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

By Sarah | November 19, 2018 | 1 Comment

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…

Tested: Medellin Top and Cartagena Cami!

By Sarah | November 14, 2018 | 4 Comments

When I took on the test for the new Itch to Stitch Medellin Top and Cartagena Cami a couple weeks ago, everything was blue skies and balmy 70 degree temps. Winter seemed far away, and life seemed to be going along pretty swimmingly (cue ominous music here….) The kids were in a good school routine,…

Greenstyle Favorites Week!

By Sarah | November 11, 2018 | 142 Comments

It’s not exactly a secret that I’m a big fan of Greenstyle patterns, and today I’m kicking off the Greenstyle Favorites Week by sharing my favorite Greenstyle pattern– the Inspire Tights!  Before I get started on my Inspire-rant, here’s a brief description of the pattern in a nutshell: The Inspires are a classic leggings pattern,…

Warrior Pose!

By Sarah | October 21, 2018 | 4 Comments

Ok, that title was totally a red herring- I have absolutely ZERO yoga skills or flexibility, so you won’t see me performing anything other than child’s pose when I’m trying to search for a sewing pin in my carpet (note to previous owners: deep pile carpet was a BAD idea in the craft room). Fortunately,…

The SoLo Tank, and My New Exercise Obsession

By Sarah | October 16, 2018 | 1 Comment

As I imagine happens to many people, summer was a time of slacking for my exercise routine. We traveled alot, it was too hot, blah, blah blah- basically my exercise was sporadic, and come fall, I was feeling the mental and physical impact of my laziness. The trouble was, like many moms with a full…

Inspire Leggings SewAlong: Day 5

By Sarah | October 9, 2018 | 1 Comment

  Welcome to our final day of the Inspire Leggings SewAlong! If you don’t have your pattern yet, you can get it here. Today is the LAST day for the leggings SALE, so be sure to grab your favorites before they go back to full price (aff link). Catching up: Need to catch up? Check out…

Inspire Tights Sew-Along: Day 4

By Sarah | October 8, 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. It includes…

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.…

Inspire Tights Sew-Along: Day 2

By Sarah | October 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome to Day 2 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! The Schedule As a reminder, here’s our…

Inspire Tights Sew-Along: Day 1

By Sarah | October 4, 2018 | 3 Comments

Welcome to the first day of the Greenstyle Inspire Tights Sew-Along! This series of tutorials is part of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” Sew-Along happening for the next week in the Greenstyle Facebook Group.  Since the Inspire Tights are pretty much my favorite leggings pattern, I decided it was high time that they be treated to…

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

By Sarah | November 19, 2018

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…

Tested: Medellin Top and Cartagena Cami!

By Sarah | November 14, 2018

When I took on the test for the new Itch to Stitch Medellin Top and Cartagena Cami a couple weeks ago, everything was blue skies and balmy 70 degree temps. Winter seemed far away, and life seemed to be going along pretty swimmingly (cue ominous music here….) The kids were in a good school routine,…

Greenstyle Favorites Week!

By Sarah | November 11, 2018

It’s not exactly a secret that I’m a big fan of Greenstyle patterns, and today I’m kicking off the Greenstyle Favorites Week by sharing my favorite Greenstyle pattern– the Inspire Tights!  Before I get started on my Inspire-rant, here’s a brief description of the pattern in a nutshell: The Inspires are a classic leggings pattern,…

Warrior Pose!

By Sarah | October 21, 2018

Ok, that title was totally a red herring- I have absolutely ZERO yoga skills or flexibility, so you won’t see me performing anything other than child’s pose when I’m trying to search for a sewing pin in my carpet (note to previous owners: deep pile carpet was a BAD idea in the craft room). Fortunately,…

The SoLo Tank, and My New Exercise Obsession

By Sarah | October 16, 2018

As I imagine happens to many people, summer was a time of slacking for my exercise routine. We traveled alot, it was too hot, blah, blah blah- basically my exercise was sporadic, and come fall, I was feeling the mental and physical impact of my laziness. The trouble was, like many moms with a full…

