Survey Results: Never say Never!

The reason for the post title? Many of you responded to the question ‘Is there anything you’d NEVER sew?’ with ‘never say never!’ I love that attitude! And why not? Once you learn the basics of sewing, you can make just about anything! That’s the spirit!

As promised, I wanted to share some of the survey results on my blog. I’m starting from the bottom up, looking at the answers to Question 9 today.

Here’s the original question:

What items do you sew most frequently? Is there anything you’d NEVER sew?

Nearly thirty percent of you said “Never say never!” I love that so many people responded with such a cheerful response. It makes me happy that there are other fearless seamstresses out there that are ready to try just about anything! Lots of you said you’d willingly try sewing anything, but you might not sew items you could buy for cheaper, such as tank tops or cheap tee shirts.

Ok, so what did people say they’d never sew?

These all seem completely logical to me! I’d sew just about anything myself, but some things just aren’t as much fun:

  • Kid’s clothing. Yes, it’s small and uses less fabric, but it’s just not as thrilling. Perhaps because I don’t have kids myself. Same thing with dog clothing. If you don’t have kids or dogs, then you’re less likely to be interested in sewing these items.
  • Swimsuits. Agreed! Finding good fabrics and hardware is key, and suitable padding. Yes, I admit it, there is plenty of padding in my favourite swimsuit. I don’t know if I could get quite the same oomph from a handmade suit. But I have made a swimsuit once! It was hideous, but that’s only because it was required to sew the same style as everyone else in college, with legs and a front zipper and colorblock paneling. Like a men’s wrestling leotard – yuck!
  • A wedding dress, or special occasion formal wear. Fair enough! That’s a lot of pressure and stress. I watched my sister sew a wedding dress recently and though she did an amazing job, it was a lot of work!
  • Leather. Lots of you had reservations about sewing leather, either due to machinery concerns or just because they’d rather buy leather bags and jackets. Having sewn with leather briefly, I can see why people avoid it! It’s hard to maneuver on your machine, unless you have a heavy-duty vintage or industrial machine. And for the amount of stuff I carry around in my purse, I’d want to feel confident that the stitching of my leather purse was strong!

Surprising things you’d never sew:

  • Pants, or jeans. Fifteen percent of you would never sew pants, or think you’ll never sew pants. I agree, sewing pants is scary, especially the fitting part! But never? What if there was a pants pattern designed to fit a pear-shaped body, or an hourglass figure? Is it because finding a pattern that fits is frustrating, or do you just never feel the urge to make pants? A lot of people left comments expressing their nervousness about getting the fit right, and felt they wouldn’t be able to sew a pair of pants they were happy with. I can totally understand that feeling, that’s why I haven’t sewn pants recently! Also, and I also feel this way, some of you prefer to wear skirts. It’s not that you dislike pants, but you make skirts and dresses because that’s what you wear most often.
  • Underwear. Ten percent of you would never sew your own underwear. But underwear is so expensive! I don’t mean bras, I mean panties. Tiny little scraps of fabric and lace can cost $25 a pair or more! I thought of doing a series on knocking off your underwear one day, would anyone be interested? Or at least trying it for myself and seeing if it’s a success first.
  • Coats. Six percent said never to sewing coats and jackets. Really? Why not? Is it because they’re too complicated, or too time-consuming? I have a fantastic coat design that I’d love to use for Sewaholic Patterns, but not if no one wants to sew coats! Some of you live in warm places and never need to wear coats. (Lucky you!) Not even a lightweight trench, really?

Things you love to sew, and sew most often:

  • Dresses. Me too! Fifty percent put dresses as your most-sewn item. And so many of you put exclamation points on your responses, or ALL CAPS! Love the enthusiasm, and I have to agree! There’s nothing like sewing a pretty little dress and sashaying down the street. Even the sewing part of dresses is so much fun – lace trim, ruffles, full skirts! Yes, yes and yes!
  • Skirts. Yup, me too!  Just as much fun as dresses. Thirty-six percent of you had skirts as one of your frequently sewn items.
  • Tops, blouses, shirts. Tops and blouses came in at thirty-two percent, just behind skirts in the ranking. So it appears the majority of the survey respondents are just like me, when it comes to our favourite and most frequent items we sew.

