Tested: Clara Wrap Top

By Sarah | April 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

I’ve been wanting to try a little wrap top for ages, but couldn’t find the right pattern. Years ago, I tried the Papercut Coppelia wrap top, and had a few serious fitting issues that I was unable to resolve at the time, being a beginner sewist. So, when Greenstyle, one of my favorite pattern companies,…

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

By Sarah | April 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

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…

Lightening things up for Spring!

By Sarah | April 23, 2019 | 8 Comments

The weather forecast FINALLY shows a week of sunshine around here, and if I was like any normal person, I’d be breaking out last year’s capris and tanks. Of course, as my friends would tell you, I’m pretty far from “normal”- so naturally my response is to make new things for Spring instead! I started with…

Ready for S’More Camping!

By Sarah | April 15, 2019 | 6 Comments

Next to sewing, camping is one of my top joys in life. If you had told this to my twenty year old self, who lived for shopping malls and manicures, I would have laughed in your face. I still detest being dirty, sleeping on the ground, and washing my dishes while balancing soap precariously on…

Floral Athletic Wear!

By Sarah | April 12, 2019 | 13 Comments

I’ve been trying to expand my horizons a bit when it comes to athletic, wear, and this week I decided to try out the bralette version of the Jalie Julia Camisole and the Sinclair Penny Leggings. I made the Jalie Julia tank twice last summer, and while I love both of them, they aren’t very…

SewBibs Challenge: Burnside Bibs!

By Sarah | April 11, 2019 | 4 Comments

I’m usually a bit of a flake when it comes to Instagram sewing challenges- I see the challenge, maybe purchase a few supplies, and then get distracted by whatever other projects have landed on my cutting table, only remembering the challenge on the last day as everyone that participated throws up their awesome projects. It’s…

A Hey June Willamette for Spring!

By Sarah | April 7, 2019 | 3 Comments

I’ve been sewing knits nonstop for what seems like forever, so when I stumbled across the “sew a collar” challenge in the 52 weeks of sewing group a couple weeks ago, I thought it was high time to break off my love affair with knits for a minute, and try out a new (to me)…

Tutorial: Cutting & Sewing Stripes for a Perfect Finish

By Sarah | April 3, 2019 | 8 Comments

Confession Time: I LOVE wearing stripes. They’re a great way to add visual interest, a second (or third, or fourth) color to a basic wardrobe staple, and can be sewn in so many different ways (color-blocked, on the bias, etc.). BUT, ( and this is a big but)….I haven’t always loved sewing them. My perfectionist…

Tabor V-Neck and Moto Inspires

By Sarah | March 30, 2019 | 2 Comments

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,…

Tested: Sporty Piko Top

By Sarah | March 29, 2019 | 8 Comments

I try to resist pattern testing too much these days, what with my desire to go to bed before 2AM and all (sometimes I can’t get started on sewing until well after 9PM- mama’s, tell me you understand!). But occasionally, an up-and-coming pattern catches my eye, and applying for the test provides a handy little…

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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…

Tutorial: Adding Jogger details to your Favorite Leggings

By Sarah | March 19, 2019

Today I’m sharing a tutorial for adding jogger style details to your favorite leggings pattern. This is a hack I’ve been wanting to try for several months, ever since I saw this “pinspiration”. The main details that set joggers apart from leggings, besides a more relaxed fit, are that joggers (like the Brassies or Carita…

Back to the 80s…Fit Capsule Part II

By Sarah | March 17, 2019

I warned you in my last post, that there would be more FitCapsule items to come…once I got started I just couldn’t stop! Seriously y’all, leggings are like potato chips for me- they both motivate me to exercise, though for different reasons- ha! This part of my FitCapsule (missed part one? catch it here) is…

When the dog eats your Ice Cream….and other tales of summer

By Sarah | March 15, 2019

    I believe firmly in sewing controlled weather…if I start sewing for summer, it will TURN INTO summer, right? It’s a theory of weather management that’s never failed, so since I’m officially tired of winter, I decided to start sewing rashguards. I’ve sewn my kids’ swimwear for the past three years running (check out…

Sewing Traditions: Fit Capsule 2019

By Sarah | March 10, 2019

Do you have some favorite sewing traditions? I’ll admit, I’m not very good at participating in holiday traditions (I’ve even been called a “grinch” on occasion), but I love sewing ones- especially those that involve sewing activewear (so quick! so satisfying!) The Greenstyle FitCapsule challenge is one those annual sewing events that I look forward…

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…

A new Chevron Tank (and freezing temps!)

