Loving Linen for Spring…

By Sarah | May 24, 2019 | 0 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…

Me Made May Plans & a Papercut Fjord Cardigan

By Sarah | April 30, 2019 | 2 Comments

It’s that time of year again friends- Me Made May! If you aren’t familiar, its primarily an Instagram challenge started by So Zo, in which sewists across the world endeavor to focus more on their self sewn wardrobe. For some, that means wearing a hand-made item daily- for others, it’s an opportunity to evaluate their…

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…

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Pattern Revolution: Jalie Rova Review

By Sarah | June 17, 2017

You all know my passion for doing pattern testing (see some examples here), but sometimes its fun to sew a fully developed pattern, you know? One that’s already been tested, with complete instructions and examples from people who have made it successfully? That’s why I have some exciting news today: I’ve joined the awesome team…

Sailing away!

By Sarah | June 16, 2017

As I’ve mentioned before, we have several trips to the beach planned this summer, but I was so busy creating a capsule wardrobe for myself, I realized Princess needed some new clothes for our trips too! When I saw the Sailor Dress from Ellie and Mac, I knew this would be the perfect pattern to…

Brassie Joggers SewAlong: LIVE

By Sarah | June 16, 2017

Whew! I did it! My first LIVE SewAlong! Apart from my husband stepping on and embedding a sewing machine needle in his foot halfway through (sorry honey!), I think it went pretty well! I loved the opportunity to interact with the viewers and answer questions in real time. It is so satisfying to watch someone…

Sew What Do I Wear: Vacation Edition!

By Sarah | June 16, 2017

You know how when you were a kid you counted down the days until summer vacation? Well, I’m a few years out of high school (haha! Let’s not start guessing how old I am m’kay?) and I still love to count down the days until summer. It’s my favorite season- a smorgasbord of flip flops, barbecues and…

Brassie Joggers SewAlong: Lace Hack

By Sarah | June 14, 2017

Welcome back to the Brassie Joggers SewAlong! Today we are assembling our legs, and I’ve got another hack for you! See the other posts in this series here: Brassie Joggers: Supplies Brassie Joggers: Printing and Fit Adjustments Scoop Pocket Hack Jean Shorts Hack Don’t have the Pattern? Get it HERE Join the SewAlong HERE LACE…

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…

Brassie Joggers Sewalong: Scoop Pocket Hack

By Sarah | June 13, 2017

Welcome back to the Brassie Jogger Sewalong Series! If you’re just joining me, you can see my other posts in this series here: Brassie Joggers: Supplies Brassie Joggers: Printing Tutorial and Fit Adjustments Join the SewAlong HERE Today we are sewing the pockets! The Brassies have a really innovative patch pocket design that is topstitched…

Brassie Joggers Sewalong: Printing and Fitting

By Sarah | June 13, 2017

Welcome back to my SewAlong Series on the Brassie Joggers by Greenstyle Creations! You can find the SewAlong here (Join Knitpop first if you aren’t already a member or the link won’t work). Today we are printing our pattern, choosing options, and cutting fabric. If you don’t already have your pattern, you can get it…

Brassie Joggers Sewalong: Supplies

By Sarah | June 11, 2017

Welcome to the Brassie Joggers Sewalong Series! I’m delighted to be hosting this sewalong over at Knitpop- you can join the event here. If you aren’t a member of Knitpop yet (you should be! They have awesome fabrics and lightening fast shipping!) join the group first, and then the event. How a SewAlong Works: If…

Sewing Staples: The Green Tee

By Sarah | June 9, 2017

Its fun to sew fancy clothing, with intricate details and a big wow factor. But that’s not what I wear on a daily basis. What I wear on a daily basis, are T shirts. Sure, I could buy an ill fitting and poorly constructed one at target for $15, but it would fall apart after…

Brassie Jogger Hacks: Stretch Woven Brassies!

By Sarah | June 9, 2017

  Every so often, someone asks if the Brassie Joggers (made before here and here and here) can be made in a woven material. I initially dismissed this idea, as possible but nuts- who would want to wear woven instead of a soft comfy knit? I changed my tune when another reviewer posted a photo of…

Baby got Back! Strappy Top Hack!

By Sarah | June 7, 2017

A few months ago, Becky Nohava (see her Instagram here) posted a photo of a top in Knitpop that she had hacked to have the most amazing back- like no pattern I had ever seen (and I’ve seen a few!). It was quite popular, but I was too intimidated to try it myself without a little…

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…

The DayDream Dress Sewalong: Skirt Hack

By Sarah | April 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

I hope you’re enjoying the Daydream Dress Sew along over at the Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe! If you haven’t picked up your pattern yet, you can do so here– there’s still plenty of time to join in and be eligible to win our prizes! Today, I’m sharing a tutorial for how to turn the DayDream dress…

Chelsea Pants Sewalong Day 4

By Sarah | October 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

We’re almost there folks! It’s day 4 of the Chelsea Pants SewAlong, and today we get to construct and attach our waistbands! It’s all downhill from here- once you do this, all that’s left is to hem ’em up and wear ’em out (and make another few pairs, of course!). If you’re just catching up…

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…

Striped Swallow Highlander Dolman and Rhapsody Joggers

By Sarah | March 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Hello friends! You know I’m all about comfy right? That’s why when one of my favorite pattern designers, Striped Swallow Designs, posted a testing call for the girls version of the Mainland Collection, which includes the Rhapsody Joggers and the Highlander Dolman, I was all in (despite probably having too much on my plate already).…

Pattern Testing: New Horizons TAMI Revolution Hoodie and Nursing Hack

By Sarah | February 10, 2017 | 5 Comments

Hello and welcome back!                                                                           Today I am thrilled to share with you another brand new pattern that I…

Valentine’s Day Comfort Wear

By Sarah | February 12, 2018 | 4 Comments

I’m excited to be hosting a Valentine’s Day Sew-Along for Greenstyle Creations this week, and as preparation I decided to sew up a new Valentine’s inspired Pajama set for myself- because the best gifts are the ones you make yourself, right? However, I had a bit of a conundrum- I am WAY more into comfortable…

Fit Capsule- 2018 Edition!

By Sarah | February 28, 2018 | 12 Comments

Did any of your new year’s resolutions involve fitness goals? I’ve shared about my Sewing Goals for 2018, but I have lifestyle goals as well, and one of them is to prioritize my own health more. It’s so easy to feed the kids all their colorful veggies, and make sure they get their exercise time…

Tested: Itch to Stitch Orono Top

By Sarah | February 17, 2019 | 5 Comments

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…

Day Dream Dress Sewalong: Swim Top/Crop Top Hack

By Sarah | April 13, 2017 | 5 Comments

Welcome back! Your DayDream Dresses are starting to take shape and looking very lovely- I wish I could wear them all! Today, I have a special guest, Rachelle Summers, here to walk us through how to create a swim or crop top. I’ve seen Rachelle’s amazing creations frequently on social media, and I’ve always admired…

SewBibs Challenge: Burnside Bibs!

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