Happy New Year - very belatedly, it's taken me a while to get into the real world again I only took my eldest daughter back to Uni this week, and I haven't felt like I'm back into the swing of things until now. A few days ago I posted that I was going to stop blogging and just use Instagram, which felt like entirely the wrong thing as soon as I posted it. So, let's just pretend that I didn't write that and start again.
This is my first year doing the Make Nine challenge, I know it's supposed to be a gentle guide to makes for the year, but I'm using it as a proper challenge, a firm nudge to take on some projects and learn some skills I've wanted to do for a while. So here goes.
I have had one very brief attempt at some knickers (panties is a horrible word) with the free Acacia pattern from Megan Neilson which was reasonably successful. They are a great intro to knickers and fold over elastic (FOE) but relatively basic and not a style I'm fond of, so I've found the Lola's. I have never worked with lace, stretch or otherwise and decorative elastic is also an unknown, so this is a pattern that will teach me something new and if all goes well will fill my drawers with draws.
I haven't made too many trousers, and I have never made jeans and like a lot of people, I struggle to find jeans that fit well. The ready to wear jeans that I've found work best for me come from that high-end retailer Sainsburys, are called girlfriend jeans and are really cheap so up until now I thought why bother making my own. What changed my mind was my irritation with the front pocket lining regularly lifting out so that combined with a desire to learn some new skills, so I'm going to go for it. I've seen some selvedge denim in my local fabric shop, so jeans had to be on my list.
3. Mystery Skirt
This is my dream skirt, it's an image I found on Pinterest but can't find it's origin. I've searched high and low for a sewing pattern that could replicate it with no joy. I posted on The Foldline's facebook group to see if anyone had any ideas, lots of people loved it, and suggestions were made, but no standout solution. I think the only way ahead is to self-draft, I know how to achieve the drape at the front, it's the hemline that I need to think about, but at some point, I'm going to set aside the time to crack it.
4. Fabric printing
Inspired by the Love to Sew podcast episode with Jen Hewett I decided to give fabric printing a go this year. Many moons ago I learnt silk screen printing for my art A level and loved textile design, but as I was too busy being a teenager, I got a dreadful mark and haven't done any since. However I really struggle to find prints that I like and the ones that I do like are all very expensive, I'm not suggesting for one minute that I'm going to become the next Nani Iro but why not give it a go. I've bought myself this block printing kit from Fred Aldous to kick things off and just need (again) to set aside some time.
A lovely sewist on Instagram sent me this sewing pattern in my size, sewing people really are kind. I've been looking for a pattern for this style of coat, and I have found some mustard yellow coating fabric to make it in. I haven't seen many mustard yellow coats, but I have a yen for one, so this is definitely something I'd like to make this year.
I saw these on Instagram and thought why not? It didn't occur to me that you could sew socks, but I've already bought the pdf, and I've got some fabric on order that might fit the job, so I'm going to give them a try.
I have made the bottom half of these before, but not with piping. Actually, that's not entirely true, I attempted piping and gave up, so this time I'm not going to give in and learn how to include piping. I've already started this project, so I'll post soon with how I get on.
I was inspired by a post on the Minerva Crafts blog by Dani from Pocket or Two about making this wallet, I've never even made a tote bag let alone a wallet. This would be all about learning new skills, but Dani's post makes it look entirely achievable, so I'm going to give it a try. The wallets look like they'd make brilliant gifts too think of all the variations that could be made.
This one is a make for my Husband, although he likes the parka I made him a little while ago it's a bit out of his comfort zone, and he's not wearing it that much. I enjoy the challenge of making for him as getting the fit right over the beer belly isn't always easy, but he finds buying ready to wear really hard so the payoff if I get it right is great. I know he'll wear this style and it has enough detail to keep me interested, hoods are new to me for example so it's got to be on the list for this year.
Well that's enough to keep me busy this year, I wonder how many I'll have achieved by December? I really hope I can cross all nine off the list.