My picks for the 2019 #makenine challenge

In case you don’t know, the make nine challenge involves picking out nine patterns that you pledge to make over the coming year. Here’s a look at what I’ll be making:

1.Tilly and the Buttons ‘Coco’ dress

I’ve had the Coco pattern for ages, but I’m still searching for the perfect striped ponte di roma! When I do make it I plan on adding a contrast yoke, as shown in this blog post.

2 . McCall’s 9572 (Vintage pattern from the 1950s)

This is one of loads of vintage patterns I found in my attic recently. I was so lucky to find this one; not only is it in my size, it’s also not missing any pattern pieces (unlike the other patterns)! I usually shy away from ’50s styles, as they don’t really suit my body shape, but I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to practice using a vintage pattern. And no, I won’t be making the one with tassels on it!

3. 1960s Coat (From the Great British Sewing Bee book, Sew Your Own Wardrobe)

I remember seeing this coat made on the second series of the show and thinking ‘God, I wish I could sew something like that’. And now, I can! I’m thinking of making it in a black and white houndstooth check for a mod look.

4. 1940s overalls (Simplicity 8447)

After watching the film Black Book a while ago, I became somewhat (okay, very) obsessed with high-waisted, wide leg 1940s trousers. Then I found this reissued Simplicity pattern, which combines the aforementioned trousers with dungarees and a ton of buttons, and I knew I had to make it!

5. Bow-Tied Blouse (from Gertie’s New Book For Better Sewing)

To me, this looks like something Audrey Horne would wear. Enough said. (Audrey = god)

6. Sweetheart Sundress (also from Gertie’s book)

I know I’ve already listed something from this book, but I got it for Christmas and want to get as much use out of it as possible. I won’t be making this until the weather gets a bit warmer, but I’m really excited to wear it during the summer holidays!

7. 1940s style shirtwaist dress (McCall’s 7433)

I’ve had my eye on this pattern for quite a while, but I’ve always thought it would be too difficult. Having looked closer, it’s really just a basic shirtwaist dress (one of my favourite forties styles) with some fancy details like the inverted notch collar; I think I’ll be able to handle it!

8. 1960s cape (Simplicity 8017)

It’s a cape! With a matching headscarf! Seriously though, this pattern looks gorgeous. I’ll be making the shorter red variation at the back, as if it was any longer I could end up looking bell-shaped.

9. 1920s day dress (Reconstructing History 1203)

It seems ridiculous that the 1920s is my favourite decade, yet I still haven’t made any ’20s style clothes. Ignoring the terrible illustration on this pattern, it looks like a lovely 1920s tennis dress! However, I’ve heard some very… mixed reviews of Reconstructing History patterns, so I’m going to go into this pattern with low expectations and see what happens.

There you have it, my sewing plans for 2019. Hopefully you’ll see some of these on the blog shortly…

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