Tested: Greenstyle Cavallo Leggings

By Sarah | May 26, 2020 |

I haven’t been a part of the Greenstyle team for a while (nothing to do with them- just needed to focus more on #momlife), but I still jump at their testing calls, because not only are they a great group of people, I don’t know of another company that does a better job designing functional,…

Looking back (and finally making!)…my first athletic pattern purchases!

By Sarah | May 21, 2020 |

What were you drawn to when you first started sewing? For me, the ability to create my own custom fit athletic wear (and beat out Lululemon quality and price!) has been a focus since the beginning, and I’m proud to say I have no desire to shop retail for this type of clothing anymore. It’s…

The Adventure Continues…

By Sarah | May 17, 2020 |

When I left off a couple weeks ago, we were in the throes of packing/moving/home renovation. I won’t say moving during a pandemic was the hardest thing I’ve ever done…but it’s definitely in the top 5. Everyone keeps asking us if we are “settled now”- this is the equivalent of asking a mother of a…

In the Running…a tale of two Athletic Skirts!

By Sarah | May 5, 2020 |

Hello sewing friends! I hope this post finds you well, and weathering current events with, if not aplomb, at least a sense of humor. For this, I’m ever grateful to my children, who always seem able to make me laugh at the craziest of moments, which is certainly how I’d describe life right now, as…

Embracing Spring: Jalie Michelle Tank

By Sarah | April 12, 2020 |

This has been a rough season for all of us, but one of the best things on the horizon is the season itself- Spring brings with it the promise of new beginnings, warmer weather, and, hopefully time to find some joy in the little things. I know that’s easier said than done, sometimes, and truth…

A Dia (or two) for the New Days Ahead…

By Sarah | April 5, 2020 |

Warning- this is a long post. If you want to skip over my experiences with COVID-19 isolation and get right to the sewing, I won’t blame you- but I couldn’t keep this blog real without sharing how we have been doing personally during this crisis. Its been a few weeks since my last post, and…

Tested: New Horizons Calgary Cardigan

By Sarah | March 9, 2020 |

As a card-carrying germophobe, the Coronavirus is scaring the crap out of me…so naturally it’s time to talk about sewing and the weather, right? Right. Well, Spring in Northern California has always been a little unpredictable, and in the past few weeks we’ve had everything from sunny highs in the 80’s that make me rush…

Tested: Itch to Stitch Tallin Top

By Sarah | February 26, 2020 |

I really, really need more work appropriate tops. I have an army of tank tops, t-shirts and athletic wear in my closet, but really, very few tops that rise above the bar into casual work-wear, especially for this unseasonably warm Spring we’re experiencing in Northern California at the moment (not that I’m complaining about the…

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta!

By Sarah | February 23, 2020 |

This post continues our travel/sewing log for the Winter 19/20 trip to Arizona, Mexico, and Southern California. We’ve been home a month or so now, but I’m finally getting around to finishing my chronicle of the adventure. This is kind of akin to finding a Christmas present you forgot about hiding in the closet- so…

2020 Fit Capsule!

By Sarah | February 2, 2020 |

A couple weeks ago, Alex Resch, a sewist extraordinaire and all around amazing person, hosted a “Choose your Own Adventure Activewear SewAlong” over in the Fabric Fairy group. I spent time with her planning out my fabrics, patterns and getting hyped up, only to have life get in the way and knock me off course.…

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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…

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…

Tutorial: Perfect Knit Binding Every Time!

By Sarah | July 16, 2018 |

In preparation for the Moxi shorts Sew-Along (join me HERE on 7/23/18) I thought I’d make a few more tanks to match and motivate myself on my new workout routine (killer abs here I come!). I chose the Lille tank from Greenstyle- I’ve made it before as a dress here, and as a tank here…

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…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 1

By Sarah | January 18, 2019 |

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…

Portlander Shorts Hack!

By Sarah | April 16, 2018 |

Counting how many Portlander pants I have is a bit like asking me how old I am…I’m pretty sure I’m over 35, but unless I do the math, I can’t *quite* remember by how much 😉 That’s totally OK though, because it gives me the freedom to sew a few more pairs- and since I’m…

Xpress Tank Sew Along Day 2

By Sarah | March 29, 2018 |

Welcome to the second day of the Xpress Tank SewAlong! This week we are taking a little time for ourselves amidst the holiday chaos (and I do mean a little- this pattern is quick!) to whip up some Xpress Tanks for the warmer weather to come. If you don’t have your pattern yet, you can…

Holiday Dress for Baby!

By Sarah | September 14, 2017 |

One of the things I dreamed about when I found out I was having a girl, was the Christmas and Easter dresses I would sew for her- but real life with a baby/toddler often gets in the way of realizing these dreams- especially if I wait until the last minute! That’s why I was so…

Eating my words: Centerfield Swing Mash-up

By Sarah | August 16, 2017 |

I’ve been invited to many LulaRoe parties, but never had the slightest interest in attending. Why would I spend precious fabric money on poorly constructed clothing in strange prints when I could make my own? Plus, as I usually (politely) explained to the hostesses, the every popular “Carly” dress and endless variants just wasn’t my…

Tie Back Tank Sew-A-Long: Finishing!

By Sarah | September 14, 2017 |

Welcome back to the Tie Back Tank SewAlong! Today is our last official day- we will just be hemming our tops! If you still need the pattern, you can grab it here (aff link). Catching up? Check out these videos from the past couple days: Pattern Options, Fabric, and Supplies Printing your pattern, Cutting Fabric, and…

Quilted Oakley Vest for Stripes Month!

By Sarah | February 8, 2018 |

Is winter stilling hanging on where you live? I heard the ground hog came out and saw his shadow, so we’re all in for at least six more weeks of “official” winter weather- which means more time to sew up some of my favorite winter patters (see? I’m looking on the bright side, even if…

Birthday Girl!

By Sarah | January 17, 2018 |

This girl. You wouldn’t believe how she lights up our lives- and today we get to celebrate, because she’s turning TWO!!! Before I had kids (and when my twins were young and the days seemed so L-O-N-G) people would always remark about how “time flies with little ones”- and I would do a little mental…

SewBibs Challenge: Burnside Bibs!

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