By Sarah | February 22, 2019

  I have a confession to make: I’m not doing very well at coordinating my fit Capsule. Sure, I’ve made about 8 pieces of clothing for the Capsule at this point, but with the exception of the matching bra/leggings sets, nothing coordinates with each other! I swear that after today, I’ll try to concentrate on…

Tested: Itch to Stitch Orono Top

By Sarah | February 17, 2019

Friends, I have a problem. I have a gazillion pairs of leggings (can’t stop. won’t stop.), more in the works, and not nearly enough winter tops to wear them with! As much as I’d love to go around sporting hoodies all day long, they aren’t very nursing friendly (unless they have a zipper, and I’ve…

SuperStars!

By Sarah | February 12, 2019

I don’t know if y’all know this about me, but I’m a researcher at heart. I LOVE nothing more than to dive into a subject, research the heck out of it, and then bore my friends and family for daaayyysss about everything I”v learned. Its also why I buy more patterns even when I have…

Fit Capsule Planning (or not….)

By Sarah | February 10, 2019

I’m a card carrying Type A person….except when it comes to sewing. Sure, I’m a perfectionist, and will redo that reverse coverstitch a dozen times to make sure it lines up perfectly, but apart from my maddening tendency to re-stitch seams, I’m not really much of a planner when it comes to sewing. While Google Calendar is…

Why I Love Add-Ons…

By Sarah | February 3, 2019

Face it. Sometimes you buy a pattern, and you make a few times, and you love it, and then you realize that it would be perfect, if only it had this one extra little thing. Most of the time unless you have mad illustrator skills or the time to figure out a hack, those dreams go…

Camo for a Cause…

By Sarah | January 29, 2019

I used to be such a girly girl…as in I would ONLY wear shades of pink and purple as a child, with the frilliest accessories possible. I cried when they fingerprinted me because I didn’t like my hands to get “dirty”, and I played with dolls until I could drive a car (in secret with…

Swimwear: The Holy Grail of Sewing

By Sarah | April 25, 2017 | 10 Comments

I’ve long considered swim wear the holy grail of sewing, along with lingerie and full featured blue jeans (all those rivets, and topstitching!). Although I live in swim all summer, sewing my own swimsuits always seemed a little out of my league- a daunting task with an uncertain outcome. So, of course, when 5 out…

Pattern Test: GreenStyle Creations Scarlet Swing Dress

By Sarah | February 10, 2017 | 6 Comments

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…

Warrior Pose!

By Sarah | October 21, 2018 | 6 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,…

Tested: Sporty Piko Top

By Sarah | March 29, 2019 | 8 Comments

I try to resist pattern testing too much these days, what with my desire to go to bed before 2AM and all (sometimes I can’t get started on sewing until well after 9PM- mama’s, tell me you understand!). But occasionally, an up-and-coming pattern catches my eye, and applying for the test provides a handy little…

Fit Capsule Planning (or not….)

By Sarah | February 10, 2019 | 6 Comments

I’m a card carrying Type A person….except when it comes to sewing. Sure, I’m a perfectionist, and will redo that reverse coverstitch a dozen times to make sure it lines up perfectly, but apart from my maddening tendency to re-stitch seams, I’m not really much of a planner when it comes to sewing. While Google Calendar is…

Baby Boards! Sewing with Boardshort Fabric!

By Sarah | July 24, 2017 | 2 Comments

If there’s anything cuter than flamingos, its a baby in flamingo pants. I mean, really. How can you NOT smile when you see these? It all started with some board short fabric from Vintage Lace. I’d never ordered custom board short fabric before, but since the retail options are SO limited, I got curious. I…

New Year’s Reflections

By Sarah | January 9, 2019 | 20 Comments

Happy New Year friends! I’ve taken a much needed blogging break while I enjoyed the holidays with the family, but I’ve been itching to add a post of my own to the collection of New Year’s sewing reflections that have been floating around the blog-o-sphere, so here I am (tell me its not too late!).…

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…

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

By Sarah | November 19, 2018 | 10 Comments

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…

Sweater Weather!

By Sarah | November 16, 2017 | 15 Comments

As the weather gets cooler, I have to fight my natural instinct to hibernate. Much as I’d like to cozy up in front of the fireplace (my cave) and doze off all season long, life doesn’t seem to slow down, so I have to find ways to cope. Warm clothing is essential for motivating me…

SewBibs Challenge: Burnside Bibs!

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