While I was writing my Instagram post for this years make nine challenge, I realised I had a lot to say and a blog post would maybe be a better idea. So here I am, writing a blog that will help me keep track of my makes and hopefully let me share some of my wisdom with all of you.
Full disclosure- I will be making a lot more than 9 things this year (hopefully anyway!). But I have used this concept to look at were I can advance my sewing skills. So here we go…
1- The Rumana Coat from By Hand London
The moment I saw this pattern I fell for it! The princess seams, the silhouette, the elegance! This was a make that would test my skills and push me to try some ‘slow sewing’. After a year of quick makes to build my hand made wardrobe I want to focus on something that I could take my time over.
I knew I had to make it, but I didn’t think I would be making it this soon. Unfortunately, one of my local fabric stores closed down and it is sadly missed (they are in limited supply in Northern Ireland). However they had a closing down sale so I was able to snap up some lavender wool coating for a bargain! My husband then picked up some beautiful paisley lining for me on a shopping trip (he’s definitely a keeper!) so I had no excuse not to get started. Progress is coming on nicely, so expect another blog post soon.
2- Ginger Jean by Closet Case Patterns
This is another project to test my skills, and remind myself of a few skills I learnt at university. My final year project looked at a more ethical way to manufacture denim, and involved making a pair of jeans from old worn out jeans. So technically this will be my second pair of jeans, but maybe my first wearable pair! I have a favourite high street pair, I am hoping I will be able to recreate a fit close to these using the high waist view.
3- Twist Dress TPC18 by Trend Pattern Company
I love a lot of patterns from this company, but this is absolutely my favourite. I have a RTW dress that is my go to night out outfit (although those nights are very rare now!) which features a twist like this so I am curious to see how its constructed, and maybe replace a favourite ready to wear piece with a favourite me made piece.
4- Embellished Jacket
When trying to decide what I wanted to achieve from my make nine I remembered how much I love adding beading and embellishment to garments. I find it extremely therapeutic and satisfying. And after a search through pinterest and a new inspiration board, I am going to try a Balmain inspired jacket. I haven’t decided on a pattern yet for this piece, but the aim will be to have it for next Christmas. I will hopefully get this started during the summer so I can work on the embellishment at a slow and relaxing pace.
5- Underwear (probably from Evie La Luve)
This will have another skill checked off my list. There are a lot of beautiful lingerie patterns available, I will more than likely go for Evie la Luve to start with as they provide kits with everything needed to start off. My size is not readily available in most stores, and after 2 babies and a total of 2 years breastfeeding, my size has jumped around so much I wouldn’t even know where to start now! I am looking forward to having something made to measure, and the fabric and style opportunities are endless.
I tried knitting before, it wasn’t very successful. So I am being very realistic and setting myself the challenge of knitting a scarf. I will again go for a kit with everything I need included, something simple and chunky.
7- Marigold or Mini Poet Cardigan by Little Golden Nook
I will be honest, if I make one and its successful, I will probably make the other! I have made a few crotchet blankets, and smaller items like hats and slippers. There are so many gorgeous patterns for crotchet jumpers now I would love to be able to extend my skills to garments. If I start off small for my daughter I wont have to invest in too much wool and it will hopefully come together quicker than something for myself. I haven’t been great at following crotchet patterns so far, I tend to make bits up as I go along! So this will be a challenge.
8. Self-drafted Maxi-Dress
This dress… I love it! The shape is perfect for me, it is perfectly fitted on top with a few waist darts and a full skirt which is pleated at the waist. Gathered waists are not my friend as the make my biggest parts look bigger and out of proportion, but this works for me. The sleeves have a little fullness at the cuff but I wouldn’t say they are a bishop sleeve. I am hoping to dust off my pattern drafting skills from uni to re-create this dress. I just received a sample of Swedish tracing paper so might use it to get the fit right. I might have also chosen my fabric… I am waiting for a sample but I think it will be amazing!
9. Mila Dungarees by Tilly and the Buttons
This was the first indie pattern I bought, and I still haven’t made them! But now Emily has a pair of black needlecord dungarees so, you know #twinningiswinning! I have never made a pattern by Tilly so I am looking forward to using the instructions and seeing how they come together. I have most of this cut so they will be in the cue once I have finished my Rumana Coat and a few other bits.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this, it was an good way to ease myself into the world of blogging. I have a new tripod for my phone so will be mastering the art of photography as I go! If you would like to follow along with my sewing journey on a more regular basis pop on over to my Instagram @sosewdressmaking