Friday, December 29, 2017

McCall's 7660 - Three Views from Mood Fabrics'

McCall's 7660 in Mood Fabrics' French Terry with rib knit trim

 Okay, it is cold here, which really is normal for the end of December and all I want to wear is warm and cozy.  This Mood Fabrics' Italian Gray French Terry is perfect, it looks just like a chunky sweater knit but it is really a comfy sweatshirt!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Butterick 6175 in Style Maker Fabrics' Sequins

Butterick 6175  from Style Maker Fabrics' Sequin Knit

This is my top for New Year's Eve, beautiful sequins to ring in the New Year.  I am so proud of myself to have this completed several days before the day!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

McCall's 6996 - Stretch Velvet

Style Maker Fabrics' Stretch Velvet for a cardigan using McCall's 6996

I love the stretch velvet look this season and wanted a cardigan after I saw an Eileen Fischer cardigan in an Instagram advertisement

Friday, December 15, 2017

Union St. Tee - Indiesew Fabric

Union St Tee by Hey June in a rib  knit from Indiesew

All year long, I have been working on finding the perfect t-shirt pattern.  I find it very difficult to find a long sleeve t-shirt with the sleeves long enough.  So I am trying out different patterns, until I find the one I want to make in multiples.

Monday, December 11, 2017

McCall's 7570 - Sequin Knit

McCall's 7570 in Mood Fabrics' sequin knit

Time to think of holiday party garments and this is my first top for the Christmas season.  A knit jersey with sequins.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Simplicity 1499- Jacquard Knit

Simplicity 1499 from Mood Fabrics' jacquard knit

The temperatures here have been so mild, which is nothing to complain about at all.  The above normal temperatures call for a garment perfect for the nice weather.  A new vest using Simplicity 1499  and the perfect match, Mood Fabrics' Italian Cobalt Blue Paisley Jacquard.  This knit is just a bit heavier and full of texture.   These two fabric features made it a good choice for my vest.

Monday, November 27, 2017

New Look 6530 - Ponte and Stripe Knit

New Look 6530 from Mood Fabrics' pique knit

Recognize this fabric?  I am guessing yes, as this is the third garment I have made from some of this fabric.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Blackwood Cardigan in Mood Fabrics' Pique Knit

Blackwood Cardigan from Helen's Closet Patterns made in a Mood Fabrics' Pique Knit.

I needed another a Blackwood but this time in the shorter length.  It is just such a great pattern.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Vogue 9227 - Stripe Knit

Vogue 9227 made in a cotton knit stripe and contrasting pique knit neckband and trim

Vogue 9227 has been on my list to make since it first came out.  This shirt came about after two fabrics just fell together when I was planning some knit seperates

Friday, November 10, 2017

Burdo 6458 - Cotton Voile

Burda 6458 in Mood Fabrics' Cotton Voile - great pattern for statement sleeves

I am still really enjoying the year of the sleeve!  This time a Burda pattern, which I don't sew very often but should look at them more often

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

McCall's 7429

McCall's 7429 in jersey knit from Style Maker Fabrics

The wedding is over, last daughter of four is married and it was so beautiful.  I promise pictures soon!
I took last week to catch up on the house and get ready for a baby shower at my house this past Sunday for 50 people!!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sapporo Coat in Double Sided Fabric

Sapporo Coat made with Mood Fabrics

Fall time which means I can make a new coat, I love making coats! 

Monday, October 23, 2017

IndieSew Cardison Jacket and Key Largo Top

Indiesew Cardison and Key Largo top made with Scuba knit and rayon jersey

A couple of casual pieces for the beautiful fall weather

Friday, October 20, 2017

Vintage Farm Girl Quilt

Lori Holt's Vintage Farm Girl Quilt in 12" blocks

My very big  Farm Girl Vintage quilt

This is a 2016 make and I am just now getting it on the blog.  I am slowly working at getting all my quilts on the blog.  

