Make Nine 2020
At the start of every year, sewists post their sewing plans for the year ahead on Instagram under the tag #makenine.
I did this last year and have done so again this year. So what do I have planned?
Well, some of my plans are actually some makes that I did not get around to finishing last year such as Ginger jeans by Closet Case Patterns or le 9001 by DP Studio, so let me first recap my #makenine2019:
I think if it wasn’t for our big house move, I would have been able to finish 2019’s make nine. Whilst I enjoy making the list, and really hope to finish it, it’s not exhaustive and plans do change. For example, while I didn’t finish all of the patterns on my #makenine, I made some extra garments, like my Deer and Doe Datura top. I also decided I wanted to learn to draft patterns properly too so took some time to do that.
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I’ve been really rubbish at remembering to take #memademay pics. Today I’m wearing a #dddatura that I finished just last night. My goal is to wear a #memade item of clothing 50% of the time and to finish off WIPs. I don’t have pics but to keep me accountable this is what I wore since the last pics: Sunday : ginger skirt + wrap top Monday: a Tatb jumper Wednesday: tatb frankie Thursday: Cora top Friday: Megan dress Today: Datura top
In terms of what else I have planned this year, I am planning:
1. Bruyere by Deer and Doe, I already have some checkered flannel to make this with that I bought at the Knitting and Stitching show in October. It’ll look great with some leggings and knee-high boots.
2. Ginger jeans by Closet Case patterns. The reason I hadn’t gotten round to making them yet was mostly the fact that I hadn’t found the right denim yet. I think I’ve found some now, though if anyone knows where I can find some elusive 4-way stretch denim, please let me know! I’m quite tempted to see if I can make some bootcut ones too.
3. Orange Lingerie Marlborough bra. I haven’t tried making underwear since I started sewing so I think this will be a nice challenge. I off on a bra-making course at Franklins in February so I will wait until after that.
4. Deer and Doe Plantain. This was my first make of 2020 and I ‘m wearing it as I type. I elongated both the body and the sleeves on mine but to be honest, I don’t think it was needed despite the fact I’m 5’9. I made it in a lovely soft purple jersey.
5. Le 9001 by DP Studio. I had earmarked some navy blue crepe for this last year, but I think I’ll end up making it in some patterned viscose I have in my stash. I just love the tulip sleeves on this.
6. The Kew Dress by Nina Lee. This is going to be an early Spring make as I intend to wear it at a wedding in April. I haven’t picked a fabric yet but I envisage a plain drapey fabric and there is quite a lot of sewing detail.
7. Rosalee by Experimental Space. Also looking forward to this one and I have some beautiful floral twill set aside for it. It’s going to be an awesome summer dress.
8. Chip by Seamwork. I love biker jackets so I was so excited when they released this pattern. It’s missing some of the detail that goes with this kind of jacket so I will need to do some pattern hacking. The good thing about it is that the pattern is drafted for stretch fabrics and I found a beautiful faux suede from Franklins to make it out of.
9. Finally, Audrey by Seamwork. This is another pattern I added to the list as a challenge. It’ll make a great summer jacket, and I’ve earmarked some purple denim to make it with.
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My #makenine2020: 1. #ddbruyere by @deer_and_doe_patterns 2. #gingerjeans by @closetcase.patterns 3. #marlboroughbra by @orange_lingerie 4. #ddplantain by @deer_and_doe_patterns. I’ve actually already made this as my first make this year ✔️ 5. #le9001 by @dps_by_dpstudio. This should have been a #makenine2019 but I never got round to it. 6. #kewdress by @ninaleelondon 7. #rosaleedress by @sewspace 8. #seamworkchip by @seamworkmag 9. #seamworkaudrey by @seamworkmag This list is by no means exhaustive though, and I might always change my mind as I discover new patterns but this is what I'm aiming for.
How is everyone else getting on with their 2020 sewing plans?