#MakeNine2020

After the success of #2019MakeNine (why is the hashtag the other way around this year?) I’m definitely going to do this again this year. So since Christmas, I’ve been umming and ahhing about what I can make, what I want to make and also ways in which I can use up my stash again. I find that choosing fabrics for my Make Nine, means I use my stash rather than buying something new.

I will admit, last year I did buy new fabric, so I really want to keep on top of my fabric, sewing and blogging. All fabric (I think) is now recorded in Evernote, as are all my patterns. I have also now set up a Trello board to record what I’m planning on sewing, WIPs and also blogging. Wonder how long this organisation will last? Anyway, here it is

Project One:  Gym tops
I’m in need of some more tops for the gym and pilates, so these are high on my agenda. I’ve made one Cashmerette Spruce top (not yet blogged) so intend to make another. I’ve also a RTW top which I really like, so that is going to be copied. I have performance knits in stash, so I’m sorted. No additional costs involved (in theory!)

Spruce top

Project Two:  Navy jacket
This navy fabric actually has a wee bit of sparkle running through it. It’s been in my stash for some time… I’ve been determined to make a jacket out of it for a long time, so this will be the year. I’m considering the Decades of Style Three’s a Charm jacket, which I have in my collection, but there’s always something different. I love jackets with no collars and ¾ sleeves, so this one above fits the bill perfectly.

Project Three:  Papercut Axis Dress
I’ve had this pattern pretty much since it was released and am itching to make it up. It’s even printed out ready to muslin, so I can’t wait to get on to this one. I have a couple of fabrics in mind, actually maybe three, so we’ll see how the muslin and first version goes!

Axis dress

Project Four:  Cream and black striped knit
I got this knit as a remnant from Tessuti. There’s loads of it and it has such a lovely hand. This will definitely be made into one (or two) things this year. May be an Ensis tee, or a Renfrew, or may be a Gable top. All three of these I have made multiple times and love all of them.

Project Five:  Papercut Meridian dress in purple velvet
Fabric and pattern already matched for this one! I have some purple velvet in stash which I nearly got rid of, but then some friends said it was so me, I had to keep it and why not make a Meridian dress. It may be interesting, since the velvet has some stretch, and the Meridian is drafted for woven fabrics, but I can’t get the image out of my head, so it’s going to work somehow!

Meridian dress

Project Six:  Wine coloured linen
Another Tessuti purchase. This linen is beautiful and a real burgundy wine colour. It’s definitely crying out to be either a skirt or a fitted dress. I’ve not yet decided, there’s 2.5m, so loads to play with. This colour just doesn’t do it justice to be honest. But I’m either thinking a Fantail skirt, Tahi skirt or this amazing Vogue dress I’ve had in my collection for a while.

Project Nine:  Papercut Pallisade Pants/Shorts
Don’t faint, but I have pants/shorts in my Make Nine! Shock horror, wonders will never cease! I really am not a big fan of pants and only have a couple of pairs of shorts which I wear, mainly because I just hate my legs. Although, strangely, I wear leggings with long tops? I’m sure if I had a decent pair of trousers/pants/whatever which fit then I’d feel a whole lot better. I love the look of the Pallisade. The pocket on the side seam I think looks awesome and it has an elasticated waist. Let’s see if I can make these work. You never know I could use the wine coloured linen?

Pallisade pants

Project Eight:  Cream/navy crepe
I’m determined to sew up my Tessuti purchases to prove their worth! Yep, this is another one from that amazing store in Melbourne. I’m not really sure what to make with this yet, but it’s destined to be a top of some description. I have 1.5m of 150 wide, so lots. I have some Lekala patterns which might work, or possibly the Designer Stitch Synthia top, which I’ve made successfully before.

