Hello 2018! I hope you’re enjoying the last of the festive chocolates in front of a Bond film? It’s the time of year for round-up posts, which I don’t usually do (and don’t usually read either, sorry guys), but I make an exception for the #makenine challenge. I’m not a big sewing challenge person, but somehow this seems to be more helpful than otherwise. Perhaps because it seems manageable – 9 projects in a year, and there are no restrictions. I’ve loved reading everyone else’s #2017makenine round-ups, especially the ones where we’ve only managed half of the things we planned, ha! Actually though, I’m pretty happy to have completed four-amd-a-half out of my hoped-for nine projects. The ones I managed to make were:
- Sew DIY Lou Box Top (same link as the Emersons): A lovely simple make, I’d definitely make this again if the right fabric came along. Which probably won’t be for a while since I’m seriously trying to rein in my fabric spending until the stash is a little diminished…
- True Bias Emerson Trousers: I loved these! Unfortunately they are a smidge too tight on the waist, due to using up a bit of elastic I had which was a tiny bit too short. Apart from that though, great pattern and a definite make-again contender. With more elastic.
- Named Wyome Jeans: Hmm. General fail. Failed to muslin, made a size too large, took them in too enthusiasically, now too small. Lesson learned. I do think the pattern has potential, and I may go back and have another go once the dust settles, in a slightly lighter-weight denim.
- New chair cushions: Exciting stuff, huh? I will get a post up with pictures soon-ish, but I finally got these covers sewn, and sent them off to be filled, and they’re awesome. Even the one where I sewed the zip on the front instead of the back… I briefly considered unpicking, but I made a great job of the zip, so I’m not actully too bothered. I’m quite surprised at how little it bothers me. Just as well really…
- I’m halfway through my knitting project, a jumper in Lopi chunky. I had started the Wool and the Gang Double Trouble jumper, but once I got to the instructions for the back I gave up, so it’s just having a normal back, thanks. I’m still in love with the open-back sweater thing (take a peek at this post for the best patterns to knit one yourself!), but I find that I’m quite used to a certain style of knitting instructions, and ones that don’t follow that style throw me off rather. Also the Lopi is a bit too coarse to wear without a layer underneath, so is probably not the best choice of yarn for the style anyway…
Not managed (yet):
- Tessuti Pia dress: I just never got round to it before summer was over, and it’s definitely a summer dress. I’ll try and make it earlier this year!
- Merchant & Mills Landgate jacket: This is a bit of a luxury make, in that although I’m looking forward to making it, I’m not really struggling without it. Having said that though, I can’t stand the only lightweight waterproof I have, so maybe I should buck up and get it made!
- Named Asaka Kimono: I kind of felt I’d made enough lounge-wear, basically. I seem to have spent the last two years sewing pyjamas, and I made two Almada robes (one for me, and one for my Mum for Christmas). It’s not like I have the lifestyle to wear this kind of thing, but it’s definitely staying on the list! If only because what else can I use 3m of Liberty silk satin for?
- Gertie shirred-waist shirtdress: Just didn’t get round to it! I’m not sure if it’ll stay on the list or not, there are quite a few contenders which might take its place.
So that’s that! Did you do a #2017makenine, or are you planning one for this year? I’m off to have a think and hopefully to be back next week (ish…) with my #2018makenine!
Take care, and Happy New Year to you all!