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…


By Sarah | February 12, 2019 | 9 Comments

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 | 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…

Why I Love Add-Ons…

By Sarah | February 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 | 6 Comments

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…

Tested: Greenstyle Studio to Street Top

By Sarah | January 29, 2019 | 4 Comments

I’ve made a half dozen dolman patterns in the last couple years, and I’ve loved each more than the last. There’s something classic but stylish about a dolman, and oh, so many endless ways they can changed up to suit my whims…my sewing hacker heart is in heaven anytime a new dolman comes around. Until…

Tested: Cecilia Criss Cross Top

By Sarah | January 23, 2019 | 4 Comments

If you hang around the pattern world long enough, you start to see some consistencies in the requests for certain designs, and a relaxed fit, dolman sleeve wrap top like this one, has been one of the most requested this Fall/Winter. Since I’m slowing easing myself into wearing less fitted tops, I decided to give…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 5

By Sarah | January 22, 2019 | 2 Comments

Hooray! Today is the final day of our SewAlong! Today we are simply finishing up our bras, and looking at some inspiration in case you’re in the mood to make a few more- I know I am! SewAlong Schedule: Need to catch up? Click the links below! Day 1: Supplies, Sizing and Cutting  Day 2:…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 4

By Sarah | January 21, 2019 | 4 Comments

Today is the fourth day of the Power Bra SewAlong! After you’re finished with today’s tasks, you should have a fully finished bra- hooray! That’s really a huge accomplishment, and you should be proud! Grab your pattern! If you haven’t already, you’ll want to purchase the Power Bra pattern! This is a really excellent pattern with options…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 3

By Sarah | January 20, 2019 | 4 Comments

Welcome to Day 3 of the Greenstyle Power Bra SewAlong! Today we’re really going to get the bulk of construction done on those bras, so grab an extra cup of coffee (you might need it anyway, because Monday…) and let’s get going! Grab your pattern! If you haven’t already, you’ll want to purchase the Power Bra pattern!…

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Lago my Tank!

By Sarah | May 13, 2017

I have something very exciting to share with you today- A FREE PATTERN! Everyone loves free, right?! Sometimes, free patterns skimp on quality, but that is definitely not the case here- the Lago Tank from Itch to Stitch is a summer staple, with impeccable drafting, excellent instructions (I would even say this would be good for…

The Family that wears Sketchy Essentials Together….

By Sarah | May 12, 2017

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…

En Garde!

By Sarah | May 11, 2017

My son O loves to fence. He picked it up earlier this year, and it has done amazing things for his self confidence, especially since it is the first activity he has participated in without his twin brother. When they are together, people tend to underestimate him since he is so much smaller, but when he…

Belle of the ball (or pool…)

By Sarah | May 11, 2017

After my last swimsuit success, I was looking forward to trying my hand at sewing another suit, this time with some really gorgeous custom swim fabric from the Magical round over at Pink Zeppelin Fabrics. When a group puts up fabrics for their strike off seamstresses, there is usually an opportunity to chime in and…

Light as a Feather…

By Sarah | May 9, 2017

I’ve been holding out on you! Sly Fox actually sent me TWO prints to work with, the first here, and the second being this gorgeous rayon spandex feather print. Its difficult to tell from the photos, but there is actually a really nice subtle stripe in the background of this print, lending it a sophistication…

Tutorial: Adding a hood to a tank top

By Sarah | May 9, 2017

Hooded tank tops are so fun, and when I sewed up a hooded tank for my son, I decided that I needed one as well! Its pretty easy to do, and saves me all that tedious neckband measuring and quartering (which I can do in my sleep, but somehow dread anyway). Want to make your own…

The Bear Family!

By Sarah | May 9, 2017

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…

Greenstyle Gathered Lille Hack and a little Bohemian Soul

By Sarah | May 5, 2017

Edit: All Greenstyle Patterns are on sale for mothers day with the code LoveMom Grab this one and all the others for 25% off until Sunday at Midnight! Here Summer where I live is HOT. And I have KIDS. That means I need to be able to survive outdoors, for long periods of time, without…

Mix it up baby!

