Wednesday, January 10, 2018

2018 Make Nine

Happy New Year everyone!! I hope your 2018 is off to a great start! It has been a bit stressful for me with car trouble and moving to a new apartment, but I am excited to see what the year will bring!

I thought I would participate in #2018makenine and I have already shared my picks over on instagram. I thought I'd share them here on the blog too. It's a challenge started by Lucky Lucille and the idea is to pick nine patterns you'd like to make this year.

1 // Gabriola Skirt 

I love skirts and maxi skirts are no exception! I got this pattern for my birthday quite a few years ago now, but only ever traced the pattern pieces. If I remember right, I have to do some grading between sizes, but I'm determined to make it this year! It would be lovely in a rayon or voile for summer. 

2 // Carolyn Pajamas 

I've never had a nice pair of pajamas. Right now I have handmade pajama pants that are six or seven years old and show some wear and tear. They have served me well, but I think it's time for an upgrade! I've always liked the look of this pattern, so I'm hoping to make it. 

3 // Grace Tankini

I admired this swimsuit pattern ever since it released last summer. I have tried sewing a swimsuit in the past, but have failed. I'm hoping I will have better luck with this pattern! It's feminine and has a classic style. 

4 // Fringe Dress

I've made this pattern in the top view. I also made a maxi version in stretch velvet for Christmas (blog post coming soon!). I love the pattern and would like to try view B. Maybe it will be an Easter dress?

5 // Union St. Tee

This is another pattern I have made a couple times, but it has since been updated! A simple t-shirt is a must in any wardrobe. I am in need of some long sleeve t-shirts as well, so I'm hoping to make a couple of these. 

6 // Chai Shirtdress

I love a good shirtdress and could live in them all summer. I bought this pattern as soon as it came out last year, but have not had a chance to sew it yet. My muslin is still cut out and waiting for me in my sewing room somewhere. I'm looking forward to making it!

7 // Cheyenne Tunic

Flannel shirts are great for cold Minnesota winters! I have loved every version of this shirt I see. Two years ago, I bought some Robert Kaufman flannel to make myself one and it is still uncut in my sewing room. I will make it before winter is over!

8 // Cascade Duffle Coat

I have admired this coat pattern for a long time, but I still don't own it. There is a coat making party happening on instagram this month, but I'm not sure if I will get to it right away. My current coat is falling apart, so I think it's time for a new one. I'm planning on making it in wool and lining it in something warm for these subzero temps that don't seem to be going away anytime soon! Any coat making tips out there?

9 // My t-shirt quilt

I started my t-shirt quilt in April of 2016 by cutting out all of the squares. In June of 2017, I interfaced all my squares and came up with a good layout (with the help of my brother). Ever since then, the squares have been put away in a bag. I'm hoping this will be the year I finish it!

I have lots of other projects planned besides these, but we will see what the year brings! I tried to pick patterns that I have and want to sew. I'm also participating in the RTW fast hosted by Goodbye Valentino, so I will not be buying any ready to wear clothing this year! I already wear a lot of handmade clothing, but I still enjoy shopping from time to time, especially at thrift stores! It will be a fun challenge and I'm looking forward to adding good quality handmade items to my wardrobe! I'm joining over one thousand other sewists in this challenge as well!  

I'm also hoping to sew mostly from my stash and when I do buy fabric, buy it with a project in mind. I also want to limit my pattern buying habits because I have so many patterns that I've never made! 

Do you have any sewing plans or goals for the year? 


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