Over the last couple of days since the New Year, my social media feed has exploded with sewists’ make nine plans. It was so interesting to see what everyone has in stored to make/sew/knit/crochet for 2018 and made me pondered about my plans more than I had intended to. I got curious and hunted down the one sewist who started this phenomenon which you can read all about it here. Kudos to Rochelle for such a clever spin off from the yearly best nine hashtag.
As I’m welcoming my little bundle of joy soon, I seriously have no idea how my body would change over the next few months. And if I would be living in pajamas pants and slouchy tees till the end of my maternity or if I would be living in nursing friendly silhouettes. Notwithstanding the changes that might come, these are patterns that I’ve long wanted to sew (or again) and things that I know I’ll get lots of mileage out of.
So here’s my #2018makenine
Margot Pyjamas Pants – Tilly and the Buttons
The last time I made myself a pair was right before Junior was born and how apt is it that I’m making another pair right before the arrival of MissPetite. I really like the comfort and room that this pattern brings and thinks it makes an extremely good pair of slouchy comfy hygge pair of pants to get me through confinement (the early days right after having a baby). I’m hoping to squeeze in more than a pair of these pyjamas pants but let’s see if time permits.
Kimono Jacket – Sew Over It
I’ve seen really nice looking Kimono jackets around and have been on the lookout for the longest time. However, those that I found in stores are either too sheer or they have bad workmanship. And those really pretty ones are too expensive for me to part with my money. So you can imagine my excitement when Sew Over It launched the Kimono jacket – I was thrilled. I bought the pattern shortly after it was launched but didn’t get round to sewing it because I was slightly apprehensive about my sewing skills when it comes to slippery fabrics. But seeing that it made it to my makenine, I’m going to have a go at it.
Ogden Cami – Truebias
This is quite a black horse for me. I am surprised it made it to my makenine list. I knew I needed more basic camis in my wardrobe, they are perfect for tucking into skirts and trousers or under a sheer top. I contemplated getting the white/black ones really cheaply from RTW stores. But after I’ve seen all the beautiful variation in different substrates and patterns on Instagram, I was sold! I wanted my very own Ogden Cami.
Ultimate Trousers – Sew Over It
Another Sew Over It pattern is the Ultimate Trousers. In 2017, I did a little style change and wore plenty of pastel trousers for the first time in my life. And guess what, I loved it! The ultimate trousers pattern is highwaisted and fitted which is quite the silhouette I am looking for. This is also a great pattern as an introduction to pants as it does not have a fiddly front fly to work with.
Anna Dress – By Hand London
Some time ago I made a Betty dress in fabric choices that was suitable for special events like weddings. And really, I wore it to death and it was my trusty companion whenever I had some fancy dinner to go to. I intended for the Anna Dress to do the same for me, so while I do not have any fancy dinners to go to yet, I like to be prepared. And it is also time to update my “special” dresses section in the closet with new addition. I can’t wait to see how my Anna Dress will turn out to be.
Shorts – Self-drafted
A really long time ago, I attended a sewing class and in that class I picked up drafting and self-drafted a pair of shorts. My waist and hip measurements certainly have evolved after child-birth etc. But the thing is I really liked that pair of shorts and how the pattern accentuated my butt and made my thighs look slimmer. So I think I have to have a go and adjusting the measurement on that pattern and sew up a new pair of these shorts. Similar to the Ultimate Trousers, this is quite a straight forward pattern without the need to install a front fly.
Knit Pencil Skirt
Who can remember my 20 minute knitted pencil skirt? A total dream to sew and a delight to wear. I wore my white/blue stripy so much that it’s now faded. I’m definitely going to sew a couple more in various colours.
Willow Tank – Grainline Studio
I’ll be taking quite a few months of maternity leave and by then the weather in Singapore is going to sunny and summery again which I think I will a lot of wear out of the willow tank. The pattern is so giving and flattering and importantly easy to move in. Best for being busy around a baby and for running after a toddler.
Agnes Top – Tilly and the Buttons
I actually signed up for Tilly’s online class in sewing with knits but never quite found the time to complete it. While I dabbled into knit with sewing my knit pencil skirt, I haven’t quite made anything else like a blouse or dress. I am still feeling apprehensive with that. But after seeing so many people rave about this pattern and how comfortable it is and how forgiving knit fabrics are in sewing. I think I have to have a go at it. And also to complete the only class that I’ve started on.
So there, 9 projects for 2018. I really do hope to get through them although realistically, I’m braving myself for sleepless nights to come in the next couple of months. What are your plans? I’ll love to hear them.