2018 Make Nine

2018 Make Nine

2017 is almost over and what a year it has been. It got off to a bumpy start when the company I was working for went into administration in January and made my job, along with many others, redundant. Since then it has been steadily improving as I got a new job, moved to London and moved (again!) to a lovely flat with my partner. Somehow amongst all the chaos of change I rediscovered my love of sewing. My 2017 has ended happier, more exciting and far more enjoyable than it started. I couldn’t have wished for a better outcome.

With the new year on the horizon I thought there would be no better way to celebrate than to plan out my makes for the new year. The first five are all wardrobe building items which I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of. The other four are patterns for events I have on during the year. It is an unashamedly Sew Over It and Tilly and the Buttons heavy list as I love their patterns so much it was impossible to whittle them down any further.

  1. Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress

I already have the fabric for this, a beautiful feather print cotton from Sew Over It, so this will be my first make. I love the 3/4 sleeved version so I’m going to make that, and maybe a few other versions too!

2. Tilly and the Buttons Françoise Dress

I love a good Peter Pan collar so this had to make its way into my sewing plans. I’ll probably make the 3/4 sleeved version again as it will be more suitable for the British spring.

3. Sew Over It Circle Skirt

When I saw this had come out as a pattern I knew it had to be added to my list. There is a black midi skirt shaped hole in my wardrobe I think this would fill perfectly.

4. Tilly and the Buttons Cleo Dungarees

I’ve never been able to find a dungaree dress on the high street that actually fits as I’m curvier than the measurements they use. I love the way they look though so I’m really excited to make one to fit my body shape.

5. Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Top

The third and final Tilly pattern on the list (although shout out to the Arielle skirt which missed out by a whisker!). This is on the list as I’ve seen it layered under the Cleo dungarees and love the look.

6. Vogue 8996 Dress

This pattern was a gift from my friend Hattie and it is right up my street. Skater skirt, fitted top and decent thickness straps to boot. What’s not to love?! This will be perfect for one of the three summer weddings I have.

7. By Hand London Anna Dress

Another wedding guest suitable pattern, I’m planning on making this in a floral cotton and think I’ll get a lot of wear out of it. It has a lot of shaping to the bust so I am a little concerned it will accentuate them too much but I’m going to give it a go anyway.

8. Sew Over It Eve Dress

I reckon this will be my third wedding guest dress this year. The fluted sleeves are so pretty it simply had to make it on to my list.

9. Butterick 6094

Gertie really knocked it out of the park with the back detail on this dress. It would look amazing in red for next years winter party dress.

So there you have it, my top nine “to make” patterns at the moment. I am fully aware that I’ll probably change my mind half way through the year and make some completely different items but it is nice to plan anyway.

I’ve loved seeing everyone else’s make nine 2018 lists. Have any of these patterns made it onto your list? Or were any on your 2017 make nine lists?

I hope you all have a wonderful new year!

Alice-May x


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  1. January 6, 2018 / 11:08 pm

    The anna dress is so gorgeous. I’m thinking in a floral cotton it might be casual enough for evenings on holiday. My fabric for the Cleo is arriving soon and I can’t wait!

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