Category: sewing plans

My Happy Place


 pdf sewing pattern skirt

The summer vacation was quick, a bit too quick for me but also it was a long time to be away from my sewing studio. I spent a lot of time enjoying my family and the weather when it wasn’t too hot.  Once September came and I had gotten a chance to once again sew and draft, I could not believe how happy I felt to back in my studio. It is something I can not explain. I am hoping to get a lot done during this time and to keep going when things are not their best. I am also working on putting some things in place so that come next summer I don’t have to take off 3 months from my studio.  I already have a new pattern almost finished and am testing before I do a tester call and I am also in the process of reworking the Sabriya skirt for the new sizing and then a tester call for that one also. Make sure you subscribe and be the first to know.

Until next time, happy sewing…


Adjusting Course and Something Is Still Coming


So summertime did not turn out how I would have liked with my sewing plans and patternmaking. A lot of things I took for granted that I should not have. With that, I took some time off from Secret Garden Studio and just worked on myself. It was a much-needed time. I am back in the studio and have reworked somethings when it comes to my patterns and how I want to present them. I have 3 patterns in the works with one of them being a more simplified Sabriya Maxi Wrap skirt. The other two I’ll keep a secret for now.

Until next time, happy sewing…

Sewing Bucket List


I have been sewing for 14 years now and it has been a true enjoyment for me and there really isn’t anything I’m not willing to try but there are somethings I have yet to sew and really want to sew . I have put these items in a list and called it my sewing bucket list. They are in no particular order but I hope to get started on a couple of them sometime in the near future. They are:

1. Sew a capsule wardrobe
2. Tailor a traditional woman’s blazer/ Jacket
3. French (Chanel) Style Jacket
4. Sew myself a one of a kind trench coat.
5. Sew myself an evening gown.

Sew a capsule wardrobe

I ever since I found about SWAP (sewing with a plan) many years ago I have been with varying degrees obsessed with it. Seeing a plan transform from flat fabrics and patterns to a full handmade wardrobe of the sewn up items is impressive to me. I have attempted to sew my own little wardrobe a few times over the years but for some reason or another I have never finished a full plan but it has changed they way I sew. The method of sewing up a coordinating wardrobe is how I try to do most of my sewing now. When I plan my sewing I don’t just see it as an individual item but part of a bigger wardrobe. While most of my clothes are handmade by me, I am working towards upping that number to about 90%, I really would like to sew up about 6 to 12 interchangeable items at one time.

Tailor a Jacket

This would be a long project for me and that I think would be greatly rewarding and calming. While most of the items I wear  are pretty quick and easy, a project like this one where I can just take my time and just enjoy and appreciate the process would be nice change. I don’t wear tailored jackets right now and that is only because I own one. I can see me wearing one full blue skirt, a nice crisp white tee underneath and a pair of comfy flats to match, yeah I can it, NICELY.

Couture Cardigan Jacket

Sewing up classic French Style jacket would a dream again a nice and slow project. But once you have made one of these with your own hands you got some bragging rights. While there are a lot of books and articles out that show how to sew one up for yourself and I have the Couture Sewing book, I think something like this would be more suited to live class for me, but then again there is Craftsy.

Sew a Trench Coat

Sewing up a trench coat could be paired with sewing up a jacket but I don’t need all of that inside tailoring for MY trench coat. The trench
coat  mostly about the look or details on the outside for me, double-breasted , belt, long a-line shape and so on. This is again one of those longer to sew items but not that long. I think I may aim for trying for the summer to wear during the fall months.

Sew an Evening Gown

As a busy homeschooling stay at home mom to many, I don’t really have a lot of opportunities to wear as nice an evening gown. Now I have made myself a nice dress about 9 years ago but it was just a matching dress to my daughters dresses and it really wasn’t that fancy or unique.  I do I want one that is all me, designed and tailored to fit me to a tee with my unique personal style. While I was hoping to make one for myself with a holiday coming up but it looks like it is not going to happen. Maybe next year.

How about you do you have a sewing bucket list that you are working on? If so let me know in the comments section below.

And until next time, happy sewing…

Sewing Plans Dec.16/ Jan.17

It has been awhile since I last posted my sewing plans  (almost exactly 13 months to today), and there has been a lot of sewing since then but it has not been for me. I am so ready to start sewing more for me again. I have found that most of my most worn and longest lasting garments have been me made. I now mostly prefer clothes that are me made and so I have decided to make it a little challenge for myself and post my progress here. This is not just a one year challenge but something on going long term. I also plan to limit myself on the number of patterns I use. That way I work on the fit more and use more of my patternmaking skills.

As usual I think I’ll try to use mostly self drafted patterns and then indie and big 4 patterns. My goal is to sew at least one item a month just for myself but I am hoping that I can make it two items. I have seen challenges like this pop up on forums and social media sites a lot over the years and I have participated in some, but this one is all me. Since I am starting mid month my updates will always be mid month.

For this first month my plan is make a skirt with matching tee to go with it. I created a Pinterest board to help me some ideas. Also I think instead of sewing for the current season I’ll just sew one season ahead, makes it easier for me to sew since I know I am not rushing to make something for now.


How about you what will you be sewing this coming month?

Until next time, happy sewing…