Greenstyle Strides, and a Leggings Showdown!

By Sarah | August 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

I finally made the last athletic leggings pattern in the Greenstyle lineup: the Stride Tights! I hacked these last year to match a pair from Nordstrom (blogger confession: I still haven’t hemmed them and just keep wearing them tucked under at the bottom! Find them on the blog here), but that hack was pretty extensive, and…

Cami Love!

By Sarah | August 5, 2018 | 1 Comment

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…

Christmas in July!

By Sarah | July 31, 2018 | 1 Comment

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…

Not your mama’s sweats…

By Sarah | July 29, 2018 | 5 Comments

I jumped on the jogger bandwagon a long time ago, and have been wearing them in all forms ever since. When I heard my favorite lounge pattern, the Portlanders, were getting a little jogger-transformation, I had to check it out, and brought my mini-me along for the ride! Never mind that it was 110 degrees…

Tested: DIBY Althea Tank

By Sarah | July 28, 2018 | 7 Comments

A couple weeks ago, the Fabric Fairy got in some amazing meshes, and I had to buy up. I honestly wasn’t sure at the time what I would use them for, I just knew they screamed “cool exercise girl” and had to have them for myself. Meshes are everywhere in athletic gear right now- Lululemon…

Moxi Shorts Sew-Along: Day 5

By Sarah | July 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome to Day 5 of the Moxi Shorts SewAlong! If you don’t have your pattern yet, you can get it here. If you still need to order fabric, you can find the stretch woven HERE (Use code “moxie” for 10% off (through 7/27/18). Catching up: Need to catch up? Check out Day 1 HERE on the blog. It’s got lots…

Moxi Shorts Sew-Along: Day 4

By Sarah | July 25, 2018 | 2 Comments

Welcome to Day 4 of the Moxi Shorts SewAlong! If you don’t have your pattern yet, you can get it here. If you still need to order fabric, you can find the stretch woven HERE (Use code “moxie” for 10% off (through 7/27/18). Catching up: Need to catch up? Check out Day 1 HERE on the blog. It’s got lots…

Moxi Shorts Sew-Along: Day 3

By Sarah | July 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome to Day 3 of the Moxi Shorts SewAlong! If you don’t have your pattern yet, you can get it here. If you still need to order fabric, you can find the stretch woven HERE (Use code “moxie” for 10% off (through 7/27/18). Catching up: Need to catch up? Check out Day 1 HERE on the blog. It’s got lots…

Moxi Shorts Sew-Along: Day 2

By Sarah | July 23, 2018 | 2 Comments

Welcome to Day 2 of the Moxi Shorts SewAlong! If you don’t have your pattern yet, you can get it here. If you still need to order fabric, you can find the stretch woven HERE (Use code “moxie” for 10% off! Catching up: Need to catch up? Check out Day 1 HERE on the blog. It’s got lots…

Moxi Shorts Sew-Along: Day 1

By Sarah | July 22, 2018 | 6 Comments

Welcome to the first day of the Greenstyle Moxi Shorts Sew-Along! If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you know that one of my favorite things to sew (and wear!) is activewear, so these shorts have been on my sew-along list for a while now, just waiting for the time to…

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When Life Gives You Lemons…(make mommy and me tops!)

By Sarah | July 11, 2018

I’ve had quite a few sewing “lemons” lately- patterns I was super excited to sew up, that for various reasons turned out completely unwearable. It happens to the best of us, I guess, but I found myself last week in a bit of a rut. Heres the equation, for all you math geeks out there:…

Summer Getaway Shorts (and tank)!

By Sarah | July 8, 2018

Note: I received the fabric in this post for free, in exchange for my post. All opinions are my own 🙂 Today I’m sharing a project that’s been in the works for quite a while- almost an embarrassingly long period of time, if I’m being honest. Back in May, I received a lovely box of…

Happy 4th of July!

By Sarah | July 2, 2018

I’m so proud of myself friends, because I’ve actually managed to sew up some Fourth of July gear in time to share it before the actual holiday! I’m typically a late-night/last-minute kind of holiday seamstress, so this is a big accomplishment for me, and I’m so glad I did it, because now we have these cute…

Sahara by the Seaside…

By Sarah | June 25, 2018

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…

My heart is in Havana…

By Sarah | June 22, 2018

I’ve spent the past couple weeks singing this song…  Now that it’s in your head too, I can show you my new Havana dress and top, from the recently released pattern by Greenstyle. The Havana is a departure from the athletic patterns that make up a large portion of the Greenstyle offerings, and despite…

Feeling Tropical!

