A (last minute) Break from Christmas Sewing…

By Sarah | December 23, 2018 | 1 Comment

Merry Christmas Eve, friends! I hope this holiday season finds you happy and well, and not too stressed out by last minute shopping and sewing! If you’re still in procrastination mode, or need some selfish sewing to look forward to after you finish all those gifts, read on! I’ve been hustling like crazy to make…

Boom Boom POW(er) Bra!

By Sarah | December 14, 2018 | 11 Comments

I used to LOVE (love love!) Zumba, and one of my favorite songs to dance to was the Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow”. Every time that song came on, I could feel myself transforming into an amazing hip hop dance/song artist, with a whole crew (the class) behind me as my backup, as we…

Raglan SewAlong: Day 4

By Sarah | December 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome back to the Raglan SewAlong! Yesterday we sewed up our necklines, finishing them with bands, cowls or hoods. Today we are going to be hemming our tops or attaching bands/cuffs to finish the bottom and sleeves. This is the home stretch- yay! I’m also really enjoying seeing your tops as they come together- so…

Top 10 Gifts for Seamstresses!

By Sarah | December 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Are you enjoying the holiday season? I sure am…I love seeing the Christmas lights strung up around town, getting holiday themed mugs from Dutch Bros, listening to Christmas carols, and watching my kids bounce off the walls with the endless parade of cookies, candies, and holiday treats. OK, maybe not that last one, but the…

Raglan Sew-Along: Day 3

By Sarah | December 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

  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,…

Raglan Sew-Along: Day 2

By Sarah | December 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome back to the Raglan SewAlong! Yesterday we selected our supplies, decided on our options, and cut out our fabric, so today we’re ready for the fun stuff: sewing! Raglans are a pretty quick garment, so today’s post will be brief, but that’s also a great opportunity to add a little something extra to your…

Raglan Sew-Along: Day 1

By Sarah | December 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome to the Raglan Sew-Along! This week we will be sewing up our raglans! For this sewalong, I’ll be using the Centerfield Raglan and Add-on Pack, and the Men’s Hudson Pullover, both from Greenstyle. I highly recommend trying both these patterns, but if you’ve already exhausted your pattern budget for the month, you’re welcome to…

Sewciety Box: Video Review

By Sarah | December 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

A couple months ago, on Instagram I saw a post about a new subscription box that was in the works for seamstresses. Having previously been subscribed to the BeeBox (from another company, which sadly had to close), I was immediately intrigued- I love the anticipation ,challenge and motivation that mystery sewing boxes provide, and the…

Geo Tights!

By Sarah | December 2, 2018 | 2 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

  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…

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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…

Zip it Up! FREE Zipper Bag Pattern!

By Sarah | September 10, 2018

I’ve added quite a few firsts to my sewing belt this year- my first jeans, my first capsule wardrobe, first coats (men’s AND women’s!), first bra (yet to be blogged)…there’s a lot to feel proud of! One thing I haven’t attempted yet, though, is to sew a bag. For some reason the idea of sewing…

I’ll be the cliche…

By Sarah | September 9, 2018

Despite owning and making every Greenstyle leggings pattern out there, I’ve yet to make my own yoga pants. After I took my favorite pair out of the dryer the other day, I decided that needed to change- they were getting threadbare from repeated wash and wear, and were no longer presentable in public. Fortunately, Greenstyle…

First Day of School: 2018 Edition

By Sarah | September 2, 2018

You might have noticed the blog’s been a little quiet the last few weeks- that’s because we were trying to soak up the last rays of summer, while also prepping (homeschool-mom style) to dive into another school year! Although we do school in some form nearly year-found, we had our first “official” day of school…

Greenstyle Strides, and a Leggings Showdown!

By Sarah | August 13, 2018

I finally made the last athletic leggings pattern in the Greenstyle lineup: the Stride Tights! I hacked these last year to match a pair from Nordstrom (blogger confession: I still haven’t hemmed them and just keep wearing them tucked under at the bottom! Find them on the blog here), but that hack was pretty extensive, and…

Cami Love!

