Sewing Daydreams

Are you curious about other people’s sewing daydreams? Mainly mine, because I don’t mind sharing my sewing-obsessed thoughts with people who understand? I find that I end up with recurring thoughts, themes and ideas that keep coming back and appearing in my mind when I drift off. Like a song that gets stuck in your head, certain ideas just won’t go away!

Whenever I’m bored, stuck somewhere I don’t want to be, or left alone with my own thoughts I start daydreaming about sewing. You might do the same thing! Stuck in traffic? Start thinking about that perfect skirt pattern. Waiting in line at the grocery store? Pick up the latest Us Weekly or Life & Style and flip through, checking out celebrity outfits. Stuck in a boring work meeting? Think about what you’ll sew the next time you get a chance! (Or maybe not. Probably don’t take work lessons from me, since I march to the beat of my own drum here!)

Here’s what keeps coming up in my sewing daydreams – hey, if I can’t sew everything I want to be sewing, I can always dream!

Sewing Daydreams, October



Mustard yellow. Cardigans, skirts, autumn prints that go with golden yellow. Mustard yellow with teal. Mustard with purple! Mustard with brown. I have a thing for anything mustard these days! I almost picked up a yellow blazer exactly like that one above, but held back.. and now I kind of wish I’d splurged.

Flared skirts. Now that we’re wearing tights (or at least I am, every day!) comfort is important. It’s just not cute to be constantly fighting a bunchy skirt over bunchy tights. And on the same note.. bike-able outfits. It’s a challenge to look cute, feel reasonably professional and still be comfortable enough to ride! Warm enough, but not too warm. I’ve got the shoes thing down, but all of my pants are too long to wear with flats! It doesn’t really matter since I work alone, but I still want to feel cute and put-together. I don’t want all of the accountants and insurance people in their suits to think I’m a slob.

Three-quarter sleeve tops. A soft cotton tee is so cosy, either layered or on its own! I’m thinking of stripes, of solid colours, of knitted cowls for a splash of colour, of fitted blazers layered on top. Isn’t a striped tee shirt the perfect casual-elegant look? I can see the striped tee easily working its way into my work wardrobe – with something like my Sunset Cowl on top. (Which I wear at least three times a week – excellent for cycling, just like I predicted!)

If only I could sew as fast as I dream and plan!

What’s in your sewing daydream? Do you dream about sewing when you’re doing other things too?

PS. It was so interesting to read through all of the comments to yesterday’s post! I’m thinking of tallying up the results to see what the favourite is. From what I remember, it seems like sewist (except that it’s not a real word) and seamstress (except that you don’t want to be confused with those that do it for a living) were the most commonly preferred names. My apologies if you never thought of SEWer like sewer before and I ruined it for you! And this one is just so cute – sewintist. Like scientist! Can we start using that one?

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30 Responses to Sewing Daydreams

  1. Jane October 19, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    um, this is me, all the time. i think i even daydream about sewing to distract my brain from things i’m not as excited about…this is how i end up with a stack of patterns that grows way faster than i can ever sew!

  2. Vicki Kate October 19, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    Sewing daydreams. My favourite antidote to boring anything! I love 3/4 sleeves – warm but don’t get in your way!

  3. Bri October 19, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    I hear you on the sewing daydreams! I love the style/cut of the yellow jacket its gorgeous!

    I’m voting for Seamstress, but thats my job title and one more people seem to understand….

  4. Hearthrose October 19, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    Sewing daydreams? If I could sew as fast as lightning I would still have a “to-sew” list as long as my arm.

    Everything from fancy underthings (slips, petticoats, camisoles) to wool skirts and my special jacket.

    Yep. Daydreams!

  5. Tina October 19, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    Last night I dreamed of loose mustard colored shorts with deep cuffs with jewel colored tights, I think our brain waives are sinking up over the Internet.LOL

  6. carol carrier October 19, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    I think about all my projects and sew them together as I fall asleep. If I could get as much done in real life, I’d have it made!

