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,…

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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…

Back 2 School Blog Tour 2019: Preschool Edition

By Sarah | August 12, 2019

                      Hello friends! I’m happy to be back again today (so much more time for blogging now that we’re home!) as part of the Back to School Blog Tour, hosted by Karly of Paisley Roots (be sure to read to the end to enter the giveaway- she’s got some…

Ringing in #BraAugust!

By Sarah | August 12, 2019

  I don’t keep up with social media quite as much as I used to (trying to spend a little more time staying grounded in the present, these days), but I was really looking forward to BraAugust this year as a time to learn some new skills, and motivate myself to sew a few new…

Summer Road Trip Part IV: Mesa Verde, Alamosa, Denver, and Dinosaur!

By Sarah | August 8, 2019

Hello again! Today I’m sharing the 4th installment in my Summer Travel Sewing series, covering our visits through Mesa Verde, Denver, and Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado. (missed the first two in this series? Here’s Part I and Part II,  and Part III). If you recall my last post, I left off in Monument Valley, roasting in…

Fall Style: Wine & Lace

By Sarah | August 6, 2019

I’m back home, and busy working on blog posts to document the last legs of our trip, but in the meantime, I took advantage of all the extra SPACE (nothing like going from 200 square feet to 2600 to give you an appreciation for the ability to spread out!) and whipped up a new athletic…

Summer 19 Road Trip Part III: Grand Canyon & Monument Valley

By Sarah | July 23, 2019

******Disclaimer for those afraid of heights- PLEASE READ******* Please be aware, there WILL be photos below that show me standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon, and in the middle of a mojor highway in Monument Valley. I am a naturally cautious person, so I didn’t do anything overly dangerous, despite some of the…

Back 2 School Blog Tour 2019: Preschool Edition

By Sarah | August 12, 2019 |

                      Hello friends! I’m happy to be back again today (so much more time for blogging now that we’re home!) as part of the Back to School Blog Tour, hosted by Karly of Paisley Roots (be sure to read to the end to enter the giveaway- she’s got some…

Inspire Tights Sew-Along: Day 3

By Sarah | October 7, 2018 |

Welcome to Day 3 of the Inspire Tights 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 selecting your size, adjusting your fit, and cutting your fabric! Day 2 is HERE on the blog.…

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…

Open Back Top SewAlong: Supplies

By Sarah | July 24, 2017 |

Welcome to the SewAlong for the Open Back Top by Greenstyle Creations! I’m excited to be hosting another SewAlong (see my others here) for Knitpop, and I wanted to write a brief post about supplies to get you started! If you’re not already a part of the event, JOIN HERE! We are going to have…

Eating my words: Centerfield Swing Mash-up

By Sarah | August 16, 2017 |

I’ve been invited to many LulaRoe parties, but never had the slightest interest in attending. Why would I spend precious fabric money on poorly constructed clothing in strange prints when I could make my own? Plus, as I usually (politely) explained to the hostesses, the every popular “Carly” dress and endless variants just wasn’t my…

Birthday Post!

By Sarah | September 25, 2018 |

It’s my birthday, so of course I had to commemorate it with a post about some selfish sewing I’ve been doing lately! While my dream day would involve lounging on a tropical island with a mai tai, lounging around the house drinking coffee in new me-made duds are a close second, so here we go!…

Hacked! Summit Peak Hoodie with Nursing Access

By Sarah | March 31, 2018 |

I’ve been waiting on the women’s Summit Peak Hoodie ever since I tested the children’s version late last year. I’ve actually thought about using the largest kids size, but that can be problematic, as I’m not really proportioned like a kid, despite being pretty petite. So I was really excited to see it finally come…

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 Favorite things in (sewing) life are FREE!

By Sarah | August 8, 2017 |

There are a number of sayings in our culture cautioning people not to trust a free product- and while sewing is far from being an economical hobby (at least for me!), I’ve actaully found the opposite to be true with regard to patterns: many of my favorites are FREE! In fact, a designer’s free pattern…

Challenge yourself! Birch Button Up Release, Review and GIVEAWAY!

By Sarah | July 26, 2017 |

     I’ve gone on  and on about sewing with wovens (see my Wovens 101 post HERE)….but I hadn’t made the most obvious woven garment: a collared shirt! Right up there with swimwear (conquered!), real jeans (yikes- not yet!) and a formal dress (I’d love the challenge but I’d never wear it), sewing a fully featured…

SewBibs Challenge: Burnside Bibs!

By Sarah | April 11, 2019

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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 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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