Tutorial: Cutting & Sewing Stripes for a Perfect Finish

By Sarah | April 3, 2019 | 3 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…

Tabor V-Neck and Moto Inspires

By Sarah | March 30, 2019 | 2 Comments

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 | 8 Comments

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 | 14 Comments

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 | 4 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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…

Tutorial: Adding Jogger details to your Favorite Leggings

By Sarah | March 19, 2019 | 7 Comments

Today I’m sharing a tutorial for adding jogger style details to your favorite leggings pattern. This is a hack I’ve been wanting to try for several months, ever since I saw this “pinspiration”. The main details that set joggers apart from leggings, besides a more relaxed fit, are that joggers (like the Brassies or Carita…

Back to the 80s…Fit Capsule Part II

By Sarah | March 17, 2019 | 2 Comments

I warned you in my last post, that there would be more FitCapsule items to come…once I got started I just couldn’t stop! Seriously y’all, leggings are like potato chips for me- they both motivate me to exercise, though for different reasons- ha! This part of my FitCapsule (missed part one? catch it here) is…

When the dog eats your Ice Cream….and other tales of summer

By Sarah | March 15, 2019 | 2 Comments

    I believe firmly in sewing controlled weather…if I start sewing for summer, it will TURN INTO summer, right? It’s a theory of weather management that’s never failed, so since I’m officially tired of winter, I decided to start sewing rashguards. I’ve sewn my kids’ swimwear for the past three years running (check out…

Sewing Traditions: Fit Capsule 2019

By Sarah | March 10, 2019 | 6 Comments

Do you have some favorite sewing traditions? I’ll admit, I’m not very good at participating in holiday traditions (I’ve even been called a “grinch” on occasion), but I love sewing ones- especially those that involve sewing activewear (so quick! so satisfying!) The Greenstyle FitCapsule challenge is one those annual sewing events that I look forward…

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Pattern Test: Ficus Cardigan by Sew Like My Mom Patterns

By Sarah | February 20, 2017

Hello! I’m back with another pattern test- this time for a women’s peplum cardigan: the Ficus from Sew Like My Mom. I know what you’re thinking: peplums? Are those still in? Won’t they accentuate my, um, assets? Well, I’m no fashion icon (I hate real pants, remember?) but this cardy is both stylish and comfortable,…

Pattern Testing: New Horizons TAMI Revolution Hoodie and Nursing Hack

By Sarah | February 10, 2017

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

Pattern Test: GreenStyle Creations Scarlet Swing Dress

By Sarah | February 10, 2017

I have something very exciting to share today: my first pattern test! If you don’t know what a pattern test is (I didn’t a few months ago!) it’s when pattern designers put out a call for volunteers to test their sewing patterns. Testers sew up the pattern several times, give feedback and photos, and then…


By Sarah | February 10, 2017

Hello friends! Welcome to my blog! I’ve been sewing for four years, but I’ve just recently decided I’d like to take the opportunity to share my creations in a blog format, as I have really enjoyed reading and learning from other sewing blogs I’ve found- in fact, this is a huge part of how I…

That Girl’s Got Moxi!

By Sarah | May 22, 2017 | 8 Comments

According to the Urban Dictionary, “moxie” means “sass, spunk, attitude” and can also be used to refer to  someone as a “hot chick”. I’m not sure about the latter (I’m in my 30s now, I think only my husband still says this about me), but the former certainly describes how I feel in these shorts-…

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…

Porlander Shorts for Women

By Sarah | June 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

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…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 1

By Sarah | January 18, 2019 | 14 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…

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…

July Bee Box: Green Tee Cardy Hack

By Sarah | August 2, 2017 | 7 Comments

I’m terribly late with my bee box posting- all these family vacations and fun-in–the-sun summer activities have really distracted me from my sewing room lately! But, I finally got a chance to dive into my Bee Box and figured out what to make. When the fabrics first arrived, I loved the sinfully soft feel but…

Fail Friday: Sewing Machine Maintenance (or lack thereof)

By Sarah | August 10, 2017 | 9 Comments

I have a confession to make: I am a BAD BAD BAD sewing machine owner. I haven’t maintained my machine properly in over three years. Aside from some occasional dusting and a few forays into the bobbin case with my lint brush, I haven’t oiled her, cleaned her, or taken her in for professional maintenance.…


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…

Geo Tights!

By Sarah | December 2, 2018 | 4 Comments

A while back, I wrote a post about one of my most beloved patterns– the Greenstyle Inspire tights. Due to the fire and our subsequent evacuation, I wasn’t able to share the pair I had made in anticipation of that post- like so many other things, they had been sewn, but were awaiting final photos.…

Centerfield Swing- Video Tutorial!

By Sarah | August 17, 2017 | 1 Comment

I loved my Centerfield/Scarlet Swing Mash-up so much that I decided to share it and sew it LIVE, in a guest post for Emily of Life Sew Savory! I enjoy the opportunity to video my projects, because it lets me share tips and tricks as I go along, and interact in real time with my…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 5

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