Tested: Clara Wrap Top

By Sarah | April 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 8 Comments

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 | 6 Comments

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 | 13 Comments

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 | 4 Comments

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 Hey June Willamette for Spring!

By Sarah | April 7, 2019 | 3 Comments

I’ve been sewing knits nonstop for what seems like forever, so when I stumbled across the “sew a collar” challenge in the 52 weeks of sewing group a couple weeks ago, I thought it was high time to break off my love affair with knits for a minute, and try out a new (to me)…

Tutorial: Cutting & Sewing Stripes for a Perfect Finish

By Sarah | April 3, 2019 | 8 Comments

Confession Time: I LOVE wearing stripes. They’re a great way to add visual interest, a second (or third, or fourth) color to a basic wardrobe staple, and can be sewn in so many different ways (color-blocked, on the bias, etc.). BUT, ( and this is a big but)….I haven’t always loved sewing them. My perfectionist…

Tabor V-Neck and Moto Inspires

By Sarah | March 30, 2019 | 2 Comments

There’s nothing better than combining a tried and true pattern with a brand new one….and finding a perfect match! This sweater/leggings combo gets all the #momiform love from me, and works really well for the weather related whiplash we’ve been experiencing as spring and winter battle it out for supremacy on my weather app (seriously,…

Tested: Sporty Piko Top

By Sarah | March 29, 2019 | 8 Comments

I try to resist pattern testing too much these days, what with my desire to go to bed before 2AM and all (sometimes I can’t get started on sewing until well after 9PM- mama’s, tell me you understand!). But occasionally, an up-and-coming pattern catches my eye, and applying for the test provides a handy little…

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Tested: Greenstyle Studio to Street Top

By Sarah | January 29, 2019

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

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

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:…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 4

By Sarah | January 21, 2019

Today is the fourth day of the Power Bra SewAlong! After you’re finished with today’s tasks, you should have a fully finished bra- hooray! That’s really a huge accomplishment, and you should be proud! Grab your pattern! If you haven’t already, you’ll want to purchase the Power Bra pattern! This is a really excellent pattern with options…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 3

By Sarah | January 20, 2019

Welcome to Day 3 of the Greenstyle Power Bra SewAlong! Today we’re really going to get the bulk of construction done on those bras, so grab an extra cup of coffee (you might need it anyway, because Monday…) and let’s get going! Grab your pattern! If you haven’t already, you’ll want to purchase the Power Bra pattern!…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 2

By Sarah | January 19, 2019

  Welcome back to the Power Bra Sew Along! Yesterday we got started on our bras by finding the right supplies, measuring for the right fit, sewing a muslin (Hopefully!), ad cutting into our fabric. Today we will jump into the construction of our bras by sewing the front pieces together, in preparation for tomorrows…

Power Bra SewAlong: Day 1

By Sarah | January 18, 2019

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…

His and Her Raglans!

By Sarah | January 14, 2019

Late last year, when I did the Raglan SewAlong (check that out HERE), I ended up with two great new raglans- one for myself, and one for the hubs. With all the Christmas and New Year’s crazies, I didn’t get around to blogging about it until now, which works out ok, because today is actually…

New Year’s Reflections

By Sarah | January 9, 2019

Happy New Year friends! I’ve taken a much needed blogging break while I enjoyed the holidays with the family, but I’ve been itching to add a post of my own to the collection of New Year’s sewing reflections that have been floating around the blog-o-sphere, so here I am (tell me its not too late!).…

A (last minute) Break from Christmas Sewing…

By Sarah | December 23, 2018

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

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

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…

Brassie Joggers SewAlong: Lace Hack

By Sarah | June 14, 2017 | 4 Comments

Welcome back to the Brassie Joggers SewAlong! Today we are assembling our legs, and I’ve got another hack for you! See the other posts in this series here: Brassie Joggers: Supplies Brassie Joggers: Printing and Fit Adjustments Scoop Pocket Hack Jean Shorts Hack Don’t have the Pattern? Get it HERE Join the SewAlong HERE LACE…

Floral Athletic Wear!

By Sarah | April 12, 2019 | 13 Comments

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…

Sewing Staples: The Green Tee

By Sarah | June 9, 2017 | 5 Comments

Its fun to sew fancy clothing, with intricate details and a big wow factor. But that’s not what I wear on a daily basis. What I wear on a daily basis, are T shirts. Sure, I could buy an ill fitting and poorly constructed one at target for $15, but it would fall apart after…

Tip Tuesday: Flat or in the Round?

By Sarah | August 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Have you ever heard the terms “flat” vs “in the round”? This refers to two methods for attaching a binding or band to a garment, and knowing how (and when) to use each method is a useful sewing technique to have in your arsenal! Check out my video that demonstrates each option!   Don’t miss…

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…

Rich People Wear Matching Pajamas

By Sarah | September 11, 2017 | 4 Comments

So I’ve always had this fantasy in my head, that when I really had some extra money, like lots and lots of extra money, that I’d have a whole wardrobe full of matching pajamas. And that not only would I wear these amazing matching PJs every night, but that my kids and husband would have…

Brassie Joggers Sewalong: Printing and Fitting

By Sarah | June 13, 2017 | 4 Comments

Welcome back to my SewAlong Series on the Brassie Joggers by Greenstyle Creations! You can find the SewAlong here (Join Knitpop first if you aren’t already a member or the link won’t work). Today we are printing our pattern, choosing options, and cutting fabric. If you don’t already have your pattern, you can get it…

How to Insert Clear Elastic into a Seam with your Serger

By Sarah | April 7, 2017 | 2 Comments

Ready to wear clothing makes great use of clear elastic in seams to provide structure, stretch and durability. Check out my video on how to apply clear elastic quickly and easily with your serger! I have the Brother 1034D serger, available here on Amazon. You can find clear elastic on Amazon as well here. Full…

Swimwear: The Holy Grail of Sewing

By Sarah | April 25, 2017 | 10 Comments

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…

2018 Goal Post!

By Sarah | January 8, 2018 | 9 Comments

Note: This post will refer frequently to my 2017 Reflections post. If you haven’t read it, go check it out so you know what the heck I’m talking about, then hurry back! Hey hey! It’s a new year! Which means it’s time for GOALS! Sewing goals, more specifically, since I don’t think you care as…

SewBibs Challenge: Burnside Bibs!

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