Monday, October 16, 2017

Dove Blouse in Red and Navy Flannel

Megan Nielsen Dove in navy and red plaid all from Indiesew

My Dove Blouse is finished and it is so comfy and warm

Friday, October 13, 2017

Toaster Sweater in Ponte

Toaster Sweater in a ponte knit

Another Toaster Sweater for me

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Toaster Sweater

Indiesew Toaster Sweater using Emma One Sock houndstooth and Style Maker Fabric's Stretch Velvet for the bottom band

Time for fall, well the calendar at least.  It is still too warm for this Toaster Sweater but I am ready when the weather decides it is fall.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Vogue 9275 - Top in Stretch Velvet

Vogue 9275 top in Style Maker Fabrics' Stretch Velvet

Meg at McCall's Patterns put this top in my head with this Instagram post
and I went straight to Style Maker Fabrics and ordered some stretch velvet!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Style Maker Fabrics Fall 2017 Tour

Style Maker Fabrics' Fall 2017 Style Tour - Patchwork Jacquard made into Vogue 9275

It is my most favorite time of the year, Fall Ya'll!  Not the season but it is time for 
Which in the blog tour world, is my favorite time, right with Style Maker Fabrics' Spring Tour.

I was so thrilled Michelle asked me to be a part of the tour again, this marks my fourth tour with Style Maker Fabrics and I love everything about it.  Michelle does such an excellent job not only finding the best fabrics but coordinating all of us with fabric, blog details and fabric (yes, have to mention the fabric twice!)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sampler Quilt

Red and cream sampler quilt

Time to share another quilt.  This was the latest quilt club project and I changed mine quite a bit.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Simplicity 8733 - Two Times

Simplicity 8337 in Style Maker Fabric's stripe knit and center seam omittied

Almost end of summer and I feel the need to sew some of the garments that have been on my list since April!  Today a couple of quick knit tops

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Knit Basics for Fall - Blackwood Cardigan and New Look 6530

Mood Fabrics' pique knit and rib knit for Blackwood Cardigan and New Look 6530

Sometimes I just need some basics, fun basics in knit.  I bought these beautiful fabrics from Mood Fabrics in August  and went to planning for fall.  First up is Mood Fabric’s Rust Stretch Knit Pique and let me tell you this fabric is so luxurious and I want all the colors.  How many colors?  There is nine!  The next fabric is Mood Fabrics’ Rust and Navy Striped Rib Knit  and as I hoped when ordering these two fabrics look so good together.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Ode to Summer - Feeling Blue in Tea House Top and Roscoe Blouse

Girls in the Garden sews from Indiesew two new patterns, Tea House Top and Roscoe Blouse

I am one that loves when the seasons change but I am always sad when summer comes to an end.  I love summer, being outside, my flowers, the pool, grilling and all things summer.  In this post, I have two garments, patterns from IndieSew and I have made them in blue fabric.   I guess it is my mood, feeling blue that is Labor Day and summer is coming to an end.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Sleeve Fest Entry - Simplicity 8337

Simplicity 8337 with modifications for ruffled sleeves for sleeve fest 2017

I made it by one day, getting my last entry into #Sleevefest2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Thank you all for all the kind comments on the Blogiversary post.  As I read each one, it brought a big smile to my face and it warmed my heart.  So I really want to thank each of you for taking the time to comment.

Now to the winner of the $25 Style Maker Fabrics gift certificate.   There were 67 comments and the winner according to is 

Congratulations to
Hi, Lori!
I have been enjoying your blog for a while now, via Bloglovin for a while now. Thanks for all the effort you put into your posts and the inspiration you provide. Happy Anniversary! Here's to many more...

Kathie, please email me  and I will get that gift certificate to you!

Thanks again everyone.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Angela Wolf Ruched-T from The Confident Stitch

The Confident Stitch Rayon Lycra Coral knit made into Angela Wolf's Ruched T

I posted on Instagram that I was making this pattern and
 Amy commented, "You are going to love it!" 
Oh, my she was so right!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Blogiversary - 11 years of Blogging

Hey everyone, 11 years ago I started Girls in the Garden and it happened to be on a Saturday, also.  Saturday, August 26, 2006.  I started with a post about fabric cards

A few days later I posted my first garment post, Simplicity 4281 and I still have this jacket, I love all the details and the fact it was my first make.  Plus it is fun to wear,

Then my latest project, the embroidered tunic.

There are so many things between the first and latest project.  People I have met online and in person and the relationships that have developed.  The sewing knowledge I have gained from the online community.  New fabric stores and pattern lines to try.  Changes in my family with additions of 
son-in-laws and grandchildren, changes in jobs and a new sewing room!

