This is my first year participating in the Make 9 challenge. If you haven’t heard of Make 9, you can read up on it here but basically Make 9 encourages makers, and especially sewists, to create 9 new objects that they are passionate about over the course of the year.
Often sewists post the 9 patterns that they want to make during the year but I don’t have patterns, or fabric, or deadlines or occasions or plans. I just have 9 things that I really want to make.
I really like the idea of Make 9. It gives me an opportunity to expand my handmade wardrobe, first of all. And, I get to make more things that are practical and useful. I don’t have many handmade things and I want to grow that. It’s one of my goals for the year.
Work Clothes Collection
Now that I’m a grown up I have to start dressing like it. I have had, in my pattern stash, a Butterick Lifestyle Wardrobe pattern that inspired me to make a whole collection of “lawyer” work clothes. I don’t wear pant suits but I think a skirt suit, dress suit, dress and undershirt would be really useful, and completely practical.
50s Wiggle Dress
Every part of me is obsessed with the 1950s housewife aesthetic, like the waistlines, and the fabric and the delicate beauty of the everyday. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to be a 50s housewife, but I want to dress like one.
Don’t know if I’ve mentioned but I have a pretty big family with siblings and children of siblings and we like to go to anime and gaming conventions together. And, I thought it would be cool to make us all themed hoodies to wear for more casual cosplays, and for daily wear, let’s be honest. (I’m sylveon, I don’t care what those other bums want.)
Mommy & Master Easter Outfits
How cute are Mommy & Me pictures? I don’t know about you, but I have a genetic predisposition to matching family outfits. My mama used to dress herself, my 10-years-older-than-me sister, my 3-years-younger-than-me sister and me all the same. So now I want my son and I to have some coordinated outfits. Not necessarily like the one in the picture, because again I don’t wear pants, but it’s a good reference.
I have been working on, planning, patterning, trying to make a vintage playsuit for FOREVER, summer 2015, at the very least. I know my sewing idol Gertie has recently put out a pattern with her pattern company, Charm, for a playsuit-like situation but I will NOT be defeated by this. I have to self-draft the pattern and make a cute, fitted outfit for when the family takes its cruise this summer.
50s Tea Dress
Umm … see 50s Tea Dress, I guess. I jut want to be an adorable, well-dressed pinup housewife. Can you blame me? Also, I own this pattern and I love the redingote (the little sheer coat doodly over the dress) so much. Is it practical, probably not. Do I want it, without question.
I have never, in my life, owned a real coat, even though I have lived in places where it has snowed and I think instead of buying one I want to make a professional tailored coat. I have been seeing quite few of the sewists that I follow on social media tailoring. This will be a mad educational project since I have no formal sewing training but I look forward to learning.
I didn’t do graduation photos or send graduation announcements but it is something I want to do. I have a lot of friends and family that I don’t see often and want to share the news with them, but only if I look FABULOUS. So I will be doing a Beyonce, Cardi B, over the top photo shoot and I need an equally over the top gown. I’m talking gold velvet, off-the-shoulder, long sleeve, slit to my hip, train in the back gown. This is another pattern I want to self-draft and I don’t think I will be done until the end of the year because I want to take my time and do it right with all the couture techniques.
It’s only fair, since I’m making a matching outfit for my son and I that I make something for my son’s father so he can match with us. So, he can have holiday pajamas that match ours. All I know is I want to do full body onesies with hoods, and maybe footies too. I’m a big fan of onesies and how cute would they be with little reindeer ears and horns?
And there we go, my Make 9 plans for 2019.
What do you think? What are your plans?