Meet Sarah, contributor
Why do you sew?
I’m a homeschooling mom of three kids- and I love my busy, crazy life. But sometimes you need something that’s just for YOU- and that’s what sewing is for me- a time and a space that I can dedicate to exploring my passions and expressing myself creatively. Its also really nice, at the end of the day, to get one thing finished- and I’m far more likely to accomplish that sewing than with anything else on my to-do list!
How did you start – and what’s the first thing you sewed (and fit) to your body?
I started sewing when my twins were 2. Think about it–twin two-year-old boys. It was chaos 24/7. I prayed, literally, for a hobby, that would give me a sense of myself again. I came across a sewing book at the library and decided to give it a try! I began with things for the kids- they were so cute, I figured even if my creations were terrible, they would still look cute, and were too young to be picky about their clothes. After a while, I got confident enough to sew something for myself. The first thing I made (and tried) to fit to my body was a knit tank top. The neckline was droopy, and the armholes were too low, but I wore it proudly- and was hooked!
What fitting techniques intimidate you most?
I think pants fitting is the most intimidating to me- all those wrinkles with so many different interpretations! I’m looking forward to tackling this as one of my big goals of 2018.
What are your measurements and how would you describe your body type?
My measurements fluctuate a bit, since I’m still nursing, but right now they are 31.5 bust, 24.5 waist, and 34.5 hips. I’m also pretty short- 62″ tall. I can’t decide if I’m a pear or a thin hourglass- I tend to fit in patterns designed for either.
What fitting alterations do you typically need to make?
I don’t typically make many alterations on tops- especially in knits. When sewing wovens, I tend to need to do a broad back and forward shoulder adjustment. Since all my height is in my torso, I only make length adjustments to bottoms. I’m still learning about pants fitting- but in general, I think I need a low/flat butt adjustment, and since my legs also tend to be thinner than many patterns draft for, I usually take those in a bit too.
What’s your personal style motto?
Comfort first. Seriously. I’ve never been one of those girls to sacrifice comfort for style- even my wedding dress was comfortable. I appreciate unique details, but I’m also a pretty practical dresser- so I need to see how an item can fit into my lifestyle before I will take the time to sew it.
When I’m not making, you can catch me shopping at… (fill-in the blank)!
Well, I just joined the RTW fast of 2018, so I’m not supposed to be shopping at all this year! If I wasn’t under that restriction, I do love me some Lululemon and Nordstrom!
Why did you join the Sew Altered Style team?
I hopped on board because I’m really excited about the idea behind Sew Altered Style- learning how to adjust and sew patterns to fit our bodies. I used to buy 5 different patterns with the same design, looking for that “perfect fit”. Recently, I’ve come to the conclusion that while I can find designers who tend to draft toward my body type, the only way I’m going to achieve a “perfect fit” is to alter the pattern to fit my unique shape. Which is what sewing should be about anyway- finding our unique-ness and celebrating that. This is going to be a big learning curve for me- and I’m delighted to join the other talented bloggers on the Sew Altered Style team on the journey!
You can also find Sarah at
Her blog: Sewing with Sarah