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.…

Christmas in Mexico, New Year’s in Los Angeles

By Sarah | January 2, 2020 |

My last post (check it out here) left off with us in Yuma, on the way to Mexico for Christmas. Heading south of the Border as a family is something I’ve wanted to do for a while- but it seemed that the fear of the unknown always stood in our way- where to cross, where…

A Different Kind of Home for the Holidays…

By Sarah | December 25, 2019 |

A few weeks ago, I got a wild hair (which tends to happen when I’m “home” for any length of time), and decided to convince hubby that we should join a rally of families traveling through Arizona and Mexico for the holidays. The thing about my wild hairs is that while they are pretty crazy,…

Tested: Sew Altered Style Dionne Duster

By Sarah | December 1, 2019 |

Judging by the number of completed sweaters on my table waiting for a break in the rain for photographic documentation, this season  is truly shaping up to be the Fall of Cardigans- I just can’t get enough of them! Cozy, easy to layer, and pretty simple to make, they check alot of boxes for me,…

Tempo Runs!

By Sarah | November 20, 2019 |

Our bodies are remarkably smart, and tend to adapt quickly to routine. When I first started running I had one pace- and I trained at that pace during every. single. run. While I developed great physical endurance from all the time on my feet, my race times didn’t budge, because I wasn’t challenging my body…

A Sewing Hedgehog…

By Sarah | November 18, 2019 |

You know that game people play at weddings, where they shout out a certain number of years of marriage, increasing it gradually, until there is only one couple that is still left standing? No matter how long you’ve been married (we are going on 16 years!) there is always someone who has been hitched longer…

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…

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Ringing in #BraAugust!

By Sarah | August 12, 2019

  I don’t keep up with social media quite as much as I used to (trying to spend a little more time staying grounded in the present, these days), but I was really looking forward to BraAugust this year as a time to learn some new skills, and motivate myself to sew a few new…

Summer Road Trip Part IV: Mesa Verde, Alamosa, Denver, and Dinosaur!

By Sarah | August 8, 2019

Hello again! Today I’m sharing the 4th installment in my Summer Travel Sewing series, covering our visits through Mesa Verde, Denver, and Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado. (missed the first two in this series? Here’s Part I and Part II,  and Part III). If you recall my last post, I left off in Monument Valley, roasting in…

Fall Style: Wine & Lace

By Sarah | August 6, 2019

I’m back home, and busy working on blog posts to document the last legs of our trip, but in the meantime, I took advantage of all the extra SPACE (nothing like going from 200 square feet to 2600 to give you an appreciation for the ability to spread out!) and whipped up a new athletic…

Summer 19 Road Trip Part III: Grand Canyon & Monument Valley

By Sarah | July 23, 2019

******Disclaimer for those afraid of heights- PLEASE READ******* Please be aware, there WILL be photos below that show me standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon, and in the middle of a mojor highway in Monument Valley. I am a naturally cautious person, so I didn’t do anything overly dangerous, despite some of the…

Summer 19 Trip Part II: Roasting in Palm Springs

By Sarah | July 3, 2019

Note: This post is part of a sewing and travel documentary, as I share what I sew and experience during our two month RV tour of the American Southwest. You can read part one of that series HERE. After San Diego, we were originally scheduled to journey to Lake Havasu in Arizona, but I quickly…

Testing in the RV: New Horizons Maui Tank

By Sarah | June 26, 2019

I wondered, when we started our journey, whether or not I’d be able to test patterns while traveling. While I’ve cut back alot recently, I still love testing patterns, both for the incentive to sew and the motivation to try new techniques. The biggest hurdles to this however, were printing ability and fabric. My “home”…

Summer 19 Trip Part 1: Athletics on the Sand!