A little Polyvore fun, to illustrate the three most popular items to sew:

I’m not surprised, as I also love to sew dresses. Are the items you sew most often, the items you wear most often as well? Or do you sew a lot of dresses but wear mostly pants? Or do you sew all of your dresses, because you can find tops and skirts and pants in stores to meet your needs? I’m just as curious about why the numbers are what they are!

Love it or hate it?

Some of you said never to these items, some of you sew them frequently!

  • Home decor. I feel like sewing all straight lines, and things I can’t wear is boring! However, I’ve sewn pillows because I needed them, and hemmed blankets, and they turned out really cool! But I only sewed them because I wanted the finished product in my house. Utilitarian sewing, perhaps?

Proof of home decor sewing: I made the pillows on the left (love the turquoise!) and hemmed the edges of the blanket on the right.

  • Purses. Either you make them a lot, or you’d never make them! Seems to be either a love thing or you’re just not interested.

Responses that made me laugh:

“I’d never sew carseat covers. Like, for the car’s actual seats.”

Yeah, me neither now. Back when I drove an old Chevy Malibu, I had visions of fabric-covered car seats. To go with my fuzzy dice. (Oh yes I did! I had white fuzzy dice hanging from my rear view mirror… but I never got around to making the seat covers.)

“I think I’ve tried sewing almost everything you can sew.  OK I admit, I’d probably never sew a TENT.”

I love how I can just picture this person saying this out loud. Emphasizing the word TENT, you know? I can’t imagine making a tent either. All those long, straight seams, plus it seems important for it to be waterproof! Can you believe more than one person mentioned tents, when it came to things they’d never sew?

I never expected to receive 700 responses to the survey, that’s for sure! I’m still adding up the open-ended questions. Part of me wishes I had done them all as multiple choice, so I had the percentages automatically added for me! Although then I wouldn’t get to read the responses in your own words, which are fascinating to read and help put some of the answers in context.

What do you think of the results? Do you think this is a fairly accurate picture of what kinds of things we mostly sew? Anything to add to the comments above?

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50 Responses to Survey Results: Never say Never!

  1. G February 18, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    VERY insteresting. I think most people who aren’t interested in sewing kid’s clothes are people without kids. Kid’s clothes are easier and faster and there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing how happy and proud your kids is to wear something made by mama. And awake the interest in sewing in her/him.
    I also found the pants issue interesting. I wonder if people mostly wear skirts/dresses because that’s what they sew most ot if they would wear more pants if they could sew them. Sadly, I’m not sure the only challenging issue with pants is the body shape (pear shape). I thin there are other issues like crotch length/curve, which can differ significantly on women with the same shape.
    Lastly, I’d looove to see your coat pattern!
    Can’t wait to read the rest of the results!

  2. julie February 18, 2011 at 6:18 am #

    I think that the issue with some of the “nevers” is that you don’t know whether the person said never because they don’t ever want to sew that item or because they feel like they don’t have the skills to fit and sew that item.

    Obviously you don’t want to create a pattern that no one will sew, but I think that having a range of items that will appeal to a wide variety of skill levels is a good thing!

  3. Sabrina Clementine February 18, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    I actually had fun filling out your survey….which I can’t say often! (I was also one of those who said “Never say never”!) I think part of the reason I enjoyed it so much was that you allowed us to write in our own words. Too many times they’re multiple choice, and I feel that by selecting one item over another I’m not able to tell you the “whole story” and so it stresses me out a bit. Unfortunately that makes it harder for you, lol. I can’t wait to hear about the rest of the results!

  4. Ashley February 18, 2011 at 6:28 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing the responses. I would definitely be interested in doing a “knocking off your underwear in one day” sew along. I love pretty underwear, but I absolutely hate spending $25 on it!

