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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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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…

Not So Basic Leggings….

By Sarah | May 6, 2019

If you haven’t already figured this out based on the sheer number of athletic posts on my blog, I wear leggings alot. I never thought I’d be on the #leggingsarerealpants team, but here I am, wearing them as a main staple for my very active life. I’m currently training for a half/full marathon (haven’t decided…

Summer Crops!

By Sarah | May 6, 2019

I’ll be honest- I remember the last time the crop top trend rolled around- I was in college, about 20 years younger than I am now, and with decidedly less stretch marks/scars, etc. (but paradoxically more concerned with how others saw me). I tried to get comfortable in a crop, and even considered a nice…

Me Made May Plans & a Papercut Fjord Cardigan

By Sarah | April 30, 2019

It’s that time of year again friends- Me Made May! If you aren’t familiar, its primarily an Instagram challenge started by So Zo, in which sewists across the world endeavor to focus more on their self sewn wardrobe. For some, that means wearing a hand-made item daily- for others, it’s an opportunity to evaluate their…

Tested: Clara Wrap Top

By Sarah | April 28, 2019

I’ve been wanting to try a little wrap top for ages, but couldn’t find the right pattern. Years ago, I tried the Papercut Coppelia wrap top, and had a few serious fitting issues that I was unable to resolve at the time, being a beginner sewist. So, when Greenstyle, one of my favorite pattern companies,…

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…

Lightening things up for Spring!

By Sarah | April 23, 2019

The weather forecast FINALLY shows a week of sunshine around here, and if I was like any normal person, I’d be breaking out last year’s capris and tanks. Of course, as my friends would tell you, I’m pretty far from “normal”- so naturally my response is to make new things for Spring instead! I started with…

Ready for S’More Camping!

By Sarah | April 15, 2019

Next to sewing, camping is one of my top joys in life. If you had told this to my twenty year old self, who lived for shopping malls and manicures, I would have laughed in your face. I still detest being dirty, sleeping on the ground, and washing my dishes while balancing soap precariously on…

Floral Athletic Wear!

By Sarah | April 12, 2019

I’ve been trying to expand my horizons a bit when it comes to athletic, wear, and this week I decided to try out the bralette version of the Jalie Julia Camisole and the Sinclair Penny Leggings. I made the Jalie Julia tank twice last summer, and while I love both of them, they aren’t very…

SewBibs Challenge: Burnside Bibs!

By Sarah | April 11, 2019

I’m usually a bit of a flake when it comes to Instagram sewing challenges- I see the challenge, maybe purchase a few supplies, and then get distracted by whatever other projects have landed on my cutting table, only remembering the challenge on the last day as everyone that participated throws up their awesome projects. It’s…

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…

Tutorial: Adding Jogger details to your Favorite Leggings

By Sarah | March 19, 2019 |

Today I’m sharing a tutorial for adding jogger style details to your favorite leggings pattern. This is a hack I’ve been wanting to try for several months, ever since I saw this “pinspiration”. The main details that set joggers apart from leggings, besides a more relaxed fit, are that joggers (like the Brassies or Carita…

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,…

Tie Back Tank Sew-A-Long: Full Back Hack

By Sarah | September 14, 2017 |

I’ve been having SO MUCH fun sewing along with you during the Tie Back Tank Sew-A-Long and I’m excited to share one last hack today: A full back tank, for those times when you don’t want to have any ventilation! Catching up? Check out these videos from the past couple days: Pattern Options, Fabric, and…

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,…

It’s all about the hemlines, baby!

By Sarah | October 24, 2017 |

I’m still on a fall florals kick, and I love it when a test comes along that gives me a chance to sew them up, rather than letting them languish in my stash! The new Mama Adelyn pattern was perfect for this large scale double brushed poly from Pretty Posh Prints, and I was especially…

The Quest for the Perfect Tee

By Sarah | April 11, 2017 |

I’m always on the hunt for the Perfect Tee. You know, the one you wear every time its clean (and sometimes when its not), the one that makes you feel confident and stylish but is still super comfortable to wear, the one that never makes it out of the dryer and into your closet before…

One Thimble Tour: Soaking up the last days of Summer!

By Sarah | August 10, 2017 |

Are you still soaking up the last rays of summer as it fades into fall? I know I am! Despite the heat, summer is my favorite time of year, and I never want to see it end! The opportunity to be a part of the official One Thimble blog tour was the perfect chance to…

Fail Friday: Shibori Dyeing

By Sarah | July 21, 2017 |

Happy Friday! You’ve almost made it to the weekend, and that means its time for some humor at my expense in this week’s episode of Fail Friday! Regular failure is considered a learning opportunity here at Casa Sarah, so let’s dive right in and see what lessons I’ve learned this week! A few weeks ago,…

Moxi Shorts Sew-Along: Day 5

By Sarah | July 26, 2018 |

Welcome to Day 5 of the Moxi Shorts SewAlong! If you don’t have your pattern yet, you can get it here. If you still need to order fabric, you can find the stretch woven HERE (Use code “moxie” for 10% off (through 7/27/18). Catching up: Need to catch up? Check out Day 1 HERE on the blog. It’s got lots…

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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