the concept of a capsule wardrobe, a small collection of coordinating clothing usually organized around a season or theme. Despite being interested in the concept, I’ve never sewn one, for a few reasons. One, I prefer to be rather spontaneous with my fabric/pattern…

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Pattern Review: Jalie Criss Cross Nursing Top

There are many nursing friendly patterns out there, but patterns specifically designed for nursing can be hard to come by. That’s where my love for Jalie comes in- they have a great line-up of patterns designed to make a nursing mama’s life easier (and what nursing mama doesn’t need a break somewhere?!) but it doesn’t stop…

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