The Bianca Pullover, a Micro-Capsule, and Arizona Adventures

By Sarah | February 13, 2021 |

What is a “Micro Wardrobe” Anyway? As humans, whenever we have space, we tend to try to fill it- both emotionally and physically. Did you ever notice how hard it is to have silence in a conversation? Leaving open “space” is actually a crucial part of connecting with someone (and oneself), but its HARD. I’ve…

Cozy Hoodies for Cool-(ish) Weather!

By Sarah | December 16, 2020 |

How are the holidays shaping up around your place? We have been enjoying our travels, spending Thanksgiving in Phoenix with friends before heading back to Southern California for Christmas. We have always missed that “neighborhood” feeling at home, with kids running around and playing together, but we sure have found it down here amidst the…

My Big Brother and Me: Matching kids across an age gap

By Sarah | November 8, 2020 |

The other day I received some really beautiful new custom stretch woven in the waterburst white color-way from the Fabric Fairy, and spent a few days dreaming up some special plans for it. I downloaded a new pattern from a new designer (can you see where this is going??), and in my excitement, skipped straight…

Novello Leggings (and finally getting back on the road!)

By Sarah | October 26, 2020 |

Hello friends! It’s been a minute since I posted in here, and I’ve really missed sharing with you all. A brief catch-up, before we move onto the sewing: In January, after a whirlwind adventure traveling Mexico and Arizona with other fulltime families, we listed our 2600 square foot home for sale, with the dream of…

Tested: Greenstyle Venice Beach Shorts

By Sarah | August 16, 2020 |

How has your summer been friends? We are set to start school this week with the kiddos (homeschool, of course!), but it still feels like summer outside, as temps topped 110 degrees F this weekend. So, while other parts of the world might very much be looking toward hoodies and jackets, I’m still very much…

Cavallo Tights SewAlong Day 5: Hemming

By Sarah | July 16, 2020 |

Welcome back to the Cavallo Tights SewAlong! Every day this week, I will be walking you through the construction of the Greenstyle Cavallo Tights, through video tutorials, blog posts and support in the Fabric Fairy Facebook Group. I also have some prizes to offer at the end, and some BONUS video tutorials for using your coverstitch and…

Cavallo Tights SewAlong: Day 4 & Bonus Coverstitch Tutorial

By Sarah | July 15, 2020 |

Welcome back to the Cavallo Tights SewAlong! Every day this week, I will be walking you through the construction of the Greenstyle Cavallo Tights, through video tutorials, blog posts and support in the Fabric Fairy Facebook Group. I also have some prizes to offer at the end, and some BONUS video tutorials for using your coverstitch and…

Cavallo Tights SewAlong Day 3 & Bonus Video on Coverstitching Bulky Seams

By Sarah | July 14, 2020 |

Welcome back to the Cavallo Tights SewAlong! Every day this week, I will be walking you through the construction of the Greenstyle Cavallo Tights, through video tutorials, blog posts and support in the Fabric Fairy Facebook Group. I also have some prizes to offer at the end, and some BONUS video tutorials for using your coverstitch and…

Cavallo Tights SewAlong Day 2: Patches & Pockets (plus a bonus!)

By Sarah | July 13, 2020 |

Welcome back to the Cavallo Tights SewAlong! Every day this week, I will be walking you through the construction of the Greenstyle Cavallo Tights, through video tutorials, blog posts and support in the Fabric Fairy Facebook Group. I also have some prizes to offer at the end, and some BONUS video tutorials for using your coverstitch and…

Cavallo Tights SewAlong: Day 1

By Sarah | July 12, 2020 |

Welcome to the Cavallo Tights SewAlong! Every day this week, I will be walking you through the construction of the Greenstyle Cavallo Tights, through video tutorials, blog posts and support in the Fabric Fairy Facebook Group. I also have some prizes to offer at the end, and some BONUS video tutorials for using your coverstitch…

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Tie Dye for Summer!

By Sarah | May 29, 2020

Tie Dye and Summer seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly- they’re just kind of a pair. Looking back, I seem to get a hankering to sew up some tie dye duds right around this time every year- I’ve done shibori family tees, a blue tie dye Havana dress, a bamboo dolman, even…

Tested: Greenstyle Cavallo Leggings

By Sarah | May 26, 2020

I haven’t been a part of the Greenstyle team for a while (nothing to do with them- just needed to focus more on #momlife), but I still jump at their testing calls, because not only are they a great group of people, I don’t know of another company that does a better job designing functional,…

Looking back (and finally making!)…my first athletic pattern purchases!

By Sarah | May 21, 2020

What were you drawn to when you first started sewing? For me, the ability to create my own custom fit athletic wear (and beat out Lululemon quality and price!) has been a focus since the beginning, and I’m proud to say I have no desire to shop retail for this type of clothing anymore. It’s…

The Adventure Continues…

By Sarah | May 17, 2020

When I left off a couple weeks ago, we were in the throes of packing/moving/home renovation. I won’t say moving during a pandemic was the hardest thing I’ve ever done…but it’s definitely in the top 5. Everyone keeps asking us if we are “settled now”- this is the equivalent of asking a mother of a…

In the Running…a tale of two Athletic Skirts!