Project Seven:  Cashmerette Cedar top
To go with my gym tops as a cover up, and also a couple of knit tops to wear as everyday, I have this in my collection. I bought it when it was originally a single pattern with the workout top and am thinking now it’s time to make it up. I have no end of knits in my stash, but have a lot of rayon knit in grey and white which will work for wearable muslins.

Cedar top

So that is this year’s Make Nine. Again a mix of patterns and fabrics. A lot of Indie Patterns. For this year, pretty much everything, even the patterns from my collection, I can pair up with fabric from stash. You never know, I may be able to really cut down on my purchases! (Why do I have a pattern collection and a fabric stash? Answers on a postcard please!)

I think that’s enough to be going on with. I have a cardigan I’m in the process of knitting and will most likely make more small human clothes at some point, well my granddaughter needs gifts for her first birthday in July! 🙂

However, before I start, I have a very important task which is just going around in my head. I cannot help but think of my relatives, friends and colleagues across the ditch (the Tasman sea) in Australia. I have been quite affected by this, although everyone I know is safe. I have already said I will help out at a crafting bee locally here in NZ in a couple of weeks, but will also be making stuff here at home to help the Animal Rescue Craft Guild. I don’t have packets of money to donate, but have fabric and sewing skills and so this is my support for what we affectionately call West Island.

#2019MakeNine – the end

I’m glad I did this and actually enjoyed it! This was the first time I’d set up a Make Nine for the year and although I often make way more than nine things in a year, I was good to have a focus for the year. I also think selecting specific fabrics from stash was also a much better idea than specifying nine patterns, for a start it made me focus on using my stash rather than buying new fabrics.

I did make more than my Make Nine (I’m way behind on my blogging), but I can quite happily tick off eight of my original nine. The other ninth won’t happen until I can find a pattern which works (it probably doesn’t help that Mr N doesn’t really like the fabric!)

Project One:  Swimwear
Consider this completed!
I used the fabric and made up the Jazz Tankini from Swim Style Patterns. Not perfect, I should have done an FBA, but I’ve used this tankini loads. It was used on holiday in Raro and I used it lots for our spa tub in the garden.
The blog post is here.

Project Two:  Burda 7767 (men’s shirt)
I’ve actually made two shirts for Mr N this year. One in the middle of the year and the other I finished for Christmas. Yes, I used the blue and white stripe for one shirt. The second I used some awesome NZ fern fabric.

Project Three:  Frangipani dress
Completed! I did not use either of the patterns I originally thought to use. I made it up using Simplicity 2444, mainly based on the fact that I used the pattern for some other fabric not long before and decided I liked the fit and I really wanted something relatively quick to make up.

Project Four:  Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat
Completed and I love this coat!

I even made up another one, which needs at least a basic blog post.

Project Five:  Baby somethings!
Lots and lots of baby somethings have been made up. A blanket, dribble bibs, cardigans, mittens, hats, booties and a penguin cocoon.


Plus even more which hasn’t been blogged yet!

Project Six:  McCalls 6696
All completed and even used the fabric I thought I would use. Definitely a success.

Project Seven:  Teal tartan coat
This didn’t happen. Mr N doesn’t really like the fabric and I really wanted to make something with a hood. I couldn’t find anything which I liked and would work with the amount of fabric I had. 😦 I’m still keen to make something. I’ll continue looking, thinking, cogitating and ruminating.

Project Eight:  True Bias Ogden Cami
Strangely I only made up one, but used one of the fabrics I intended to use at least. I’m conscious this pattern needs some fixing for me, so I might even try something else. Or add bust darts to cater for an FBA.

Project Nine:  Nightwear
All done! This nightie is in constant use. The colours make me feel so cheerful when I wake up in the morning.

There will be a #2020MakeNine, I’m working these out at the moment!

Simplicity 2444

Time to attempted to blog all of the Make Nine items I’ve made up before the end of the year and perhaps blog some makes which haven’t been blogged. Mm, well, I guess if consciously attempt to type up posts and take photos and post regularly, I might actually make it. So here goes. Here’s the first of them.

