Summer 19 Trip Part II: Roasting in Palm Springs

By Sarah | July 3, 2019 | 1 Comment

Note: This post is part of a sewing and travel documentary, as I share what I sew and experience during our two month RV tour of the American Southwest. You can read part one of that series HERE. After San Diego, we were originally scheduled to journey to Lake Havasu in Arizona, but I quickly…

Testing in the RV: New Horizons Maui Tank

By Sarah | June 26, 2019 | 10 Comments

I wondered, when we started our journey, whether or not I’d be able to test patterns while traveling. While I’ve cut back alot recently, I still love testing patterns, both for the incentive to sew and the motivation to try new techniques. The biggest hurdles to this however, were printing ability and fabric. My “home”…

Summer 19 Trip Part 1: Athletics on the Sand!

By Sarah | June 24, 2019 | 8 Comments

I’m so excited to be back and sharing some new makes with you! If you haven’t read in my previous posts, we are on a two month RV tour of the American Southwest, and having a blast. I intended to sew and blog along the way, but I’ve discovered that the wide open spaces of…

Guest Post: Easy Summer Casual Wear

By Sarah | June 19, 2019 | 4 Comments

Note: This post was first published on the Cali & Co blog, where a more detailed review of the fabric is included. Don’t forget to check it out after you read this post! Hi friends! I’m excited to share that I’ve joined the Cali & Co. team of bloggers, and I’m debuting my first look…

Hey June June!

By Sarah | May 31, 2019 | 7 Comments

Hey friends! It’s June first, and in my book, that means SUMMER!! (Please don’t educate me about complicated things like the solstice and actual astrological constants as they pertain to the seasons, because my brain has been turned OFF for the next three months!) This year, that means that not only do I get to…

Loving Linen for Spring…

By Sarah | May 24, 2019 | 2 Comments

I’ve really fallen hard for linen lately. It started with the Samara pants (blogged here), and just snowballed from there- and I can tell you (with no shame!) that I now have 12 yards of the stuff sitting on my front porch, waiting for me to get home from work and throw it into the…

Tested: Melbourne Top

By Sarah | May 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Here’s a confession for you: I love being a mom. I even love being pregnant, when I’m not nauseous/cranky/toddling about on ankles the size of telephone poles. But I HATE maternity clothes. Unfortunately, I don’t have the type of body that just goes along through pregnancy completely normal except for a slight front bulge- nope-…

Breaking the Rules…

By Sarah | May 15, 2019 | 8 Comments

  Have you ever tried a style that went far outside of your comfort zone and “rules for dressing”? Wide legged pants have long been on my list of no-go’s when it comes to style- while they looked amazing on long legged Amazonian models, I feared they would overwhelm my petite pear shaped frame and…

Not So Basic Leggings….

By Sarah | May 6, 2019 | 4 Comments

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…

Summer Crops!

By Sarah | May 6, 2019 | 2 Comments

I’ll be honest- I remember the last time the crop top trend rolled around- I was in college, about 20 years younger than I am now, and with decidedly less stretch marks/scars, etc. (but paradoxically more concerned with how others saw me). I tried to get comfortable in a crop, and even considered a nice…

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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…

Lightening things up for Spring!

By Sarah | April 23, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

Unity & Love & Leggings

By Sarah | March 24, 2019

Unless you’ve been hiding under a virtual rock, you’ve seen the uproar recently on social media regarding comments that have intentionally marginalized and demeaned members of the LGBTQIA community, and sewists of color as well. While I’m pretty much as white and straight as it gets, I want to believe in the possibility of an…

Pattern Review: Marbella Tank

By Sarah | March 22, 2019

Continuing on with trying to sew for the upcoming season, I grabbed the Marbella tank pattern from New Horizons Designs recently. The lace back options caught my eye a few months back when the pattern was released, but I was deep into winter sewing at the time, and couldn’t imagine exposing enough skin to the…

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…

One Button Cardigan Love!

By Sarah | September 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

I’ve mentioned my  penchant for staying warm in the winter and fall seasons, and I can’t resist a good fall floral. When I saw this “Drama Queen” french terry from Sly Fox Fabrics, I knew I had to have it- despite the little voice in my head warning me that sometimes mustard tones don’t look…

How to Insert Clear Elastic into a Seam with your Serger

By Sarah | April 7, 2017 | 2 Comments

Ready to wear clothing makes great use of clear elastic in seams to provide structure, stretch and durability. Check out my video on how to apply clear elastic quickly and easily with your serger! I have the Brother 1034D serger, available here on Amazon. You can find clear elastic on Amazon as well here. Full…

The Family that wears Sketchy Essentials Together….

By Sarah | May 12, 2017 | 2 Comments

When people find out I sew, they often ask me if I “save money” with my hobby. Which always provokes a laugh from me because no, I don’t really save money by sewing my own clothing, a la Laura Ingalls Wilder. Making my own clothes could be economical, if one chose to do it that way…

Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour: 2018!

By Sarah | March 20, 2018 | 16 Comments

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…

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…

For the man who does it all….

By Sarah | September 7, 2017 | 2 Comments

People frequently ask how I can possibly get so many projects/hacks/sew-alongs completed, given the already full schedule of homeschooling, working, and being a full time mom to three young children. I can tell you, with absolute certainty, that almost nothing would get done without the amazing support of my husband, who helps save our family…

Fail Friday: Fabric Planning Fail!

By Sarah | August 18, 2017 | 1 Comment

I was super excited the other day, when I was able to get my Centerfield/Scarlet Swing dress mash-up out of a single yard of fabric. I mean, a whole dress for $7? What’s not to love? In fact, I was so excited, that I assumed I could get it out of any yard in my…

Sewciety Box: Video Review

By Sarah | December 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

A couple months ago, on Instagram I saw a post about a new subscription box that was in the works for seamstresses. Having previously been subscribed to the BeeBox (from another company, which sadly had to close), I was immediately intrigued- I love the anticipation ,challenge and motivation that mystery sewing boxes provide, and the…

The Bear Family!

By Sarah | May 9, 2017 | 1 Comment

Some of my kids favorite bedtime stories are the Berenstain Bears, in which mama, papa, sister and brother bear all live, love and learn together. I love the wholesome content of these stories (unlike lego comic books, which are also a favorite), and so when I saw the Mama ,Papa, Baby and Brother bear panels at…

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…

SewBibs Challenge: Burnside Bibs!

By Sarah | April 11, 2019

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