Tested: Greenstyle Cavallo Leggings

By Sarah | May 26, 2020 |

I haven’t been a part of the Greenstyle team for a while (nothing to do with them- just needed to focus more on #momlife), but I still jump at their testing calls, because not only are they a great group of people, I don’t know of another company that does a better job designing functional,…

Looking back (and finally making!)…my first athletic pattern purchases!

By Sarah | May 21, 2020 |

What were you drawn to when you first started sewing? For me, the ability to create my own custom fit athletic wear (and beat out Lululemon quality and price!) has been a focus since the beginning, and I’m proud to say I have no desire to shop retail for this type of clothing anymore. It’s…

The Adventure Continues…

By Sarah | May 17, 2020 |

When I left off a couple weeks ago, we were in the throes of packing/moving/home renovation. I won’t say moving during a pandemic was the hardest thing I’ve ever done…but it’s definitely in the top 5. Everyone keeps asking us if we are “settled now”- this is the equivalent of asking a mother of a…

In the Running…a tale of two Athletic Skirts!

By Sarah | May 5, 2020 |

Hello sewing friends! I hope this post finds you well, and weathering current events with, if not aplomb, at least a sense of humor. For this, I’m ever grateful to my children, who always seem able to make me laugh at the craziest of moments, which is certainly how I’d describe life right now, as…

Embracing Spring: Jalie Michelle Tank

By Sarah | April 12, 2020 |

This has been a rough season for all of us, but one of the best things on the horizon is the season itself- Spring brings with it the promise of new beginnings, warmer weather, and, hopefully time to find some joy in the little things. I know that’s easier said than done, sometimes, and truth…

A Dia (or two) for the New Days Ahead…

By Sarah | April 5, 2020 |

Warning- this is a long post. If you want to skip over my experiences with COVID-19 isolation and get right to the sewing, I won’t blame you- but I couldn’t keep this blog real without sharing how we have been doing personally during this crisis. Its been a few weeks since my last post, and…

Tested: New Horizons Calgary Cardigan

By Sarah | March 9, 2020 |

As a card-carrying germophobe, the Coronavirus is scaring the crap out of me…so naturally it’s time to talk about sewing and the weather, right? Right. Well, Spring in Northern California has always been a little unpredictable, and in the past few weeks we’ve had everything from sunny highs in the 80’s that make me rush…

Tested: Itch to Stitch Tallin Top

By Sarah | February 26, 2020 |

I really, really need more work appropriate tops. I have an army of tank tops, t-shirts and athletic wear in my closet, but really, very few tops that rise above the bar into casual work-wear, especially for this unseasonably warm Spring we’re experiencing in Northern California at the moment (not that I’m complaining about the…

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta!

By Sarah | February 23, 2020 |

This post continues our travel/sewing log for the Winter 19/20 trip to Arizona, Mexico, and Southern California. We’ve been home a month or so now, but I’m finally getting around to finishing my chronicle of the adventure. This is kind of akin to finding a Christmas present you forgot about hiding in the closet- so…

2020 Fit Capsule!

By Sarah | February 2, 2020 |

A couple weeks ago, Alex Resch, a sewist extraordinaire and all around amazing person, hosted a “Choose your Own Adventure Activewear SewAlong” over in the Fabric Fairy group. I spent time with her planning out my fabrics, patterns and getting hyped up, only to have life get in the way and knock me off course.…

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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…

Falling for Fall: 3 Simple Knit tops to Make the Transition Seamless

By Sarah | September 15, 2019

It feels like we just wrapped up summer (oh wait…we did! With last week’s blog post!) but with the kids in school and the leaves starting to turn, it’s already time to starting focusing our attention on Fall, and the invigorating sewing opportunities that come with the advent of a new season. Over the past…

Sew long Summer…Hello fall!

By Sarah | September 8, 2019

Well friends, the signs are all around us- leaves crunching underfoot, the crisp morning air, Halloween costumes in Costco- fall has arrived, and that means it’s time to officially say farewell to summer. This is always a bittersweet time for me, as summer is my favorite season- I love the freedom to stay up late…

Getting Excited about Activewear Again…

By Sarah | September 4, 2019

If you’ve spent more than 5 seconds on my blog, you’ll have noticed that I have a penchant for sewing activewear. Some might even call it an obsession, and I’m frequently asked, with some amazement, how many pairs of leggings/sports bras/tanks I actually own. I haven’t counted, but I’d guess its over 20 of each-…

Tested: Made for Mermaids Jade Dress/Peplum

By Sarah | August 13, 2019

I have a bad habit of signing up for too many things whenever we come back from a trip. Every time, I swear I won’t do it, and without fail, here I am again, with the third blog post in as many days, because I just couldn’t resist committing to just one more project (can…

Back 2 School Blog Tour 2019: Preschool Edition

By Sarah | August 12, 2019

                      Hello friends! I’m happy to be back again today (so much more time for blogging now that we’re home!) as part of the Back to School Blog Tour, hosted by Karly of Paisley Roots (be sure to read to the end to enter the giveaway- she’s got some…

Ringing in #BraAugust!

