Ten Things I'm Going to Make Just As Soon As I Get Around To It


TO DO picture by Amit Gupta

[great pic by Amit Gupta]

Does everyone have a list of 'to-sew' ideas? Here are the ones that are topmost in my mind right now:

1. A black cotton circle skirt (with pockets, and a contour waistband), with a wide band at the hem. I want to cover the band with either little studs, in a kind of paisley pattern (with a transfer? I don't know) or with a pattern of grommets. I think the studs or grommets would weight the skirt nicely …

2. An orange cotton shirtdress. And by "orange," I mean ORANGE. I have the fabric, I just need the time.

3. A khaki camouflage shirtdress. Again, have fabric but no time. And it's hard to be motivated to sew lightweight things in Chicago in December.

4. A dark teal dress with a pleated skirt. I have a pattern for this and the fabric, but I need to find the right fabric to face the neck with, because the facing shows. (I'm thinking Liberty, but, then again, when am I not thinking Liberty?)

5. A Duro Jr. made in five different colors of jewel-tone silk shantung.

6. A camouflage twill circle skirt with a deep camo ruffle at the hem. I know, I know, I wear more camo than the First Armored Division, but what can I say? I like it. It makes me happy.

7. Something with the crazy big print fabric I bought from Waechter's.

8. A gray corduroy dress. Wide-wale. Have fabric, but no pattern. "NOT a jumper, patch pockets" is as far as I've gotten in finding the pattern.

9. A skirt with a faux-argyle pattern done in applique, embroidery stitch, and applied ribbon. (Do I know how to do this? No.)

10. Something with that brown roses fabric I bought a million years ago. It just sits in my sewing room and TAUNTS me.

Well. That's roughly three years of sewing. What's on your list?

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64 thoughts on “Ten Things I'm Going to Make Just As Soon As I Get Around To It

  1. Hi Erin! Love your blog! Here’s my to do list: 1. Finish t-shirt quilt for friend’s mom’s Christmas present (due by Sunday)2. Matching lap blanket3. Grill cover (have had the fabric for two season and I hate the plastic one from Home Depot)4. Shower curtain5. Bedroom curtains (have fabric for this, too)6. Fall coat from upholstry fabric end7. Full-length faux mink coat (bought fabric in China for cheap-cheap…they thought I was crazy for not wanting them to make the coat there and just buy the fabric!)

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  2. I am in awe!! These to-sew lists are mind boggling and I admire all of you. Mine is dull and boring–I’m trying to make a fitting shell, after about 40 years of sewing. I guess I’ve reached the age where fit is becoming crucial. Can someone please tell me what a “walkaway” dress is?

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  3. I limited my list to 10 – new and vintage creations. I also clicked my readers in your direction. Come by to read my list…unDeniably Domestic~Kelly

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  4. Oh my GAWD, where to start?! Here’s just a few ideas that are slowly sliding into the pipeline:* Mod-print A-line shift dress with french darts* Gray flannel A-line yoked skirt (starting today actually!)* Pillows refashioned from a brocade bathrobe* Kitchen treatments (placemats, napkins, etc.)* Perfect little black dress, of course :)* Bunches of home-dec and crafty stuff from Amy Butler’s free online patterns (fabric leaves!!)* Another strapless spring dress (the first one turned out SO well, I definitely want another one! I’m thinking retro print this time instead of florals)And on and on and on and ON! 😀

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  5. Wow, I commented here yesterday and thanks Erin, your post gave me the motivation to actually get stuff done. I’ve finished the scarf and this morning I dashed into town before the Christmas shopping crowds got too thick and I picked up a simple Butterwick waistcoat pattern and a metre and a half of festive fabric. I’ve already got it all cut out and ready to sew up tomorrow – the pattern’s dead simple to fit my actual skill level instead of the sort of thing I wish I could sew. I’ll actually have two things off that list by monday!

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  6. P.S – Any suggestions on what to do with a yard of spare fabric? I got more fabric than the pattern called for in case of cutting klutziness.

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  7. I just made up Sandra Betzina’s 2911 Vogue… long pull-on bias skirt with peplum blouse. Used a nylon windbreaker sort of fabric… the skirt is outstanding, but the blouse is a lot more “jacket-y” than envisioned. But still, surprisingly lovely.Next is a long shirtdress with a standup collar and puffy short sleeves, in blue peachskin.And a long silk/hemp hand-dyed bias skirt, from the same Betzina pattern.And a beautiful Khaliah Ali blouse pattern, fabric undecided. Maybe more home-dyed hemp/silk.AND I am busy hand-quilting a “Grandmother’s Fan” top that I’d stashed away two years ago. Finishing a major UFO is deeply satisfying, innit?

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  8. I am going to do a stash-a-rama.This pattern. Silk velvet bodice, black with roses on. Green silk jacquard sleeves, red skirt (unless I do it the other way). Saved up haute coutrue trim, green with tiny bead raspberries hanging from it. Ad luuuuuuv.

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  9. Everything but the camouflage dress (I wore camouflage every day for the first half of my adult working life so possibly I’m prejudiced).

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  10. A wedding dress! I’m making a simple, full-length halter dress for my wedding out of bamboo jersey. Now if only I could stop making Christmas presents and move on to the dress.

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  11. I’m 11 years old, and am allready planned out most of my wedding last night. I am trying to figure out the materials on my dress. I worked out the design, and am going to fit myself late. Then estimate my measurements for 10 years later.

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