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Thursday, 5 January 2017

#2017MakeNine

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have seen over Christmas and New Year that I joined in with Rochelle New of Lucky Lucille with her #2017MakeNine challenge (you can read about it a bit more in her blog post here). The idea started for Rochelle last year when she gained inspiration from the usually end-of-year round up posts and decided to set a goal of  9 patterns she would like to sew over the following year. Something she could look back and reflect on at the year's end.

I've decided to take part because god knows any extra help with focusing my busy brain is a bonus. But also because I'm determined this year to make my sewing projects more mindful. I want to really put some thought into growing my me-made wardrobe, and make sure the aesthetic is exactly me. When I buy fabrics for example, I tend to be drawn towards prints, but with no actual end-goal in sight for them and they sit, unused. I need to think about wearable fabrics that will last. Slow fashion. Toast taste on lemonade money (more on that in another post). Capsuling (is that a word? It should be...) my wardrobe. Simplifying. Economising. Less waste.

Without further ado, here is my #2017MakeNine pledge:



1. Seamwork Jane - the ULTIMATE tee. Make these in a medium weight, good quality jersey in all colours  - wardrobe staple. I could easily customise with a bit of embroidery and contrasting neck and arm bands. Yes please to 10 of these.

2. Liesl + Co Cinema Dress - Isn't this just the perfect dress?! Having a bit of a Frida Kahlo obsession, I imagine this dress with colourful mexican-inspired floral embroidery on the front yoke and hem. LUSH

3. Style Arc Stevie Jacket - I've been looking EVERYWHERE for a black denim jacket that's a little oversized and boyfriends style for so long, and I can't find one that's a. in my price range and b. not extortionate money. When I stumbled across Style Arc patterns on Etsy the other day (HOW have I not come across them before?!) I did a little happy dance when I saw the Stevie Pattern. I just so happen to have enough black denim in my stash too so hopefully this will be a project I can complete sharpish.

4. Merchant and Mills Factory Dress - I pined over this sewing pattern for SO long and now that I have the pattern in my collection, it needs to get done. Everything about this pattern I love. Simple, but classic.

5. Seamwork Amalda Robe - Luxury lounge wear surely is a must for any sewist. What I love about this pattern is how it can be sewn in a nice light-weight cotton lawn or something for the summer, sewn in flanelette for comfort or, my personal favourite -for luxury sewn in soft drapey silk velvet (so I can pretend it's been purchased from Toast).

6. By Hand London Alix Dress - I'm a big fan of By Hand London patterns. I sewed a Kim Dress last year for my sister in law and have been meaning to make myself one ever since. I took advantage of the Black Friday sales this year and purchased both the Flora and the Alix dress patterns from BHL. The Alix dress in particular is my favourite because I love the 70's feel of it. Something soft, flowing and cool. Boho 70's Queen vibe. Yes, please, fetch the daisies for my hair.

7. Marilla Walker Mercury Pants - I seem to always be on the hunt for the perfect trouser pattern for myself. Version D in particular is what caught my eye. I love the unusual pleat detailing which makes up the cuffs. As you know I'm a huge fan of Marilla's  Roberts Collection pattern and trust that the Mercury Pattern will be just as well received.

8. Merchant and Mills Union Dress - Yet another M&M's pattern (will my love ever waiver? Course not). This dress has got to be the most breastfeeding-friendly dress ever, right? With buttons all the way down the front it's got to be easy as sin to wap a bap out. Seriously though, sewn up in some yummy linen or soft blue denim this dress will be divine.

9.Style Arc Ethel Pants - Another Style Arc pattern. This pattern encompasses everything I love about trousers - slightly dropped crotch, front pleats, elastic waist, turn up cuffs, loose fit. I envisage this pattern to be exactly what I wanted my woven Hudson pants to turn out like. I've already got some rayon/linen blend ear-marked for these babies.

So, that's the nine bad-boys right there. A pretty good mix even if I do say so myself. You can follow my Pinterest Board here and keep up to date with my progress on this challenge. I'll post blog links to any finished projects from my challenge on that board.

2017, let's DO THIS!





















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