2018 Make Nine

Hello my dears,

As many of you may know, Rochelle of Home Row Fibre Co. and Lucky Lucille hosts the yearly Make Nine challenge. I half heartedly tried to participate last year and I ended up rushing to decide on nine things I would make. Because I didn't think through what I actually wanted or needed for my wardrobe, I hardly made any of the garments on my 2017 Make Nine list. 

But never fear! I have been careful this time to select projects that I truly need and will, hopefully, wear constantly.

1. High Waisted Shorts, Capris, and Pants.

I have several options for this project. I have long needed a pair of well-fitting, high waisted shorts. With Spring and Summer just around the corner, it would be lovely to have some already made. I am planning to use either Butterick 5895 or the trousers from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual as a starting point. If both of these end up being a complete failure, I shall make an attempt as drafting my own.

2. 12 Pairs of Socks

I am all about knitting socks at the moment. However, I do not want to ruin my desire to knit socks by only knitting socks. I am going to attempt to knit one pair each month. That way I will have a break in between, but will still have enough socks finished by December to enter into the Box o' Sox KAL being hosted by Kristin of the Yarngasam podcast.

3. Love At First Stitch - Tilly Walnes

This is a slightly cheeky entry for my Make Nine. I have been in love with all of the projects in Love At First Stitch since it first came out. Evan purchased the book for me last year as a little gift and I have yet to make anything from it. I would love to sew all the patterns in it this year! Which means that this is really seven projects smooshed into one. . . 

4. High Waisted Pencil Skirt

I have a self-drafted navy pencil skirt that I wear at least once a week. I thought it was fairly high waisted, but I am discovering that it doesn't work well with my more cropped tops. I would like to make a second version with a higher waist. It will be a close copy of the original since I still have more than enough of the navy fabric left over. 

I was trying to find an example of the style I would like to make and the majority of pencil skirt pictures on Google are all really sexualized! I want a tailored skirt that looks quite classic. The Ultimate Pencil Skirt by Sew Over It is exactly what I am looking for. I will be making some adjustments to my self-drafted pattern to see if I can get a similar look from it.

5. Kimono Jacket/Cardigan

I have some black chiffon in my stash that would look extremely elegant as a kimono jacket or maybe a dressing gown. I think having a lightweight cardi to throw over dresses in the cooler summer evenings would be extremely wearable. I don't know that I will be using the Sew Over It pattern, but it is a good example of what I am imagining.

6. Romper/Playsuit

Okay, so I have wanted a romper or playsuit for nearly as long as I can remember. I think they are darling and it would be a perfect outfit for summer time! If I can get the aforementioned shorts to fit correctly, then I will probably just attach a well fitting bodice to them and call it a day.

7. Matilda Dress - Megan Nielsen

I love my Matilda dresses. They are in constant rotation and I want more. Maybe a plain one, and possibly another cute novelty print version. I also want to make a couple hacks from it.

8. Kingston Tunic - Andrea Mowry

There was a phrase in a book I read last year where the main (lady) character is described as wearing a chunky, oversized cream sweater.

Since reading that I have been obsessed with the idea of making myself a similar style sweater to wear with leggings around the house.

Comfy, snuggly, and soft. I think the Kingston Tunic will be perfect. It has a cute texture, but it doesn't look overly complicated.

I can imagine wearing it with a pair of leggings while curled up on the couch in the evening with some tea or hot chocolate and a good book. Or perhaps knitting.

9. Chunky, Cozy Half-Pi Shawl

I have learned that my favorite shawl shape is a half pi. I want a massive one in a worsted or bulky weight yarn. Basically, I want a shaped blanket. I will probably design it myself, but we shall see.

10. Bonus Project - Pajamas

This final project is something I am already working on: nicer, cute pajamas. I'm tired of wearing old, worn out flannel pajama pants with a t-shirt to sleep in. I want some shorts/pants and tops in fun prints. And maybe a night dress or two. Obviously I want them to be comfortable. They are pjs after all. But maybe less "going threadbare at the seams because I've been wearing them since I was 14 or 15." 

Are you participating in the Make Nine Challenge? Let me know what you're making in the comments!


Disclaimer: None of the pictures in this post are mine. I have linked each one to its original source.