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Sewing Plans for 2018 Make NIne

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Making its rounds on Instagram is the yearly make nine challenge, started by Rochelle from Home Row Fiber Co. While I posted my #2018MakeNine patterns before the end of 2017 I thought I’d put together a quick video sharing about each pattern more in detail and how I came up with my patterns. 

My 2018 Make NIne

As I say in the video I knew that this year my sewing would be more or less a transitional year as I’m on a weight loss journey. So, while a lot of what I make this year may not fit me next year, I still plan to make these items and practice my sewing techniques as I work on each project. 

Akram's Ideas: 2018 Make NIne
My #2018MakeNine patterns

I also really looked at my wardrobe and what I needed and what I wanted to make. With that said I decided to divide out my make nine into three categories: tops, vintage, and dresses. 

Make Nine Tops 

Akram's Ideas: Sew House 7 Toaster Sweater
My first toaster sweater made in this lovely plum color

The first top I plan to make is the Sew House 7 Toaster Sweater. This pattern has been making its rounds on the Internet and I finally got a copy of the pattern for Christmas. I’ve already made a purple version and by the time this post is love I will have a second one in a lovely yellow color. 

Akram's Ideas: Tilly & the Buttons Mimi Blouse
I’m thinking spring colors for the Mimi blouse

Speaking of Christmas presents my hubby bought me several sewing books including the preorder Tilly & the Buttons new book. So, I made a promise to myself that this year I would actually make everything from her first book Love at First Stitch before I dive into the new book. The first of these patterns is the Mimi Blouse.

Akram's Ideas: Colette Violet top
I think the Colette Violet will look great with my Simplicity 8019 skirts

Wrapping up tops on my make nine is the Violet top from Colette Patterns. As a Seamwork member, you can actually use your points for Colette Patterns and I managed to get a copy of the Violet top. I love the vintage look of this top and plan to make both a spring and fall variation of this pattern. 

Vintage Pledge

Every year I try my best to take part in the Vintage Pledge challenge, that encourages sewers to sew with vintage patterns. As many of you know I have a lot of vintage patterns and need to make more of them. With that said I decided to ensure I get more made by adding a few to my make nine list. 

Akram's Idas: Simplicity 8246
Simplicity 8246 will be perfect in this blue embordered fabric.

The first is Simplicity 8246 a reproduction suit pattern that I got for my birthday last year. I had plans to make it this winter, but I don’t think it’s going to happen so I’ve pushed it back for late fall of this year. 

Akram's Idas: Simplicity 5889
I think this houndstooth and piping will be a great match for Simplicity 5889

The next pattern is Simplicity 5889 a relatively simple early 1960’s dress that has what I would say a lovely collar and detail. I’m thinking I’m going to go with a simple style for this and possibly use some black houndstooth fabric I’ve had in my stash forever. 

Akram's Idas: Simplicity 2154
I already have a spring version of Simplicity 2154 planned

Finally, I plan to make, or I should say remake, Simplicity 2154 another early 60’s suit set. I actually made this pattern way back when I first started sewing. I don’t really care for the fit on this version plus I never made the blouse, so this year I’m going to have a go at remaking it. 

Dress Patterns

Like many seamstresses, I love sewing up a lovely dress. So, despite having a closet full of them I couldn’t help but add a few dress patterns to my make nine list. 

Akram's Ideas: Tilly & the Buttons Megan Dress
I’m going for a nautical feel for my Megan dress

I’ve been wanting the make the Megan Dress from Tilly’s Love at First Stitch book forever, and decided that this year I’d finally do it! I have the perfect fabric and accent pieces all picked out and plan to whip it up as soon as the weather warms up a bit. 

Akram's Ideas: Jennifer Lauren Handmade Laneway Dress
Love the color palate Natida picked out for me.

During Christmas, I took part in the Secret Santa KB Pattern Swap hosted by Si├ón from Kittenish Behaviour. I ended up getting paired up with Nateida from Natural Dane, who sent me the Laneway Dress from Jennifer Lauren Handmade.  I’ve wanted this pattern for some time and can’t wait to get started on this project. 

Akram's Ideas: Tilly & the Buttons Lilou Dress
Wrapping up my make nine with the Lilou dress for Christmas

The last dress on my list and as it turns I plan to make for Christmas is another one from the Love at First Stitch book, the Lilou dress. I really love the red dress in the book and I have quite a bit of red satiny fabric that I think would be perfect for this project. 

Your 2018 Plans 

So there you have it, my 2018 Make Nine. I know that I’ll be making far more than nine patterns this year and have already finished a few that I didn’t even mention here.

However, I think setting a goal is good, and nine patterns is a very reasonable goal. Also, unlike past years I choose patterns that I knew I could make and needed in my wardrobe. 

Are you participating? What are your #2018MakeNIne patterns?

Sharing my plans for the #2018MakeNine that include patterns from the Tilly & the Buttons Love at First Stitch book and my #VintagePledge patterns.

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

designer, writer, educator, tech nerd, crafter, baker, sewer and vintage collector, who Brings Creative & Crazy Ides to Life.

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