There comes a time in a woman’s life when she doesn’t need another dress. There, I said it. I know, we don’t want to hear it, but it’s true. Obviously, it’s not going to stop me from ever making another dress (I’m working on one right now!) but a person can disappear down a black hole of sewing only dresses until she’s donning a rose print to put out the rubbish.
The truth is, there’s a whole load of other patterns out there, doing other interesting things. Setting you new challenges and introducing new techniques. Here’s my run down of fun sewing that isn’t going to make you cry if you don’t have a skirt to flick around.
Dang, I loved making my Turia dungarees. They’re really fun, a whole new learning curve and you even get to hammer rivets. If you can’t quite tear yourself away from dressmaking it’s super-easy to adjust the pattern for a dungaree dress.
Tailoring projects. You will learn a lot, a lot from these and feel ever so proud of yourself. Have you seen the Sew Over It Francine Jacket? That’s a heck of a nice jacket.
Jeans! Right at the opposite end of the spectrum to a dress. I really loved this sewing journey and still am totally amazed that I actually made a pair of jeans. That I wear. Ginger jeans rock.
Do you harbour the love that dare not speak its name? Do you have a soft spot for sewing for the home? I made these cushions nearly two years ago and still love them deeply, the bark cloth a daily reminder of the Isle of Wight where I picked it up.
I really want to make some Roman blinds for the house. I have the fabric and all the trimmings. I don’t know what’s stopping me. Fear? Ooobop has made some great blinds and there’s even a Craftsy course. Come on, Karen, pull your finger out.
I could go on and on. There are jumpsuits, trousers, bags, pyjamas, jersey tops, espadrilles… What do you enjoy sewing when you don’t want to sew a dress? And are there any new non-dress patterns out there I haven’t spotted yet?