Inspire Leggings SewAlong: Day 5

By Sarah | October 9, 2018

  Welcome to our final day of the Inspire Leggings SewAlong! If you don’t have your pattern yet, you can get it here. Today is the LAST day for the leggings SALE, so be sure to grab your favorites before they go back to full price (aff link). Catching up: Need to catch up? Check out…

Inspire Tights Sew-Along: Day 4

By Sarah | October 8, 2018

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. It includes…

Inspire Tights Sew-Along: Day 3

By Sarah | October 7, 2018

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.…

Inspire Tights Sew-Along: Day 2

By Sarah | October 5, 2018

Welcome to Day 2 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! The Schedule As a reminder, here’s our…

Inspire Tights Sew-Along: Day 1

By Sarah | October 4, 2018

Welcome to the first day of the Greenstyle Inspire Tights Sew-Along! This series of tutorials is part of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” Sew-Along happening for the next week in the Greenstyle Facebook Group.  Since the Inspire Tights are pretty much my favorite leggings pattern, I decided it was high time that they be treated to…

Birthday Post!

By Sarah | September 25, 2018

It’s my birthday, so of course I had to commemorate it with a post about some selfish sewing I’ve been doing lately! While my dream day would involve lounging on a tropical island with a mai tai, lounging around the house drinking coffee in new me-made duds are a close second, so here we go!…

Another Fall Favorite!

By Sarah | September 24, 2018

I seem to have a problem…I can’t stop preparing for fall, even though it’s still 100 degrees outside, and cooler weather is at least a month or more away. I even made cinnamon pear butter today, in the crock pot, which is delicious but required me cranking down the A/C a few extra degrees to…

Inspire Tights Sew-Along: Day 2

By Sarah | October 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome to Day 2 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! The Schedule As a reminder, here’s our…

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…

Side Tie Skirt Hack

By Sarah | April 12, 2018 | 4 Comments

I’m pretty happy with my pattern stash- I have a selection of favorite designers, and a very (almost embarrassingly!) large collection of patterns to choose from (curious how I organize them? Check out my post here on pattern organization). When I find a new style I want to sew, the most efficient thing is usually…

Xpress Yourself!

By Sarah | January 26, 2018 | 6 Comments

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…

Cami Love!

By Sarah | August 5, 2018 | 3 Comments

I love a good camisole, and while woven cami’s like the Made for Mermaids Mama Quinn (blogged here) or the Designer Stitch Ella Cami (free- blogged here!)  get plenty of love in the hot summer, a simple knit version is likely to get the most wear in my closet, simply because so much of my…

Super G SAL: Day 2

By Sarah | May 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome to Day 2 of the Super G 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 sewing activewear, as well as information on supplies, sizing, and cutting into your fabric.…

Greenstyle Favorites Week!

By Sarah | November 11, 2018 | 142 Comments

It’s not exactly a secret that I’m a big fan of Greenstyle patterns, and today I’m kicking off the Greenstyle Favorites Week by sharing my favorite Greenstyle pattern– the Inspire Tights!  Before I get started on my Inspire-rant, here’s a brief description of the pattern in a nutshell: The Inspires are a classic leggings pattern,…

Suit Up For Summer: Keeping Cool in the Pool

By Sarah | May 24, 2017 | 27 Comments

    School countdown is in the single digits, the temperature is rising and the flip flops are claiming a permanent spot in the doorway: summertime must be (almost) here! And that means swimming, swimming, swimming. I’ve mentioned before that it gets mighty toasty around here (triple digits!) during the summer, so cooling off in the…

Day Dream Sew-Along: Pocket Hack

By Sarah | April 14, 2017 | 1 Comment

We are continuing with our SewAlong for the George and Ginger DayDream Dress over at The Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe. Some of us are already done, and some are just joining us- either way it’s fine! If you are still working, you’ll have the whole weekend to finish up before I choose a winner, so…

Using a snap press to install fashion snaps

By Sarah | November 3, 2017 | 2 Comments

I have a sewing confession to make: I hate buttonholes. While my machine has an automatic button hole foot, sometimes things go awry, and picking out those tiny stitches gives me a neck-ache. Which leads me to my new snap obsession! Snaps are quick and easy to install, and lend a professional look to many…

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