  5. Misty February 18, 2011 at 6:28 am #

    I would love to try sewing underwear! I agree, it’s outrageously priced, and there’s really not that much fabric or sewing involved. So count me in on that one! Bras, well, that’s another story and maybe something to try when I have some more solid skills.

    And count me in on the coat sewing too! I love coats. I’m always tempted to buy more, but usually end up restraining myself. I like to wear different coats to match my mood (like some people change out purses or shoes), so I can see myself sewing many coats in the future.

    I fully plan to try sweing pants in the future, but they do seem much more involved than skirts or dresses or even tops. I can see myself sewing lots of cute dresses and skirts (there are just so many fun options!), but I wear pants about 95% of the time and should probably focus my efforts there instead.

  6. nicole February 18, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    I would totally follow along with any underwear knock off tutorials–is that weird? LOL. It just seems practical and we all need underwear!

  7. maranda February 18, 2011 at 6:35 am #

    i would be very interested in an undies tutorial! i have some self imposed shopping rules: i am only allowed to buy new things if they are fair trade, other wise everything must be used or made by me. i’m pretty sure i’m not going the used route with underwear, and fair trade skivvies are expensive!! but i’m not a great sewer, so i would love a little guidance ;)

  8. karen February 18, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    I love sewing coats! They are a time investment but you can be so creative with fabric and stuff that you can’t find in RTW. I find I have to LIMIT myself to one coat a year :(

  9. Andrea K February 18, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    Yes to the underwear! Would love to make a cute, sporty trench as well! It was both fun and interesting to read some of the results. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Lauren February 18, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    you should TOTALLY have an undies-along!! underwear is so much fun & quick & cheap(to make!). you could either make a really simple .pdf pattern for everyone to work off, or have a couple posts directing people how to draft their own pattern based off an existing pair of undies (bc really, can we talk about how nice it is to have a zillion copies of your fave pair of undies? yes please!). then you could do a bunch of posts on embellishing & materials & ooh girl i just love underwear can you tell? :D

    thank you for posting these survey results. i find stuff like this fascinating!

  11. Sandra February 18, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    Thanks for this one. I’ve been curious since you posted about this one yesterday!
    I actually sew a lot of drapes since it’s what I need. I did redo all of the cushions for a vintage rattan set – couch, chair and ottoman.
    That is something I hope to never do again!

  12. Steph February 18, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    I recently sewed my first jacket and I learnt so much from it! Luckily it was a present so I don’t have to look at the failures everytime I look in my wardrobe – that’s for someone else to do – but I would love to have a go at making another one! Do a coat pattern, you know you want to!


  13. scooter February 18, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    I guess I’m in the minority, because pants are my #1 fave thing to make!

    I’ve really worked at getting the fitting right, and now I can apply my pants slopers to any pattern I want, and have good-fitting pants. I feel like my sewing time is well spent there, because I’m getting something that couldn’t be had at the stores, for any amount of $$$.

    Then again, I’ve sewed some crazy things, including outdoor gear, though not a tent! (Yet.) :)

    I am also totally interested in an undies-along. I currently sew mine, but could undoubtedly learn some tricks to make them better.

  14. Amanda February 18, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    (1) I would love to see your fantastic coat pattern! I have the Colette Lady Grey but haven’t gotten around to sewing it, however I love the idea of making coats :) (2) And pants, I’m working on wide-leg pants now and have been so satisfied with the process just because it’s an item of clothing I never thought I’d sew. Fit is definitely the reason pants scare me, but I’ve gained a little confidence thanks to The Cupcake Goddess’ sew-along. (3) An undies tutorial would be cool!

    I love that you admitted to having fuzzy dice in your car! When I used to go to sewing classes I’d buckle up my machine on the passenger side!! It was heavy enough my car safety feature would beep if the machine wasn’t buckled, thinking it was a person ;)

  15. Amanda February 18, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    P.S. Ooh, excited about the mailing list email!

