Last year I declared, for all the world to see, that I was going to make nine things. Nine. Just nine. I thought long and hard about what I was going to sew; about clothes I needed for work mostly. I was spurred on by the amount of sewing I’d achieved over the Christmas break; sure that nine new items of clothing would be a cinch.
So How Did That Work Out?
Fail. How many of my nine items did I make? Ahem… a pitiful two. I made this tunic-pinafore-dress-thingy and a few versions of the top from the same pattern. At least they’re things that I’m still wearing! In my defence, my crystal ball was a tad faulty when I decided on what I wanted to make. I didn’t realise I was going to be waylaid by muslin creation and muslin creation.
I did end up sewing more than nine things total throughout the year though, so maybe all isn’t lost.
Am I put off by my total failure to stick to any sewing plan I ever set myself, ever? Hell no! So here we go again. It’s #MakeNine2019 baby.
Things I Have To Make…
The first three things on my list are a shoo in. I have to make them and I know I will. I can’t get married in May without a dress and I have faithfully promised droid-like bridesmaid dresses to my daughters. The force is strong with those two.
WIPS To Be Rescued…
My next two are WIPs that are almost finished, so maybe that’s cheating? Who cares. First up on the list of #MakeNine2018 failures making a reappearance… the Maya. The top version is cut out and ready to be sewn so how can I possibly not sew this? Well, as I still have a Tilly Mariogold jumpsuit thing cut out and languishing from 2017 my procrastination and loss of interest clearly knows no bounds. (Real talk: that jumpsuit is never getting finished. Who I am kidding? It’ll look bloody awful on me).
Second up in the WIP pile, is the True Bias Ogden camisole that is half finished. I’m not quite sure what interrupted me on this one, I mean it should have been finished in an afternoon. Clearly the theme for my sewing is that I can’t stick to anything, even a project that is half way completed.
As for the other four things, well they’re more of a sewing wish list than a definite plan. If I say it’s a definite plan, I’ll only go and change my mind anyway. Even after the fabric is cut apparently.
I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that I will love my Maya top and therefore a Maya tunic, in black, is on the cards. I have the fabric, so no excuses.
Remember the McCalls wrap dress I made for Christmas 2017? I would really like an everyday version in a fabric that has more drape. I’m wondering to go against my natural instincts and go with a plain colour for this. Maybe dark grey? Something in dark grey would go very well with the gorgeous boots I bought after Christmas. Practical, aren’t they?!
Next on my wish list, ready for the summer, is this offering from Vogue. Full disclosure, I bought this last year and started it. Then I managed to rip the fabric when I unpicked a mistake, so… yeah. I’m going to re-purpose that fabric for my girls and start again. (Fear not, the Marigold jumpsuit fabric is to be re-used for the girls too).
Last up is the Merchant and Mills Trapeze Dress. It’s a bit different from my usual fit-and-flare kind of style, but I’m intrigued enough by it. Let’s face, I’ll either look like a sack of spuds or I’ll be amazed at how weirdly flattering it is. (I have a fair idea which way it’ll go…!). I ended up with this pattern at some point last year because I had to use up some online points I’d accumulated somewhere. It may have been from The Village Haberdashery, but I can’t remember.
You Know You Won’t Sew All Of This, Don’t You?
So there we have it. #MakeNine2019 choices in all their glory. I think we both know how my success rate is going to look… But hey, just with wedding-related sewing I’ll have beaten 2018 Toria, so I’m already winning.