Warrior Pose!

By Sarah | October 21, 2018 | 2 Comments

Ok, that title was totally a red herring- I have absolutely ZERO yoga skills or flexibility, so you won’t see me performing anything other than child’s pose when I’m trying to search for a sewing pin in my carpet (note to previous owners: deep pile carpet was a BAD idea in the craft room). Fortunately,…

The SoLo Tank, and My New Exercise Obsession

By Sarah | October 16, 2018 | 1 Comment

As I imagine happens to many people, summer was a time of slacking for my exercise routine. We traveled alot, it was too hot, blah, blah blah- basically my exercise was sporadic, and come fall, I was feeling the mental and physical impact of my laziness. The trouble was, like many moms with a full…

Inspire Leggings SewAlong: Day 5

By Sarah | October 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Welcome to our final day of the Inspire Leggings SewAlong! If you don’t have your pattern yet, you can get it here. Today is the LAST day for the leggings SALE, so be sure to grab your favorites before they go back to full price (aff link). Catching up: Need to catch up? Check out…

Inspire Tights Sew-Along: Day 4

By Sarah | October 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome to Day 3 of the Inspire Tights SewAlong! If you don’t have your pattern yet, you can get it here. Catching up: Need to catch up? Check out Day 1 HERE on the blog. It’s got lots of tips for selecting your size, adjusting your fit, and cutting your fabric! Day 2 is HERE on the blog. It includes…

Inspire Tights Sew-Along: Day 3

By Sarah | October 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome to Day 3 of the Inspire Tights SewAlong! If you don’t have your pattern yet, you can get it here. Catching up: Need to catch up? Check out Day 1 HERE on the blog. It’s got lots of tips for selecting your size, adjusting your fit, and cutting your fabric! Day 2 is HERE on the blog.…

Inspire Tights Sew-Along: Day 2

By Sarah | October 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome to Day 2 of the Inspire Tights SewAlong! If you don’t have your pattern yet, you can get it here. Catching up: Need to catch up? Check out Day 1 HERE on the blog. It’s got lots of tips for selecting your size, adjusting your fit, and cutting your fabric! The Schedule As a reminder, here’s our…

Inspire Tights Sew-Along: Day 1

By Sarah | October 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome to the first day of the Greenstyle Inspire Tights Sew-Along! This series of tutorials is part of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” Sew-Along happening for the next week in the Greenstyle Facebook Group.  Since the Inspire Tights are pretty much my favorite leggings pattern, I decided it was high time that they be treated to…

Birthday Post!

By Sarah | September 25, 2018 | 4 Comments

It’s my birthday, so of course I had to commemorate it with a post about some selfish sewing I’ve been doing lately! While my dream day would involve lounging on a tropical island with a mai tai, lounging around the house drinking coffee in new me-made duds are a close second, so here we go!…

Another Fall Favorite!

By Sarah | September 24, 2018 | 4 Comments

I seem to have a problem…I can’t stop preparing for fall, even though it’s still 100 degrees outside, and cooler weather is at least a month or more away. I even made cinnamon pear butter today, in the crock pot, which is delicious but required me cranking down the A/C a few extra degrees to…

Mommy and Me Peplums!

By Sarah | September 20, 2018 | 1 Comment

I’m not a big dress person (see my explanation in the 2017 hits and misses post), but the onset of fall has me thinking about the holidays, and I thought it might be nice to have a new “statement” dress in my closet, so I hopped on board the Peekaboo Melbourne Dress test last week.…

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Moxi Shorts Sew-Along: Day 1

By Sarah | July 22, 2018

Welcome to the first day of the Greenstyle Moxi Shorts Sew-Along! If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you know that one of my favorite things to sew (and wear!) is activewear, so these shorts have been on my sew-along list for a while now, just waiting for the time to…

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…

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…

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:…

Summer Getaway Shorts (and tank)!

By Sarah | July 8, 2018

Note: I received the fabric in this post for free, in exchange for my post. All opinions are my own 🙂 Today I’m sharing a project that’s been in the works for quite a while- almost an embarrassingly long period of time, if I’m being honest. Back in May, I received a lovely box of…

Happy 4th of July!

