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Playing with length: The Cape Cod Capelet

By Sarah | November 6, 2019 |

We made it through the beginning of school,  the overabundance of September birthdays, and the mad-candy-dash of Halloween, which means its time to settle down a bit into November, and enjoy the calm before the storm. The very fact that I survived all these events and lived to blog about them is more than enough…

More Fall Athletics…

By Sarah | October 29, 2019 |

As some of you may know, we are trying to figure out, as a family, how we can make travel a more regular part of our lives. While the naysayers suggested that this year’s epic Summer Trip (see parts One, Two, Three and Four on the blog), in which we spent two months traveling the…

Why I refuse to sew Halloween costumes…and a fall recipe favorite!

By Sarah | October 27, 2019 |

When I first started sewing (which was around my 32nd birthday, about a month before Halloween), one of the first things on my mind was making a Halloween Costume for my twins. I was unemployed, at the time, and deep in the throes of “mommy-boredom”. I assumed that making my kids an adorable halloween costume…

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…

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,…

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…

Taking it all in Stride….

By Sarah | October 20, 2019 |

What’s your favorite time of day to exercise? I’ve never been a morning person, but in the last six months I’ve experimented with waking up early to get my workout in before I have to jump into my #momduties, and I’m loving it. For those that know me personally, this is a pretty big surprise,…

Work-In-Progress-Dance Mom and her “Acro Bat!”

By Sarah | October 15, 2019 |

I have to admit, I don’t always make the best dance mom. I  seldom (or ever) remember to bring a post dance snack, often forget the pink water bottle and grab the ugly green one by mistake, and have even been known (gasp!) to let my daughter walk outside in her ballet shoes (she’s just…

Reach for the Stars! (with your fabric, that is)

By Sarah | October 6, 2019 |

Ya wanna know my biggest fabric pet peeve ever? When a fabric company refuses to list important details, like weight, stretch and content on something, and simply labels it as “activewear”. There are as many types of activewear fabrics as there are stars in the sky, and knowing these important features helps me determine whether…

Birthday Boys!

By Sarah | September 24, 2019 |

  My twin boys celebrated their 9th birthday this week! In truth, I didn’t even try to get this blog post written in time for their actual birthday, because I knew it wasn’t going to happen- the third week in September is home to no less than 6 birthdays in our immediate family, including my…

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Pattern Testing: Peekaboo Patterns Lullaby Line Cardigan Bodysuit

By Sarah | February 23, 2017

Warning: This post may contain an overabundance of adorable baby photos. Stop looking now if that type of thing offends you. You’ve been warned. I am so excited to share another new pattern with you today: The Lullaby Line Cardigan Bodysuit by Peekaboo Patterns. If you know Peekaboo patterns, you know that Amy always comes…

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…

Double Dolmans!

By Sarah | July 16, 2018 |

I was perusing the New Horizons website the other day, looking for a new pattern to try, when the Dublin Dolman caught my eye. I’ve made a few dolmans in the past, and love them for their quick construction and easy style. Terra also usually includes a variety of fun options even in her most…

Boom Boom POW(er) Bra!

By Sarah | December 14, 2018 |

I used to LOVE (love love!) Zumba, and one of my favorite songs to dance to was the Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow”. Every time that song came on, I could feel myself transforming into an amazing hip hop dance/song artist, with a whole crew (the class) behind me as my backup, as we…

MY Stitch Fix!

By Sarah | October 9, 2017 |

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…


By Sarah | February 12, 2019 |

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…

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…

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…

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…

Tested: Greenstyle Studio to Street Top

By Sarah | January 29, 2019 |

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…

Applique Bikini Hack!

By Sarah | July 8, 2017 |

Since swimsuit season started (which is right after Valentine’s Day according to the ever strange advertising schedule of big box stores) I’ve been lusting over the applique swim bikini’s I’ve seen in those annoying (but sometimes useful) ads on Facebook. I was stymied, however, by what type of appliqué would be suitable for swim. Well,…

Sunday Fun-Day!

By Sarah | December 15, 2017 |

Being a homeschooling family, my kids don’t totally understand the concept of a weekend. Although our rhythms change slightly, they learn year-round, every day of the week. That’s not to say we do formal academics 365 days of the year- but we are always learning, and rarely have to get up and be somewhere by…

SewBibs Challenge: Burnside Bibs!

By Sarah | April 11, 2019

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 5

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Power Bra SewAlong: Day 4

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Power Bra SewAlong: Day 3

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Power Bra SewAlong: Day 2

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Power Bra SewAlong: Day 1

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Raglan SewAlong: Day 4

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Raglan Sew-Along: Day 3

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Raglan Sew-Along: Day 2

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Raglan Sew-Along: Day 1

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