We’re halfway thru February, which means it’s the perfect time to post about my sewing goals for 2018, right? LOL. I hope this post will encourage any of you who worried if it was already too late to post your #2018makenine lists (answer: never too late). I’m here to tell you that you can post your list whenever you want and still not miss the party. And if you’re just now hearing about #2018makenine, check out Rochelle’s post. She’s the brains behind this low-pressure, gentle sewing challenge and explains it better than I could.
As will come as no surprise to anyone, I always have a to-sew list a mile long, but it’s often things I need to sew for my kids or versions of my own patterns or new pattern ideas. Which kind of qualifies as half “work.” Hence, I wanted to be more intentional this year about not only having a more realistic list, but taking time to sew things with other designer’s patterns that I already own, something I don’t usually find a whole lot of time for. I enjoy learning new techniques or creative construction tips from other patternmakers, and I’m excited to try out these great designs from some really talented indie designers.
Here is my list for 2018:
Adrianna has so many great patterns! This one’s a favorite and I’ve seen so many cute versions this year online.
I’m embarrassed at how long I’ve owned this pattern and yet have never made one. This one was one of the first great indie sewing patterns, no?
Anything with piping immediately sucks me in and I’ve got the perfect cotton lawn for this one.
Buying Stasia the minute it was released was a no-brainer for me and I’m excited to give this one a try.
5 // Roscoe by True Bias
I knew it was meant to be when I saw a fabric I had already purchased at IndieSew in Kelli’s Roscoe fabric inspiration post. I cut the pieces out last week for a blouse and can’t wait to start sewing.
Also embarrassed at how long I have owned this pattern; my friend Megan wore a couple really great pairs of handmade Maritime shorts at Squam this fall and reminded me that I really need to pull it out again. I was thrilled to discover the other day that I had already printed out and trimmed down all the pattern pieces.
This is gonna be a bit of an experiment as I’m hoping to print my own swim fabric through Spoonflower. But I’ve sewn a handful of swimsuits before and this one looks good!
8 // Wiksten Oversized Kimono Jacket from making magazine
I bought the #4 Lines issue of Making Magazine mostly for this pattern, and Jenny also has plans to release the pattern on its own in her shop soon. I’ve already started sewing this one from an amazing fabric I picked up at Dry Goods a couple years ago (here are some WIP pics on Instagram) and can’t wait to finish it!
I met Gabriella briefly in San Francisco in December and have loved watching her patternmaking star rise this past year. This pattern was the smash hit of the summer and there are so many good versions online. I’ve made my muslin already and I’m ready to start cutting.
Are you participating in this challenge? Have you made any of these patterns yet?
PS. Seeing Made by Rae patterns make it onto your #2018makenine lists was so very lovely and encouraging to me.