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,