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…

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…

Swim SewAlong Day 1: Prep, Master Pattern List & Jalie Victor Pattern Review

By Sarah | March 19, 2022 |

Hello friends! Its been a minute since I had a chance to post in here, but I’m back with a BANG! Never one to do things by half measures, I’ve got a whole new SewAlong for you this week, and its all focused on sewing SWIMWEAR! Wait…You’re Back? But where have you BEEN? Before we…

The Bianca Pullover, a Micro-Capsule, and Arizona Adventures

By Sarah | February 13, 2021 |

What is a “Micro Wardrobe” Anyway? As humans, whenever we have space, we tend to try to fill it- both emotionally and physically. Did you ever notice how hard it is to have silence in a conversation? Leaving open “space” is actually a crucial part of connecting with someone (and oneself), but its HARD. I’ve…

Cozy Hoodies for Cool-(ish) Weather!

By Sarah | December 16, 2020 |

How are the holidays shaping up around your place? We have been enjoying our travels, spending Thanksgiving in Phoenix with friends before heading back to Southern California for Christmas. We have always missed that “neighborhood” feeling at home, with kids running around and playing together, but we sure have found it down here amidst the…

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How to Insert Clear Elastic into a Seam with your Serger

By Sarah | April 7, 2017

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…

How to Gather with your Serger

By Sarah | April 7, 2017

Sergers can do so much more than just sew and finish seams! Watch this video to learn how to use your serger to gather fabric- no more pulling on long basting threads! I have the Brother1034D serger, which I purchased on Amazon here. Its a workhorse, and sews very well for the price. Full Disclosure:…

Spring is in the Air!

By Sarah | April 6, 2017

My goal this year is to sew up as much of the Princess’s spring/summer wardrobe as possible. Last year, as a small baby, she wore mainly footie pajamas, and those are pretty boring to make  (at least in the quantity she needed- due to baby spit up, poo-splosions, etc.) and I wasn’t feeling very inspired.…

Twirlin’ in Red White and Blue Sparkles!!!

By Sarah | April 1, 2017

Hello friends! I have something really fun to share with you today! My first strike offs! I hinted at it in my last post, and here they are! In case you’re unfamiliar with what a strike-off is, they are essentially samples of fabrics that will be run as a pre-order. To help customers to get a…

GreenStyle Midway Bomber Jacket

By Sarah | March 27, 2017

Floral jackets have been EVERYWHERE this season, and I’ve been dying for one of my own. Self made, of course, so it won’t fall apart at the seams after a few washes (Target jacket, I’m looking at you!). But, I’ve been too scared to dive in and make one on my own without some serious…

Waterfall in the Garden

By Sarah | March 27, 2017

Ahh…waterfalls. When I’m stressed out (so much fabric, so little time!) I like to close my eyes and imagine myself by a forest stream at dusk, listening to the water cascade over the rocks as it flows toward a magnificent waterfall that can be heard rushing in the distance. Just close your eyes and picture…

Patterns for Pirates Heartbreaker Cami

By Sarah | March 14, 2017

It’s time I told you: I’m a pirate! No, not the kind with a parrot and an eye patch (the closest I’ve come to that is a pet lovebird in junior high) but the sewing kind- a swashbuckling member of the Patterns for Pirates Sewing Pattern Group. I have many (as yet unblogged) versions of…

The good kind of Clique (and a M4M Mama Ella and Greenstyle Brassie Joggers)

By Sarah | March 12, 2017

I have to be honest, I wasn’t one of the popular girls in high school. Not even close. In fact, I think they kinda hated me. But whatever! Now I’m part of new COOL clique, one that involves one of my favorite things: FABRIC! A couple weeks ago, Dhee, of the Fab Clique, reached out…

GreenStyle Open Back Pullover and Stride Tights

By Sarah | March 9, 2017

When I’m not sewing (or taking care of the kids, or keeping up with life), I love to run and workout. I’ve been running for seven years (took it up right before I got pregnant with my twins- THAT was a sanity saver), but just recently got into TRX training, which I do at a…

An Easter Dress for the Princess

By Sarah | March 9, 2017

Can you believe its March already? We’ve got leprechauns running around and its almost time for Easter, which means: Easter Dresses! Growing up, picking out my Easter dress was one of my favorite things to do, and I’m no less excited about sewing the perfect Easter dress for Princess this year. Now that she can…

This one’s for the boys!