  16. Jennifer S February 18, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    It’s funny all the things that I didn’t think of when I answered your poll. I actually have sewn on tents. I used to work in the repair department of a camping store. People really get upset when the flimsy zipper on the tent or sleeping back gets broken and back when I worked there it was only a sixty dollar fix. The worst ones were the 25 year old nylon tents that were not longer nylony, but had broken down into a weird sort of gummy material. Buy a new tent dude!! I’ve also remade backpack tops that didn’t work correctly on about 3 dozen packs and built stuff out of really heavy waxed canvas – the first time I ever sewed my finger.

    I actually don’t mind sewing little kids clothes and I’m just an auntie (to 13!). The four youngest ones came after I got married, and they all have quilts made by Auntie Jen too. The older ones are getting close to graduating, so they’ll probably get a double or queen sized quilt to go in the hope chest that Uncle Brent built for them. That’s just how my hubby and I roll – handmade gifts and teaching.

    I finally traced out a favorite tank blouse to use for a pattern for a blouse I saw online. It was a white cotton top, but I have very hard water and try not to buy anything white, and when I saw the black with white polka dot stuff I bought for it, I could’n’t resist.

    I’ve made undies and tried a bra, but the fitting stopped me and it’s still sitting in a box somewhere in my sewing storage room. It’s supposed to be my sewing room, but it’s awfully lonely down there, so my machine is on the coffee table in the living room and I just go back and forth when I need stuff.

  17. Alex February 18, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    Interesting! I think I was one of the people who wrote that I’d never make my own underwear. But I’d never pay $25 for a pair, either! I usually buy mine on sale at the Gap or Victoria’s Secret for about $3 each. I might pay $5 for an extra cute pair. As easy and cheap as making ones own panties may be, it is probably more expensive than that if you factor in the cost of time. I don’t have enough time to make all the pretty dresses, blouses, etc. that I’d like to anyway, so I don’t want to cut into the time I’ve got by making something no one will see.

    I can definitely see wanting to make your own underwear for ethical reasons. But, again, I have neither the time nor the money to do everything ethically (I’m talking consumption choices), and the line has to be drawn somewhere.

    That doesn’t mean I think you shouldn’t do the tutorial – I actually think it’s a great idea! I just don’t think it is surprising that some people would “never” want to do it, either.

  18. Jenna February 18, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Very interesting, thanks for sharing! The results re: kids’ clothes’ surprised me a little. That’s how I started sewing. And why. When I found out I was pregnant with a girl, I knew I need ruffled everything, but c’mon $30 for a diaper cover? So sew one I did.

    Now that I’m sewing my own garments, I actually find them easier. :) Those teeny tiny armholes are killer!

  19. Mary February 18, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    Interesting responses to your survey. I can understand why sewers have favourite items to sew. Getting a good fit is key and some items are much more difficult to have fit well. If you have had repeated failures on any given item you are less likely so attempt it again. That said I don’t think there is anything I haven’t sewn (I have been sewing for a very long time). I love sewing kids clothing because it is fast and the fitting is easy. I have made undies for my daughters as gifts and I really enjoyed that. An undies sew along could be great fun. The most difficult thing I have ever made is the gown I am presently working on and I better get back to it as I have a deadline. One other thing to note, I think the sew along is a great idea especially if your pattern instructions include techniques that are not the usual ones found in commercial patterns.

  20. AnnieV February 18, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Thanks for sharing responses to your survey, they are very interesting. I’m surprised that so many people would never sew kid’s clothes, maybe they have no children like you mentioned. But I totally agree that I never sew a tent, I never ever think about it. I’d love to sew underwear, and coat but my skills need to improve before I can acheive a satisfying result. About pants, I love to sew them for boys and men, but I hate to sew them for myself. I’m not a pear-shape, i am rather an apple shape (no wastline) due to my pregnancies. If I gain an ounce, I am sure that it will be at waist! It’s an horror to shop for pants, because they are very loose at hips and bottom if they fit at waist. I hate to sew pants for the same reason. I have to eliminate all darts, pleats and lovely details at waist if I want pants to fit me. I have decided I will never wear jeans anymore, they fits so bad on me. Maybe if I could find a great pattern, I will try again…

  21. LindsayBobindsay February 18, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    This was fun to read. Please do the underwear series and jacket designs! Would love to see what you and everyone else comes up with.

