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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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…

Kindergarten: Rocked it!

By Sarah | June 7, 2017

       Can I have a proud, gushy parent moment for a minute? School is almost over, and I’m incredibly proud of how well my boys have done. We homeschooled for preschool and Transitional Kindergarten, and the decision to attend public school for K was not one we took lightly. It was a HUGE transition…

More Moxi’s!

By Sarah | June 6, 2017

Surprise Surprise! I made more Moxi’s! During testing the others testers kept sewing up all this gorgeous floral scuba, turning me a little green with envy (not a very flattering look for me). I knew I would have to make up a pair as soon as I could source it, and lucky for me, the Fab…

The Babe Hoodie: Drawstring Nursing Hack

By Sarah | June 5, 2017

    I’ll admit, I thought I was stashified when it came to hoodies. I own several different hoodie patterns, and I couldn’t imagine needing another….until Jessica Hooley sent me the Babe Hoodie and the Nursing Hack Pack. Read my review- check out the tutorial and don’t forget to scroll to the end for an Exclusive Discount Code…

There Be Dragons Here…

By Sarah | June 3, 2017

I’ve mentioned before that my son Oliver LOVES fencing. And at twice per week, its pretty ingrained in the rest of us too (even the baby knows a few moves!). So when the “knights and dragons” round 13 at Beanpop Fabrics came up for strike offs, I jumped on it, knowing I would have to…

Float like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee…

By Sarah | June 2, 2017

     Summer calls for cute, stylish clothes that don’t constrict, allow plenty of airflow, and take a second to throw on (in between mediating sibling rivalry for the umpteenth time, tackling the mountain of laundry, and making yet another full meal for the children who seemed fine on only 3 meals a day before school ended…

Tutorial: Gathered Back Lago Tank

By Sarah | May 31, 2017

The whole time I was testing the Lago tank (here), I knew I wanted to hack it, and had a specific style I wanted to recreate based off a favorite ready to wear top that has a knit front and back yoke with a gathered woven lower back. While testing isn’t the best time for…

Like Father, Like Son(s)

By Sarah | May 30, 2017

As much as I love my mommy-and-me matching outfits with the Princess (see examples here and here), my heart skipped a beat when Made for Mermaids offered the opportunity to create matching Daddy and me outfits for my husband and my twin boys. I love seeing how they look up to and emulate their father…

There’s coffee in that nebula….

By Sarah | May 3, 2017 | 4 Comments

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…

Spring is in the Air!

By Sarah | April 6, 2017 | 3 Comments

My goal this year is to sew up as much of the Princess’s spring/summer wardrobe as possible. Last year, as a small baby, she wore mainly footie pajamas, and those are pretty boring to make  (at least in the quantity she needed- due to baby spit up, poo-splosions, etc.) and I wasn’t feeling very inspired.…

A new Chevron Tank (and freezing temps!)

By Sarah | February 22, 2019 | 7 Comments

  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…

Fall Favorite: Cozy Sweaters!

By Sarah | August 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Cozy sweaters are a fall staple around my house. I love pairing them with jeans and boots for a walk around the neighborhood to admire the changing colors of the season, or with leggings and slippers curled up by a warm fire with a cup of hot cocoa. Since I’m on a mission to replace…

3 Generations of Harbor Knots

By Sarah | April 8, 2017 | 2 Comments

After sewing the adorable Harbor Knot/Juniper Joggers set for the Princess, I just couldn’t resist sewing up another three Harbor Knots for myself, my mom and my daughter. (Bundle with womens, girls and baby on sale here)       This floral double brushed poly fabric is from Knitpop (looks like it’s sold out, similar here)…

XPress Tank Sew Along Day 1

By Sarah | March 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome to the first official day of the Xpress Tank SewAlong! For the next three days, I’ll be sharing a post per day walking you through the steps of sewing the Xpress Tank by Greenstyle Creations. If you don’t have your pattern yet, you can grab that here. If you missed my first post on…

Tutorial: Adding a hood to a tank top

By Sarah | May 9, 2017 | 3 Comments

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…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 1

By Sarah | January 18, 2019 | 16 Comments

Welcome to the Power Bra Sew-Along! This week we will be sewing up our Power Bras! I can’t tell you how excited I am to host this event- I’ve litterally been thinking about hosting the SewAlong since the pattern went into testing late last year. I have no less than 6 Power Bras in my…

Warrior Pose!

By Sarah | October 21, 2018 | 6 Comments

Ok, that title was totally a red herring- I have absolutely ZERO yoga skills or flexibility, so you won’t see me performing anything other than child’s pose when I’m trying to search for a sewing pin in my carpet (note to previous owners: deep pile carpet was a BAD idea in the craft room). Fortunately,…

Pattern Review: Jalie Criss Cross Nursing Top

By Sarah | July 15, 2017 | 5 Comments

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!

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