I am so grateful for the opportunities that sewing and my blog have given me.  I  feel so blessed to be part of the online sewing community and I want to say thank you.

Thank you for following my blog and my instagram, thank you for leaving such incredible comments and sending such sweet emails.  

I am going to give a $25 to Style Maker Fabrics.  Just leave a comment about anything and I will draw on Monday, the 28th .  Entries will close at 8 PM Central Time on the 27th.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Embroiderer Top - McCall's 7600

McCall's 7600 top made from Mood Fabrics' chambray and Etsy embroidery design

I have this thing about fabric, no fabric left behind.  What am I talking about?  Well, if I finish a project and I have enough fabric left to make something else, I feel this incredible need to do that.

Monday, August 21, 2017

McCall's 7510 - Chambray Cold Shoulder Blouse

McCall's 7510 long sleeve cold shoulder top made from Mood Fabrics' Chambray

What can I say about the cold shoulder look?  Maybe I am totally in love with it and keep making top after top!  I had purchased Mood Fabrics’ Steven  Alan Denim Blue  Cotton Chambray in March with the intentions of a Scout Tee and maybe an Archer but plans change!  I am sorry to say this particular chambray is sold out but no worries, Mood Fabrics’ has a great selection of Chambray, in prints and solids in several colorways.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Churn Dash Quilt

Churn Dash quilt using pattern from Modern One-Block Quilts

A red and white Churn Dash Quilt has been in the works here for a few months.  I have been collecting red fat quarters after seeing a gorgeous Churn Dash in a book.

Monday, August 14, 2017

McCall's 7445 - Third Time and in Stretch Denim

McCall's 7445 wide leg culottes, a Melissa Palmer pattern made in Mood Fabrics' stretch denim

I needed one more pair of culottes and this time in a stretch denim.  These will go from summer to fall and possibly part of winter, so I just had to have them!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Sewing For My Daughers

Deer and Doe Plantain Tee with fabric from My Fabric Designs

The week of August 7th, sewing for my youngest two - aka the twins!  Meredith received more than Kaitlyn but it is all good.  The above top is a Deer and Doe Plantain Tee for Meredith.  The fabric is a knit from My Fabric Designs.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Simplicity 1020- My Fabric Designs

Simplicity 1020 Scrub Top with knit side panels made from My Fabric Designs custom printed fabric and knit from Joann's

Scrub Top time again and we tried a different pattern.  This time one with some knit side panels and more shape

Monday, July 31, 2017

McCall's 7510

McCall's 7510 cold shoulder top made from a Mood Fabric's print

Surprise!!!  Another cold shoulder top and this one is my favorite so far.  The sleeves and the fabric make it number one.  

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

McCall's 7445 in Gingham Stretch Cotton Twill

Mood Fabrics' gingham cotton stretch twill made into McCall's 7445

 Pinterest was the inspiration for these gingham culottes and I am so happy I took a look for an idea.  I really love the look of these and will be so fun for the dog days of summer.  Let me restate that as the dog days of summer mean the hot, sultry days of summer and as cute as these culottes are, the are not cool.  So my gingham culottes are perfect for the air conditioning while the hot summer is on the outside! I love this Theory Black and White Gingham Stretch Cotton Twill but I am so sorry it is sold out.  I just looked last week and it was available but I am sure many others fell in love with the gingham!  No worries, there is a nice selection of Mood Fabrics' Stretch Cotton Twill from floral to solid.  The pattern is McCall's 7445 which I have made before in a wool pinstripe and was on Mood Sewing Network in February.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Gingham Culottes at Mood Sewing Network

I am thinking..... go over to Mood Sewing Network and check out my fun gingham culottes!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Simplicity 8337

Simplicity 8337, view B, a cold shoulder look,  made from Mood Fabrics' floral jersey

I just can't stop making these cold shoulder tops and I another cold shoulder pattern I am working on.

I love this look, it is fun and trendy and I want to be part of the trend.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Baby Quilts

I have been on a roll making lots of baby quilts.   I like to keep several on hand for presents and my girls like to give my quilts as presents. Today's blog post are the baby quilts I have made over the last three months.  