By Sarah | August 5, 2018

I love a good camisole, and while woven cami’s like the Made for Mermaids Mama Quinn (blogged here) or the Designer Stitch Ella Cami (free- blogged here!)  get plenty of love in the hot summer, a simple knit version is likely to get the most wear in my closet, simply because so much of my…

Christmas in July!

By Sarah | July 31, 2018

If the almost daily posts to my blog are any indication, I’ve been a busy seamstress lately! I honestly try to space things out a bit, but sometimes I have something I’m just dying to share…like the new Christmas dress I made the princess! If you knew me in real life, you might be surprised…

Not your mama’s sweats…

By Sarah | July 29, 2018

I jumped on the jogger bandwagon a long time ago, and have been wearing them in all forms ever since. When I heard my favorite lounge pattern, the Portlanders, were getting a little jogger-transformation, I had to check it out, and brought my mini-me along for the ride! Never mind that it was 110 degrees…

Tested: DIBY Althea Tank

By Sarah | July 28, 2018

A couple weeks ago, the Fabric Fairy got in some amazing meshes, and I had to buy up. I honestly wasn’t sure at the time what I would use them for, I just knew they screamed “cool exercise girl” and had to have them for myself. Meshes are everywhere in athletic gear right now- Lululemon…

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…

Moxi Shorts Sew-Along: Day 4

By Sarah | July 25, 2018

Welcome to Day 4 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…

Moxi Shorts Sew-Along: Day 3

By Sarah | July 24, 2018

Welcome to Day 3 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…

Challenge yourself! Birch Button Up Release, Review and GIVEAWAY!

By Sarah | July 26, 2017 | 5 Comments

     I’ve gone on  and on about sewing with wovens (see my Wovens 101 post HERE)….but I hadn’t made the most obvious woven garment: a collared shirt! Right up there with swimwear (conquered!), real jeans (yikes- not yet!) and a formal dress (I’d love the challenge but I’d never wear it), sewing a fully featured…

Tie Back Tanks!

By Sarah | August 10, 2017 | 3 Comments

I have a confession to make: I’ve only made it to the gym twice in the last two weeks. When I don’t make time to exercise, it makes for one cranky momma- so I’m putting this out there to keep myself accountable! Fortunately, with the new Tie Back Tank from Greenstyle, I’m able to look…

Super G Sew-Along: Day 3

By Sarah | May 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome to Day 3 of the Super G SewAlong! 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 is HERE.…

Zip it Up! FREE Zipper Bag Pattern!

By Sarah | September 10, 2018 | 2 Comments

I’ve added quite a few firsts to my sewing belt this year- my first jeans, my first capsule wardrobe, first coats (men’s AND women’s!), first bra (yet to be blogged)…there’s a lot to feel proud of! One thing I haven’t attempted yet, though, is to sew a bag. For some reason the idea of sewing…

Tutorial: Perfect Knit Binding Every Time!

By Sarah | July 16, 2018 | 51 Comments

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…

Camo is a Country Girl’s Bling!

By Sarah | July 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

I’ve never been huge on camo. Or pencil skirts, for that matter. I’m a pretty practical dresser, so most of my #momlife wardrobe consists of shirts in colors that don’t show baby food stains and pieces that can go from standing to sitting criss-cross-applesauce without any adjustment in ten seconds flat. However, sometimes you’ve got…

Moxi Shorts Sew-Along: Day 3

By Sarah | July 24, 2018 | 3 Comments

Welcome to Day 3 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…

Shibori and Slow Fashion

By Sarah | July 24, 2017 | 11 Comments

       A couple months ago, Stephanie (of Swoodson Says) put out a call for participants on a Shibori Dyeing Blog Tour. Now, I’ve never dyed a thing in my life, but that didn’t stop me from signing up and reassuring myself that it would be “quick and easy”. Whenever you tell yourself something is going…

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…

Fall Wovens: Ravanna Pants!

By Sarah | August 24, 2017 | 2 Comments

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post detailing my fall woven sewing plans. These types of plans are always a little scary for me to write out, because while they keep me motivated they also feel a bit restricting- what if I want to diverge from my plan? Would anyone notice or be disappointed?…

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