Do you have a sewing bucket list?
There are a lot of things on my sewing list I’ve ticked off over the years, and yet there are still projects that pique my interest.
Here they are:
(listed in no special order and with no special time-frame for completion!)
A new ultimate trousers pattern. The sort of pattern I would take with me if we were ever evacuated. I’ve actually started on this pattern and I’m planning to do more later in the week as part of my Me-Made-May pledge.
Chanel Jacket. Some consider this the holy grail of jacket sewing. The construction interests me but not the 60-80 hours it reputedly takes. It would be kind of interesting (in a nerdy sewing way) to do a side-by-side comparison of a kosher Chanel jacket and one made in the regular way I make jackets, using the same fabric.
Kilt. Wouldn’t mind making a kilt one of these days, but who would wear it? (I’m not asking for volunteers, btw). In Australia they’re mainly seen on highland dancers, bands or at Scottish weddings. I do love tartan.
Some simple shoes like these. Does that count as sewing?
The perfect oven mitt.
A coat from this checked blanket, preferably using every scrap of it. Importantly, I don’t want it to look like it was cut from a second-hand blanket.
A garment that combines fabric/sewing with either knitting or crochet, which is an interesting design brief and not often seen.
A triangular bike bag that fits inside the frame, like this one I spotted outside a cafe:
A garment made from folded fabric, oragami-like.
Really great handsewn buttonholes. Mine are passable at the moment but not outstanding. To get motivated I might have to make a beautiful garment with lots and lots of them.
A sewn, rather than knitted, winter hat. Thinking of something like my regular hat pattern, but in corduroy or soft wool, and possibly with a closer fitting, smaller brim.
A design or pattern with a humanitarian application. Did you ever hear about this wedding dress designer who helped design a better protective Ebola suit?
A jumpsuit. I’ve never worn one, but I’ve made patterns for them a long time ago. I have in mind to make Ralph Pink’s Lux Jumpsuit, but haven’t braced myself to tape together all 46 pages of the PDF pattern yet. I may also consider making a two-piece jumpsuit.
A fabulous jacket/cape combination to wear cycling. I loved the tartan one worn by the African lady on the bike at the beginning of Paddington 2.
There. I’ve bared my soul and revealed my sewing desires. It’s a list to aspire to and inspire me.
What do you plan to sew? Any projects or techniques on your sewing bucket list?