I’m jumping on the #makenine bandwagon this year. Why? Mm, well that’s a tough one. I often make way more than nine items so in theory it shouldn’t be a problem, but I normally make what I feel in the mood to make and don’t want to be beholden to some resolution I set in January, probably when I’m still in some kind of post holiday stupor! I go with the flow, shop my stash (or a shop on my work travels!), or I might shop my pattern collection and see if something takes my fancy.
My patterns I now have on Evernote, I think they are all there, apparently I have 374 patterns! Ouch! I’ve also just been through my fabric stash (thank you NZ public holidays and Christmas closure!) and measured/photographed everything to try to make a record of that. Next is to add that to either Evernote, Trello or a simple spreadsheet. I don’t know how many metres of fabric is there in total. A lot is the short answer! Too much, is another! 🙂 OK, I’ve done a quick tot up from my notes, there’s about 220m there! Double ouch! My name is Nikki and I have a fabric problem!
Truth be told, I’m a bit overwhelmed by it all at the moment. Going through has helped me find pieces I’d forgotten and those I’d really like to make up. I’m sure there are some I’m actually really never going to make either – time to bite the bullet and sell them off methinks. Here’s the nice tidy stash, which some of you might have seen on Instagram. I also have two baskets with lining fabrics and plain cottons, I’ve not included these.
Well that was a very long introduction and reasoning behind my joining the bandwagon for 2019. And so, without further ado and rambling on, here are my #2019MakeNine.
Project One: Swimwear
We have a week in Rarotonga coming up in March and I’ve made one swimsuit (never blogged) and want to make another. I have this great swimsuiting fabric in stash to use. At the moment I’m torn between making up a one-piece or two-piece. My last swimsuit was the Closet Case Bombshell, which I love. I’m considering another Bombshell, the Closet Case Sophie or this Jazz tankini.
Project Two: Burda 7767 (men’s shirt)
I’ve made a few of these shirts for Mr N and I have some pale blue and white striped cotton/linen in stash which will be perfect. So this should be a relatively quick make, once he’s decided if he wants long or short sleeves! 🙂
Project Three: Frangipani dress
I bought this red fabric covered in frangipani when we were in Hawai’i a couple of years ago. I’m determined to make it up this year. I seem to have been searching for the perfect pattern, but in my head it’s a fit and flare with either cap or short sleeves. I reckon I should go with that. Probably darts rather than princess seams and a pleated skirt rather than gathers. I don’t have the Emery dress in my collect, but so many others which I can use, eg the Gather Kits Mortmain, which I made here; or Style 2721 (which is a princess seam and no sleeves, but a fab pattern made once years and years ago!)
Project Four: Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat
I’ve had this pattern since it was released and have been wanting to make it up. Every version I see I love. I was just wanting the perfect fabric. Now I have it and a lining to go with it 🙂 This coat will finally be made up. Like my fabric choices?
Project Five: Baby somethings!
Some friends have babies due this year and so I’m going to be making something or multiple somethings for babies, be it a blanket (like I knitted here) or some dribble bibs, plus some clothes of some description. I’m not sharing too much since I don’t want said friends to start demanding and getting too much detail! 🙂
Project Six: McCalls 6696
Finally, another pattern which has been in my collection for ages and ages and is also a big favourite in the sewing world. This classic shirt dress, I have been meaning to make for a while. I know which fabric to use, so finally this should be the year for me to use it!
Project Seven: Teal tartan coat
This is some fabric I found in my stash this week while tidying and measuring. I’m determined to make it up. It’s been there a while! There’s about 1.8m worth of 150 wide. I need to have a think of a pattern. I’d like it to be hip or tunic length. I think a collar would be good, but not sure on v-neck or round. And I want long sleeves. I have a few patterns on my collection, the Style Arc Stella coat (but I’m not sure if it would work shortened) and this Lekala coat; also Burda 8172. There is also the Pauline Alice Ninot jacket. Finally, I also have this Prima pattern from 2007.
Project Eight: True Bias Ogden Cami
Yep, this one. I have three of these already and love them. I have a couple of remnants in stash which I’ve bought and these are both earmarked to be Ogden camis. Why not? I’ve got the pattern to fit and the others get a lot of wear. These are the fabric choices.
Project Nine: Nightwear
I’m not a fan of PJs really and also prefer knit fabrics to sleep in, since I toss and turn a lot, so my fabric has to stretch and move with me. I bought this knit from Spotlight not long ago and have already decided it will be more night clothes, since my others are getting very old with holes and need replacing! I will probably use this Prima pattern from 2010 and lengthen it. I’ve made the pattern three times already, twice as tops (one not blogged) and once already as a night shirt/dress (also not blogged) and it’s quick and easy to make.
Phew! So that is it. My #2019MakeNine. I have high hopes of actually achieving this. All fabric will come from stash and I’m also determined all patterns will come from my collection too. It’s going to be a lean year (famous last words…)