#Sewphotohop Are You In?

Are you in on the Instagram fun #sewphotohop . I only found out a few days ago, so I was a bit late, but joined in any way and I have been enjoying the experience. The goal is to post a pic according the day’s theme for August, here are a few of my own photos

Day 7: Sew up close .SGS Pattern

Day 6: Pattern that changed my lifePatternmaking book

Day 4: Work/Play SGS Dressform

You see more and follow me along on Instagram @secretgardenstudio.

Until next time, happy sewing…

10 Knit Tops I Want To Sew ….NOW

top 10 knits to sew

In my last post I talked about drafting and sewing all of my knit tops for my Fall wardrobe but I thought it would be nice to list a few ready made sewing patterns that I would love to sew right now. Some of these I have sewn in the past and some are just ones I have been eyeing for quite a while and one is new to me but I’m just lovin it. So if you’re looking to sew some nice and easy knit tops I hope this list helps.

In no particular order

  1. Sewaholic Renfrew– This pattern has been on my radar screen for along time but due to me living abroad I wasn’t able to get it cheaply and at the time I was still prefering preprinted patterns.
  2. Grainline Studio Hemlock– I love a nice slouchy t-shirt and as a bonus it can be made in a woven also.
  3. Simplicity 2345- This was one of my favorites patterns. The top is part of a wardrobe but it was just the top I had sewn. I added sleeves to mine from another simplicity pattern.
  4. BurdaStyle 02/2009-108- Even though I only made one it was one of my favorite and has lasted me 6 six years and still going strong for me
  5. Grainline Studio Scout (Woven)- Even though this is a pattern for a woven top I have seen it in a knit and it is nice and I want my own copy.
  6. Union St. Tee- This pattern is new to me but all I hear and see is raving reviews and pictures that are just as nice. So this is one pattern I would love to try.
  7. Sew U Home Stretch (book)- What is not to like it is a book about sewing knits, comes along with three patterns and shows how to make a whole wardrobe of knit tops and dresses.
  8. Alabama Studio Design T-shirt (book)- I have to admit that when I first saw this book a few years ago I judged it based on its cover and I wasn’t impressed so I never bothered to look into it. Fast forward to this past spring and my kids bought it as surprise gift, and let me tell you, that saying never judge a book by its cover, it is so true. I mean talk about my jaw dropping to the floor, let’s just say with detail she puts into those garments I want everything.
  9. Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt- As you can see by now I really like Grainline Studio patterns, again this is  just another style I really like.
  10. New Look 6735- Just a classic t-shirt that seems to sew up nicely for everyone. Plain and simple it is a classic.

Until next time, happy sewing…

Tee Time

Tee Time

So I am only a day late and a dollar short when comes to posting my update to last week’s post on my Fall wardrobe sewing plans.

So first up are some knit tops aka tees aka t-shirts. Since I plan to sew about 9 of these I’m thinking 3 different styles with about 3 each. I won’t be using any ready made patterns, instead I’ll be drafting my own. I know this will just add time to my plans but for some reason I just really enjoy making my own.

Knit fabric

Now when it comes to styles I know I want a boatneck top, and two different cowls. I’ll then change them up using two different hem and sleeve lengths. So stay tuned up next drafting.

one of my first self drafted knit tops
one of my first self drafted knit tops

Until next time, happy sewing…


My Wardrobe and Fall Sewing Plans

So today I had another post planned but decided to postpone it until later because after seeing a Today news segment that actually aired today, it helped me focus my post and plans which I will post later this week.

SGS Studio

Like many women I have clothes in my closet that I just don’t wear the segment mentioned that a New York Times article says that most only wear about 20% . Now don’t get me wrong I like all of the clothes in my closet but for some reason or another I just don’t seem to pull some of them out a lot. Most of the time it is because it just doesn’t fit with my stay at home homeschooling mom/wife that loves to walk lifestyle and then fit is a close second. So I decided to try and make at least 80% of my wardrobe. Most of what I do wear are things that I made and even more of that are from patterns that I drafted myself.

There are many sewing plans such as SWAP to be found on the web and some even have sew alongs and or parts like the Colette Wardrobe Architect. But for my limited amount of time I don’t always want to be reading this new article or this new installment to some series, I know what I like and I know what works for me and this article helped me focus on how much I should aim for.


taken from Samantha Okazaki / TODAY article

So my goal number is 30, 30 item that is and 24 of those I hope to sew myself. Also   I will try to focus my sewing on one season at a time. Up next Fall sewing plans.

Until next time, happy sewing…