Category: sewing plans

No #MMMay16 But…..

We are now a little more than half way through #MMMay16 and I am not taking part. Not that I don’t want to, most of what I wear now is made by me, but my wardrobe could use a bit of refreshing. My recent makes over the last year and a half have been for others or for work, so that gives you an idea of the last time I sewed for myself.

A while go, not sure how long, I read an article by James Clear which talked about setting up systems instead of making goals. The idea is simple, instead of making goals just focus on setting up a system and you should get results. There have been many a times where I have made big and grand plans for sewing my own wardrobe and have even posted them on my blog only to embarrassingly fail. No more of that I hope.

skirt fabric

So I am going to try a new approach, instead of setting up sewing plans like I have done many times in the past, I’m going to just set aside some time everyday to just sew for myself. I think 30 minutes everyday is a good start. To make my wardrobe building a little easier I plan to just a very limited number of patterns. I plan to use a mix of self drafted patterns, indie patterns, Burda magazine, and big 4 patterns. As of right now I have about 6 patterns and I may add just one more.

I think my first item will be a Fendi inspired skirt using a self drafted pattern. After that I won’t make anymore set plans until after I finish each item. My focus will be just to sew for myself at least 30 minutes everyday. What ever does sewn up I do plan to it here.

Until next time, happy sewing…



Pinterest Red Dress

I’m still not sure what I’m going to do for the contest just yet and I need to get on the ball since the start date is only a few days away. I decided to put together a pinterest board of some ideas, now not all of the dresses are red, some just have a detail about them I just really like and maybe might include in my design. Here is a preview, I’m still working (pinning) on it so it still a work in progress but do follow along.
Follow Secret Garden's board Red Dress Ideas on Pinterest.

And until next time, happy sewing…

It’s Sew Time

It's Sew Time

So it’s been a quite couple of months here on the blog but God Willing that will change. I already had a lot ¬†planned in the coming months and ¬†with Patternreview announcing its 2016 contest it only added more but in a good way. There are about 7 contest I want to try but my aim will be at least 4. Hopefully I can get it done and share it here with you.

First up are two contest that just had to share the same start date, the Little Red Dress contest and the Wardrobe contest. Now almost two years ago around this same time in 2014 I entered the Little White Dress contest and really enjoyed making my dress and I still wear it. Like then I would like to use my own pattern if possible but I want to up the game a little and challenge myself some more. It also helps that red is one of my favorite colors to wear. Then there is the wardrobe contest, it is quite possibly my favorite type of contest of all. I love seeing all the different coordinating outfits someone has made, and how two different people can take the same patterns or fabric and make it their own.

little white dress

It has been awhile since I done a wardrobe contest, but since I already plan to sew at least most of my clothes anyway so a contest would just make it a little more interesting. I’m currently working on two maybe three skirt patterns that I plan to include in my wardrobe a wrap skirt and a A-line skirt, both will be maxi length.

So how about you, have any sewing contest plans coming up? I would love to hear.

Until next time,happy sewing…


Fall Sewing Update

Sewing Plans

Since my Fall sewing plans post a lot has happened, unfortunately it has not been sewing. One of those things included moving into a new place, this has given me a more spacious studio to work in so I can’t complain. So now my Fall sewing plans have been put off for so long they are starting to look more like Winter/ Early Spring sewing plans. Now it is just a matter of getting myself and my family back into a regular routine. Find time to sew has always been a challenge for me but with this latest move and other plans in action I’m hoping this will change.


I did manage to successfully draft a knit sloper for my t-shirts. It took quite a bit of redrafts, much head scratching, a few pouting sessions, and much tweaking to get it the way I wanted, but it was worth it and I am happy with it. Now the only left to do is to design it for my t-shirt, but that will have to wait for now.

Next up bottoms, I won’t go into any details about this just yet. I will say I am planning on making something much easier to draft. Once I am done I plan to go ahead and finish up my t-shirt and using both patterns to create a few mix and match wardrobe pieces, so keep and eye out.

Until next time, happy sewing…

P.S. Look out for a photo tour of the new studio soon.