During 2017 I took part in the #2017makenine and completed 6 of 9 makes. Of those I didn’t complete 1 I changed my mind about at 2 weren’t really wearable. I found it a useful tool for planning my sewing though and at the beginning of the year nine garments seemed like an awful lot!
Looking back through my Instagram posts I realise how wrong I was… I’ve made closer to 48…not all for me! And not all that I’d class as a success, but they’ve all taught me something.
Having seen how far my skills have developed in the past year I’m setting myself some bigger challenges amongst my #2018MakeNine as well as a couple of patterns I’ve made previously and want to make again.
1. Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns
Sewing jeans became an ambition of mine shortly after I realised that this sewing malarkey was definitely for me! I spend a lot of time in jeans and find it hard to get a great fit on a RTW pair. So I really want to bite the bullet this year and give it a shot. I think I may sign up for the online course to support me through it.
2. Harriet Bra by Cloth Habit
Thank you sewers of Instagram! I’ve admired seeing this pattern made by others and love the idea of it. It’s the 2nd big challenge in my make nine and one which I’d like to take my time with. One thing I will need to do is source where to buy all the right fabrics and notions in the UK. I’ve seen some beautiful stockists but they are all abroad and I don’t fancy the overseas charges that come with them. Like with the jeans, if I can get this pattern right it’ll be a game changer.
3. 1960’s coat from GBSB Sew Your Own Wardrobe
Ever since I saw this pattern last Christmas I’ve wanted to make it and I’m now believing that I have the ability to do so. It’s big challenge number 3, one of the scariest parts about this is just the amount of fabric it requires which makes it expensive and therefore important to get it really wearable.
4. Datura Blouse by Deer & Doe
I bought this pattern earlier in the year and have yet to make it. I love the version with the cut out detail.
5. Cardigan from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual
I haven’t yet made a cardigan and the ones in Gertie’s book are closest in style to the kind I’d buy RTW.
6. The Cheynne Tunic by Hey June Handmade
I came across this pattern by chance (probably on IG again!). It is pretty much a perfect match for a much loved rtw tunic top which I wore loads but years later it got damaged. I’m excited to be able to make something so closely resembling the shape.
7. Morris Blazer by Grainline Studio
I think I’ll tackle the blazer before the coat, it feels slightly less scary but would be ideal for smartening up an outfit.
8. Cleo Pinafore by Tilly & The Buttons
I have made this once already and wear it loads which is why it’s back on my 2018 list. I want to make a black one with dungaree buckles and perhaps a contrast facing.
9. Day Dress by The Avid Seamstress
I have also made this once already and it’s definitely got super wearability. My washing machine has frayed a lot of the inside of my existing day dress (this day dress may have heavily influenced my decision to buy an overlocker) so I want to make a few more (and overlock the insides this time).