Tested: Greenstyle Courtside Dress and Shorts

By Sarah | June 20, 2022 |

  Happy summer y’all! We are happily three-quarters of the way up the East Coast, and loving every minute of the cool, pleasant days we’ve been having. We are currently in New York, and this state in particular has blow me away with its natural beauty and amazing hiking trails. We sorely missed hiking in…

My FAVORITE beach in the world…so far (and a new bikini to wear on it)

By Sarah | May 29, 2022 |

Hello friends! I hope the Swim SewAlong that I did a while back has continued to inspire you to sew your own swimsuits, I know it has for me! Since we’ve been chasing a consistent 75 degrees, I feel like swimsuits have become a type of year round uniform, so there’s really no reason to…

A New Kind of Animal Print…

By Sarah | May 28, 2022 |

Have you ever noticed that animal prints are always big cats or snakes? Rarely does any ocean creature get the opportunity to show its colors outside of the sea, so when I saw the whale shark print from Sew Dynamic Fabrics, I knew I had to sew it up and give these amazing animals their…

Sunset in the Palms…

By Sarah | May 24, 2022 |

One of my favorite parts about being in south Florida for the winter were the sunsets. We’ve seen desert sunsets, mountain sunsets, and ocean sunsets, but nothing beats a sunset when you’re on a small chain of islands, surrounded by nothing but water and views. It became a nightly tradition to walk out to the…

Dark Floral Obsession…and a Cami Tank Hack!

By Sarah | May 22, 2022 |

Yall, I don’t know what it is about dark floral prints, but I’m obsessed. Something about the juxtaposition between light and dark, the air of midnight romance, maybe too much Bridgerton…whatever it is, I can’t resist a good moody flower arrangement on a cut of fabric. So, when I saw the aptly named “Floral Nights”…

Tropical Paradise!

By Sarah | May 19, 2022 |

Hello friends! Today have a couple fun new makes to share with you. Our winter in the keys really did feel like a tropical paradise, and when I saw this print come up from Sew Dynamic Fabrics, I couldn’t resist snagging a yard to make myself something. I started with the Greenstyle Spark Tights, which…

Like Father, like Son! Jalie Men’s Tees & Tanks for My Favorite Boys

By Sarah | May 16, 2022 |

Hello friends! I’m really excited to share some of my newest sews today- not just because they’ll get alot of love from their recipients, but because they gave us such an awesome opportunity for family photos. When folks ask me why I sew (usually after being shocked that I don’t sew to sell) I always…

Swim SewAlong Day 5: Topstitching & Jalie Claudia Bikini Top Review

By Sarah | March 23, 2022 |

Hello friends! I’m back with Day 5 of the Swim SewAlong! Every day this week, I will be walking you through the construction of the Greenstyle Cami Tank and the Jalie Gigi Swim Bottoms, through video tutorials, blog posts and support in the Fabric Fairy Facebook Group. You can use any patterns you’d like, but those…

Swim SewAlong Day 4: Elastic and Strap Binding & 5 out of 4 Patterns X Factor Review

By Sarah | March 22, 2022 |

Hello friends! I’m back with Day 4 of the Swim SewAlong! Every day this week, I will be walking you through the construction of the Greenstyle Cami Tank and the Jalie Gigi Swim Bottoms, through video tutorials, blog posts and support in the Fabric Fairy Facebook Group. You can use any patterns you’d like, but those…

Swim SewAlong Day 3: Sewing Main & Lining, Bonus Greenstyle Moxi Shorts stack!

By Sarah | March 21, 2022 |

Hello friends! I’m back with Day 3 of the Swim SewAlong! Every day this week, I will be walking you through the construction of the Greenstyle Cami Tank and the Jalie Gigi Swim Bottoms, through video tutorials, blog posts and support in the Fabric Fairy Facebook Group. You can use any patterns you’d like, but those…

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Tie Dye for Summer!

By Sarah | May 29, 2020

Tie Dye and Summer seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly- they’re just kind of a pair. Looking back, I seem to get a hankering to sew up some tie dye duds right around this time every year- I’ve done shibori family tees, a blue tie dye Havana dress, a bamboo dolman, even…

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.…

Christmas in Mexico, New Year’s in Los Angeles

By Sarah | January 2, 2020

My last post (check it out here) left off with us in Yuma, on the way to Mexico for Christmas. Heading south of the Border as a family is something I’ve wanted to do for a while- but it seemed that the fear of the unknown always stood in our way- where to cross, where…

Brassie Jogger Hacks: Stretch Woven Brassies!

By Sarah | June 9, 2017 |

  Every so often, someone asks if the Brassie Joggers (made before here and here and here) can be made in a woven material. I initially dismissed this idea, as possible but nuts- who would want to wear woven instead of a soft comfy knit? I changed my tune when another reviewer posted a photo of…

Valentine’s Day Comfort Wear

By Sarah | February 12, 2018 |

I’m excited to be hosting a Valentine’s Day Sew-Along for Greenstyle Creations this week, and as preparation I decided to sew up a new Valentine’s inspired Pajama set for myself- because the best gifts are the ones you make yourself, right? However, I had a bit of a conundrum- I am WAY more into comfortable…

There’s coffee in that nebula….

By Sarah | May 3, 2017 |

Captain Janeway of Star Trek Voyager was my childhood hero- I loved watching her conquer the Borg, face down Species 8472, and flirt with (but never consummate) romance with Chakotay. What? You don’t have the slightest clue what I’m talking about? Then clearly, you’re not a Trekkie. It’s OK- I still love you for reading…

Sewciety Box: Video Review

By Sarah | December 4, 2018 |

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…

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…

Swim SewAlong Day 2: Cutting Fabric & Edgewater Tegan Pattern Review

By Sarah | March 20, 2022 |

Hello friends! I’m back with Day 2 of the Swim SewAlong! Every day this week, I will be walking you through the construction of the Greenstyle Cami Tank and the Jalie Gigi Swim Bottoms, through video tutorials, blog posts and support in the Fabric Fairy Facebook Group. You can use any patterns you’d like, but…

Luck O’ The Irish

By Sarah | February 13, 2018 |

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…

Chelsea Pants Week: Day 2!

By Sarah | October 3, 2017 |

It’s Day 2 of my self-imposed “Chelsea Pants Week” (see my Day 1 intro post HERE), and today I’m going to show you the “dress up” version of the NEW Chelsea pants by Greenstyle Creations. Yesterday was a boho/casual/wine with the girlfriends type of look, but the Chelsea’s are incredibly versatile, and also look sharp…

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…

Eating my words: Centerfield Swing Mash-up

By Sarah | August 16, 2017 |

I’ve been invited to many LulaRoe parties, but never had the slightest interest in attending. Why would I spend precious fabric money on poorly constructed clothing in strange prints when I could make my own? Plus, as I usually (politely) explained to the hostesses, the every popular “Carly” dress and endless variants just wasn’t my…

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Sarah is a wife, mother and avid seamstress. She is passionate about teaching, encouraging and empowering other women to express themselves creatively. 

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