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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 & …

Birthday Girl!

By Sarah | January 17, 2018

This girl. You wouldn’t believe how she lights up our lives- and today we get to celebrate, because she’s turning TWO!!! Before I had kids (and when my twins were young and the days seemed so L-O-N-G) people would always remark about how “time flies with little ones”- and I would do a little mental…

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…

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…

Do the Twist!

By Sarah | May 17, 2018 | 4 Comments

When I first started seeing side knot/twist tops pop up around town, I was intrigued but not immediately sold. Other than an interesting design detail, what was the purpose of the knot? Would it feel weird during wear? I decided to find out. When I’m faced with a trend I’m skeptical about, the easiest thing…

Brassie Joggers SewAlong: Lace Hack

By Sarah | June 14, 2017 | 4 Comments

Welcome back to the Brassie Joggers SewAlong! Today we are assembling our legs, and I’ve got another hack for you! See the other posts in this series here: Brassie Joggers: Supplies Brassie Joggers: Printing and Fit Adjustments Scoop Pocket Hack Jean Shorts Hack Don’t have the Pattern? Get it HERE Join the SewAlong HERE LACE…

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…

Whoa, Whoa, WOVENS! A beginner’s guide!

By Sarah | June 23, 2017 | 15 Comments

When I first learned to sew, I was told that sewing with wovens was easier than sewing with knits. They were supposed to be better behaved, easier to manipulate and more durable, not to mention less expensive. I *think* the person who told me this must have been talking about quilting cotton, because as soon…

The Quest for the Perfect Tee

By Sarah | April 11, 2017 | 3 Comments

I’m always on the hunt for the Perfect Tee. You know, the one you wear every time its clean (and sometimes when its not), the one that makes you feel confident and stylish but is still super comfortable to wear, the one that never makes it out of the dryer and into your closet before…

Tutorial: Gathered Back Lago Tank

By Sarah | May 31, 2017 | 3 Comments

The whole time I was testing the Lago tank (here), I knew I wanted to hack it, and had a specific style I wanted to recreate based off a favorite ready to wear top that has a knit front and back yoke with a gathered woven lower back. While testing isn’t the best time for…

More Fit Gear!

By Sarah | April 6, 2018 | 4 Comments

Sewing activewear can be kind of addicting- its fast, easy, and gets lots of daily wear- what’s not to love? Hopefully you aren’t sick of seeing it on my blog, because here’s another winner! I took some time off from sewing during Spring Break, but as soon as I got back, I dove into the…

Tie Back Tank SewAlong: Back and Shoulders

By Sarah | September 12, 2017 | 2 Comments

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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