#2018makenine – my plans

Hello again!  It’s taken me some time to firm up my sewing plans for 2018, because I’ve been so busy so far!  A few of the things I want to make this year are carry-overs from my 50% success rate in 2017.  Honestly though, I see this as a good thing, in that I only dropped one thing (a shirtwaist dress) from last years list, so I must be choosing more thoughtfully…  hopefully…  So without more rambling, this is my #2018makenine!

  • Tessuti Pia dress – carried over from last year, I’m still really keen to make this in linen for summer pizza-eating.
  • Tilly & the Buttons Etta – hmm.  I’ve pretty much completely made this up, basted it, tested the fit, the lot, but when I tried on the (finished except for hemming, guys…) dress, there are so.  many.  wrinkles in the back it’s insane.  I haven’t had a great experience with this so far, partly because the skirt’s just a weird shape (tell me I’m not the only one who thinks this?), but also because I’m making it in ponte, and should just have cut a size down in the first place.  And used a thinner fabric for the under-collar.  Fortunately, I think I do have enough fabric left to cut the bodice out again, which is the plan.  I just really needed a break from it…
  • Merchant & Mills Landgate jacket – still on the list from 2017.  I don’t need it, I just really want it, which is why it gets shunted down the list.  It might get shunted again this year, but it’s remaining in the running.
  • Closet Case Patterns Bombshell swimsuit – I need a swimsuit, and I’m intrigued to see how well this will turn out sewn on a regular machine.  I know I should just buy a swimsuit, but I’m finding it hard to find a nice one without foam cups.
  • Seamwork Weston shorts – I have some lovely stretch denim, so instead of spending money on Wear Lemonade’s Carlotta Shorts pattern, I’m going to try and get there with the Weston.  I keep thinking about cancelling Seamwork, but I never do because I do like a lot of the patterns, and if I did cancel and re-subscribe I’d be paying a higher rate.  Aah, marketing psychology…  I do think if you are a prolific sewist, Seamwork is an awesome idea as the patterns work out so cheap and you get a wide range of styles and garments.  I don’t have the time to get through them, but I guess it’s still nice to have that choice of patterns for the future.
  • Named Asaka – yup, another carry-over.  On the plus-side, after making my Mum a Collette Almada robe for Christmas in the same Liberty silk as these pyjamas, I am really looking forward to making this with the last of the fabric.  (Yes, we bought lots.  Yes, it was worth it.)
  • Simplicity 3688 – I’m leaving this pretty open.  I cut out the calico pieces for the jacket ages ago, and I’m not even sure I still have them.  I was pretty sure I cut a size too big anyway…  I’d be happy if I either made the trousers, or toiled the jacket successfully.
  • Maven Patterns French Dart Shift – basically, as with the Pia dress but work-appropriate.
  • Fall River Vest by Mary Jane Mucklestone – Paul’s hankering for a fair-isle tank-top, and I had intended to go with Susan Crawford’s Wartime Farm Pullover.  I still love that pattern, but when I came across this… how could I resist!.  The colours used are a little too muted, so I’m deciding whether to design another colourway or stick with the shades given.  Not gonna lie, I’ll be happy if I’ve done 6 inches of this by the end of the year – it’s definitely not one I’m setting myself up to finish on 2018, but I would like to start it!

I also owe Paul a pair of pyjamas for Christmas, and my daughter is adamant she needs a cape with a fur collar…

I’m not one for resolutions generally, but I do find the #makenine planning helps me to focus on the kind of sewing I want to do.  Apart from these, my aims for the year are to do more yoga, and decrease the amount of fabric in the house.  I did a huge tidy-up after Christmas, so everything’s a but neater, but I have 16 boxes (admittedly fairly small boxes…  but still…) of fabric.  I’m intending to get that down to 12 by the end of the year – I’ll let you know how that goes!  Luckily I already have fabrics which should work well for 5 of my #makenine patterns, so that’s a good start!

I’m not swearing off new fabric or buying clothes, because I don’t need the pressure, quite frankly.  I’m far more likely to sew stuff if I allow myself to buy pretty new pants!

Well, that’s me!  Are you doing #2018makenine?  Have you done a #makenine in previous years, and did you find it worked for you?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Take care, and drink lots of cocoa,




  1. January 19, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    I did make up the Pia last year and have to say I LOVE that dress 🙂 One of the women in our sewing meet up group made it and I went right home and cut it out in a double gauze that I wore a LOT last summer. I had read on several blogs that the Etta has strangely large hips making the hips look rather robust 🙂 so maybe that’s the same problem you’re having with it too? I would google around to read some reviews – you might find one that will help you with better shaping 🙂

    • Lucy
      January 24, 2018 / 9:35 am

      Yes, the Pia looks like the perfect summer dress, I can’t wait to try it! Literally every one I’ve seen looks amazing! What I noticed about the Etta skirt is that instead of curving out from the waist to the hips, and then in again, it comes downs straight for a bit, then curve out and back in, so it’s tight on my actual hips and then really loose around my bum/top of thighs. I guess it would work for someone who carries their weight on their thighs and low bum, but I’m the opposite – muffin top and skinny legs! I’m just going to re-shape it to a more standard hip curve, which ought to do it, fingers crossed!

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