Secret Garden Dress Pattern Hack

Secret Garden Dress Pattern Hack

Just another dress for Sofia…a Secret Garden Dress pattern hack!

Basic toddler dress in orange feather print with gray polka dot collar

I used the bodice from the Secret Garden Dress pattern, and just gathered a rectangle from for the skirt. I got the orange feathers by Juliana Horner at

; which has been my favorite place since my buddy got me a gift card a while back.

*This is my 3rd time using the Secret Garden Dress pattern. You can see my first one here; and I haven’t blogged about my second one yet!

Low-back, simple dress in feathers and dots | SewsNBows

But I haven’t been in a “writing about sewing” mood, so this post is a clever guise to just say hello, tell you what I’ve been up to while I show you a scrap busting dress for Sofie.

Simple toddler dress with faux sweetheart collar |sewsNBows

While sorting through my stash the other day, I realized I had lot of yards and small cuts of fabric. My niece is the only one little enough to make very many things for with a yard or less…and she won’t stay this little!

Secret Garden Pattern Hack

Panic set in, as I realized that I have to sew through this stuff or else it’s going to clog up my sewing cabinet for the next decade. Cabinets crammed full of fabric = no fabric shopping for me. And this, the need for my Secret Garden Dress pattern hack was born.

Sweetheart collar girls dress in feathers & dots

Obviously, I’ve been sewing up a storm, hoping to put a dent in the stash. Not buying fabric is a punishment I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. A cabinet full of half yards may sound like heaven to some, but it’s a death sentence for apparel sewing (unless there are wee bittys to sew for.)

Juliana Horner feathers with polka-dot collar and waistband

I made lots of simple skirts, leggings, and a cute floral dress last week. All are basics that will be worn a ton, but will probably not make the blog.

Secret Garden Dress Pattern Hack

Next week I’ll be working on a pageant costume with a “wild wear” theme. I’ve been wanting to sew fishing line hems and learn to work with swim fabric, so it might be fun to do both at once with a short deadline. That’s sarcasm, because it will be kind of nerve-racking. But I’m ready for whatever, bring it on!

Until next time,



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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Donna

    A darling fabric combination……as usual. I love this hack. I know I should sew from my stash, which I do, but as the kids get bigger it gets harder to do. Of course I needed to purchase some new fabric for my current project and there was some I just needed to have as well. More stash.

  2. Annie

    Sweet dress! Your fabric choices are beautiful and go so well in the dress’s style. I bet Sofie gets a lot of compliments wearing this! I feel the exact same way about the fabric stashing…not being able to buy new fabric is a punishment! :o 1 yard of fabric used to be plenty for my daughter, but now the use of 1 yard is limited. I must tackle my 1 yard or less stash too!
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  3. Angela

    Adorable dress. Love the fabric combo. I havent really been in the blogging mood myself lately. Saving up for fall sewing I guess.
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  4. Amy of while wearing heels

    I can’t even believe, when I see some of the things you have made that this is all coming from your fabric supply. This fabric is no exception, it’s perfect. I wish I could shop your stash :). Can’t wait to see your pageant costume next week!
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  5. Jenya

    oh I hear you! I have a ton of small off cuts, and LM is growing faster than I use them! What a clever idea to make a dress and use up those smaller pieces for it. Awesome hack :)
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  6. Gina

    now you know why i make quilts…it is too hard to make clothing with half yards! you whipped up a super cute dress for Sof and i swear she has grown since last week. sounds like you have some fun, challenging sewing for next week. Sofia is so lucky to have you for an auntie!!!!!
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  7. Pam @Threading My Way

    Just adorable, Amy!!! Love the simplicity of it, combined with the sweet bow at the neckline. I would never have picked those two fabrics as ones which would work together, but they make a GREAT combination. Maybe you could show us last week’s sewing basics with one mainly photos blog post. The clothes wouldn’t have to be shown being worn.
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