Monday, July 17, 2017

Vogue 9260 - Jumpsuit Turned Top

Vogue 9260 jumpsuit made into a top only

Sometimes things don't turn out like the picture in your head.  This top that was a jumpsuit is just that type of picture.

I bought Vogue 9260 with the intention of making myself a fun jumpsuit.  My main problem is making a size too big, I went with a Medium and should of done a small.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Simplicity 8084 - Maxi Dress

Style Maker Fabrics' Les Fleurs Birch Floral Rayon Navy sewn into a Simplicity 8084  maxi dress, designed by Mimi G

This Maxi Dress is love at first sight and I am not sure which sight I mean.  At first sight when I initially made this pattern, first sight when this fabric arrived at my door or first sight when I put on the finished maxi dress.  I think I will just say all of the above and I so happy this maxi dress.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Navy is the Theme for Three New Tops

McCall's 6964 knit top

I tend to sew in color families, especially with knits.  I feel it saves time as I don't have to rethread the serger, sewing machine and cover stitch machine.  So today, I am sharing three navy tops.

Monday, June 26, 2017

IndieSew Tops and Fabric- Valencia & Scout Tee in Striped Rayon Denim

Indiesew's Valencia Tunic in Rayon Denim Shirting

My theme for June is organization and with this is mind I present my IndieSew Team Blogger projects.  Yes, two tops because I could not stop making garments with this amazing fabric.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Lodo Dress - Mood Fabrics' Jersey Knit

Lodo Dress from IndieSew made from Mood Fabrics' Stripe Jersey Knit

Summer is a busy time for me and I still want to sew or should I say I need to sew.  Sewing is a passion and when I cannot get to my sewing room, I get a little grumpy!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Two Knit Shirts - Briar T-Shirt and McCall's 6964

McCall's 6964 from Mood Fabric's jersey knit

After Me Made May, I realized I needed more knit shirts.  In need, I mean desperately need.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Butterick 6378 and McCall's 7543

Butterick 6378 and sleeves from McCall's 7543 using IndieSew gingham

Combining two patterns to make one great look is how my top came to be.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

McCall's 7562

McCall's 7562 used for a top from Mood Fabrics' tencel denim

Beautiful tencel denim from Mood Fabrics and I knew it would be perfect for a dress.  Now are you saying, Lori, this isn't a dress?

I would say, yes, you are right!  I tend to sew with a jump, I just jump into a project and this is the case with this pattern.  I went with McCall's 7562 for a dress, mainly for the great sleeves.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

h Wardrobe Book

About a month ago I received an email from Valeria Speck, asking if I would review her new ebook, h Wardrobe

I took a look at the information on line and found it interesting.

Valeria's book is based on our body, she states "The central piece of your wardrobe
must be your body."   After reading the book, I take that as  know your body and its curves to get the best wardrobe for you.

Let's face it body image is so much and the person in the mirror we see might not be in reality what is our real body shape and type.    I read through h Wardrobe and then got out the tape measure and went to work step-by-step through Valeria's book.  I did print out the e-book, it was easier for me to follow with the measuring.

After all the measuring, you sketch out your body per all the measurements
Valeria's image

All you need is a tape measure in centimeters, which is used in this book.  I found the metric system very easy to work with, especially as Valeria has you divide your numbers a couple of times.  Let's face it dividing 173 cm is much easier than dividing 5' 8"!  In addition to the tape measure, paper, pencil, ruler and a pen.

Let me tell you, stick people are hard for me to draw but with the Valeria's complete and thorough instructions, I have a croquis which looks very much like me.  I have always known I have both long legs and a long torso. Now seeing this on paper, really shows me I have a long torso but much of the length is waist to hips.

After you have your initial sketch, make copies and Valeria has you sketch on these possible garment combinations - think length, etc.  My plan is to take my croquis every time before I make a garment and sketch the line drawing on my croquis.  I think this will be very eye opening and help me visualize if a garment will really look good on me and my body type

For more information, go this post on hWardrobe and take a look at this post with sewing plans and some of Valeria's great sketches.

If interested in purchasing this ebook, head over to hWardrobe  - Designing your Handmade Wardrobe

Disclosure - I was given this ebook by Valeria to review on my blog, the opinions are all mine

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