2019 has got off to a very productive start! I’ve made 5 items and bought a load of fabric. I’ve got lots of plans and ideas, so I hope to continue getting lots of sewing done this year!
Most of the things I’ve made so far have been on my Make Nine for 2019 so I’m pleased about that! Four of the five things are, but one of the items I’ve made two of because I love it so much! I’m pleased to have made 3 of my 9 so far and have the fourth item cut out ready!
The first things I made in January were Tilly and the Buttons Nora top. Oh my goodness! I LOVE THIS TOP! I think it’s my favourite pattern at the moment! The first one I made was in a black and white sparkly stripy jersey from Stitchy Bee, which I loved. In fact, I loved it that much I quickly made another in a gorgeous grey rainbow sparkly jersey from Sew Me Sunshine. I love it that much, I’m wearing it now and I wear it as soon as it’s clean! I think I need more so I can just have different Nora’s on rotation for each day of the week!
Both versions have the turtle neck and stepped hem but I made the black and white stripe version a bit longer, as I don’t like to show my stomach off. For the second one, I followed the recommended seam allowance. My first one has the elbow length sleeves, whereas the grey one has long sleeves. I made no other alterations to the pattern other than a smaller hem allowance on the first one. See my blog post about it here.
My next make this year was something that I love and can’t wait for warmer weather to wear it all the time. I made Style Arc’s Ariel Skirt in a lovely leopard print crepe from Stoff & Stil. This skirt isn’t perfect but I love it! It’s one of the fashion inspired garments I’ve made and it makes me pleased that I know how to sew! See my blog post here.
Next, I made something that has been on my Make Nine for 3 years and I FINALLY made it! It was the Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers. I’ve been planning on making these for a few years and have had some black and white stretch cotton for a while for these trousers. I even have the online class and I finally got round to using it! The version I made are a toile and there a few things I need to change and perfect when I make another pair. They need to be longer and I think the crotch is a bit tight and one of legs is skinnier than the other so I may make it a bit tighter on that leg. However, the construction is actually pretty simple so I’m looking forward to having a go at tweaking the pattern. Lisa provides some handouts that explains how to alter and fit the pattern. I’m thinking of making a floral pair for spring/summer.
My final make from February was an Agnes top by Tilly and the Buttons. This wasn’t on my Make Nine but I have wanted to make one for a while. I’ve been enjoying trying different jersey top patterns lately and the Agnes has some nice features you can include. I made mine in a pink leopard print jersey from Like Sew Amazing as I’m a sucker for any kind of leopard print! I made the long sleeved version with the ruching on the chest. It was the first time I’d used ruching and it’s a lovely design detail. This was another online class that I’ve had for a while and used to help make the top. Tilly is known for her straightforward, simple, detailed instructions and this pattern is no exception. It’s a great simple tshirt that I can see me making more of!
To round off this post, I thought I’d share my more immediate sewing plans…. Currently on my sewing table is the Sew Over It Edie top from the Work to Weekend ebook. I’m using a lovely metallic stripy knit from Pin & Sew. I also plan to make a Tilly & the Buttons Freya top, a Sew Over It Kimono (for my holiday at Easter), a True Bias Nikko Dress, Papercut Patterns Palisade Pants, Deer & Doe Mysotosis Dress, Tilly & the Buttons Seren dress, Ginger jeans, New Look 6446 jumpsuit… and these are just the things I have pattern and fabric for! I’m not even going to start on my wishlist! Looks like I’ve got a busy few months!