  7. rachael October 19, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    i am constantly doing this! do you ever find yourself wanting to ask someone you don’t know if you can inspect their garments so you can see how they’re constructed? inevitable i ask, they stare at me like i’m insane, and i regret actually using the word “garment” b/c it sounds ridiculous after it’s come out of my mouth ;)

  8. Sarah October 19, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    I love everything you picked out! I’ve been daydreaming a lot of pleated skirts and light flowy tops with skinny belts. It’s still pretty warm here in Southern CA, so those kinds of outfits are still on my radar! I’m definitely with you on the mustard yellow thing. I could wear that color every day and not get sick of it! It’s the perfect fall color!

  9. Lucha Lovely October 19, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    I’m so glad that I am not the only one!!!! Reading this post and all of the comments I see that other people do the same things! I daydream about my projects that I am working on and ones that I may never get around to. It calms me and makes me happy when I am bored. When I can’t fall asleep at night I sew in my head. I actually work through a lot of my construction road blocks this way! Thanks for this post!!!

  10. Tasha October 19, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    Sewintist, hee! That’s totally cute.

    I definitely have sewing daydreams. In fact, perhaps more than the average sew-whatever-we’re-calling-ourselves as I I’m nearly as productive with my sewing as I would like. I have lofty aspirations and never seem to make the time. So I think a LOT about what I’ve love to be sewing… tons of vintage trousers, smart blouses, A-line wool skirts… if I manage one of each of those before the end of the year I’ll be lucky, I’m afraid! I need to re-visit your posts on making time for sewing. Sigh.

  11. Stephanie October 19, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    I’ve been dreaming of mustard lately too! I’m thinking I’m going to have to knit something up in mustard.

  12. Sneryl October 19, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Sewentist! Love! Love! Love! I would love to make the blue skirt. I saw one in Monsoon recently in a lovely plaid in autumn colours (with pockets of course) and my heart skipped a beat. Very ’70’s!

  13. Trisha October 19, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    YES! Everyday on my drive into work, I think about sewing.

  14. Cindy October 19, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    As a science teacher, I personally love the name sewintist!

    I daydream about sewing all the time, and even think about sewing at night as I fall asleep. Mostly about the fabulous formal dresses I would make if I had the time, the occasion to wear them, the skills for things like bias-cut draping, and the money for nice fabrics.

  15. Funnygrrl October 19, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    Can’t we just all be Sewaholics?! :)
    I’ve been dreaming about capes…again. Warm plaid ones, light chiffon ones, utility ones made from canvas.
    Maybe because they are ridiculously easy to fit.

  16. sallyann October 19, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    So I m not alone daydreaming about sewing. I score some bargain fabric and all the way home I think what will I make with that. Or I hit the 99 cent pattern sale at JoAnn’s and daydream about all the fabrics in my stash that would work with the ones I bought. My husband is quite used to my “obsession”. Maybe, that’s a post for another day. How well do our significant others understand and support our love of sewing?

  17. Corinne October 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    Well it is nice to know that I am not the only one who ponders sewing projects all the time. I was concerned that I was somewhat obsessive! I have been known to wake in the middle of the night to work on a project, yes, perhaps it is a little obsessive. “Sewintest” that is a good one!

  18. Melissa M. October 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    I don’t think i’ve been dreaming in color but i’m sure there has to be color in there somewhere. I think about long flowing gowns for Ren Faire, elaborate beaded bedlah’s for belly dancers, the yummy green and blue fabrics I bought for a quilt. Wishing my weight didn’t play such a big factor in what I can wear and daydreaming i was thinner and could wear all the stuff I daydream about.

  19. Lesley October 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Oooooh all this talk of autumn and here in Sydney we’re expecting 30degreesC this weekend. We’re revving up for swimming – which means getting the bod ready for exposure. Did you know every state seems to have a different name for a swimming costume – swimmers, cossies, togs, bathers!
    My dream ‘garment’ (love that word) is a dress that fits both my boobs and my hips, must be slimline as I can’t do A line, but doesn’t look like I’m about to take shorthand. Now there’s a challenge! Love the blog Tasia, keep up the good work, I wake up to your thoughts in the morning with a coffee!!