  22. Nai February 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    Great post so interesting. I would like to sew undies my husband doesn’t want me to as he is worried the will look homemade even though he complements me that my other clothing items look RTW. I love sewing fancy little girls clothes and guess why I have two girls under 5 and they love it in fact they wont take new items off. So its very satisfying. I have five jacket patterns waiting to be made and one completed. Jackets I like are expensive and I want lots and I cant stop buying the patterns for them so if its cute you’ll have one sale haha.

  23. Sewingdina February 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Thank you for sharing the results – it is nice to hear what others like to sew. The range of responses is fascinating. I’m not surprised that dresses came top. Maybe it’s the all in one outfit thing whereas with the others you have to find something to wear with them or make something to wear with them. I was one of the ones who said probably not trousers mainly because of the fit issue. I would want them to be perfect, and if they were I would probably ove them. However if they weren’t there is nowhere to hide really. At least with a dress or a skirt imperfections can be disguised to some extent with belts and things.

  24. Karin February 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the results. You made me smile :-)

  25. the Cupcake Goddess February 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    This is a very interesting study! I’m so glad you are sharing the results with us. I had a feeling about pants being one of those things that people would never sew. But I also found it interesting that dresses are the number one thing most people sew. It is for me as well and I’ve found its because I can’t find dresses that fit me correctly and are in my price made with the types of fabrics I enjoy. However, in that respect all clothing is easier to make that to find and buy.

    There used to be certain things that I thought I would never sew, but never say never is a great saying to go by. I’m interested in making my own underthings now, didn’t used to be and leather is something that has recently attracted my interest. There is an exceptional leather store here locally and just the other day I was there and marveling at all of the beautiful skins and all the colors they came in. They had everything to make your own leather belt too. Sigh.

    I also think that the more you sew the more open you are to new sewing adventures. You might find that things that you wouldn’t sew before are now actually appealing to you on a new and exciting sewing adventure.


  26. Erika February 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Lol! But I have sewn a tent! The whole of it, a 8-sided 16th century pavillion to be used for medieval camping (and, yes it has been used =) ) Waterproofing really isn’t tricky, there’s a specific type of thick cotton for tents. The fabric has diagonal structure woven in, so the water is led away. The seams are a bit like jeans-seams. I love it, and I’m so glad I sewed it! However, would I do it again? Ehhh… not without an industrial machine. It was easier than I dreaded, but oh so much fabric to handle! I was very glad for my vintage Bernina who bravely made it through the thick layers. Here’s a link, if someone is curious =):

    Other than that; so interesting to read the survey results, looking forward to more of them in the future! The undies posts sounds great, I’ve entertained the idea of homesewn undies but haven’t really figured out how to actually do it, so any input would be a great help.

    Have a great weekend!

  27. Kris February 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    I totally sew my own undies! I have heavy ones for winter (French terry knit), light ones for summer (wicking fabric or lightweight knit), and soon to come, wicking wool undies for hiking!

    I do this because I can’t find commercial undies that fit the way I want in the fabrics I want.

  28. Garnet February 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    Very interesting results! I guess I was a little typical, I mostly sew dresses, hate home-decor sewing, and would never sew a tent!


  29. Ramune February 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the results! I was one of those who said they would never sew undies, but not because they are super complicated or anything. It’s just I’m not sure I could apply the elastic evenly around each leg, meaning that the tension would be off and one leg opening would feel tighter than the other. Just thinking how it would drive me nuts deters me from even trying it. However, I’m open to give it a try if there is a foolproof method for the elastic application :).

  30. sallyann February 18, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    Yes, to the undies idea. I can just imagine sewing a 1940′s inspired silk tap pants to go under a pair of high waisted pants that seem to have made a come back again.