By Sarah | May 5, 2020

Hello sewing friends! I hope this post finds you well, and weathering current events with, if not aplomb, at least a sense of humor. For this, I’m ever grateful to my children, who always seem able to make me laugh at the craziest of moments, which is certainly how I’d describe life right now, as…

Embracing Spring: Jalie Michelle Tank

By Sarah | April 12, 2020

This has been a rough season for all of us, but one of the best things on the horizon is the season itself- Spring brings with it the promise of new beginnings, warmer weather, and, hopefully time to find some joy in the little things. I know that’s easier said than done, sometimes, and truth…

A Dia (or two) for the New Days Ahead…

By Sarah | April 5, 2020

Warning- this is a long post. If you want to skip over my experiences with COVID-19 isolation and get right to the sewing, I won’t blame you- but I couldn’t keep this blog real without sharing how we have been doing personally during this crisis. Its been a few weeks since my last post, and…

Tested: New Horizons Calgary Cardigan

By Sarah | March 9, 2020

As a card-carrying germophobe, the Coronavirus is scaring the crap out of me…so naturally it’s time to talk about sewing and the weather, right? Right. Well, Spring in Northern California has always been a little unpredictable, and in the past few weeks we’ve had everything from sunny highs in the 80’s that make me rush…

Tested: Itch to Stitch Tallin Top

By Sarah | February 26, 2020

I really, really need more work appropriate tops. I have an army of tank tops, t-shirts and athletic wear in my closet, but really, very few tops that rise above the bar into casual work-wear, especially for this unseasonably warm Spring we’re experiencing in Northern California at the moment (not that I’m complaining about the…

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta!

By Sarah | February 23, 2020

This post continues our travel/sewing log for the Winter 19/20 trip to Arizona, Mexico, and Southern California. We’ve been home a month or so now, but I’m finally getting around to finishing my chronicle of the adventure. This is kind of akin to finding a Christmas present you forgot about hiding in the closet- so…

2020 Fit Capsule!

By Sarah | February 2, 2020

A couple weeks ago, Alex Resch, a sewist extraordinaire and all around amazing person, hosted a “Choose your Own Adventure Activewear SewAlong” over in the Fabric Fairy group. I spent time with her planning out my fabrics, patterns and getting hyped up, only to have life get in the way and knock me off course.…

Christmas in Mexico, New Year’s in Los Angeles

By Sarah | January 2, 2020

My last post (check it out here) left off with us in Yuma, on the way to Mexico for Christmas. Heading south of the Border as a family is something I’ve wanted to do for a while- but it seemed that the fear of the unknown always stood in our way- where to cross, where…

Who Made it Best? Chi Town Chinos Edition!

By Sarah | October 21, 2017 |

You all know how much I love pattern testing and blog tours to bring on the heat when I’m feeling lazy or my sew-jo is lacking, right? Well, I figured that to get over the REALLY BIG hump that is sewing a pair of fully-featured pants, I’d need a stronger cocktail- and Melissa of Mahlica…

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,…

Jalie 3132- Nursing tops

By Sarah | December 7, 2017 |

Everyone’s all gung-ho about nursing for the first year- but you start to get mixed responses after age 1. With Princess nearing her second birthday (sob!), I’m still in no hurry to let go of those precious nursing moments, and I hope she continues to nurse for as long as it works for both of…

Sewing Staples!

By Sarah | March 20, 2019 |

There are some things in my closet that I consider “staples”- things I reach for over and over. Like underwear, basic black leggings, and that pair of jeans that have so many holes they’re past the point of being “fashionable”, but that you wear every wash cycle anyway, because they’re so dang comfy. These staples…

Midway Bomber Jacket Sewalong: Round UP!

By Sarah | May 29, 2017 |

It’s actually been a couple weeks since I wrapped up the Midway Bomber Jacket Sewalong over at Pretty Posh Prints, but I wanted to make sure and document it on my blog (finally)! It was a whirlwind of sewing, pattern hacks and collaboration, but it couldn’t have gone better, and I really enjoyed the experience.…

Taking it all in Stride….

By Sarah | October 20, 2019 |

What’s your favorite time of day to exercise? I’ve never been a morning person, but in the last six months I’ve experimented with waking up early to get my workout in before I have to jump into my #momduties, and I’m loving it. For those that know me personally, this is a pretty big surprise,…

Birthday Boys!

By Sarah | September 24, 2019 |

  My twin boys celebrated their 9th birthday this week! In truth, I didn’t even try to get this blog post written in time for their actual birthday, because I knew it wasn’t going to happen- the third week in September is home to no less than 6 birthdays in our immediate family, including my…

Striped Swallow Highlander Dolman and Rhapsody Joggers

By Sarah | March 2, 2017 |

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).…

Ringing in the New Year in my PJs

By Sarah | December 28, 2017 |

New Year’s is fast approaching, and it’s time to get dressed for the occasion. Some people make fancy, sexy clothes for a night out on the town, but my favorite way to ring in the new year is curled up on the couch, watching a movie, and cuddling with my hubby. I’m not saying champagne…

A Different Kind of Home for the Holidays…

By Sarah | December 25, 2019 |

A few weeks ago, I got a wild hair (which tends to happen when I’m “home” for any length of time), and decided to convince hubby that we should join a rally of families traveling through Arizona and Mexico for the holidays. The thing about my wild hairs is that while they are pretty crazy,…

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Sarah is a wife, mother and avid seamstress. She is passionate about teaching, encouraging and empowering other women to express themselves creatively. 

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