2018 #makenine

Yeah, it’s been a while.

2017 was a year for figuring out a new normal. It often didn’t go smoothly, but we survived. This year already feels different. I’m working smarter, not harder. I’ve got some big goals, and the mindset to manage them. I’ve also figured out what was stopping me from blogging (imperfect photos), and decided to solve that problem with… imperfect photos.

But you know what I never stopped doing in 2017? Sewing. If you followed me on Instagram, you would have seen that last year was my most prolific year ever, and this year is off to the same start.

I’m not one for new years’ resolutions, but with a pattern and fabric stash as well-curated (vast) as mine now is, I can definitely make some plans.

** Drumroll please**

In no particular order, please meet my 2018 #makeninechallenge

  1. Simplicity 1544 – Men’s shirt with fabric variations. I scored my brother in our family Secret Santa last year, and gave him this pattern and some lovely Japanese cotton lawn, with the intent to spent Boxing Day sewing. Only problem was that he  buggered off to Melbourne for the cricket, so all I could do was take his measurements!

simplicity 1544

2. Style 1891 (vintage 1977) – Misses’ high waisted, sleeveless dress. This one’s a bit cheaty, because I’ve already made two this year. There’s a gorgeous shop in Yamba called Flots ‘n Jets, and as well as some awesome Moe Moe earrings, I scored this pattern. Will share more in another post soon, I promise!

Style 1891

3. McCall’s 7387 – Misses’ top, tunic, dress and belt. I made View A last year (sleeveless top), and although it was a fairly fussy make (for me), I love the finished product and have worn it at least weekly. I have two different lawns I bought from The Fabric Store (one a Liberty – ooh aah!), which are destined to be sliced and diced.

Mccalls 7387

4. McCall’s 7351 – Shirt dress with sleeve and skirt variations. This is on my cutting bench (floor) as we speak. This pattern has had some mad love on the blogosphere, and since the Itch to Stich Chai Dress has reignited my love of shirt dresses, I thought I’d give this one a go.


5. Style Arc Autumn Dress – I had my first foray into Style Arc patterns last year with the Lux Coat (must also add to blog list…), and am now addicted to this Australian designer. Even though I’ve had the Autumn dress pattern for ages, it hasn’t made it to the top of this list. That needs to change!

Autumn dress

6. Style Arc Sadie tunic – I saw Blogless Anna’s version, and was smitten. I bought some soft grey handkerchief linen at the East Coast Fabrics Maroochydore’s closing down sale *sniff sniff* that will be perfect. It can probably wait until jeans weather though.


7. Style Arc Sadie pants – Bought these as a bundle, because elastic waist pants are my jam. I’m uncool like that.


8. 5 out of 4 Agility Tank – These definitely won’t be happening for a while, but this tank is my ideal swimmers pattern.

9. Measure Twice Cut Once Charlotte Knickers – After making about a billion pairs of Noelle panties, I need a change. I also have stacks of sample size pieces of silk, which are going to make the most delicious knickers on the planet. Susan, the designer behind Measure Twice, had a spectacularly shit year last year, so if there’s any pattern I can influence to purchase, it’s this one (or any of the range in her store – she’s a talented lady!).


Right, I’m committed now, let’s see how it all pans out. Follow me on Instagram if you want to see the in-betweens 🙂



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