By Sarah | June 24, 2019

I’m so excited to be back and sharing some new makes with you! If you haven’t read in my previous posts, we are on a two month RV tour of the American Southwest, and having a blast. I intended to sew and blog along the way, but I’ve discovered that the wide open spaces of…

Guest Post: Easy Summer Casual Wear

By Sarah | June 19, 2019

Note: This post was first published on the Cali & Co blog, where a more detailed review of the fabric is included. Don’t forget to check it out after you read this post! Hi friends! I’m excited to share that I’ve joined the Cali & Co. team of bloggers, and I’m debuting my first look…

Hey June June!

By Sarah | May 31, 2019

Hey friends! It’s June first, and in my book, that means SUMMER!! (Please don’t educate me about complicated things like the solstice and actual astrological constants as they pertain to the seasons, because my brain has been turned OFF for the next three months!) This year, that means that not only do I get to…

Loving Linen for Spring…

By Sarah | May 24, 2019

I’ve really fallen hard for linen lately. It started with the Samara pants (blogged here), and just snowballed from there- and I can tell you (with no shame!) that I now have 12 yards of the stuff sitting on my front porch, waiting for me to get home from work and throw it into the…

Tested: Melbourne Top

By Sarah | May 19, 2019

Here’s a confession for you: I love being a mom. I even love being pregnant, when I’m not nauseous/cranky/toddling about on ankles the size of telephone poles. But I HATE maternity clothes. Unfortunately, I don’t have the type of body that just goes along through pregnancy completely normal except for a slight front bulge- nope-…

Breaking the Rules…

By Sarah | May 15, 2019

  Have you ever tried a style that went far outside of your comfort zone and “rules for dressing”? Wide legged pants have long been on my list of no-go’s when it comes to style- while they looked amazing on long legged Amazonian models, I feared they would overwhelm my petite pear shaped frame and…

When Life Gives You Lemons…(make mommy and me tops!)

By Sarah | July 11, 2018 |

I’ve had quite a few sewing “lemons” lately- patterns I was super excited to sew up, that for various reasons turned out completely unwearable. It happens to the best of us, I guess, but I found myself last week in a bit of a rut. Heres the equation, for all you math geeks out there:…

Chelsea Pants SewAlong Day 5

By Sarah | October 27, 2017 |

It’s the final day of the Chelsea Pants SewAlong! Its exciting to see all these awesome pairs of pants come together! It always amazes me how versatile this pattern is- from workwear to a date-worthy pants, to lounge around the house comfies, this pattern can do it all! Here’s what we’ve covered so far: Day…

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…

Striped Swallow Highlander Dolman and Rhapsody Joggers

By Sarah | March 2, 2017 |

Hello friends! You know I’m all about comfy right? That’s why when one of my favorite pattern designers, Striped Swallow Designs, posted a testing call for the girls version of the Mainland Collection, which includes the Rhapsody Joggers and the Highlander Dolman, I was all in (despite probably having too much on my plate already).…

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…

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…

Thankful Sewing: Man Sized!

By Sarah | November 1, 2017 |

It’s easy to get caught up in the hoopla of the holidays, the chaos of shuffling to and fro and baking the perfect pumpkin pie, and forget about the spirit of the season: Thankfulness. This month, I’m delighted to be co-hosting the Thankful Sewing Blog Tour with Melissa of Mahlica Designs. We have an awesome…

Raglan Sew-Along: Day 3

By Sarah | December 12, 2018 |

  Welcome back to the Raglan SewAlong! Yesterday we sewed up our sleeve and side seams, and added any front details (ie pockets). Today we are going to dive into finishing the necklines of our tops. You have three basic choices here: Neckband, hood or cowl (women’s only). I’m demonstrating all three in the video,…

Pattern Hacking: Button Front Havana Cami (& bonus tutorial!)

By Sarah | April 24, 2019 |

Hey friends! It feels like we were just hanging out here yesterday, and while I don’t want you to develop, you know, expectations about when I post (I love to be random like that!), I just had to circle back to share my new favorite cami, and a tutorial for getting this look yourself! This…

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…

SewBibs Challenge: Burnside Bibs!

By Sarah | April 11, 2019

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