After much deliberation my #2017makenine @rochelle_new #ilovesewing #handmadewardrobe #sewcialists Top row: Built by Wendy top/Burda 110b trousers 4-2014/Vintage button front midi skirt Middle row: Isley skirt/Tonic tee/Alder dress Bottom row: Toaster sweater 2/Driftless cardigan/Inari dress

Last year I joined in with Rochelle’s brilliant idea to post nine things on Instagram that I wanted to make in the coming year. When I say joined in, I only completed three makes. So when it came up again, I thought I’d give it another go. Hopefully I’ll make more of a dent to my #2017makenine list.

After much deliberation, I came up with my list. The selection ranges from seasonal knits to wardrobe gaps, e.g. summer skirts. I’ve also challenged myself by throwing in a pair of trousers. So here’s my nine:

Toaster sweater 2Toaster Sweater #2 PDF pattern

When this pattern came out, I instantly hit the buy button. I could make my own jumpers without having to take up knitting! I love the contemporary design and the finished makes on Instagram look awesome.

Driftless cardigan

Driftless Cardigan PDF

I live in cardigans. If I’m not wearing a Linden sweatshirt, then I’m in a cardigan.

Inari shift dress

This was on the list last year but didn’t make the cut. I must be one of the last sewists to make this pattern.

Alder shirt dressImage result for alder shirtdress

A repeat from last year. Hoping to master collars with this one.

Isley skirt

Source: Marilla Walker patterns

I need more casual skirts. This elasticated skirt looks simple, stylish and a quick sew.

Midi skirt

Image result for button front midi skirt

Source Madewell.com


I plan to make this skirt using a vintage pattern (green skirt – top right). It looks so good in chambray.

Burda trousers #110 4/2014

Image result for Burda trousers #110 4/2014

Another repeat that didn’t get off the ground. I did make a toile but it needed so much work. So I ran away. Maybe I’ll get a better fit this time round.

SBCC tonic tee

Tonic Tee

Most of my tees are RTW. I don’t like them much as they aren’t great quality and are way too long. Not everyone wants tees over their hips. I’d like to sew a classic tee and this pattern looks promising. I also want to up my game on how I finish knits as I tend to get a ridge when I use a twin needle. I’ve now got a walking foot and plan to use wooly nylon.

Built by Wendy top – Simplicity 3964

Image result for built by wendy tunic top pattern

I fell hard for Morgan’s versions of this pattern and managed to find this out of print pattern on Ebay. It’s got many interesting features and would look great in a check or a solid.

With the exception of the Driftless cardigan, I have fabric in my stash for all these patterns. I have so many lovely fabrics waiting to be sewn up and need to stop adding to my stash. I’m hoping this list will help focus my sewing and stop me from buying fabric with no project in mind. We’ll see how I get on!




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