Shiny Fabric Weaknesses….and a Full Front Power Bra Hack!

By Sarah | February 24, 2019 | 2 Comments

Sometimes, I try to resist buying more fabric. I really do. A couple weeks ago, when I found a fantastic athletic foil print fabric at JoAnns, I resisted it and kept myself on track, buying only the thread I had come there for (and a snack to keep the toddler-zilla happy- #momlife). Of course, I…

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…

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:…

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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…

A collection of DayDreams…

By Sarah | April 20, 2017

Whew! I survived my first SewAlong! It was a blast, and I learned so much! I especially enjoyed the opportunity to help people as they created the dress for the first time, and to see what they made of it. I love how everyone’s take on a pattern can be different: this pattern looks awesome…

Day Dream Sew-Along: Pocket Hack

By Sarah | April 14, 2017

We are continuing with our SewAlong for the George and Ginger DayDream Dress over at The Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe. Some of us are already done, and some are just joining us- either way it’s fine! If you are still working, you’ll have the whole weekend to finish up before I choose a winner, so…

The DayDream Dress Sewalong: Skirt Hack

By Sarah | April 13, 2017

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…

Day Dream Dress Sewalong: Swim Top/Crop Top Hack

By Sarah | April 13, 2017

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…

DayDream Dress Sewalong: Nursing Hack

By Sarah | April 12, 2017

  Welcome to Day 3 of the DayDream Dress Sewalong! I love seeing what we are all creating and its so exciting to see it come together! Today I’m going to show you how to construct the nursing hack. My daughter is 14 months old, and we plan to nurse for as long as we…

The Quest for the Perfect Tee

By Sarah | April 11, 2017

I’m always on the hunt for the Perfect Tee. You know, the one you wear every time its clean (and sometimes when its not), the one that makes you feel confident and stylish but is still super comfortable to wear, the one that never makes it out of the dryer and into your closet before…

If Mermaids could sew….

By Sarah | April 11, 2017

You may have seen that meme that’s going around “I’m done adulting, let’s be mermaids”. I think it’s super cute, and it plays to my childhood fantasy of being one of the (nicer) mermaids in the Peter Pan story, lounging in the mermaid lagoon, putting pearls in my hair.    While I can’t actually BE…

Greenstyle Lacy Slope Tank and Applique Tutorial

By Sarah | April 9, 2017

Do you love the look of appliques but aren’t sure how to attach them? I received some gorgeous appliques and this super soft rayon spandex from Dhee over at the Fab Clique, and I’ve put together a tutorial for you using the Lacy Slope Tank by GreenStyle Creations over on their blog! Jump on over…

Midway Bomber Jacket Sewalong: Sourcing Fabrics/Supplies

By Sarah | April 8, 2017

Midway Bomber Jacket Sew-Along Part 1 I’m so excited to be doing a sew-along for the Midway Bomber Jacket! I loved this jacket in testing, and had plans for several more, so I thought, why not invite some others to sew along with me and have fun together! Brenda of Pretty Posh Prints was gracious…

3 Generations of Harbor Knots

By Sarah | April 8, 2017

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)…

Hacked! Summit Peak Hoodie with Nursing Access

By Sarah | March 31, 2018 | 1 Comment

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…

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…

Chelsea Pants SewAlong Day 5

By Sarah | October 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s the final day of the Chelsea Pants SewAlong! Its exciting to see all these awesome pairs of pants come together! It always amazes me how versatile this pattern is- from workwear to a date-worthy pants, to lounge around the house comfies, this pattern can do it all! Here’s what we’ve covered so far: Day…

Open Back Top SewAlong Day 2: Back Binding

By Sarah | July 25, 2017 | 1 Comment

Welcome to Day 2 of the Open Back Pullover SewAlong! You can join in (there’s still plenty of time) HERE! If you don’t have the pattern yet, check the sewalong event for an exclusive discount code, and then grab it HERE. Need to catch up? Find the Supplies post HERE. I’ve made a quick video…

Baby got Back! Strappy Top Hack!

By Sarah | June 7, 2017 | 6 Comments

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…

Brassie Joggers SewAlong: Lace Hack

By Sarah | June 14, 2017 | 4 Comments

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…

Men’s and Women’s Forester Coats

By Sarah | April 29, 2018 | 11 Comments

Late last year, when I tested the Trailblazer collection (mens, women’s, children’s and nestledown- whew! that was quite a project, you can read about it here), Lisa hinted that there was a coat in the works, and asked if the trailblazer folks would be interested in testing it. I said yes, of course, because my…

Family Photos!

By Sarah | February 22, 2018 | 10 Comments

It’s become a bit of a tradition in our family to take family photos every spring- we started after my daughter was born, and its fun to see our family change throughout the years. It’s also a beautiful time in our city- we live in an agricultural almond production area, and the trees bloom every…

Chelsea Pants Week: Day 3

By Sarah | October 5, 2017 | 3 Comments

Are you sick of Chelsea pants week yet? You can’t possibly be, because I have still have more looks to share and I’m still O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with this pattern! (Did you miss Day 1 and Day 2? Check them out and then come back!) Today’s look is more casual than yesterday, more of an everyday look.…

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…

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