What’s your dream sewing project?
What will I work on next?
Whenever I finish a sewing project, I immediately think about what I’ll work on next. That doesn’t mean I sew lots and lots of things; it means I spend time thinking about sewing lots and lots of things. Most of the time I just don’t have the time required. Sometimes I don’t have the right fabric in my stash or the proper notions, and unfortunately, there’s no fabric store in my hometown, so if I need something I have to plan a trip. Sometimes I just don’t feel like going shopping. So, often when I sew, it’s actually NOT what I’d really like to sew.
I frequently sew from my stash.
Because I like to take advantage of my sewing motivation when I have it, I frequently sew from my stash rather than heading to the fabric store, since the thought of shopping usually stops me in my tracks. I shuffle through the fabric I have stored and find fabric that sparks my interest. Then I head to my pattern stash to find a pattern that will work with the fabric. Most of the time I can find a good pattern/fabric combination, but it’s often not the project of my dreams.
I often sew gifts or charity items.
Many times I sew for gifts, so when I do shop, I buy fabric and notions with someone else in mind. I also sew for my church’s fund-raising Holiday Bazaar. Doing so makes me feel as if I’m providing church support since I don’t have time during the day to help in other ways. I do most Bazaar sewing from my stash.
What would my dream project be?
Sometimes I wonder what I would make FOR MYSELF if I had the perfect fabric, all of the necessary notions, and all the time in the world. For this “dream” to be ideal, my machines would have to be in perfect running order, and my sewing room would have to be relatively clean and uncluttered (I don’t get high marks in this category). I’m not sure what my dream project would be, and each time I think about it, I come up with something different. It would be great to make a pair of pants, tweaked to fit perfectly; or I could make a beautiful basic dress that would be an ideal addition to my wardrobe; or perhaps I would make a versatile casual jacket—the kind that you can wear with almost anything. However, if time were not the slightest issue, I think I would ultimately choose something to expand my sewing horizons. I’d work with a technique I’ve never used before. I think I’d make the attempt to create a tailored jacket complete with all of the inner and outer details that tailoring demands. I’ve made lots of jackets, but I’ve never had the time or materials to truly tailor any of them. I’d love the opportunity to practice and perfect tailoring details.
What would your dream project be?
If you had the perfect fabric and all the necessary notions, plus you had all the time in the world, the perfect place to sew, and your machines were all in good order, what would you make for yourself? Would it be for a special occasion, or would it simply be the perfect addition to your wardrobe? Do you envision yourself wearing it often or just once in a while? Why did you choose it as your dream project?