#2018MakeNine – My Sewing plans for 2018
So far most of my sewing and fabric purchases have been spur of the moment acts of whimsy. This year I have decided it is time for that to change. In fact over the last few months I have made a concerted effort to focus my sewing on items I really want to wear and as such I have been working a lot with jersey (keep your eyes peeled for blog posts and Instagram pics of these makes coming soon).
This year I have decided to take part in the #2018makenine hashtag. I have selected nine makes I want to make throughout the year, I will then post about them hear and on Instagram in the hopes of having some accountability to stick to my plans.
Crazily enough I have been able to pick nine makes for which I already have the fabric and the pattern (or the pattern is free)! I have no delusions that I will stick entirely to this list but hopefully it will help me a little bit with some stash busting and remind me of some of the good intentions and sewing plans made wont be forgotten!
So here are my nine…
I have been looking for a basic woven top pattern for a while now and think the Colette sorbetto might just make the grade. It is a free pattern and so there is definitely no reason not to try it. I also have the perfect fabric laying in wait – a geometric print in blue from SewSewSew.
I have made so many skirts and dresses and relatively few pairs of trousers, so much so that when I want a comfy pair of trousers to throw on at the weekend I have to turn to my pyjamas, which is fine most of the time but not when you need to leave the house! These trousers from the GBSB sewing book* look just the trick and I have some soft rayon in black with white polka dots from Sew Over It that will do just the trick – i’ll even match the model in the book!
This is a cheeky easy win on my 2018makenine list as I already have the pattern* cut out and the fabric is on the way! I will be working on this for Minerva Crafts in January and you will be able to find my review of the pattern on their blog soon after I have finished!
As I hinted at earlier I have been making a lot of knitted fabric clothes recently and I already have two of these gorgeous tops in constant rotation in my wardrobe so i definitely need to make at least one more this year. The top is part of the sew over it online course for sewing with knits which I took in the early Autumn. It is a great course and hopefully i will find the time to write a full post on it soon giving a review of the course and the included patterns!
Another knit fabric favourite! I already have two moneta dresses which get a lot of wear so another one for 2018 seems like a must – in fact i have some gingham jersey* from the Minerva crafts winter sale winging its way to me as I type this!
I already have one of these blouses made up so another one should be a quick make as the pattern is all prepared – I really love the look of this blouse when I have seen them online but don’t really wear mine all that often. I think this is probably due to the lack of drape in the fabric so I am willing to give it another go and a second chance to win me over because on paper this one looks like a winner!
This was another winner from 2017 – I bought the pattern in the Black Friday sale and have already made three! It is the perfect blouse to go with anything and the pattern is so versatile you would never even guess all three blouses were the same basic pattern. I have fabric for two more of these sat waiting to be stitched up, perhaps by the end of the year I will have a full weeks complement!
When SOI released the Penny dress as part of their pdf club I snapped it up immediately, isn’t it just gorgeous – in fact I had to make it immediately but didn’t have the fabric or then inclination to make the full dress, so instead I hacked the pattern and made a cropped blouse instead but now I feel the time has come to give the full dress a whirl – I can see this working beautifully in black poly-cotton the perfect dress for any occasion!
Finally, I need to tackle the fact that I don’t really like summer, it is too hot I don’t like having bare legs, and I am much happier in tights or jeans – so much so I find myself wishing for Autumn to hurry up and arrive so that I can return to my winter wardrobe! Last summer I made a pair of these Capri pants and they did go someway to making the summer more bearable – i enjoyed that I was wearing trousers but made in a lightweight cotton they were comfortable when the temperatures rose (well, as much as they do in England!) So I think I will get another pair of these made and hopefully resolve some of the fit issues I had with the last one!
So there we have it, nine makes planned for 2018, hopefully I will make some, if not all, of them before the year is out!
I’d love to hear your sewing plans – or maybe you don’t have any? How do you decide what to make next?
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