#makenine is all about selectively choosing, setting, and completing nine creative goals for yourself during the year. I recently heard about this challenge through Kelsey and Noreen, two of my 52 Week Sewing Challenge friends. With their gentle encouragement, and because of the inspirational #2018makenine goals that they shared, I've compiled a list of my own nine creative goals for 2018. Some of these items will stretch and grow me, others will help me keep a balance in my creativity (and my wardrobe!!). Without further ado, my #2018makenine :
1. A shirtdress that fits well. I'm considering the Lenox by Cashmerette for this one. Jenny Rushmore works very hard to draft quality designs and I've liked the Upton and Appleton dresses that I have made so anticipate liking Lenox as well.
2. Some basic solid tees. I tend to reach for patterned fabrics when I sew but I also find myself scrambling for suitable layering pieces in cooler weather. My favorite tee pattern is the Austin by Blank Slate Patterns so I will probably go with this tried-and-true pattern for these.
3. A Bomber Jacket. I see one. I want one. All.the.time. I've picked out the Bobbi Bomber by StyleArc. I'm thinking either a faux suede (a stable knit, because: comfort!) or a fun floral but my choice of fabric will depend on when I get around to sewing it and what season is coming up to wear it in.
4. A button-down shirt that doesn’t look like a tent. This one is no joke. Busty ladies face a challenge with anything that has buttons down the front. Gaping between said buttons is also not the look I am going for, but I think that with it's lovely double princess seams, Cashmerette’s Harrison is just what I need.
5. Jeans that fit MY assets. Jeans shopping sucks. Really. I am beyond tired of having to settle for jeans that gape in the back and waist just so they will fit well in the hips and thighs. I will be choosing between the Cashmerette Ames Jeans or the Seamwork Tessa Jeans by Colette.
6. The Taylor Trench Coat by Rebecca Page. I've been wanting and looking for a pattern exactly like the Taylor for about 2 years now. Influenza knocked me out of making this coat during our early January sew-a-long but I NEED this one! Lovely fabric is already picked out, pre-washed, and ready to go!
7. Tank tops. Solids and fun ones. I'll be giving the Seamwork Addison a try for this, and also plan to make a few more of the tank I cloned last summer. I used some amazing athletic brushed polyester fabric (ABP) from Zenith & Quasar Fabric in a fun sea dragon design. This fabric is terrific and I highly recommend it!
8. A border print dress. I’ve been dreaming about this for a couple of years and on the prowl for fabric that I love enough to make it sew! Let me tell you, finding a border print that fits what I envision is not a task for the faint of heart but I will keep looking for that Unicorn until I find it!
9. A Jean jacket. In demin! I tested the Kingston Jacket by Rebecca Page last year and have also had success with the StyleArc Stacie. I'll use one of these two with actual denim to make a traditional-style jean jacket, metal buttons or snaps included!
There you have it: my #2018makenine challenge selections. How about you? What nine creative things do you want to accomplish in 2018? Let's hear about them!