By Sarah | August 12, 2019

  I don’t keep up with social media quite as much as I used to (trying to spend a little more time staying grounded in the present, these days), but I was really looking forward to BraAugust this year as a time to learn some new skills, and motivate myself to sew a few new…

Summer Road Trip Part IV: Mesa Verde, Alamosa, Denver, and Dinosaur!

By Sarah | August 8, 2019

Hello again! Today I’m sharing the 4th installment in my Summer Travel Sewing series, covering our visits through Mesa Verde, Denver, and Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado. (missed the first two in this series? Here’s Part I and Part II,  and Part III). If you recall my last post, I left off in Monument Valley, roasting in…

Fall Style: Wine & Lace

By Sarah | August 6, 2019

I’m back home, and busy working on blog posts to document the last legs of our trip, but in the meantime, I took advantage of all the extra SPACE (nothing like going from 200 square feet to 2600 to give you an appreciation for the ability to spread out!) and whipped up a new athletic…

Summer 19 Road Trip Part III: Grand Canyon & Monument Valley

By Sarah | July 23, 2019

******Disclaimer for those afraid of heights- PLEASE READ******* Please be aware, there WILL be photos below that show me standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon, and in the middle of a mojor highway in Monument Valley. I am a naturally cautious person, so I didn’t do anything overly dangerous, despite some of the…

Summer 19 Trip Part II: Roasting in Palm Springs

By Sarah | July 3, 2019

Note: This post is part of a sewing and travel documentary, as I share what I sew and experience during our two month RV tour of the American Southwest. You can read part one of that series HERE. After San Diego, we were originally scheduled to journey to Lake Havasu in Arizona, but I quickly…

Testing in the RV: New Horizons Maui Tank

By Sarah | June 26, 2019

I wondered, when we started our journey, whether or not I’d be able to test patterns while traveling. While I’ve cut back alot recently, I still love testing patterns, both for the incentive to sew and the motivation to try new techniques. The biggest hurdles to this however, were printing ability and fabric. My “home”…

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…

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…

A new Chevron Tank (and freezing temps!)

By Sarah | February 22, 2019 |

  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…

Pattern Review: Marbella Tank

By Sarah | March 22, 2019 |

Continuing on with trying to sew for the upcoming season, I grabbed the Marbella tank pattern from New Horizons Designs recently. The lace back options caught my eye a few months back when the pattern was released, but I was deep into winter sewing at the time, and couldn’t imagine exposing enough skin to the…

Can you rock the Culottes? A Named Pattern Review

By Sarah | August 5, 2017 |

Culottes = the perfect balance between pants and a skirt. Don’t want to flash the other moms at library storytime wile you’re sitting criss-cross applesauce? Want to avoid the universal temptation of young children to literally hide underneath your skirt when meeting a stranger? Love the breezy feeling of a skirt but not the potential…

Back to the 80s…Fit Capsule Part II

By Sarah | March 17, 2019 |

I warned you in my last post, that there would be more FitCapsule items to come…once I got started I just couldn’t stop! Seriously y’all, leggings are like potato chips for me- they both motivate me to exercise, though for different reasons- ha! This part of my FitCapsule (missed part one? catch it here) is…

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta!

By Sarah | February 23, 2020 |

This post continues our travel/sewing log for the Winter 19/20 trip to Arizona, Mexico, and Southern California. We’ve been home a month or so now, but I’m finally getting around to finishing my chronicle of the adventure. This is kind of akin to finding a Christmas present you forgot about hiding in the closet- so…

Eating Dino-nuggets in style with the Brunch Blouse!

By Sarah | September 13, 2017 |

Most of my “brunches” consist of frozen dino-nuggets, applesauce and goldfish crackers, but that didn’t stop me from jumping in on the latest Patterns for Pirates release: the Brunch Blouse! Despite my less-than-glamourous lunch dates, I was delighted by all the options in this pattern, particularly the placket option- as it means easy and fashionable…

Velvet Crush

By Sarah | November 13, 2017 |

I took my family out shopping last weekend, and I kept running into velvet tee shirts- over and over and over. In Old Navy, Target, Gap….they were everywhere. I’m not always one to follow the trends (or let go of them when they’re long past!), but something about the romantic, wintry vibe just resonated with…

3 Generations of Harbor Knots

By Sarah | April 8, 2017 |

After sewing the adorable Harbor Knot/Juniper Joggers set for the Princess, I just couldn’t resist sewing up another three Harbor Knots for myself, my mom and my daughter. (Bundle with womens, girls and baby on sale here)       This floral double brushed poly fabric is from Knitpop (looks like it’s sold out, similar here)…

SewBibs Challenge: Burnside Bibs!

By Sarah | April 11, 2019

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