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My 2017 Make Nine

If you follow any sewing Instagram accounts you will probably have noticed a hashtag that has been doing the rounds the last week or so, you might even have done it yourself! #2017makenine came into being thanks to Rochelle New who decided to post her plans for 2017 and encouraged others to do the same. It has been so inspiring to see what everyone is planning to sew over the coming months so I wanted to get in on the action!

I’ve tried to be a good girl and use patterns that I already have in my stash but haven’t used yet, there are only two patterns in this collection that I don’t currently own. I’ve also picked patterns that are more suited to everyday wear, if you read my last blog post you’ll have seen that my aim for this year is to be able to take part in Me Made May on Instagram, so far the number of wearable handmade garments I’ve sewn is poor. Bring on 2017!

First up we have two patterns from Tilly and the Buttons, the Cleo and the Coco dresses. Both of which were Christmas gifts. I cannot believe that I have only just got my hands on the Coco pattern, I’ve been wanting it for ages but for whatever reason it’s taken me this long to get it. I bought some gorgeous blue ponte roma fabric in the January sales so I’m all ready to get going with this one.

Second is the Holly Jumpsuit pattern from By Hand London. I’m not a jumpsuit wearer but there is the option to just make the wide leg trousers. I live in these kinds of trousers in the summer but I always find they come up a little short on me and my hips lift the hem up at the sides – giving that super sexy ankle-swinger look we all strive to achieve! So it’ll be nice to make a pair that fit me properly.

Next up there are three patterns from Sew Over It. The Lola Coat and the Molly Top are both included in the City Break Capsule Wardrobe eBook which I already have. I love the Lola coat, particularly the longer style, but it takes so much fabric – about 5 meters! So I’ll be keeping my eye out for the right fabric for this one. Luckily to keep me going I did buy some gorgeous jersey fabrics to make the Molly top in the sales. I think this top will be so wearable, I can’t wait to get it sewn up. I loved the Doris dress as soon as it was released last year, such a flattering style with the nipped in waist and flared skirt. Perfect for the summer.

One of the patterns I don’t currently have in my stash but definitely want is the Turner Dress by Cashmerette. I’ve not made any of the patterns from this company before but it’s drafted for the curvier lady which I am so excited about. Made in a knit fabric I think this will be so comfortable, like wearing pyjamas that are suitable to leave the house in!

My husband Andy has started asking when I’m going to start making him garments so I thought I probably should plan something for him this year. I am a selfish sewer so it’ll be good for me to make something for someone else. I haven’t delved too far into male sewing patterns but I have noticed Thread Theory patterns and particularly like this Finlayson sweater. Sewing for a 6’4″ giant will be very different but I’m up for the challenge.

Finally I have included a bag pattern, something I’ve been meaning to make for ages. The Weekend Tote came with Simply Sewing Magazine a few months ago and is perfect, I love the quilted body of the bag, it’ll be perfect for fabric shopping!!

So there we have it, nine patterns I’m planning to make in the next twelve months. I’m sure there will be others thrown in along the way and it’ll be interesting to look back at this in December to see if they all come into being. I’m excited for 2017, what are you planning on making this year?