A Knit 2019 #MakeNine

This make nine seemed both the hardest and the most necessary for my wardrobe. I love woven garments but you cannot beat the comfort (and realistically, the easier fit) of a knit garment. So this list I went back over and over again and wondered if I could really make this nine in addition to the woven nine…and trying to settle on which of the knit patterns I already owned that I should make. I decided to limit it to 1 Pattern per designer so it isn’t all one or two designers.

I also had to choose patterns I already had the fabric in my stash for. I could buy more in the future but I am currently not working so I don’t want to commit to something that I may not be able to complete-even if it is a commitment to myself.


That being said, I want to make the Love Notions Tidal Dress. A pattern I snapped up upon release, delighted at the thought of making scrappy front dresses…and you guessed it; I never made it. I plan to make this one in a navy and ecru Greek key printed center front with navy sided and back. The print is a rayon spandex from the USA Girl Charlee sale section, and the navy is from Simply By Ti Fabrics and is also a rayon spandex. I have had this bought and planned as a maxi dress since June 2018. I love the ease of throwing on a maxi dress and not having to worry about layering anything to look put together.

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As a not make nine side plan I will be making the Kitschy Coo Penny Pinafore as a head to head pattern comparison with the Love Notions Tidal Dress. This may be a maxi length or knee length depending on which fabric I end up using. I would like to do a contrast center front and possibly back panel for this one.



The next pattern on my Make Nine list is the Pattern Emporium Spellbound Dress in a maxi dress length. I have had a brightly colored patterned ity set aside that I bought for this pattern specifically from Fabulace on Etsy. This is to replace a boho print ity maxi I bought at a boutique in 2012 while I was pregnant with my middle child. Perhaps needless to say but this dress has been worn to death in the years since. This pattern was another upon release buy that didn’t get printed until I bought the fabric for it.

Inspirational Sallies from I Sew Therefore I AmHouse Of Pinheiro, Crafting A Rainbow, Sewing and Slapdashery here and here.

To continue with the one garment dressing, my next planned pattern is the Sallie Jumpsuit from Closet Case Patterns. I love the look of this jumpsuit on everyone! I particularly loved it on Mary Alice of Well Sewn Style in this Curvy Sewing Collective blog post. And the one in Sew Beckie Jo‘s post here. It certainly felt like everyone in the sewing world other then me had made it and I loved them all so I bought the Sallie in 2018. While I would love to have a sleek all black, aubergine, or navy Sallie-Really any solid fabric would look incredible-But I do not have the fabric in my stash for that. So I decided to aim at a fun print Sallie from this fabric I got from Fabulace as a hopefully wearable muslin. I will be partially lining it with a knit thrift store fabric find in the same lighter turquoise-ish blue as in the print to combat the potential of the main fabric being sheer looking in the sun come summertime. I love my SUAT Scrundlewear but I certainly do not want to give a peep show when I run errands.


Next, I plan to make the famed New Horizons Designs Portlanders in a pretty mulberry and tawny brown floral I got from Girl Charlee’s sale section. I bought this fabric intended for the next pattern on my list; but decided I really want some comfortable knit pants in a fun print to wear all my solid tees with. I am rather notorious in real life to family and friends for wearing crazy printed pants-usually Greenstyle Aspen Pants in vintage Polyester knits. I plain wore out my last several pairs so I need more-Aspens, and I think Portlanders- will both look pretty chic in print with a solid cardigan and top. Thrown on some statement jewelry and it looks very put together for secret pajamas 😉

The pattern I originally intended the mulberry floral fabric for was the Kitschy Coo Comino Cap Dress, another one of those highly popular patterns from the past. I wanted this pattern and finally bought it after falling in love with all of Crafting A Rainbow Gillian’s Comino Cap collection. She has quite a few posts about the pattern in her Tried’n’True patterns section. I love how each one looks amazing in crazy prints and how totally awesome they all are. It looks like a fairly easy dress to make in a variety of fabrics once you get your muslin fit down and very simple to style day to day. Since I tend toward crazy printed everything it makes perfect sense to have a super simple dress for those prints to shine. To start out with though, I want to use a less distracting basic print for the wearable muslin. I want to use this Navy and Ecru thin striped knit from Fabulace. It looks far brighter then it is in person. I bought this fabric to make a tee shirt or a-line basic dress to wear over tights in winter and with cardigans in summer after seeing the many many graphics showing a striped dress mini capsule like in this post here from Bonnie and Blithe, and this post here at the Just Posted Blog, and yet again here from Un-Fancy.