  31. Jessica February 18, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    Oh, this is so funny! I have to say, many of my “never!”s show up on this list. Then again, there was a time when I said “never” to dresses and blouses because I was afraid of fitting curves! So I have a feeling that our “never” lists morph with time. At least mine do. For example, I have sewn underwear and probably will not do so again for awhile, but pants and coats are currently on my list of “never”s and I anticipate that in a couple years that could change.

  32. Jessica February 18, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    Knickers! Let’s sew them. Sounds like fun to me.

  33. doompancakes February 18, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

    I missed the survey (by the time I clicked the link it was closed), but like most of the respondants I mostly sew skirts and dresses. Though home decor sewing is the stuff I think about doing the most often, is ultimately something that I don’t have much patience for.

    Like many of the other commentors I’d be really interested in an underwear tutorial sew along thing. I’m enough of a sewing noob that my attempts to self-draft undies based on current pairs have failed rather miserably. I’m also interested in sewing bras and foundation garments more generally. And slips.

    And I’m one of those who wouldn’t sew either baby clothes or outerwear. I don’t have children myself, so guessing at what is practical, what would fit, and for how long is, well, hard. It feels a lot less risky (in terms of the gift getting use, being enjoyed) to sew a stuffed toy, or knit up a hat/booties etc.

    As for outerwear… though there are plenty of jacket patterns that I think are beautiful, the odds of my sewing any of them are low. The weather in my region makes most of the patterns I’ve liked seem impractical. Generally if its cool enough for a jacket, then its also raining, or rainish. Right now I just don’t have the skills to figure out what fabrics are truly waterproof, the budget to acquire them (goretex seems spendy) or the confidence that I could sew them without messing up the waterproofyness. Wearing a light jacket under a raincoat would probably be too warm.

  34. Angel February 19, 2011 at 2:37 am #

    I love all the responses you get. Yep me too i mostly sew shirts, skirts and dresses. But looking at the things people said they’d never sew they are all things i really want to sew in the future i’m just nervous about my skill lvl for them.
    I totally plan to try making a tankini this year, and a pair of pants that aren’t pajama ones.
    I did sew my own panties and they turned out so comfortable and cute. Super easy too, i highly recommend it. I also have sewn some purses and handbags.
    Maybe i should make a goal to try sewing all those things that people are more scared to sew. I’ll never know unless i try!

  35. DebG February 19, 2011 at 5:47 am #

    There isn’t too much I would try to sew, just for the challenge.

    But, oh my god, if you would come out with the perfect pant pattern for the pear shaped figure, I would be so happy. And the underwear sew-along……….I’m so ready for that.

  36. Becky February 19, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    I had to laugh at the “never” responses you got. Mainly because I’ve either already tried them, or they’re on my hopeful to-do list! Kids’ clothes isn’t a priority for me, but that’s because I don’t have kids or any nieces/nephews. If I did, that would probably change. And while I’m not the girl who’s dreamed about my wedding for my entire life, the one thing that always was there was to sew my own wedding dress! (If I ever have the opportunity to have a wedding, that is.)

    Also, I am determined to learn to sew pants that both fit and flatter me. ESPECIALLY jeans. I even got a decent pair once, though it wasn’t a perfect fit….only problem was that the denim was a bit too lightweight for that application, and it got an unfixable tear in the backside after I’d only worn them 3 or 4 times! So attempting that again is definitely on my list for this year.

    I did have to laugh at the tent comment. Having attempted to sew my own waterproof rain gear for backpacking several years ago, even though I didn’t think of that myself, I’d have to agree! You have to use such specialized fabrics, and there is the waterproofing issue, and so many zippers and the lines to tie it out, and the reflective stuff so you don’t lose your tent in the woods if you have to get out in the middle of the night….more trouble than it’s worth. Plus it’s just hard to find the right fabrics. The rain gear I sewed was sooooo much bulkier and heavier than the set I eventually bought to replace it. Plus rain did soak through after awhile. I’m not sorry I attempted it, but with that sort of specialized gear, I’m happy to leave it to the pros from now on!