  20. Lauren October 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    my sewing daydreams usually involve fixing problems (mostly with fit), and i feel incredibly smart when i finally have that ‘aha!’ moment lol. my poor boyfriend, bless his heart, has finally learned not to ask me when i’m thinking about when i appear deep in thought – because i’m usually contemplating seam finishes or which thread color to use! haha!

  21. mala_14 October 19, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    I am totally with you on the autumn-y colours. I also really have a desire for all sorts of blazers. I don’t own any, but I feel like they will always give an outfit just enough of a lift. Especially in really nice wool. :)

    It also occurs to me that I should have thrown in a link with the sewintist term. It was thought up by the son of Jen Thompson of She’s a sewintist extraordinaire!

  22. Katherine October 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    OMG I feel like I spend all day dreaming about sewing, visualising upcoming projects or outfits. It’s just so exciting!

  23. Becky October 19, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    Oh, I do this all the time. I’ve even dreamed of sewing while sleeping on more than one occasion! I’m especially prone to the daydreaming when I’m at my retail job, because it’s so boring when there’s no customers and daydreaming about sewing gets me through the shift with my sanity intact! Right now, I’m mostly daydreaming about the teal skirt that I just managed to trace the pattern out for tonight, finally getting a pair of jeans stitched up that fit me, and the corduroy jacket I’ve been wanting to make since I ran out of time last winter. (Once it starts getting warmer at last, all I want to make are spring and especially summer clothes.)

    Your picks are lovely– I especially like the cut of the mustard jacket, and the teal stripey top.

  24. aleah October 19, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    This is me to a tee! I’m always finding myself daydreaming about sewing, but different types of dreams for different situations: when I’m riding my bike (for excercise) and I’m trying to take my mind off a difficult climb, I think about construction details and techniques, imagining the next step of my current project; when I’m driving (long commute) I think about my to-sew pile and what I want to make next and after that; and in line at a store or somewhere with people, I look at their clothes and try to figure out how to knock them off! Unfortunately none of these situations allow me to write down my ideas, so they tend to slip away like dreams do…

  25. Jack Sews October 19, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    Um, let me see… ahhhem.

    pleats and ruffles sure to please
    short or long sewn just to tease
    tightly hugging or merely caressing
    form with function is a blessing
    canvas skirt or sheer silk blouse
    denim curving quiet as a mouse
    hands busy while earning my keep
    but mind unzipped plays until sleep

  26. Alessa October 20, 2011 at 3:23 am #

    Oh, I totally daydream about things to sew! (I do that before I go to sleep, too… ;)
    I love the combination of the full purple skirt and striped longsleeve! I may have to steal the idea! ;)

  27. Stephanie October 21, 2011 at 4:14 am #

    LOVE mustard yellow =) I was at my favorite fabric shop the other evening and there was a fresh bolt of textured wool in that exact shade of yellow, and I had to hold myself back – I’d already chosen several silks for layering shells and dresses (another obsession: flowy silk dresses, one of which will be from your Lonsdale pattern!), so I had enough on my plate. It’s totally going to be my peacoat color, though – it’ll go perfectly with my mustard yellow umbrella! =D I tend to daydream about peacoats and dresses, and the goal is to have more dresses than pants. (Last fall/winter I practically lived in jeans, and I’m overhauling my wardrobe so that it’s more pulled together and classy)

  28. Megan October 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    You would love the baby blanket I am currently knitting – mustard yellow, teal, red and purple stripes. It’s incredible.

  29. Pauline October 22, 2011 at 12:16 am #

    I do exactly the same! And daydreaming about future projects feels almost as good as sewing my actual outfits. I wish I had time to make as many things I dream about! I should probably start with the fabric I bought last week and haven’t touch yet…

  30. Joolz October 23, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    You can’t say that sewist “isn’t a real word” because it is. If a word is in use by a number of people, and easily understood by others, then it simply becomes a real word. Shakespeare created lots of words (some estimate well over a thousand of them) that were unknown until he used them and are now in common use today. If you just think of computing alone, the number of words that weren’t “real” twenty years ago and now understood by most people today (email, internet, intranet, router, blog(!), google, to name but a few) then you will realise that a word become real because someone uses it for the first time and then others like and use it until it becomes commonplace.

    I didn’t comment on the previous post – but I’m another on the side of sewist.