This pattern planned next has that same basic lines appeal as the Comino Cap but it has so many included options it is anything but basic; the 1 Puddle Lane Ruby Tuesday Dress. I won this pattern in a Bella Sunshine Designs giveaway and was so thrilled! I have read so many positive reviews and posts like this one by Ti of Simply By Ti Fabrics and Sewing By Ti Blog that it is thrilling to me to get to play with this pattern. It definitely looks like it could be another tried and true make it in all the fabrics pattern. I am thinking I will use this fabric from Girl Charlee. As for what options…well I don’t really know that yet but I will make it!

This next dress pattern as well as the top pattern after it I bought within hours of release. As soon as they started sharing teaser photos of the testers for the Halla Patterns Elise Dress I knew I had to have it! That retro inspired neckline with the tabs and a faux wrap bodice? Sign me up immediately! I bought the pattern and started shopping for the fabric in minutes. I grabbed this floral in pinks, blue and greens from Fabulace, it reminded me of some of the 1940’s floral print crepes so I thought it would go perfectly with that 1940’s retro inspired neckline and bodice.


As for the top pattern I mentioned above, I am not sure if I have talked about it before much but I adore a draped cowl neck top so when Itch To Stitch released the Plitvice Top with its draped center panel I had to have it! Maybe I also have a weakness for center front panels in patterns as well? It might be so…I love the pattern but knew I would never make it with that hip band at the bottom so I added the same length as the hip band would have to the pattern pieces. I may add more after my first muslin, how short it looks on testers even with the band concerns me a little. If I want to wear it with any of my modern cut bottoms it may be to short and ride up. The length should not be an issue with my high waisted skirts and vintage reproduction trousers though. I will be making this in a red on red marled tissue knit I grabbed at Walmart when my local store started carrying knits.

And last but certainly not least! I need to make some shorts to go under all these dresses I have planned for 2019. I will be using the Stitch Upon A Time Willow Shorts the fitted option will be wonderful for under skirts and dresses. I am hoping they will come to just above my knee by an inch or two so my knee length dresses with cover them. I won this pattern in a rather unconventional way I suppose. I won 12 Patterns if my choice from SUAT for winning their 25k Member celebration, “Design a Pattern Contest” with my design for the Mary Peplum. I will be using the navy and the denim cotton Lycra from Simply By Ti Fabrics. I will likely order more of both as well as black cotton Lycra for leggings for me and my girls. I wear mine as tights while they wear theirs as pants and tights. You just cannot beat the quality!

Whew! *collapses in chair* I think this might be my most link heavy post yet, sorry if that bothers anyone. None of them are affiliate links or anything like that. I just enjoy being able to find things mentioned in blog posts with one click instead of having to search for it so I try to include as many links as I can, when I can.  Now to get sewing!


#MakeNine Goals…How do you choose?

Have you heard of the #makenine challenge? It all started with Rochelle of Lucky Lucille. 2018MakeNine

She talks about her reasoning here for her Make Nine Post if you want to read more direct from the lovely lady. I really love so many of her makes and her photography is gorgeous! I also loved how instead of looking back at what were “top” posts or makes etc. she wanted to look forward with a dream of creating. Oh yeah! Let me tell you, that is my kind of challenge right there! I love planning and dreaming up sewing projects-it is my favorite part of the creation process! But…where to start? How do you choose?

I know some seamstress’ leave spots open for potential new pattern releases that come out and are practically burning a hole in your sewing table, desperate to be made right now this instant! Do I want to do that? Probably, that seems like a great way to check a make off the list of nine. Then again,  what if I don’t fall in love? What if I do and there is no new pattern budget? Hmmmm…thinking about this made me really consider if I wanted to plan for a new mystery item, what about my previous impulse new pattern purchases? Had I made any of those? I went back through my email and tracked down all my Etsy/Ebay/Indie pattern purchases of patterns for me (let us not talk about kids patterns and impulse buying right now *hides head in shame* I always have such good intentions I swear!) for the last several years. How many do you think I made? Can you guess? For the sake of clarity, I am of course, not including any patterns I was a pattern tester for. I tend to make several of those in testing and after release as I gain inspiration from that release rush of makes we all get into and tend to make more. I am however including free patterns as well as paid.

Let me make a little list for you (emphasis on little) of things I impulse bought around release time and actually made:

I bought and made the Pippa Wrap Dress , from Designer Stitch It didn’t make it to my wardrobe mostly because of finishing techniques I ummm…well…didn’t use. That was compounded by fabric that stretched due to not stay stitching the pattern pieces. I do intend to make another Pippa Wrap Dress and carefully follow directions as the problem was me, not the pattern. fashion-flat-lengthspippawrapdress

