Shiny Fabric Weaknesses….and a Full Front Power Bra Hack!

By Sarah | February 24, 2019 | 2 Comments

Sometimes, I try to resist buying more fabric. I really do. A couple weeks ago, when I found a fantastic athletic foil print fabric at JoAnns, I resisted it and kept myself on track, buying only the thread I had come there for (and a snack to keep the toddler-zilla happy- #momlife). Of course, I…

A new Chevron Tank (and freezing temps!)

By Sarah | February 22, 2019 | 7 Comments

  I have a confession to make: I’m not doing very well at coordinating my fit Capsule. Sure, I’ve made about 8 pieces of clothing for the Capsule at this point, but with the exception of the matching bra/leggings sets, nothing coordinates with each other! I swear that after today, I’ll try to concentrate on…

Tested: Itch to Stitch Orono Top

By Sarah | February 17, 2019 | 5 Comments

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…

SuperStars!

By Sarah | February 12, 2019 | 9 Comments

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…

Fit Capsule Planning (or not….)

By Sarah | February 10, 2019 | 6 Comments

I’m a card carrying Type A person….except when it comes to sewing. Sure, I’m a perfectionist, and will redo that reverse coverstitch a dozen times to make sure it lines up perfectly, but apart from my maddening tendency to re-stitch seams, I’m not really much of a planner when it comes to sewing. While Google Calendar is…

Why I Love Add-Ons…

By Sarah | February 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Face it. Sometimes you buy a pattern, and you make a few times, and you love it, and then you realize that it would be perfect, if only it had this one extra little thing. Most of the time unless you have mad illustrator skills or the time to figure out a hack, those dreams go…

Camo for a Cause…

By Sarah | January 29, 2019 | 6 Comments

I used to be such a girly girl…as in I would ONLY wear shades of pink and purple as a child, with the frilliest accessories possible. I cried when they fingerprinted me because I didn’t like my hands to get “dirty”, and I played with dolls until I could drive a car (in secret with…

Tested: Greenstyle Studio to Street Top

By Sarah | January 29, 2019 | 4 Comments

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…

Tested: Cecilia Criss Cross Top

By Sarah | January 23, 2019 | 4 Comments

If you hang around the pattern world long enough, you start to see some consistencies in the requests for certain designs, and a relaxed fit, dolman sleeve wrap top like this one, has been one of the most requested this Fall/Winter. Since I’m slowing easing myself into wearing less fitted tops, I decided to give…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 5

By Sarah | January 22, 2019 | 2 Comments

Hooray! Today is the final day of our SewAlong! Today we are simply finishing up our bras, and looking at some inspiration in case you’re in the mood to make a few more- I know I am! SewAlong Schedule: Need to catch up? Click the links below! Day 1: Supplies, Sizing and Cutting  Day 2:…

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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.…

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…

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…

Tested: Medellin Top and Cartagena Cami!

By Sarah | November 14, 2018

When I took on the test for the new Itch to Stitch Medellin Top and Cartagena Cami a couple weeks ago, everything was blue skies and balmy 70 degree temps. Winter seemed far away, and life seemed to be going along pretty swimmingly (cue ominous music here….) The kids were in a good school routine,…

Greenstyle Favorites Week!

By Sarah | November 11, 2018

It’s not exactly a secret that I’m a big fan of Greenstyle patterns, and today I’m kicking off the Greenstyle Favorites Week by sharing my favorite Greenstyle pattern– the Inspire Tights!  Before I get started on my Inspire-rant, here’s a brief description of the pattern in a nutshell: The Inspires are a classic leggings pattern,…

Warrior Pose!

By Sarah | October 21, 2018

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

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

  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

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

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

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

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…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 1

By Sarah | January 18, 2019 | 14 Comments

Welcome to the Power Bra Sew-Along! This week we will be sewing up our Power Bras! I can’t tell you how excited I am to host this event- I’ve litterally been thinking about hosting the SewAlong since the pattern went into testing late last year. I have no less than 6 Power Bras in my…

Super G Sew-Along: Day 1

By Sarah | May 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s no secret I’m obsessed with the Super G tights from Greenstyle Creations- I’ve made 6 pairs, and don’t see any reason to stop, so I thought I might as well host a sew-along to spread the Super G love! If you’re new to Sew-Alongs, here’s how they work: I will be breaking the pattern…

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…

Tested: Greenstyle Studio to Street Top

By Sarah | January 29, 2019 | 4 Comments

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…

Mix it up baby!

By Sarah | May 3, 2017 | 2 Comments

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…

Baby got Back! Strappy Top Hack!

By Sarah | June 7, 2017 | 6 Comments

A few months ago, Becky Nohava (see her Instagram here) posted a photo of a top in Knitpop that she had hacked to have the most amazing back- like no pattern I had ever seen (and I’ve seen a few!). It was quite popular, but I was too intimidated to try it myself without a little…

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Fabric….

By Sarah | September 18, 2018 | 4 Comments

I’m not the type of person that usually plans ahead a lot…in real life, you’ll usually find me running late to church, dashing to the store at the last minute for a family dinner or picking up decorations for tomorrow’s birthday party at midnight (thank goodness for 24 hour stores!). But, when it comes to…

Fail Friday: Fabric Planning Fail!

By Sarah | August 18, 2017 | 1 Comment

I was super excited the other day, when I was able to get my Centerfield/Scarlet Swing dress mash-up out of a single yard of fabric. I mean, a whole dress for $7? What’s not to love? In fact, I was so excited, that I assumed I could get it out of any yard in my…

Happy Jeans Dance!

By Sarah | May 7, 2018 | 12 Comments

I hinted at this on Instagram a few weeks ago- but I finally did it! I completed my first pair of me-made jeans, and guess what? Just like everyone said, it wasn’t all that hard. Sure, there was a bit of a learning curve, especially with the fitting, but the actual construction process was more…

Green Tee Hack: Side Lace-Up!

By Sarah | July 2, 2017 | 7 Comments

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…

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