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…

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,…

Tested: Sew Altered Style Dionne Duster

By Sarah | December 1, 2019 |

Judging by the number of completed sweaters on my table waiting for a break in the rain for photographic documentation, this season  is truly shaping up to be the Fall of Cardigans- I just can’t get enough of them! Cozy, easy to layer, and pretty simple to make, they check alot of boxes for me,…

Tempo Runs!

By Sarah | November 20, 2019 |

Our bodies are remarkably smart, and tend to adapt quickly to routine. When I first started running I had one pace- and I trained at that pace during every. single. run. While I developed great physical endurance from all the time on my feet, my race times didn’t budge, because I wasn’t challenging my body…

A Sewing Hedgehog…

By Sarah | November 18, 2019 |

You know that game people play at weddings, where they shout out a certain number of years of marriage, increasing it gradually, until there is only one couple that is still left standing? No matter how long you’ve been married (we are going on 16 years!) there is always someone who has been hitched longer…

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Why I refuse to sew Halloween costumes…and a fall recipe favorite!

By Sarah | October 27, 2019

When I first started sewing (which was around my 32nd birthday, about a month before Halloween), one of the first things on my mind was making a Halloween Costume for my twins. I was unemployed, at the time, and deep in the throes of “mommy-boredom”. I assumed that making my kids an adorable halloween costume…

A Right of Passage…

By Sarah | October 25, 2019

After taking most of the summer off, I’ve been getting back into the swing of sewing and testing this fall,  and the Knoxville top is my latest project. I almost passed this one up, because I already own a couple other knot/twist patterns, but I’m so glad I didn’t, because that over sized cowl is…

New Fall Cardigans…

By Sarah | October 24, 2019

When I was a kid, I used to divide my closet between “summer” and “winter” clothes. Despite living in California, where the seasons were typically pretty mild, I enjoyed having a stark division in my closet, and had strict rules about not wearing “winter” clothes in the summer, and visa versa. Looking back on it,…

Nara Pants for Fall (and a Giveaway!)

By Sarah | October 22, 2019

This past summer, when I was in Denver, I stopped into Fancy Tiger Crafts, “just for a minute”. My minute turned out to be longer (and more expensive) than I expected, because I got a chance to chat with a real sewing celebrity (read the full story here!), and managed to find quite a bit…

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,…

Work-In-Progress-Dance Mom and her “Acro Bat!”

By Sarah | October 15, 2019

I have to admit, I don’t always make the best dance mom. I  seldom (or ever) remember to bring a post dance snack, often forget the pink water bottle and grab the ugly green one by mistake, and have even been known (gasp!) to let my daughter walk outside in her ballet shoes (she’s just…

Reach for the Stars! (with your fabric, that is)

By Sarah | October 6, 2019

Ya wanna know my biggest fabric pet peeve ever? When a fabric company refuses to list important details, like weight, stretch and content on something, and simply labels it as “activewear”. There are as many types of activewear fabrics as there are stars in the sky, and knowing these important features helps me determine whether…

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…

Falling for Fall: 3 Simple Knit tops to Make the Transition Seamless

By Sarah | September 15, 2019

It feels like we just wrapped up summer (oh wait…we did! With last week’s blog post!) but with the kids in school and the leaves starting to turn, it’s already time to starting focusing our attention on Fall, and the invigorating sewing opportunities that come with the advent of a new season. Over the past…

Sew long Summer…Hello fall!

By Sarah | September 8, 2019

Well friends, the signs are all around us- leaves crunching underfoot, the crisp morning air, Halloween costumes in Costco- fall has arrived, and that means it’s time to officially say farewell to summer. This is always a bittersweet time for me, as summer is my favorite season- I love the freedom to stay up late…

Getting Excited about Activewear Again…

By Sarah | September 4, 2019

If you’ve spent more than 5 seconds on my blog, you’ll have noticed that I have a penchant for sewing activewear. Some might even call it an obsession, and I’m frequently asked, with some amazement, how many pairs of leggings/sports bras/tanks I actually own. I haven’t counted, but I’d guess its over 20 of each-…

Tested: Made for Mermaids Jade Dress/Peplum

By Sarah | August 13, 2019

I have a bad habit of signing up for too many things whenever we come back from a trip. Every time, I swear I won’t do it, and without fail, here I am again, with the third blog post in as many days, because I just couldn’t resist committing to just one more project (can…

New Arrival: Sundown and Moondance Tanks!

By Sarah | August 7, 2017 |

We just got back from a family camping trip, and although I’m a bit late to the party, I’m excited to share a set of tanks I’ve been testing for Striped Swallow Designs for the past couple weeks! The Sundown and Moondance Tanks are part of the “Crossing Paths Collection”, come in both women’s and…

Christmas in July!

By Sarah | July 31, 2018 |

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…

Pattern Hacking: Button Front Havana Cami (& bonus tutorial!)

By Sarah | April 24, 2019 |

Hey friends! It feels like we were just hanging out here yesterday, and while I don’t want you to develop, you know, expectations about when I post (I love to be random like that!), I just had to circle back to share my new favorite cami, and a tutorial for getting this look yourself! This…

Pattern Test: GreenStyle Creations Scarlet Swing Dress

By Sarah | February 10, 2017 |

I have something very exciting to share today: my first pattern test! If you don’t know what a pattern test is (I didn’t a few months ago!) it’s when pattern designers put out a call for volunteers to test their sewing patterns. Testers sew up the pattern several times, give feedback and photos, and then…

Pattern Review: Jalie Criss Cross Nursing Top

By Sarah | July 15, 2017 |

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…

Open Back Top SewAlong Day 2: Back Binding

By Sarah | July 25, 2017 |

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. Need to catch up? Find the Supplies post HERE. I’ve made a quick video…

More Fit Gear!

By Sarah | April 6, 2018 |

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…

Tabor V-Neck and Moto Inspires

By Sarah | March 30, 2019 |

There’s nothing better than combining a tried and true pattern with a brand new one….and finding a perfect match! This sweater/leggings combo gets all the #momiform love from me, and works really well for the weather related whiplash we’ve been experiencing as spring and winter battle it out for supremacy on my weather app (seriously,…

Belle of the ball (or pool…)

By Sarah | May 11, 2017 |

After my last swimsuit success, I was looking forward to trying my hand at sewing another suit, this time with some really gorgeous custom swim fabric from the Magical round over at Pink Zeppelin Fabrics. When a group puts up fabrics for their strike off seamstresses, there is usually an opportunity to chime in and…

Shiny Fabric Weaknesses….and a Full Front Power Bra Hack!

By Sarah | February 24, 2019 |

Sometimes, I try to resist buying more fabric. I really do. A couple weeks ago, when I found a fantastic athletic foil print fabric at JoAnns, I resisted it and kept myself on track, buying only the thread I had come there for (and a snack to keep the toddler-zilla happy- #momlife). Of course, I…

SewBibs Challenge: Burnside Bibs!

By Sarah | April 11, 2019

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 5

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Power Bra SewAlong: Day 3

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Power Bra SewAlong: Day 2

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Power Bra SewAlong: Day 1

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Raglan SewAlong: Day 4

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Raglan Sew-Along: Day 3

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Raglan Sew-Along: Day 2

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Raglan Sew-Along: Day 1

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