I fell in love with the Wardrobe By Me Hera Blouse upon release and spent two late nights sewing it up. Oh wait, did I mention I wanted a true wrap blouse most of the way through construction? Yes, another loved item with a side of self sabotage. I really need to sit down and dedicate myself to following instructions so I can get a lovely wrap or faux wrap top and dress made for me. Clearly I desire one right? This one also has left my wardrobe. Ish. It is tucked away in a box of might bring out again makes. I really enjoyed it as a over shirt type layer in the summer over maxi dresses and my  tanks that I would never wear out as shirts but when it was to hot for much coverage, they were great under my Hera. It is really great as a top and as a layering piece-I loved using it over my maxi dresses the most for a ’70’s vibe of complete comfort and joy. It may come back out once it warms up, there is no predicting these things sometimes.herablouse

You know when you see a pattern and there is no doubt in your mind it is meant for you? That was the Rad Patterns Angel Top upon release, I have a serious weakness for all the draped cowl neck patterns. Seriously. All of them! This one looks so fabulous on plus sized ladies I snapped it up and made it post haste and have worn it to death…


Hold on, let me think about this a bit…actually I snapped it up and lovingly thought about it constantly, promising I would make it next until the All The Sleeves Add On was released and I made it with flutter sleeves that night-literally-that night. I really highly recommend both the Angel and the All The Sleeves add on pack!


Does that make it a win? A somewhat belated win but still a win. Amazingly…I think I have one picture of it that I took for #MeMadeMay but let me assure you I have worn this top soooo much. I need to make more. I wish there was a time store where we could get extra sewing minutes. If wishes were fishes and all that jazz.


Then I fell head over heels in-make it right now-love with the Itch To Stitch Nottingham Top as soon as I saw the blog post with the collection of makes from testers and made it that week, twice. Oh yeah, bring on the impulse sewing. I have another for my sister I need to get sewing post haste…because it was originally intended for her birthday gift…in July…and again for Christmas…yeah I suck at requested sewing for other adults. Itch-to-Stitch-Nottingham-Top-PDF-Sewing-Pattern-Line-DrawingsThat makes 4 patterns I bought and made immediately for myself, 5 if you count the Angel and Sleeves separately. I guess that is a resounding NO I shouldn’t leave open new release spots. I really need to sew what I have, clearly right?! How embarrassing. Does anyone else buy upon release (or any other time I suppose) and amass a library of brand new never used patterns and then think…oops, maybe I should make those before buying more? This isn’t even including my Big 4 paper sewing patterns. Shhhhh those can be a secret a little while longer. They don’t take up that much room I swear! *covers pattern totes with pretty fabric* Tadah! Side table(s).

Imagine the silence as I scroll through my Patterns I own Pinterest board for myself. I spent so long tracking all of these down through receipts and pinning them. So long people! It took hours…Maybe I should consider the challenge on Youtube, #patternfast or #patternnobuy I think it is called? Food for thought.

Moving on. We know I need to use only what is in my pattern library for my #MakeNine .Pdf or Paper patterns? Indie or Big 4? Woven or Knits? Cake or Frosting sewing? A mix of all? Whew, that would release me to choose what have you. But…there are so many things I want to make! What about a woven #makenine and a knit #makenine? Okay, sounds good. Ambitious but good. 85% of the time I am sewing clothes to replace others/cover my growing children…all three of them. Then another 8% is mending, and sewing for non my kidlets. A grand total of 7% of sew for me time. I can do it though; I just need to manage my time better. And consider keeping my sewing table clean of non sewing ephemera.

Okay, now the question is this; Cake or Frosting sewing? I live in a quiet, well out of the way area with practically no events other then a summer event called Prospector’s Days and our county Fair. So making fancy clubbing outfits or movie night specials does not make much sense for this rural single mother.  “Cake” sewing would probably be on the lines of jeans/trousers/skirts with either knit tops or woven pullovers and buttonups. Clothes you can look pretty but still work in-work being defined as something like stacking firewood, mucking out a chicken coop etc.-I tend to prefer skirts to trousers and jeans, both for aesthetic (they make me feel pretty and feminine) and for ease of fitting (hello diastasis recti turned mum tum pudge ball) I do want to start my comfortable fits me jean journey but that brings me more to my “Frosting” I love vintage fashion. Enough that when I moved back here I took massive advantage of people not knowing me and released that inner vintage inspired vixen I felt awkward releasing earlier in my life. So while I can (and do) still work in my retro and vintage inspired clothes, they are slightly more on the frosting side of the spectrum for me. I would love some 1930-1940’s inspired jeans and trousers, and of course; vintage dresses make my heart swoon and I absolutely do wear them. I guess I better get planning these! Knowing me, it will be an all the things plan that will morph and change but I will have this guideline to keep me on a (somewhat) linear sewing path. Thanks for sticking with me on such a long, dreamy and scattered planning thought process post! This may turn into a mini series with as much dreaming as I already am.

What is on your #MakeNine? Do you sew with a plan?