    Actually, I would attempt underwear. At least panties, and definitely camisoles. Those would be a great way to use up scraps! I’m just wary of bras, since I need both support and enough padding to prevent public embarrassment, and would prefer not to have in-cup seams showing through my clothes.

  37. Rachael February 19, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    I can’t believe people wouldn’t sew underwear!!! That’s the first thing I’ve learned to sew. It was tricky at first, but then again it was the first thing I tried to sew!!! I can understand most of what is up there, but I really want to tackle jeans. A lapped zipper doesn’t seem to tough. Quality hardware, on the other hand, seems like it may be hard to find. I’m surprised you’re willing to try underwear but not swimwear! That’s next on my list for the upcoming summer :D

  38. Katie-Kate February 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    I’d love to see you do a series on sewing underwear! You’re right, they can be so expensive and would require so little fabric. My friend and I gave it a whirl recently. Failure. I know the Sewaholic can show us the way!

  39. Sandy February 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    Love the responses, it’s fun to know what other people like to sew…or not. Count me in on the undies sew-a-long. Funny, I just bought a book on sewing beautiful lingerie by Kerstin Martensson, so yes please lets do one. I have never sewn undies and sure do need the help of a sew-a-long.

    Pants are another thing I love to sew but would love a better fit…so let’s do pants too!

    Your site is so much fun!!:)

  40. Rhia February 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    Very interesting results. Only sad thing is that I didn’t get to reply to the survey, I was too slow and you already closed it :) It seems like it was fun survey to reply.
    Anyways, about the things I would never sew. I’ve sewn pants and jeans (I have to make my jeans myself since those in shops just don’t fit), underwear including bra and corset (not swimwear though, but I’d love to make vintage-style bathing suit), I’ve done kids clothing and leather. Wedding dresses I’ve done plenty since I’ve been working in wedding shop. Also complicated gowns and coats. Heck, I’ve also done darn big fake grass carpet for opera stage. But one thing I don’t fancy sewing: waterproof outdoorgarments. Those fabrics are pure hell to sew and fusing seams with waterproof tape is just plain madness. So my answer would be waterproof outdoor garments (and perhaps tents =)
    I’d be delighted about undergarment sew-along too!

  41. Red February 20, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    The tent comment is so funny to me! When I was little, my mom made us a play teepee, and later on she made a boat cover for my dad’s boat!

  42. Rachel February 20, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    i think one of the reasons that people sew more dresses than separates (other than the obvious “ooh thats cute” one) is that if you’re not a “standard” size you can usually work something out with separates, but it’s much harder to find a dress that fits, especially if your top and bottom halves are different sizes.

    I made my first coat last year, and i LOVE it. I can’t wait for winter to roll around again so that I can wear it again. I’d definitely be interested in a pattern for a jacket/coat, but not for a really thick coat as it doesn’t really get cold enough here. I need more light-weight jackets, and definitely something with a decent sized hood.

    Undies i definitely want to try, the main thing stopping me is the avaliablilty of the supplies needed.

    Trousers I tried last year too, the ones I made weren’t too bad and I made a couple of small mistakes in the construction, but sadly the biggest mistake was the fabric I chose – It was a bit shiny. Relatively high up my to-try list is a pair of jeans though.

    I just remembered something i will never sew again – i made a lunch bag for a friend a while back, out of some clear PVC stuff with cupcakes printed on it, which was cute but a PAIN to sew – you couldn’t pin it, and if you didn’t put tissue paper either side of it it stuck to the sewing machine. yuck, yuck, yuck.

  43. mbb. February 21, 2011 at 2:19 am #

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do the coat! I’m so hoping to sew my next winter coat – and I was hoping for a coat pattern from you!


  44. Roobeedoo February 21, 2011 at 5:34 am #

    I totally missed the survey, so here’s my tuppence-worth:

    I made baby-sized clothes for my kids, but once they developed opinions of their own, it wasn’t worth the hassle.

    I hardly ever sew dresses – they are a nightmare to fit!

