2018 Make 9



Mid-to-late February is a sensible time for making plans for the year, isn’t it?

(November – February is always difficult for sewing, as it’s when most of my teaching is. This year, I added in coming down with shingles for Christmas, because I didn’t already have enough to do. I’m just about better now…)

I like the idea of #make9 – I have lost some of my motivation to sew, and it’s partly having too much choice of what to do and getting stuck, not knowing what I want to make. I also decided to look at my wardrobe and see what was needed. My normal style is skirt and leggings (or trousers) with a cartoon t-shirt and a hoodie, and it would be nice to have some me-made everyday choices. I also want to grow my skills. This will be a list to work through when I can’t make my mind up about what to sew next.

1. A skirt with pockets. For this, I have chosen the Patti Pocket skirt by Amy Nicole. This is designed for someone slightly shorter than normal, and has HUGE pockets. First go is the short version.

2. Something from the “squishy-eeew” fabric I bought in Brixton when out with my best friends. I think it’s scuba, and it feels funny but I bought a small remnant I found just because I kept wanting to squish it. Aiming for a self-drafted skirt.

3. Yes, it’s the Patti Pocket skirt again. I want a long one too. One of the testers did a green version and I have some grey-green and some olive green fabric that might work well.

4. A skater dress. This might be the McCalls M7313 which came free with Sew Now magazine, or the Bronx dress from SBCC patterns (designed for shortarses!), or perhaps the one for tweens from the #ootd book I got for my birthday last year.

5. A long cardigan – possibly with a hood, but one that can be worn with jeans and cover my bum. Probably the McCalls M7427 from their kids range, as this will fit my shoulders.

6. A tunic top. This will be either Butterick B5889 or the Burda 9418 kids pattern.

7. A bag for my Dad. I’ve made several for my Mom and he’s jealous.

8. The Zadie dress by Tilly and the Buttons. Another present from my birthday last year, and I have lots of cheap jersey from the market to give this a practice run.

9. Something to help give a step towards the skills I need to learn to sew trousers. I already know which ones I’m aiming for (SBCC Manhattan trousers) but my skills aren’t up to them yet. So I’m going to try the Moss skirt by Grainline Studio. I found the paper pattern in a little shop on the South coast which was in a village and very unexpected (I didn’t know there was a sewing shop there before choosing it as a day out during our holiday!) and it will teach me how to deal with the fly.

So there you go. Actually, number 1 is already done (just needs photos – it’s great!) and number 2 is close to finished. Hurray for lists.


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