Its a little less than a year since I started sharing my sewing on social media so I’m still finding all the challenges and “traditions” of this community. I always want to join in and when my other love – travel – has allowed, I have taken part sporadically, in a couple of photo challenges (#miymarch #sewphotohop and #bpsewvember) and a making challenge (#sewtogetherforsummer).

I’ve seen mentions of #makenine throughout the year and finally caught on that it is a declaration of intention. Forward-thinking sewists boldly declaring their plans of the year.

Confession time: I’ve never been a person who really plans her sewing but I decided to jump on this bandwagon.

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I know planning is good, it focuses the mind, it creates goals and targets and it provides accountability. People who plan are good people. I want to plan, I can make plans but somehow for my hobby, I always tend to be a bit more fluid. I always have several ideas bouncing around in my head and the combination of the dozens of patterns and metres of fabric in my stash mean that I have almost always have many irons in the fire. Then, of course, there is always another pattern or another piece of fabric.

Before you say it I know this is why I need to plan.

I have decided to use #makenine to help me make sense of these ideas. So I’m presenting here my #makenine for 2018. Only I can’t possibly limit myself to just nine items. Hence my title today. I’m going to try to distil those ideas and give you a rundown of the concrete plans I have for things I want to make. The Premier League will consist of the nine most desired makes.

 

Number ONE  is Claude Montana Vogue V2973 I love this funky Moto-inspired twosome. It’s a lot of work, there are over 40 pattern pieces in total.

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Number TWO Carmelo Pomodoro’s suit has been languishing in my pattern stash for some years. The current trend for bomber jackets brought this back to mind. I have the fabric and hope to have this ready for wherever I go for my summer trip.

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Number THREE and actually completed before I publish this post is an article from Wendy Ward’s book A Beginners’ Guide to Sewing with Knitted Fabrics. I was involved in reviewing this book and while I’ve already made my test garments, I’m keen to make up some more pieces from this book which I would heartily recommend.

 

 

Number FOUR Last year I had a go at making a bra and ran away with my tail between my legs. This year I am determined to conquer this sewing challenge. I’ve got plenty of fabric and findings and I must make bras this year.

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Number FIVE Loungewear – Athleisure is the thing it would seem and I have some in mind. With a great fabric, I’m going to create something worthy of chillaxing in.

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Number SIX I as you might imagine you can’t be a clothesaholic without having a little handbag love as well. I have a yearning to make a faux leather slouch bag something like below. I’ve been thinking about it for a bit and so this is on my list as well.

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Number SEVEN I have sketched out a little design for a Mondrian-inspired dress like the classic sixties YSL shift dress. I want to draft it myself and it has already had more than its fair share of sewcrastination. I know there are some tutorials out there so Im going to do some research and draft a pattern.

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Number EIGHT- a wrap dress should be in my wardrobe, therefore, if you’re going to make a wrap dress, it may as well be a Diane von Furstenberg hack which again I’m setting myself the challenge of seeing if I can throw together the pattern.

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Number NINE I’ve never managed to persuade himself to let me make him something but he actually seems keen now so some man-sewing, probably a shirt is on the to do list and if it works out a jacket as well.

Okay, that’s the top nine intentions. I’ve actually completed some since I announced my #2018makenine after Christmas. They won’t necessarily be in any order but I really want all of these to happen this year.

Of course, nine items is nowhere near as many ideas, dreams and whims that I have in my head, nor will it go far towards reducing my stash of fabric and realising my pattern hoard. Therefore,  I’m going to put together a “Championship League” of other makes in the pipeline.

Watch this space to see how I get on.

Elaine x

 

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