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.
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.
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!