    I DO sew trousers, and skirts, and underwear and tops.

    I would love to see an interesting pattern for a full-dress-type underskirt – vintage inspired maybe? With pintucks and bias swoopiness? Colette’s Cinnamon is too lumpy up top to wear as an under garment.


  45. Amy February 21, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    I’ll be honest, I kind of want to sew a tent! Not for the outside, but I like the idea of having a dedicated craft room one day and in one corner I’d have a lovingly sewn pretty tent, full of cushions and blankets and fairy lights from the roof. I’d go in there on rainy Sunday afternoons with a book and a cup of tea (hmm…more likely a gin to be honest) and while away the time. It would be lovely!

  46. Miss Shigatsu February 28, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    i can understand people not wanting to make pants but it was the first thing i ever made and i really have to step in and say you have to screw them up pretty badly for people to notice. if you think about it, your waistband is usually covered, most people aren’t checking out your fly, and who’s going to notice if your hems aren’t exactly straight?

    on the other hand, in 4 years of sewing i’ve made 6 shirts (including t-shirts and blouses), 4 dresses (if you count the straight jacket), 2 skirts, and like 15 pairs of pants (including jeans, slacks, and pajama pants). skirt hems terrify me and blouses are even worse. i start them and just never finish them due to collars, sleeves, buttons, and hemming. they’re so close to your face! if you mess it up, everyone is going to notice!

    i hate buttons.

  47. K March 7, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    I would LOVE an underwear knockoff tutorial! I have been thinking about making my own ever since I got a Victoria’s Secret gift card and was all excited to use it and got .. three pairs of underwear, one of which fell apart in the wash. Although since I sew in the dining room, my roommate and boyfriend might be weirded out!

  48. Vanessa B March 11, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    I’m totally laughing because just this morning I was thinking I want to make some undies for myself, when I asked my little girl if she wanted to make some for herself she was totally into the idea. And ya, part of my motivation is that I like nice undies so I would actually save $ making my own, I’ve made a pair once when i was visiting my grandma’s house and my daughter peed in my lap, it was awful, So during thanksgiving dinner I ran to my grammy’s sewing room and whipped up a new pair of undies and washed my skirt which was some creepy instant drying polyester.

    I also would at least try to sew just about anything, I was going to sew a wall tent for my brother because they are sooo expensive but he decided he didn’t need one, so that ‘s one person who would sew a tent, but not a fancy backpacker type, just the huge canvas one that would probably destroy my machine.

    And yes I have made seat covers for my car, it was a 64 Ford Falcon with really worn out seats, I made a cover for the front bench seat out of denim and put huge pockets (like from jeans only not quite as cool) on the back of the seat for the kids color books and stuff. It turned out ok and was actually easy using denim with a little lycra. I wouldn’t probably make a career out of it but it was fun and funny when it was finished, sort of went with the “oh that car would be cool if it didn’t have a huge dent in the side” feel I was going for. A planned near-miss of coolness.

    I totally have plans for a swim suit, I might use a bra that’s not fitting quite right in the circumference but good in cup size for the top, still working on that. I’m totally going to make one though.

    Oh and Home Dec, well I have done that and it was ok, if you do challenging things like matching stripes or pillows with a different fabric on the flange etc. it can be a lot of work but looks nice and will save you a lot of $ if you are going for a whole bedding set with bolster pillows etc.

    Ok so of all the things I’m willing to try probably the thing that would intimidate me most would be attempting to make a pair of jeans that fit. Other pants are not daunting but jeans are.

    This was really fun!

  49. Vanessa B March 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    What a great idea!! Sounds like the perfect little get away!

  50. Jane Elise April 27, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    I find buying pants hard enough let alone sewing them. I am classic pair shaped with a true sway back courtesy of mild scoliosis. I would totally love a Sewaholic pants pattern and sewalong. Hint, hint. ;)

    Jackets are totally in my sewing queue this year.

    P.S. or are you supposed to say ‘pant’ rather than ‘pants’? My husband says ‘pant’ and I giggle every time.

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