My #makenine 2020 plans

Ahhh #makenine. That wonderful sewing challenge that no-one ever seems to complete! I love it! I love making plans, I’m just not always good at seeing them through.

I’ve looked back at the last 3 years #makenines and as you can see, I make around half the things I put on them. I also can’t believe that this will be the fourth year I have participated in this challenge! Where has the time gone? It’s interesting to see how my tastes have changed and the range of pattern companies I use have expanded. 2017’s patterns are nearly all either Tilly and the Buttons or Sew Over It!

I do enjoy setting up my #makenine every year but I think the problem is I choose patterns that I want to make at the beginning of January, so by April, I’ve often lost interest. I usually start well but then don’t make anything from it in the second half of the year. With that in mind, I’m doing my make nine a little bit differently. I’ve also decided to tie in my personal challenge of #sewmuchbetter. Rather than choose nine specific patterns, I’ve been a bit more general. I’ve only chosen 2 specific patterns – 1 of which I’ve already cut out! The rest are garment types that I want to make this year eg trousers, jeans.

My 2020 #makenine

The pictures I’ve chosen for the grid are patterns that I’m considering for that item but nothing’s set in stone. I’m giving myself the flexibility to choose any pattern that fits that theme.

1. Jumpsuit – I’ve never made a jumpsuit! I’ve never even worn one. I really want to make one though. I already have patterns for Deer & Doe’s Sirocco, Tilly & the Button’s Marigold and Sew Over It’s Camille jumpsuit, however, I really like the Zadie Jumpsuit by Paper Theory and the Sierra jumpsuit by Papercut Patterns. At the moment, the Sirocco’s my favourite. I really fancy just a plain black version and I love that it’s made from jersey so it should be super comfy. Hopefully, I’ll make a jumpsuit and love it that much that I then make several!

2. Jeans – I’ve had a Ginger jeans kit for nearly a year now and I’ve still not been brave enough to attempt them! This pattern has been incredibly popular and they look so good. Part of the reason is because I’ve put weight on and I want to lose weight before I make them. I think jeans would be a good item to improve my sewing skills as well because they are quite an involved make. Plenty of topstitching practise!

3. Pona Jacket by Helen’s Closet – this is the item that I’ve already cut out. I see it as a way of making an easy blazer. I’ve read through the instructions and it doesn’t seem too tricky. I’m making it from a brown Abraham Moon wool with flecks of colour in it. This should hopefully be my first make of 2020.

4. Dress – Surely I’m going to make a dress this year? There are so many dress patterns that I own and love and I’m sure many more will be released. The picture is the Calvin wrap dress by True Bias. I’ve loved this pattern since it was released and I do own it. I have a gorgeous floral on a black background viscose which I think would look stunning in this pattern. I also have the Adrift dress by Papercut patterns to make, the Meredith dress from Sew Over It, the Anna dress from By Hand London and many many more.

5. Activewear – January’s challenge is all about activewear. I want to make some leggings and I’ve already ordered some fabric from Girl Charlee. I’m still deciding between the Virginia leggings from Megan Neilson or the Avery leggings by Helen’s Closet. I also want to make a Tshirt from Melissa Fehr’s Sew Your Own Activewear book. I’m looking forward to tackling these.

6. Trousers – I’m a bit scared of trousers. I’ve made a couple of pairs of simple trousers (*pj bottoms*) but I want to make some well fitting ones and some that are trickier to make. I’ve got patterns for the Miller trousers from Paper Theory, Carrie Trousers and Ultimate trousers from Sew Over It, Portobello trousers from Nina Lee, the Jessa Trousers from Tilly & the Buttons and probably a few more in my stash. I think I’ll make a simpler pair first and then a more tailored pair as well.

7. Swimwear – This is another garment type that I’ve never made. There are lots of really lovely swimsuit and bikini patterns. The picture is the Cottesloe bikini by Megan Nielsen but I also like the Vernazza two piece and Seabright swimwear from Friday Pattern Company. There’s also some interesting swimwear patterns from Sirena patterns. I won’t be making swimwear until September so I’ve got a bit of time to think about it.

8. The Wilder Gown by Friday Pattern Company – I love this pattern and have seen soooo many gorgeous versions on social media. I’ve got several lovely viscoses that I think would look beautiful as this dress. I’m so keen to make this!

9. Lingerie – I’ve had a little foray into lingerie making when I made the Jordy bralette by Emerald Erin. I enjoyed making this and have been meaning to make more. I think for lingerie month I will make knickers and a bra. I’m not sure which yet but I may start with the Acacia knickers by Megan Neilson. I know they aren’t the sexiest underwear but they look quite simple and comfy! I’m all about comfort these days!

So there you have it! That’s my #makenine for 2020. Hopefully I’ll be looking back in December with nine ticks for all my completed makes!

3 thoughts on “My #makenine 2020 plans

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s