Monday, July 30, 2018

Make Nine 2018 // Mid-Year Update

Back in December 2017 I put together a 2018 Make Nine list of patterns I planned to complete over the course of 2018.

I thought it would be useful to revisit that list and make some changes now that we're more than half way through 2018.

Here's my original #2018makenine:

Top (left to right): Halifax by Hey June Handmade, Sweet Tee by Patterns for Pirates, Kelly Anorak by Closet Case Patterns

Middle (left to right): Sweet Tee (long sleeved version) by Patterns for Pirates, Brassie Joggers by Greenstyle Creations, Mama Nina Dress by Made for Mermaids

Bottom (left to right): Ames Jeans by Cashmerette, Appleton Dress by Cashmerette, Concord Tee by Cashmerette.

I did make a couple of Halifax sweatshirts, and wore them to the point that I probably need to make myself a couple more for this upcoming fall/winter season.  I think I made 7 in total...

I sewed almost the entire Kelly Anorak, before chucking the whole project. It wasn't coming together nicely (I found the directions confusing), there were approximately a billion pattern pieces, and my fabric choice was poor. I found a very similar jacket at the GAP outlet for $35, and would probably buy that instead of trying the Kelly Anorak again in the near future.

...and that's it (from this list anyway). I haven't even touched the rest of the list! I did make a Concord Tee last year, and would make it again, but it's not a super high priority for me.

I would still like to make the Ames Jeans and the Sweet Tee, but the Appleton dress is basically off my list for now - maybe to be re-added next year, since I do have the perfect fabric for it, as is the Mama Nina Dress.

I should have put a few different patterns on my list! My main wardrobe builders that I've sewn this year have been the Sabrina Slims by Love Notions - I've made 4 pairs and actually wear them out of the house (black ponte x 2, navy ponte, and floral stretch velvet - I LOVE the floral stretch velvet version, and went back for 6 (SIX!!!!) more meters of this fabric once I sewed the pants - don't judge, it was super on sale!), the Webster Top by Cashmerette (I've made 2 of these), a Lane Raglan by Hey June, the Southport Dress pattern by True Bias (2 short versions, 1 maxi dress, and a tank top hack), and a Kalle Dress by Closet Case Patterns.

Lane Raglan with cotton lycra body and velvet flocked double brushed poly sleeves

One of the things I've really become aware of this year is planning a coordinated wardrobe that I'll actually wear. This means shapes I'm comfortable in and fabrics and colours that feel 'me'.  It may be boring, but I'm wearing my 'me mades'.  Blues, grey, black, white, single pops of colour, large print florals, stripes, polka dots, natural fabrics (read: no/extremely limited polyester) since I run hot and polyester just doesn't feel good.

I actually donated a polyester crepe Springfield top to the thrift store, because it just didn't feel good - and was static-y as all get out.

I've learned that for the most part, I'm not a big fan of sewing t-shirts when I can buy decent fitting 100% cotton tee's at the GAP outlet for $10 on sale. I'm hard on my t-shirts, and even the handmade ones don't last me an exceptionally long time. Life with kids is messy. And I'm still fighting with my coverstitch machine.

I've also learned that making my own leggings is worth every penny and every second not to have to be pulling them up all day. It's nice to feel like there's enough fabric at the back of my pants.

Through last fall and winter, my handmade wardrobe was at about 90%. The only things I wore that I didn't make were undergarments and occasionally my ready to wear puffy vest (I used up all my 'vest patience' sewing one for my preschooler (which fit well, he liked, but refused to wear) -

Trailblazer Vest by Twig and Tale

I lived in my Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs leggings, Hey June Handmade Halifax Hoodies, and various Union St. Tee's, also by Hey June (I never did get a good fit on tee's though).  Occasionally I'd dress things up with a Patterns for Pirates Cocoon Cardi in a sweater knit.

I've made more garments in the last year than I can even count (or remember), and I think that the Make Nine challenge has really helped me keep going and thinking about useful wardrobe items throughout the year, even if I didn't stick to the list.

With that being said, I have tried out way more than 9 patterns already, but would like to make a new Make Nine for the second half of 2018. I'm counting the Southport dress, since I made it in the second half of the year. Anything from July forward.

Top (left to right): Sweet Tee by Patterns for Pirates, Southport Dress by True Bias, Ogden Cami by True Bias

Middle (left to right): Sasha Trousers by Closet Case Patterns, Sointu Kimono Tee by Named Patterns, Lander Shorts by True Bias

Bottom (left to right):  Charlie Caftan View A by Closet Case Patterns, Carolyn Pyjamas by Closet Case Patterns, Arenite Pants by Sew Liberated

The Sweet Tee is on my list because I've had some black and white striped cotton bamboo pre-washed and sitting on top of my dryer since January and I want to make something with it!

The Charlie Caftan is up next - I have the fabric waiting to be pre-washed, followed by the Lander Shorts (I am just waiting on the fabric in the mail).  These two are top priority because I'd really like to be able to wear them through August this year.  Everything else (oh except the Carolyn PJ's which I might make with long pants if I don't get to them before September) is a fall/winter wardrobe builder.

Not on the list is another Patterns for Pirates Cocoon Cardi in black and/or dark grey. This is something that is definitely missing from my fall/winter wardrobe, but I didn't want to add it to my list yet, because I don't have fabric for it, and would like to sew up the patterns I have fabric for before I purchase any more.

I will post my finished projects as I go, and I look forward to a full re-cap at the end of  2018.

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