Wednesday, 7 June 2017

#2017makenine update

The #2017makenine Instagram initiative (or in my case #2017makesix...) is the only sewing challenge I've signed up for this year, and it seems to have gone to plan so far.


Of the six patterns/fabrics I selected in January I've now completed four of them:



Plus a bonus second version here!





This was a substitution for the Deer & Doe Melilot shirt, using the same fabric I'd already earmarked for the project.



Of the two remaining projects on my list, the Pattern Runway Kimono Sleeved dress is still waiting patiently to be sewn, but the Grainline Maritime shorts have fallen by the wayside. This is because we're not having a beach holiday this year, and as that's when they'd get 90% of their wear, I couldn't really justify making another pair. There are a couple of other patterns that have sneaked into the queue though....

Last year, whilst wandering around the posh 'Village' area in Westfields Shopping Centre I came across this dress.


I really loved the design - a simple kimono shape with an integrated tie belt - but not the price tag. I can't remember where it was from (either Whistles or Max Mara I think) or the exact price, but it was definitely over £200. I knew I could make my own version. After a bit of online sleuthing, I soon had a copy of the Tie Belt Dress pattern by Sew Different and two metres of red luxury crepe from Sew Over It in my paws.


Yay! I have high hopes that I can replicate the 'Village' dress for a fraction of the cost.

And the final pattern to elbow its way into my sewing queue is the Closet Case Files Kalle shirt and shirtdress. After eyeing up lots of denim shirts on Pinterest recently and then spotting Sallie's gorgeous shirtdress version, I'm now desperate to add one to my summer wardrobe.


The looser fit is a departure for me, but I've been finding very fitted shirts heavy going in the warmer weather, so I think it's time for a change. I can't wait to get started!

That's it from me, how are you all getting on with your #2017makenine challenges?



15 comments:

  1. I don't blame you adding Kalle to the list. When it came out I thought it was gorgeous but not for me, but the more I see of it the more I can't stop lusting over it. I just need to speed up sewing the other things I already have so that I can justify getting it

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    1. They're my thoughts exactly Amy! x

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  2. The new look and the sangria are my favourites on you. The sangria is fantastic on your figure! I think the red dress is going to look great and doesn't look like too difficult a make (for you, I'm still struggling with my first t shirt!)

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    1. Thank you, I have high hopes for that red dress! x

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  3. We all reserve the right to change our never ending sewing plans! Your additions will be lovely I'm sure!

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    1. Absolutely! I'm always changing my mind! x

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  4. Wow you're doing so well! I'm only 1.5 makes into my 9...
    Really love the Whistles/Max Mara dress. I can't wait to see how your Sew Different version turns out!
    :) x

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    1. Yes, but I didn't start with nine anyway so I'm a bit of a cheat! I'm excited about the Sew Different dress too, it looks classy but also really comfortable! x

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  5. I really love the New Look dress. It has fabulous fit and the fabric is so cute. I have been following your blog for awhile. I am a newbie sewer and want to sew my own clothes. I am taking online classes. I am not sure I will ever catch up to you and your followers. Keep up the great work so I can keep watching. Kindly. Barb. Washington State US

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Barb, good luck with your sewing! x

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  6. I'm a newbie sewer too and I wait patiently for every time you blog, love your style and you inspire me to keep having a go, not very good at mo but I'll get there!

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    1. That's such a lovely comment, it's made my day, thank you! I don't think anybody is very good when they start, but you will get better the more you sew, I promise. Just keep having a go! x

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  7. Well done on your make six start! I love your Granville shirt especially

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  8. You're doing so well with this challenge! I adore that red dress and am looking forward to seeing your version.

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