By Sarah | July 2, 2018

I’m so proud of myself friends, because I’ve actually managed to sew up some Fourth of July gear in time to share it before the actual holiday! I’m typically a late-night/last-minute kind of holiday seamstress, so this is a big accomplishment for me, and I’m so glad I did it, because now we have these cute…

Sahara by the Seaside…

By Sarah | June 25, 2018

While I was in San Diego, I had the pleasure of visiting several local fabric shops…and doing a bit of shopping (all that money saved on shipping means more to spend on fabric, right?). It was really fun to visit these places in person, and even better to get to meet the people that work…

My heart is in Havana…

By Sarah | June 22, 2018

I’ve spent the past couple weeks singing this song…  Now that it’s in your head too, I can show you my new Havana dress and top, from the recently released pattern by Greenstyle. The Havana is a departure from the athletic patterns that make up a large portion of the Greenstyle offerings, and despite…

Feeling Tropical!

By Sarah | June 19, 2018

Whew! We are back from our vacation! I spent my days in Southern Cali hanging out at the beach, playing with the kids, and visiting all the local fabric shops (you’ll start seeing the fruits of those visits soon-!). This little suit got a ton of wear, and while I didn’t have time to blog…

Top 3 Photography Tips for Testers!

By Sarah | June 9, 2018

Hello friends! Today I’m over on the Greenstyle Creations blog sharing something I’m deeply passionate about- photography. Not just any old photography, sewing photography of course! On this blog, nearly all the photography is a collaboration between my husband and myself- he usually mans the camera, and I obsess about getting the right settings, background,…

Swim, Swim!

By Sarah | June 7, 2018

There were alot of things on my list to make before we head out on a few camping trips this summer, but near the top was a swimsuit for my daughter. At 2 years old, she’s a beast in the pool and the ocean alike, demanding “swim, swim!” every time her little eyes spot a…

Tested: Helen Dress by DIBY

By Sarah | June 6, 2018

I’ve cut back quite a bit on my testing lately, but every so often something comes along that really catches my eye, or fits in perfectly with my plans, and then I use the testing deadline to motivate myself to get it done! That was the case with the newly released Helen Dress by DIBY–…

The Family that wears Sketchy Essentials Together….

By Sarah | May 12, 2017 | 2 Comments

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…

Super G Sew-Along: Day 4

By Sarah | May 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome to the last day of the Super G Sew Along! If you don’t have your pattern yet, you can get it here. Catching up: Need to catch up? Day 1 is HERE on the blog. It’s got lots of tips for sewing activewear, as well as information on supplies, sizing, and cutting into your fabric.] Day 2…

Side Tie Skirt Hack

By Sarah | April 12, 2018 | 4 Comments

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…

Fall Favorite: Cozy Sweaters!

By Sarah | August 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Cozy sweaters are a fall staple around my house. I love pairing them with jeans and boots for a walk around the neighborhood to admire the changing colors of the season, or with leggings and slippers curled up by a warm fire with a cup of hot cocoa. Since I’m on a mission to replace…

Sewing for Speed: Batch Sewing!

By Sarah | December 18, 2017 | 6 Comments

A couple days ago, Heather Lou (of Closet Case Files fame!) posted on Instagram about how to speed up your sewing by assembling things in batches. When I first started my sewing adventure, I was sewing only for my twins, so things were always done in twos- so much so that my first sewing blog…

Fancy girl!

By Sarah | November 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s been too long since I’ve blogged something I’ve made for the Princess. I was a bit scared off by the whole stolen photo debacle (which we did manage to correct), and the fact that she’s less than cooperative when it comes to modeling. My sons can be encouraged (read: bribed) to pose appropriately- baby…

Twirlin’ in Red White and Blue Sparkles!!!

By Sarah | April 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

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 Gathered Lille Hack and a little Bohemian Soul

By Sarah | May 5, 2017 | 2 Comments

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…

Luck O’ The Irish

By Sarah | February 13, 2018 | 11 Comments

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…

Marbella Tank Nursing Hack

By Sarah | May 16, 2018 | 5 Comments

  You know I’m a pretty big fan of nursing hacks on this blog, and today I’m delighted to have Sheryl, a fellow mom and New Horizons patterns fan, sharing about how she hacked the Marbella tank for nursing access! Her method is genius, and she does such an awesome job walking us through, step…

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