By Sarah | June 19, 2018

Whew! We are back from our vacation! I spent my days in Southern Cali hanging out at the beach, playing with the kids, and visiting all the local fabric shops (you’ll start seeing the fruits of those visits soon-!). This little suit got a ton of wear, and while I didn’t have time to blog…

Top 3 Photography Tips for Testers!

By Sarah | June 9, 2018

Hello friends! Today I’m over on the Greenstyle Creations blog sharing something I’m deeply passionate about- photography. Not just any old photography, sewing photography of course! On this blog, nearly all the photography is a collaboration between my husband and myself- he usually mans the camera, and I obsess about getting the right settings, background,…

Swim, Swim!

By Sarah | June 7, 2018

There were alot of things on my list to make before we head out on a few camping trips this summer, but near the top was a swimsuit for my daughter. At 2 years old, she’s a beast in the pool and the ocean alike, demanding “swim, swim!” every time her little eyes spot a…

Tested: Helen Dress by DIBY

By Sarah | June 6, 2018

I’ve cut back quite a bit on my testing lately, but every so often something comes along that really catches my eye, or fits in perfectly with my plans, and then I use the testing deadline to motivate myself to get it done! That was the case with the newly released Helen Dress by DIBY–…

Super G Sew-Along: Day 4

By Sarah | May 28, 2018

Welcome to the last day of the Super G Sew Along! If you don’t have your pattern yet, you can get it here. Catching up: Need to catch up? Day 1 is 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.] Day 2…

Super G Sew-Along: Day 3

By Sarah | May 27, 2018

Welcome to Day 3 of the Super G SewAlong! If you don’t have your pattern yet, you can get it here. Catching up: Need to catch up? Day 1 is 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.] Day 2 is HERE.…

Super G SAL: Day 2

By Sarah | May 26, 2018

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.…

Mother of Dragons

By Sarah | June 19, 2017 | 10 Comments

We’ve really been feeling the Dragon theme around here, but last time I got left out of all the fun! I knew I could make it up to myself with the new round of fabrics up for pre-order from Pink Zeppelin that feature All. The. Scales. (Seriously, everything from lizard to alligator are represented, including…

Cami Love!

By Sarah | August 5, 2018 | 1 Comment

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…

The good kind of Clique (and a M4M Mama Ella and Greenstyle Brassie Joggers)

By Sarah | March 12, 2017 | 5 Comments

I have to be honest, I wasn’t one of the popular girls in high school. Not even close. In fact, I think they kinda hated me. But whatever! Now I’m part of new COOL clique, one that involves one of my favorite things: FABRIC! A couple weeks ago, Dhee, of the Fab Clique, reached out…

Fall Textures!

By Sarah | November 12, 2017 | 60 Comments

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Itch to Stitch Patterns– they’re well designed, practical (read: mom friendly and no crazy styles that make me raise my eyebrows!), and the instructions are top notch: three of my biggest criteria when choosing a pattern company to sew from. On top of all that, the…

Thankful Sewing: Man Sized!

By Sarah | November 1, 2017 | 54 Comments

It’s easy to get caught up in the hoopla of the holidays, the chaos of shuffling to and fro and baking the perfect pumpkin pie, and forget about the spirit of the season: Thankfulness. This month, I’m delighted to be co-hosting the Thankful Sewing Blog Tour with Melissa of Mahlica Designs. We have an awesome…

Light as a Feather…

By Sarah | May 9, 2017 | 4 Comments

I’ve been holding out on you! Sly Fox actually sent me TWO prints to work with, the first here, and the second being this gorgeous rayon spandex feather print. Its difficult to tell from the photos, but there is actually a really nice subtle stripe in the background of this print, lending it a sophistication…

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…

Sahara by the Seaside…

By Sarah | June 25, 2018 | 7 Comments

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…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

By Sarah | September 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Despite my passion for sewing, I don’t usually consider myself a “crafty” person- I’m a terrible interior decorator, and the only thing I’ve ever sewn besides clothing are a couple pillow cases my boys talked me into last Christmas out of Star Wars fabric they made me buy during a shopping trip to JoAnns (note…

Raglan Round-Up (Part 2)

By Sarah | March 8, 2018 | 6 Comments

Sooo….. you knew it wasn’t going to stop at my last Raglan Round-Up post didn’t you? So many patterns to compare, so little time! Today I’m going compare several that have a few unique details not found on other raglans, as well as some TNT raglan patterns. The four I’ve chosen for this post are:…

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