By Sarah | May 3, 2017

Who remembers boom boxes, mix tapes and corded headphones? The screech of rewinding old tapes to hear your favorite song again and again? I do! So when Max and Meena Patterns sent me these designs to play with, I was like “totally dude”- I can rock that. And I can make clothes for my kid…

There’s coffee in that nebula….

By Sarah | May 3, 2017

Captain Janeway of Star Trek Voyager was my childhood hero- I loved watching her conquer the Borg, face down Species 8472, and flirt with (but never consummate) romance with Chakotay. What? You don’t have the slightest clue what I’m talking about? Then clearly, you’re not a Trekkie. It’s OK- I still love you for reading…

Tutorial: Shortening a Nylon Coil Zipper

By Sarah | April 26, 2017

We are stitching up some awesome jackets right now during the Midway Bomber Jacket Sewalong! Today, we are sewing in our zipper, and while a metal zipper is the easiest to shorten, sometimes you just want or need to use a nylon coil zipper, like I did on my exposed zip. So, my very helpful…

Swimwear: The Holy Grail of Sewing

By Sarah | April 25, 2017

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…

Vacation Sewing: North Shore Swimsuit

By Sarah | May 23, 2018 | 6 Comments

What do you do when you have a big vacation to prepare for? There’s laundry to wash, food to pack, and….clothes to sew! At least, that’s what MY list looks like, and since the sewing is the most fun, it usually gets priority! With summer coming and a variety of fun trips on the horizon,…


By Sarah | February 12, 2019 | 9 Comments

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…

MY Stitch Fix!

By Sarah | October 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Before I got back into sewing, I was subscribed to Stitch Fix, a mail order service that sends you a selection of clothing every month, which you can then review and keep or return. It’s supposed to be “personalized”, with a shopper evaluating your preferences and doing all the hard work for you, while you…

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…

Tip Tuesday: Refashion it!

By Sarah | August 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Last week, I posted my #failfriday, a dress I had partially cut out and then found myself short of fabric to finish. Many fellow seamstresses commiserated with me about the situation, and offered helpful suggestions on how to salvage the fabric and save the project (thank you!). I spent the weekend considering these ideas, and…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

By Sarah | September 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Despite my passion for sewing, I don’t usually consider myself a “crafty” person- I’m a terrible interior decorator, and the only thing I’ve ever sewn besides clothing are a couple pillow cases my boys talked me into last Christmas out of Star Wars fabric they made me buy during a shopping trip to JoAnns (note…

Moxi Shorts Sew-Along: Day 2

By Sarah | July 23, 2018 | 2 Comments

Welcome to Day 2 of the Moxi Shorts SewAlong! If you don’t have your pattern yet, you can get it here. If you still need to order fabric, you can find the stretch woven HERE (Use code “moxie” for 10% off! Catching up: Need to catch up? Check out Day 1 HERE on the blog. It’s got lots…

Sew What Do I Wear: Vacation Edition!

By Sarah | June 16, 2017 | 6 Comments

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…

Luck O’ The Irish

By Sarah | February 13, 2018 | 11 Comments

You know I can’t resist a good raglan (see my comparison post here), so when Kennis of Itch to Stitch revealed her plans for a raglan to add to her own pattern line-up, I couldn’t take a back seat. Kennis is know for her excellent drafting and attention to detail, and I was really looking…

Chelsea Pants Blog Tour: Skinnies!

By Sarah | October 9, 2017 | 114 Comments

Welcome to the Chelsea Pants Blog Tour! This is the first blog tour I’ve organized for Greenstyle Creations (or anyone, for that matter!), but I’m really excited, because it means that I get to keep sharing my new favorite Chelsea pants, and linking up to other awesome bloggers who will do the same! This week…

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