The Bianca Pullover, a Micro-Capsule, and Arizona Adventures

By Sarah | February 13, 2021 |

What is a “Micro Wardrobe” Anyway? As humans, whenever we have space, we tend to try to fill it- both emotionally and physically. Did you ever notice how hard it is to have silence in a conversation? Leaving open “space” is actually a crucial part of connecting with someone (and oneself), but its HARD. I’ve…

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…

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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…

Midway Bomber Jacket Sewalong: Sourcing Fabrics/Supplies

By Sarah | April 8, 2017

Midway Bomber Jacket Sew-Along Part 1 I’m so excited to be doing a sew-along for the Midway Bomber Jacket! I loved this jacket in testing, and had plans for several more, so I thought, why not invite some others to sew along with me and have fun together! Brenda of Pretty Posh Prints was gracious…

3 Generations of Harbor Knots

By Sarah | April 8, 2017

After sewing the adorable Harbor Knot/Juniper Joggers set for the Princess, I just couldn’t resist sewing up another three Harbor Knots for myself, my mom and my daughter. (Bundle with womens, girls and baby on sale here)       This floral double brushed poly fabric is from Knitpop (looks like it’s sold out, similar here)…

Baby Harbor Knot

By Sarah | April 7, 2017

A few weeks ago, Striped Swallow Designs worked their drafting magic again and came up with the women’s Harbor Knot, a semi-fitted tee with a perfectly on-trend twist at the side seam. I’ve seen tops like this come up frequently on the pattern hacking groups, but there is NO WAY I would have been able…

How to Insert Clear Elastic into a Seam with your Serger

By Sarah | April 7, 2017

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…

How to Gather with your Serger

By Sarah | April 7, 2017

Sergers can do so much more than just sew and finish seams! Watch this video to learn how to use your serger to gather fabric- no more pulling on long basting threads! I have the Brother1034D serger, which I purchased on Amazon here. Its a workhorse, and sews very well for the price. Full Disclosure:…

Spring is in the Air!

By Sarah | April 6, 2017

My goal this year is to sew up as much of the Princess’s spring/summer wardrobe as possible. Last year, as a small baby, she wore mainly footie pajamas, and those are pretty boring to make  (at least in the quantity she needed- due to baby spit up, poo-splosions, etc.) and I wasn’t feeling very inspired.…

Twirlin’ in Red White and Blue Sparkles!!!

By Sarah | April 1, 2017

Hello friends! I have something really fun to share with you today! My first strike offs! I hinted at it in my last post, and here they are! In case you’re unfamiliar with what a strike-off is, they are essentially samples of fabrics that will be run as a pre-order. To help customers to get a…

GreenStyle Midway Bomber Jacket

By Sarah | March 27, 2017

Floral jackets have been EVERYWHERE this season, and I’ve been dying for one of my own. Self made, of course, so it won’t fall apart at the seams after a few washes (Target jacket, I’m looking at you!). But, I’ve been too scared to dive in and make one on my own without some serious…

Waterfall in the Garden

By Sarah | March 27, 2017

Ahh…waterfalls. When I’m stressed out (so much fabric, so little time!) I like to close my eyes and imagine myself by a forest stream at dusk, listening to the water cascade over the rocks as it flows toward a magnificent waterfall that can be heard rushing in the distance. Just close your eyes and picture…

Patterns for Pirates Heartbreaker Cami

By Sarah | March 14, 2017

It’s time I told you: I’m a pirate! No, not the kind with a parrot and an eye patch (the closest I’ve come to that is a pet lovebird in junior high) but the sewing kind- a swashbuckling member of the Patterns for Pirates Sewing Pattern Group. I have many (as yet unblogged) versions of…

The good kind of Clique (and a M4M Mama Ella and Greenstyle Brassie Joggers)

By Sarah | March 12, 2017

I have to be honest, I wasn’t one of the popular girls in high school. Not even close. In fact, I think they kinda hated me. But whatever! Now I’m part of new COOL clique, one that involves one of my favorite things: FABRIC! A couple weeks ago, Dhee, of the Fab Clique, reached out…

S.O.S. Pants, fitting, and my love for elastic waists….

By Sarah | November 19, 2018 |

A while back, before all the craziness came to town (see this post if you want to know what I’m talking about!), I opted to test out the updated version of the S.O.S. pants by Patterns for Pirates. I’ve actually owned this pattern for over a year, but never got around to sewing them, and…

Chelsea Pants Week!

By Sarah | October 3, 2017 |

Welcome to Day 1 of Chelsea Pants Week! Wait, you didn’t see that on your Google Calendar? Well, you’re going to want to pencil it in, because the Greenstyle Chelsea Pants released today, and I’m a total #fangirl, seeing as I’ve made FIVE AMAZING PAIRS already, and have fabric in the wash for at least…

A Vermont State of Mind….

By Sarah | October 10, 2017 |

I’ve heard amazing things about fall in Vermont, and though I’ve never been, the Vermont Cardigan from New Horizons Designs has been calling my name as the perfect way to usher in the cooler weather and stay cozy while the kids make forts out of the neighbors’ leaf piles (if you’re my neighbor, and you’re…

Bye bye Bikini!

By Sarah | June 27, 2017 |

I’ve been on a bit of a swimwear kick lately, and I’ve been dying for a sexy, yet functional (read: won’t fall off in the ocean) one-piece swimsuit, but it’s been a bit of a unicorn. Don’t get me wrong, I still have all the feels for the bikini’s I’ve sewn (see examples here, and…

A Tale of Two Hoodies….

By Sarah | November 27, 2018 |

  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again- winter is NOT my friend. We tend to joke in our family that I’m part lizard, because I don’t seem to generate my own body heat- I’m only warm and happy if I’m IN a warm and happy environment. While I wish I could simply…

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…

Tested: Itch to Stitch Orono Top

By Sarah | February 17, 2019 |

Friends, I have a problem. I have a gazillion pairs of leggings (can’t stop. won’t stop.), more in the works, and not nearly enough winter tops to wear them with! As much as I’d love to go around sporting hoodies all day long, they aren’t very nursing friendly (unless they have a zipper, and I’ve…

Sew Long Summer…making it last!

By Sarah | September 14, 2018 |

  Regardless of where in the world you hail from, most of us are going through some sort of seasonal change right now. In my little corner of North America, that means the transition from summer into fall- always a little bittersweet for me, because Summer is my favorite season, and I’m always a little…

Geo Tights!

By Sarah | December 2, 2018 |

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.…

Top 5 Summer Patterns for Kids

By Sarah | May 20, 2018 |

Twice a year, as I change out my kids drawers and evaluate what they have that still fits for the coming season (for my growing boys the answer is usually NOTHING), I take stock of their current preferences and needs and make a plan for sewing up some basics that will last them (hopefully!) for…

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