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…

No COVID at the Creek!

By Sarah | June 27, 2020 |

  As the weather has warmed up, but some things (like the gym) remain closed or inadvisable, we’ve been taking another look at our surroundings, and trying come up with some novel ways to keep ourselves entertained. Thankfully, we’ve hit the jackpot in a swimming spot along the creek about half a mile from our…

Tie Dye for Summer!

By Sarah | May 29, 2020 |

Tie Dye and Summer seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly- they’re just kind of a pair. Looking back, I seem to get a hankering to sew up some tie dye duds right around this time every year- I’ve done shibori family tees, a blue tie dye Havana dress, a bamboo dolman, even…

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…

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Lago my Tank!

By Sarah | May 13, 2017

I have something very exciting to share with you today- A FREE PATTERN! Everyone loves free, right?! Sometimes, free patterns skimp on quality, but that is definitely not the case here- the Lago Tank from Itch to Stitch is a summer staple, with impeccable drafting, excellent instructions (I would even say this would be good for…

The Family that wears Sketchy Essentials Together….

By Sarah | May 12, 2017

When people find out I sew, they often ask me if I “save money” with my hobby. Which always provokes a laugh from me because no, I don’t really save money by sewing my own clothing, a la Laura Ingalls Wilder. Making my own clothes could be economical, if one chose to do it that way…

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…

Belle of the ball (or pool…)

By Sarah | May 11, 2017

After my last swimsuit success, I was looking forward to trying my hand at sewing another suit, this time with some really gorgeous custom swim fabric from the Magical round over at Pink Zeppelin Fabrics. When a group puts up fabrics for their strike off seamstresses, there is usually an opportunity to chime in and…

Light as a Feather…

By Sarah | May 9, 2017

I’ve been holding out on you! Sly Fox actually sent me TWO prints to work with, the first here, and the second being this gorgeous rayon spandex feather print. Its difficult to tell from the photos, but there is actually a really nice subtle stripe in the background of this print, lending it a sophistication…

Tutorial: Adding a hood to a tank top

By Sarah | May 9, 2017

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…

The Bear Family!

By Sarah | May 9, 2017

Some of my kids favorite bedtime stories are the Berenstain Bears, in which mama, papa, sister and brother bear all live, love and learn together. I love the wholesome content of these stories (unlike lego comic books, which are also a favorite), and so when I saw the Mama ,Papa, Baby and Brother bear panels at…

Greenstyle Gathered Lille Hack and a little Bohemian Soul

By Sarah | May 5, 2017

Edit: All Greenstyle Patterns are on sale for mothers day with the code LoveMom Grab this one and all the others for 25% off until Sunday at Midnight! Here Summer where I live is HOT. And I have KIDS. That means I need to be able to survive outdoors, for long periods of time, without…

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…

Luck O’ The Irish

By Sarah | February 13, 2018 |

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…

Xpress Yourself!

By Sarah | January 26, 2018 |

I like to think I work out regularly. Or maybe I just dress in workout clothes regularly. Either way, the new Xpress tank from Greenstyle is my new fave! I made three versions during testing. The first is a orchid (maybe? I’m famous for killing plants, so feel free to correct me) print ITY with…

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…

A Right of Passage…

By Sarah | October 25, 2019 |

After taking most of the summer off, I’ve been getting back into the swing of sewing and testing this fall,  and the Knoxville top is my latest project. I almost passed this one up, because I already own a couple other knot/twist patterns, but I’m so glad I didn’t, because that over sized cowl is…

Chelsea Pants Sewalong Day 1

By Sarah | October 22, 2017 |

Welcome to day 1 of the Chelsea Pants Sew Along! I’m delighted to have you joining me over in Sly Fox Fabrics Sew Along Group (even if you’re just planning on lurking….I will do my best to change your mind!) for a whirlwind week of sewing shenanigans! Today’s task is to: Choose a size Assemble…

Lightening things up for Spring!

By Sarah | April 23, 2019 |

The weather forecast FINALLY shows a week of sunshine around here, and if I was like any normal person, I’d be breaking out last year’s capris and tanks. Of course, as my friends would tell you, I’m pretty far from “normal”- so naturally my response is to make new things for Spring instead! I started with…

Side Tie Skirt Hack

By Sarah | April 12, 2018 |

I’m pretty happy with my pattern stash- I have a selection of favorite designers, and a very (almost embarrassingly!) large collection of patterns to choose from (curious how I organize them? Check out my post here on pattern organization). When I find a new style I want to sew, the most efficient thing is usually…

Velvet Crush

By Sarah | November 13, 2017 |

I took my family out shopping last weekend, and I kept running into velvet tee shirts- over and over and over. In Old Navy, Target, Gap….they were everywhere. I’m not always one to follow the trends (or let go of them when they’re long past!), but something about the romantic, wintry vibe just resonated with…

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…

Trailblazin’ in Style!

By Sarah | November 1, 2017 |

     How much interest does your spouse take in your sewing? Being our resident photographer, Stephen knows about a few pattern companies, and his favorite by far is Twig and Tale. He has been showing me photos of adorable vests, coats and accessories he wants me to make the kids for months, so when the…

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