Cozy Hoodies for Cool-(ish) Weather!

By Sarah | December 16, 2020 |

How are the holidays shaping up around your place? We have been enjoying our travels, spending Thanksgiving in Phoenix with friends before heading back to Southern California for Christmas. We have always missed that “neighborhood” feeling at home, with kids running around and playing together, but we sure have found it down here amidst the…

My Big Brother and Me: Matching kids across an age gap

By Sarah | November 8, 2020 |

The other day I received some really beautiful new custom stretch woven in the waterburst white color-way from the Fabric Fairy, and spent a few days dreaming up some special plans for it. I downloaded a new pattern from a new designer (can you see where this is going??), and in my excitement, skipped straight…

Novello Leggings (and finally getting back on the road!)

By Sarah | October 26, 2020 |

Hello friends! It’s been a minute since I posted in here, and I’ve really missed sharing with you all. A brief catch-up, before we move onto the sewing: In January, after a whirlwind adventure traveling Mexico and Arizona with other fulltime families, we listed our 2600 square foot home for sale, with the dream of…

Tested: Greenstyle Venice Beach Shorts

By Sarah | August 16, 2020 |

How has your summer been friends? We are set to start school this week with the kiddos (homeschool, of course!), but it still feels like summer outside, as temps topped 110 degrees F this weekend. So, while other parts of the world might very much be looking toward hoodies and jackets, I’m still very much…

Cavallo Tights SewAlong Day 5: Hemming

By Sarah | July 16, 2020 |

Welcome back to the Cavallo Tights SewAlong! Every day this week, I will be walking you through the construction of the Greenstyle Cavallo Tights, through video tutorials, blog posts and support in the Fabric Fairy Facebook Group. I also have some prizes to offer at the end, and some BONUS video tutorials for using your coverstitch and…

Cavallo Tights SewAlong: Day 4 & Bonus Coverstitch Tutorial

By Sarah | July 15, 2020 |

Welcome back to the Cavallo Tights SewAlong! Every day this week, I will be walking you through the construction of the Greenstyle Cavallo Tights, through video tutorials, blog posts and support in the Fabric Fairy Facebook Group. I also have some prizes to offer at the end, and some BONUS video tutorials for using your coverstitch and…

Cavallo Tights SewAlong Day 3 & Bonus Video on Coverstitching Bulky Seams

By Sarah | July 14, 2020 |

Welcome back to the Cavallo Tights SewAlong! Every day this week, I will be walking you through the construction of the Greenstyle Cavallo Tights, through video tutorials, blog posts and support in the Fabric Fairy Facebook Group. I also have some prizes to offer at the end, and some BONUS video tutorials for using your coverstitch and…

Cavallo Tights SewAlong Day 2: Patches & Pockets (plus a bonus!)

By Sarah | July 13, 2020 |

Welcome back to the Cavallo Tights SewAlong! Every day this week, I will be walking you through the construction of the Greenstyle Cavallo Tights, through video tutorials, blog posts and support in the Fabric Fairy Facebook Group. I also have some prizes to offer at the end, and some BONUS video tutorials for using your coverstitch and…

Cavallo Tights SewAlong: Day 1

By Sarah | July 12, 2020 |

Welcome to the Cavallo Tights SewAlong! Every day this week, I will be walking you through the construction of the Greenstyle Cavallo Tights, through video tutorials, blog posts and support in the Fabric Fairy Facebook Group. I also have some prizes to offer at the end, and some BONUS video tutorials for using your coverstitch…

Happy 4th of July!

By Sarah | July 3, 2020 |

Happy Fourth of July friends! With 2020 more than halfway over, I could go deep here, and share all the insights, challenges, and opportunities I’ve had over the past 7 months, but I’ll save all that for another day, and just say that we are taking the day tommorow to celebrate the birth of our…

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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…

Midway Bomber Jacket Sewalong: Round UP!

By Sarah | May 29, 2017

It’s actually been a couple weeks since I wrapped up the Midway Bomber Jacket Sewalong over at Pretty Posh Prints, but I wanted to make sure and document it on my blog (finally)! It was a whirlwind of sewing, pattern hacks and collaboration, but it couldn’t have gone better, and I really enjoyed the experience.…

Portlanders!

By Sarah | May 24, 2017

You know my well documented love for comfy pants (examples here and here)- it turns out I’ve managed to pass on my obsession to my children! When New Horizons put out the testing call for the girls Portlander Pants, I knew they would be the perfect summer and winter staple for Princess! There are so many…

Nara Pants for Fall (and a Giveaway!)

By Sarah | October 22, 2019 |

This past summer, when I was in Denver, I stopped into Fancy Tiger Crafts, “just for a minute”. My minute turned out to be longer (and more expensive) than I expected, because I got a chance to chat with a real sewing celebrity (read the full story here!), and managed to find quite a bit…

XPress Tank Sew Along Day 1

By Sarah | March 29, 2018 |

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…

Another Fall Favorite!

By Sarah | September 24, 2018 |

I seem to have a problem…I can’t stop preparing for fall, even though it’s still 100 degrees outside, and cooler weather is at least a month or more away. I even made cinnamon pear butter today, in the crock pot, which is delicious but required me cranking down the A/C a few extra degrees to…

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…

Rich People Wear Matching Pajamas

By Sarah | September 11, 2017 |

So I’ve always had this fantasy in my head, that when I really had some extra money, like lots and lots of extra money, that I’d have a whole wardrobe full of matching pajamas. And that not only would I wear these amazing matching PJs every night, but that my kids and husband would have…

Green Tee Hack: Side Lace-Up!

By Sarah | July 2, 2017 |

You know what I LOVE about a great staple pattern? The ability of hack it of course! The Green Tee by Greenstyle Creations is a great example: solid drafting (no sleeves cut on the fold! Can I get a hallelujah?!), perennial style and clear instructions. In fact, I love the Green Tee so much, I’m…

New Fall Cardigans…

By Sarah | October 24, 2019 |

When I was a kid, I used to divide my closet between “summer” and “winter” clothes. Despite living in California, where the seasons were typically pretty mild, I enjoyed having a stark division in my closet, and had strict rules about not wearing “winter” clothes in the summer, and visa versa. Looking back on it,…

Using a snap press to install fashion snaps

By Sarah | November 3, 2017 |

I have a sewing confession to make: I hate buttonholes. While my machine has an automatic button hole foot, sometimes things go awry, and picking out those tiny stitches gives me a neck-ache. Which leads me to my new snap obsession! Snaps are quick and easy to install, and lend a professional look to many…

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…

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…

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