Holiday Gift Guide for the Established Sewist (who already has it all)
We've covered what to get the beginner sewist on your holiday list, and we've covered what to get for the junior sewist, but what the heck do you get for the established sewist in your life who seemingly already has it all? Today we've got you covered with 7 ideas worthy of the pro on your list.
1. Dress Form - Pinnable, adjustable or custom
If the sewist on your list is serious about making their own clothes a dress form is an absolute must for all their tailoring needs. Dress forms vary in price, adjustabilty, and customization. On the lower end of the price spectrum is the adjustable Dritz 0420 Sew You Dress Form, while the Professional Dress Forms from the Shop Company range from $200 to $500 depending on the options you choose. And if you really want to splurge, the Beatrice Dress Form uses a scan of your actual body to make the ultimate custom dress form (and comes with a $1300 price tag to match).
2. Custom Designed Clothing Labels
Most likely the sewist on your list already has some cute sewing labels in their stash, but what could be more special than their very own custom made labels? All you need are some basic design skills (or know someone who does) to make this a truly thoughtful gift.
3. A Pattern Drafting Class
If the experienced sewist in your life has mastered the art of pattern hacking, they might be ready for the next level up in the sewing hierarchy: pattern drafting! If their ultimate goal is to make their own sewing patterns, a pattern drafting class could be right up their alley. Check your local colleges for continuing education classes. Alternatively, a good introductory pattern drafting book and a set of drafting rulers is another affordable option.
4. A Coverstitch Machine
Undoubtedly the sewist on your list already has a good sewing machine or two in their arsenal, but what they might not have is a coverstitch machine. While definitely a luxury rather than a necessity, for the heavy sewist (especially of knits) a coverstitch machine is a huge time and stress saver. And anything that reduces stress is good gift in my books.
5. A New Crafty Hobby
If the sewist on your list has tackled most sewing challenges out there and is looking for something new to sink their teeth into, why not introduce them to a new crafty, hands-on hobby like shoe making? Rachel Sees Snail Shoes offers kits with all the materials and instructions you need to make your very own leather sandals. And for slightly more advanced options, I Can Make Shoes offers a variety of online classes - from sneakers to high heels - for all your shoe making needs.
6. Sewing Retreat
Everybody deserves a nice retreat every once in awhile, don't you think? What better gift then, than a sewing retreat!? Camp Workroom Social is a sleepaway sewing camp designed specifically for adults and is perfect for someone looking for a fun and social retreat. For someone who prefers a smaller group dynamic and relaxed retreat there's the Maker(s on the coast) Sewing Retreat hosted by Maker Mountain Fabrics. And if you really want to spoil the maker in your life you could always send them on a Textile Holiday in France!
7. Fabric, Fabric, and More Fabric
I think it's safe to say that whether the sewist on your list is a beginner, a pro, or somewhere in between, you can never go wrong with the gift of more fabric. As we mentioned in our beginner gift guide, unless you know them really well (as in, they told you exactly what fabric and how much they want) it's always safest to stick with gift cards.