Good afternoon friends!
I’m sure you’ve heard about #snowmageddon2018 by now but we are currently buried in 10″ of snow right now in Virginia. Lucky for me, that means I got the day off from my nanny duties! And even luckier for you, that means I get to share my #2018makenine and go over my favorite makes from last year.
What’s a #2018MakeNine? Well, after seeing the #2017topnine trend on Instagram, I also started seeing the #2018MakeNine trending in the maker community. Rochelle of Lucky Lucille from @homerowfibersco explains it as a gentle challenge for makers to buckle down and focus on nine specific goals during the year. She goes over some great guidelines and ways to narrow down your list of things to make from a million to just nine here.
Here we go!
Up first is the Kelly skirt from Megan Nielsen. One of my biggest sewing fears are buttons. A recurring theme in my #2018makenine will be buttons because damnit I will master them and they will look amazing. Another reoccurring theme will be woven fabric patterns. After sewing with swim and velvet fabric, two of the most challenging knit fabrics, this past year I feel like I have a solid hold on knits. Wovens are a different story. They aren’t forgiving like knits and I’m just not as comfortable with woven fabrics as I am with knit. It’s time to change that! Plus, this pattern is just so damn cute
Next, is the Camas blouse from Thread Theory. This patterns can be made with knit or woven! I love the color blocking detail on the shoulder and back yoke. Again, there are buttons, which is great because I’m still nursing and need access. I love that I can dress this shirt up or wear it with a pair of shorts but still look put together.
Next, the Trevi top and dress from Hey June Handmande. I loveeeee this pattern and have been wanting to pull the trigger on buying this pattern for a while. So this year, I’m doing it! It doesn’t hurt that I’ve been obsessing over the Rifle Paper Cotton + Steel print used in the Trevi pictured above. 😍😍😍
Next, is the Fringe dress from Chalk and Notch. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews and have been ogling over every Fringe dress and blouse I can find on Instagram. Literally, every version I’ve found is just plain gorgeous. I love that I can add buttons or there’s an option to leave them off. Given the fabric choice, I can take it from a summer pattern with rayon to a winter pattern with plaid flannel. Who doesn’t love a versatile pattern?
Next up, Ginger Skinny Jeans from Closet Case Patterns. Anyone else suffer from never finding a perfect pair of jeans that fit? I certainly do and I’m freaking tired of it. This is the year that I will make my own and perfect the fit because now I can do it! Another reason I chose this pattern is because frequently I sew quickly, but with all of the top stitching required in this pattern I will have to slow it down. I know the results will be well worth the wait.
Next, is this lovely Jumpsuit from In the Folds. Y’all, this pattern is FREE. FREE! And it’s drafted well and in my size!! Crazy, right?! Nope! I even downloaded it because I thought I was going to be punk’d by Ashton, but it’s true. Emily from In the Folds has some other great free patterns I want to try out. I already have plans to make this in some tie dye modal denim from Joann Fabric. I do plan on hacking the jumpsuit into a shorts version because we are moving to Florida soon. Another plus of this pattern, it has an invisible zipper, which I’ve never sewn before. I’ll be able to add another skill to my arsenal. 👊🏼
Next in the line up we have the Midway Bomber Jacket by Greenstyle Creations modeled above by the beautiful and talented Sarah Connell. She blogged about her make here. As mentioned just a second ago, we are moving to Florida soon. Coincidently, I decided I needed to make myself a tailored coat. Well, that’s not going to happen now, but I still want a light jacket because I’m sure there will be some “cold” days there. It literally just snowed there yesterday! The midway fits in with my need and want for a jacket. Score!
#8 & 9
Dun, dun, dunnnnnnnn….. the last two patterns in my #makenine2018 are the two hardest patterns in the line up. For some reason making bras scares the daylights out of me. It’s probably I’ve tried and failed to find a well fitting bra until last year. For the first time this year I found my first well fitting RTW (Ready to Wear) bra. That’s 19 years of wearing an ill fitting bra. Yuck. Luckily they were dainty and lacy, but of course they only came in black and nude. 😒 All that will change this year when I make the Endurance bra from Greenstyle Creations and the Harriett Bra from Cloth Habit. I will have pretty lacy bras in a all the colors my heart desires. I will have a running bra that supports me and keep my boobs from hitting me in the face.
That wraps up my #makenine2018. I have several other patterns I’ve been lusting after and will make including but not limited to the Berry Bubble shorts by Rebecca Page, the Portia Dress by Rebecca Page, Moxi Shorts by Greenstyle Creations, Sophie Swimsuit from Closet Case, and lastly the Carolyn pajamas from Closet Case. I can’t wait to share all my makes with you over the next year, whether they be part of my #2018makenine or not. Thanks for reading!! Until next time.