By Sarah | March 3, 2017

   I’m back with another pattern testing adventure, the Willow and Redwood vests from 5 out of 4 Patterns for two of my favorite guys! I could have alternately titled this post,  zipper immersion therapy, because with four! zippers a piece, these vests will desensitize your zipper fears FAST. I’m happy to say that thanks…

Striped Swallow Highlander Dolman and Rhapsody Joggers

By Sarah | March 2, 2017

Hello friends! You know I’m all about comfy right? That’s why when one of my favorite pattern designers, Striped Swallow Designs, posted a testing call for the girls version of the Mainland Collection, which includes the Rhapsody Joggers and the Highlander Dolman, I was all in (despite probably having too much on my plate already).…

Chelsea Pants SewAlong Day 3

By Sarah | October 25, 2017 |

Welcome to day 3 of the Chelsea Pants Sew Along! Those pockets from yesterday are looking really good, and today we get to sese our pants start to take shape (hopefully yours!). To review, so far we have covered: Supplies Cutting out your pattern Sewing the pockets Today, we will be sewing the front and back…

Summer Getaway Shorts (and tank)!

By Sarah | July 8, 2018 |

Note: I received the fabric in this post for free, in exchange for my post. All opinions are my own 🙂 Today I’m sharing a project that’s been in the works for quite a while- almost an embarrassingly long period of time, if I’m being honest. Back in May, I received a lovely box of…

Inspire Leggings SewAlong: Day 5

By Sarah | October 9, 2018 |

  Welcome to our final day of the Inspire Leggings SewAlong! If you don’t have your pattern yet, you can get it here. Today is the LAST day for the leggings SALE, so be sure to grab your favorites before they go back to full price (aff link). Catching up: Need to catch up? Check out…

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…

Chelsea Pants Sewalong Day 1

By Sarah | October 22, 2017 |

Welcome to day 1 of the Chelsea Pants Sew Along! I’m delighted to have you joining me over in Sly Fox Fabrics Sew Along Group (even if you’re just planning on lurking….I will do my best to change your mind!) for a whirlwind week of sewing shenanigans! Today’s task is to: Choose a size Assemble…

Greenstyle Gathered Lille Hack and a little Bohemian Soul

By Sarah | May 5, 2017 |

Edit: All Greenstyle Patterns are on sale for mothers day with the code LoveMom Grab this one and all the others for 25% off until Sunday at Midnight! Here Summer where I live is HOT. And I have KIDS. That means I need to be able to survive outdoors, for long periods of time, without…

Summer 19 Trip Part 1: Athletics on the Sand!

By Sarah | June 24, 2019 |

I’m so excited to be back and sharing some new makes with you! If you haven’t read in my previous posts, we are on a two month RV tour of the American Southwest, and having a blast. I intended to sew and blog along the way, but I’ve discovered that the wide open spaces of…

Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour: 2018!

By Sarah | March 20, 2018 |

I’m so honored to be a part of the Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour today! I spend more time than I’d care to admit pouring over all temptation on the Style Maker site, so when Michelle asked me if I’d like to sign on for the Spring tour, I just about tripped over myself…

Sewing for Speed: Batch Sewing!

By Sarah | December 18, 2017 |

A couple days ago, Heather Lou (of Closet Case Files fame!) posted on Instagram about how to speed up your sewing by assembling things in batches. When I first started my sewing adventure, I was sewing only for my twins, so things were always done in twos- so much so that my first sewing blog…

Midway Bomber Jacket Sewalong: Round UP!

By Sarah | May 29, 2017 |

It’s actually been a couple weeks since I wrapped up the Midway Bomber Jacket Sewalong over at Pretty Posh Prints, but I wanted to make sure and document it on my blog (finally)! It was a whirlwind of sewing, pattern hacks and collaboration, but it couldn’t have gone better, and I really enjoyed the experience.…

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