Simplicitiy 2444 is a pattern I’ve had in my stash since I started sewing reguarly again, over ten years ago. It’s now out of print, but was one of the Pattern Runway patterns with lots of options. You’ll find the dress I made in 2010 here. This was the only version I made of this pattern and it’s been sat maturing in my stash since. Then back in July this year, I was invited to attend the NZ Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards with a theme of neon candy. Well to be honest I’m not sure what neon candy is and really hadn’t a clue, until a friend of mine posted in a FB fabric group that she was selling this fabric. Oh yeah, not really neon, but candy definitely.

I couldn’t wait for that fabric to arrive! What I needed was a fit and flare pattern and considered buying the Sew Over It Betty dress, then I realised I had the perfect pattern already in stash. Welcome back Simplicity 2444!

I’ve learned a bit more since 2010! I made the dress up in its simplest form, ie no collar, no sleeves and no front bow. I ended up lengthening the bodice by ¾ inch and actually lowered the bust darts by the same amount, so the length kinda went between the armscye and the top of the darts. I also lengthened the skirt by a couple of inches. My previous version of this dress has since gone, as I’ve put on a bit of weight, but it was quite a bit shorter than the length I prefer now.

The skirt pieces were too wide, so I had to piece corners on these. That’s all good, I’m the queen of pattern matching. 🙂

So for the Awards evening, I wore this dress with a green cardigan (very old RTW from Monsoon) and my Liquorice Allsorts Sapporo coat made earlier in the year.

I also gave the dress another outing for our Wellington Frocktails about a month later. This time I borrowed a multicoloured floof from Sandra.

You may be thinking that neither Simplicity 2444 or this smarties looking fabric have nothing to do with my Make Nine, well rather conveniently, I shall segway to our LIANZA (Library and Information Association New Zealand Aotearoa) conference dinner. The dinner had a GLAM/Awards theme, but the whole conference was open to and encouraged our partners from the Pacific Islands to attend and so I decided I needed to make something for a Pacifica theme. Queue this fabric I bought in Hawai’i a couple of years ago, which just happens to be part of my Make Nine! Ha, got there!

Originally with this fabric, I’d thought to buy the Emery dress and then I thought, what am I doing, Simplicity 2444 fits, I have it in my stash and I’ve made it before. Perfect. And so we have exactly the same rendition of this pattern as before, just the simple sleeveless bodice and pleated skirt. I just love the boatneck and the pleated skirt. I also love those diagonal double darts on the front bodice which provide the shape and mean there’s no need for a side dart.

Again I had to pattern match the skirt, but as much as I panic beforehand, as long as I sit down with time and not feeling pressured, I can get these matched easily now.

For this conference, I wore my own white floof I made some time ago, my black Tahi shrug and was given this frangipani lai to wear. There was also a frangipani in my hair! 🙂

The deets
Fabrics:  Possibly a quilting cotton covered in Smarties from Juliet and also a red cotton fabric covered in frangipanis bought from Fabric Mart in Hawai’i back in January 2017.


Notions:  Thread, dress zip for the black version and an invisible zip for the red version, some interfacing for neck facings.
Pattern:  Simplicity 2444, size 16, basic version with no collar, no sleeves and no front bow.
Changes made:  Bodice lengthened by 3/4″, darts lowered by same amount. Oh and pockets added to the side seams, because pockets.


Another one/recommendations:  This is another TNT pattern now for me and I think will be a great go to. I’ve got it fetting really well and it looks good on. No doubt I’ll find some more fabric to find another. I don’t think I’ll use the collar again, it’s possibly not me any more, but those short sleeves are quite cute and might be a good addition. I’d definitely recommend this if you can get hold of it. I love the double darts in the front bodice and also the overlapping please in the front of the skirt. Don’t forget to add those pockets to the skirt though!

#2019MakeNine

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…)