Have you heard of this hashtag? It’s where keen sewers post nine patterns they plan to make this year. I love this idea! I’m so nosey – I really like having a peek into other people’s imaginations and intentions for the year ahead. It’s a great one for finding patterns you might not have come across before.
So I’ve put together mine for you to peruse too (albeit slightly late as we’re already in February)! Whether or not I actually manage to complete all of these projects is a different matter… But I’ve actually got stuck in to some of them already, so it has proved to be a useful starting point at the very least.
So without further ado, here are my #makenine2018:
1. New Look 6107: This is bafflingly titled “Women’s Sportswear” ?! I would personally class it as workwear, but go with whatever you want guys. This is one of the first patterns I ever bought and I can say without doubt that the skirt is foolproof! I’m currently making a brown tartan version for work, with some fabric which my mum bought me from Scotland. Doesn’t sound very glamorous, but I think it will be! I got the motivation for this make from this Zara skirt hauled by the gorgeous Alice Catherine (my name twin!) as well as photos like this on Pinterest. I also want to try out the top at some point as it also looks beautiful on the front cover. Not sure if that counts as cheating as this technically includes two pieces I want to make!
2. Ansa Butterfly Sleeve Dress: Can’t you just instantly see that this would be an amazingly flattering dress? This is the kind of thing you can just throw on and look great. You look as if you’ve made loads of effort, without even trying! I can see myself wearing this to a wedding and I have a few lined up this year so here’s hoping I can sew one up in time! For fabric, I’m thinking of crepe in teal or petrol blue.
3. Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Pinafore + Dungaree Dress: I think just about everyone and their dog has made this pattern! But that can only be a good sign! I don’t currently have a dungaree dress in my wardrobe and I think I would get a lot of wear out of it. I’d love to make a black denim version with buttons down the middle, but a pink corduroy design (like the one in the main image) is first on my to-do list! Basically a dress version of these two stunning looks from Isabella and Sophia:
4. Sew Over It 1940’s Tea Dress: I love a good tea dress. They are so girly yet still really versatile. I found that this stunning design by Jeanne Damas’ brand Rouje just totally took my breath away… but so did the price tag! So I hunted around for a pattern I could use to create something similar. This 40’s tea dress isn’t an exact match but it’s pretty close, bar the button placket down the front. Perhaps I could add this in later? Full-length buttons must be a trend at the moment because I’ve had this same thought with about three of these patterns! Anyway, I think I would get so much wear out of it in the summer. Just the thing to pack in your holiday suitcase. Now I’m just on the hunt for a similar fabric. It’s proving to be quite tricky to find something with pink flowers on a red background but I’m determined to hunt it down somewhere! Watch this space…
5. Slow Sunday Tilia dress: I was introduced to this company by the wonderful Rosabella from Sewn. As she mentions in her video, all their patterns are in French but hopefully I could still manage to interpret the instructions! I would love to make it up in blue velvet, like this dress modelled by the fabulous Olivia, or even a leather number like this inspired look made using this pattern:
6. Papercut Guise Pants: These caught my eye while scrolling through the huge selection on the Papercut site. And when Julie said it was her go-to pattern for trousers, my mind was made up. I already have some similar pairs of trousers but I think you can never have to many. They look smart but they’re actually more comfortable than jeans. They’re perfect for work but they’ll take you from day to night too. Have I convinced you yet? Not sure about fabric yet but Pinterest is again providing some initial ideas:
7. Style Arc Giselle Dress: I have to admit, this is another cheat! As well as making the dress, I’d love to hack a frilly wrap top and skirt from this pattern. These cuts were mega huge trends last summer and I’m hoping they will be back this year! In terms of fabrics, I would go for reds, pinks, florals and polka dots. Not great in January — but at least I have ages to whip these pieces up before the summer!
8. Sew Over It Kimono Jacket: I can’t wait to get stuck into this one! It looks like such a simple make for such as beautiful result. I already have a similar top to this and it instantly jazzes up any outfit. You can really go wild with fabric choice on this one and create so many different looks. I’m leaning towards Asian-style designs with gorgeous florals and beautiful, flowing drapes. Talk about a dream sewing project!
9. Sew Over It Tulip Skirt: Ok, I’ve really gone to town on the Sew Over It patterns in this list. I just couldn’t help myself! I actually already have the fabric for this one. It’s a lovely mustard-coloured cotton. Hopefully it should turn out looking something a bit like this:
Phew! So there we have it! I’ll be sure to include the finished makes in some future posts. Let me know which designs made your top nine!