I’ve waffled over this post for some time now. The #makenine movement/challenge/thing really caught my attention last year around this time. It’s an instagram based movement started by Rochelle of Home Row Fiber Co. to focus on organizing the upcoming years projects. Her blog post summarizing the challenge is great: read it here.
I started thinking about this challenge as a way to knit and sew all my desired patterns this year. So I looked through my queue and plans and created two separate make nine layouts: one for knitting, one for sewing. Quickly, I realized this was overwhelming and unrealistic. My knit make nine had seven sweaters and two accessories – seven sweaters in one year! This past year I made four sweaters which felt very impressive. Also, I do not need seven new sweaters.
I took some time to clear my ambitious mind and consider what I actually need in my wardrobe. It’s not much – at this moment in time I have almost everything I could possibly want, with the exception of some needed pairs of shorts for summer and a basic cardigan (put them on the list!). I then turned my attention to ready to wear items in my closet that I could try to replace with handmade items. This list is a little longer – and propelled me into list making mode.
Here’s what I came up with:
- a loose boxy long sleeve tee with stripes
- mini skirt
- high waisted shorts
- everyday cardigan
- some sort of blouse/button up
- chambray button up
- sweetheart summer dress
That’s NINE THINGS! that I actually could use in my closet. Many of these – esp the jeans and button up – stretch my sewing skills (another goal of 2018).
Here’s the picture layout with potential patterns:
- Bobbie by Pam Allen
- Mia Jeans by Sew Over It
- Rosari Skirt by Pauline Alice
- Lander Shorts by True Bias
- Marigold Cardigan (modified to be longer) by Cecily Glowik MacDonald
- Alex Shirt by Sew Over It
- M7547 Flared pants and overalls
- Archer by Grainline Studio
- B6453 Princess seamed dress (modified for less fullness in the skirt)
I probably won’t hold too tightly to these patterns (except for the two knit patterns – pretty stoked about those). These are guidelines to inspire me throughout 2018 to make items I need and will actually wear. Here’s to a year of inspired making!