Blog and/or Instagram

Blog and or Instagram

Blogging is not dead. At least not for me not yet, but it has  been a raging internal debate with myself, should I continue to blog when most people love to be able to visit regularly and get updates or just to see what is new. On the other hand instagramming has been a bit easier for me. So do I continue to enjoy the ease and quickness of Instagram and give up blogging or do both? Not an easy question for me.

Nothing beats a failure but a try

Today is the first day of two contest I am hoping to enter and finish over at Patternreview and I want to use only me made patterns in addition to the two skirt patterns I’m already working on. Which means getting on the computer is not going to happen very often which equals no blogging. On the other hand snapping a pic of what I’m working on adding a caption and hashtags is so much more realistic.

work in progress

At this point I think I’m going to try to continue to do both. A work in progress pic is nice for every now and then, but a full on out-and-out showing and telling I think is better suited to a blog post. I have also planned a few blog post and I have given some months a theme so with this I’m optimistic things won’t be as quite around here and if they do you can always check me out on Instgram.

How about you have you moved from blogging to another form of social media because of the ease?

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.