Happy 4th of July!

By Sarah | July 3, 2020 |

Happy Fourth of July friends! With 2020 more than halfway over, I could go deep here, and share all the insights, challenges, and opportunities I’ve had over the past 7 months, but I’ll save all that for another day, and just say that we are taking the day tommorow to celebrate the birth of our…

No COVID at the Creek!

By Sarah | June 27, 2020 |

  As the weather has warmed up, but some things (like the gym) remain closed or inadvisable, we’ve been taking another look at our surroundings, and trying come up with some novel ways to keep ourselves entertained. Thankfully, we’ve hit the jackpot in a swimming spot along the creek about half a mile from our…

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…

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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…

Playing with length: The Cape Cod Capelet

By Sarah | November 6, 2019

We made it through the beginning of school,  the overabundance of September birthdays, and the mad-candy-dash of Halloween, which means its time to settle down a bit into November, and enjoy the calm before the storm. The very fact that I survived all these events and lived to blog about them is more than enough…

More Fall Athletics…

By Sarah | October 29, 2019

As some of you may know, we are trying to figure out, as a family, how we can make travel a more regular part of our lives. While the naysayers suggested that this year’s epic Summer Trip (see parts One, Two, Three and Four on the blog), in which we spent two months traveling the…

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…

X-Press Tank Sew Along: Fabric and Supplies

By Sarah | March 26, 2018 |

Welcome to the first post in the X-Press Tank Sew-Along Series! The Xpress tank from Greenstyle Creations is one of my all time favorite workout tops, and just like a can of pringles, once you make one, you’re going to want another, and another! One of the best things about this pattern is it’s versatility.…

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…

How to Gather with your Serger

By Sarah | April 7, 2017 |

Sergers can do so much more than just sew and finish seams! Watch this video to learn how to use your serger to gather fabric- no more pulling on long basting threads! I have the Brother1034D serger, which I purchased on Amazon here. Its a workhorse, and sews very well for the price. Full Disclosure:…

Porlander Shorts for Women

By Sarah | June 13, 2017 |

I love it when pattern designers listen to their fans! That was certainly the case with the Portlander Pants by New Horizons- as the girls version was released (see my review here), moms everywhere began clamoring for their own shorts and pockets version of the Portlander Pants! And boy, did Terra deliver! While I can…

Chelsea Pants Sewalong: Fabric and Supplies!

By Sarah | October 17, 2017 |

I’m delighted to be hosting a Sew-Along for the Chelsea Pants from Greenstyle Creations next week (starts Monday, 10/23/17). This sewalong is being hosted by Sly Fox Fabrics, and I’m excited to be partnering with them because they have so many great options for the Chelsea Pants! If you’re new to Sew-Alongs, here’s how they…

Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour: 2018!

By Sarah | March 20, 2018 |

I’m so honored to be a part of the Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour today! I spend more time than I’d care to admit pouring over all temptation on the Style Maker site, so when Michelle asked me if I’d like to sign on for the Spring tour, I just about tripped over myself…

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…

Chelsea Pants SewAlong Day 3

By Sarah | October 25, 2017 |

Welcome to day 3 of the Chelsea Pants Sew Along! Those pockets from yesterday are looking really good, and today we get to sese our pants start to take shape (hopefully yours!). To review, so far we have covered: Supplies Cutting out your pattern Sewing the pockets Today, we will be sewing the front and back…

Not So Basic Leggings….

By Sarah | May 6, 2019 |

If you haven’t already figured this out based on the sheer number of athletic posts on my blog, I wear leggings alot. I never thought I’d be on the #leggingsarerealpants team, but here I am, wearing them as a main staple for my very active life. I’m currently training for a half/full marathon (haven’t decided…

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…

SewBibs Challenge: Burnside Bibs!

By Sarah | April 11, 2019

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Power Bra SewAlong: Day 2

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Raglan SewAlong: Day 4

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