Happy New Year to you!!!! Hope you had a great time over the festive period! I relaxed to the point of almost total inertia; dividing my attention between my kids, a good book and the seemingly never ending supply of chocolate and cheese. I’m not usually one to sit and relax for more than 5 seconds, unless you stick a wine glass in my hand, so I guess the enforced rest has done me good. That said, I’m now really really REALLY ready to get back to sewing, so with that in mind…

…I’m sure you’ve seen Rochelle’s (Lucky Lucille) blog post on her sewing plans for 2017 and the inspirational #2017makenine tag she created. Yeah, I’m jumping on this one without any hesitation; as a mission statement it completely underlines the organisation of my upcoming sewing plans.

I was first compelled to tidy up my thoughts when I heard Anya discussing how she organises her sewing projects using Excel spreadsheets on EP01 of img_1511the Style-Maker Podcast a few months ago. As a total spreadsheet nerd myself, I have no idea why I hadn’t already thought to do something similar, just that I…hadn’t! My plans, thoughts and inspirations were so multitude that it was starting to feel like a jumbled mess in my brain. Things are messy enough up there as it is, let me tell you. So I created my own spreadsheet with an attached ‘mood board’ for inspiration. And wow, not only did this immediately clarify my sewing plans but it also freed up brain space for more mess to be added later. Result!

It was therefore relatively easy to pin down my Make Nine plans. These are not cast in stone and I reserve the right to completely and utterly change my mind on a whim, haha. That said, I know myself well enough to know that I’ll be wanting to fulfill this checklist now it’s ‘in print’ just so that I can give myself a resounding pat on the back at the end of the year!

In no particular order:-

1. Sewaholic ‘Fraser’ sweatshirt

img_1534Bit of a no brainer really this one. I love their Renfrew and,  whilst this is very similar, I have to have me this one too. I’m still on a bit of a knit kick.

Fabric wise, I’m thinking of doing the contrast in …pleather? I may stick on elbow patches too. Just because.

2. New Look 6095 Jersey Dress

Jersey dress new look 6095

Ah this one. Recently I saw another mother poolside at my daughters’ swimming lesson wearing a fairly fitted striped jersey dress. I stared at her without reservation whilst mentally cataloguing the details. img_1533 I found this very similar fabric at Girl Charlee and ordered it immediately. They had a mere 35 metres left. Oh my goodness, I thought, what if everyone sees this woman today and decides they too must make this dress?! Order the fabric now, I told myself, and beat the inevitable stampede. I then Googled for a suitable pattern. This is the closest one. I figure it will look just as good with flip flops/sandals during a day at the beach, as it will dressed up at night with heels. Oh, I lead such an imaginary life 😉

3. True Bias ‘Emerson Crop Pant’ – hacked 

Two inspirations behind this one, firstly these pics above from my mood board. I was looking for a wide legged pant that I could wear with a more fitted top; a 1950s vibe.

Pattern hack Emerson crop pant true bias

Secondly, the aforementioned Anya also recently hacked this pant to make it full length; in fact to be worn with heels with the hemline just skimming the floor. Honestly, she nailed it. It was the hack this pattern needed. I may hack it further still to reduce some of the leg width if they’re wide enough to flap and cause me to fall over. I am a clumsy oaf after all.

4. Coppelia Wrap Cardigan by Papercut

Wrap ballet cardi cards sewing pattern coppelia

Not much to say on this ballet wrap cardi except I need it in my life. Oh and that every time I see this picture, the shorts/pose make me full-on cringe! Anyway, the cardi itself is a bit of a classic and the pattern also comes as a full on sweater version too.

5. New Look 6327 – a simple Overlay Skirt


Rather more ‘girly’ than other skirts in my wardrobe and sewing plans but I found myself repeatedly thinking about swanning around in something like it. In a pinky nude colour? In reality, I’m not much prone to being swan-like but make this simple skirt I shall.

6. Cigarette Pant, Gertie Sews Vintage Casual

Cigarette crop pant Gertie sews vintage casual

I’m thinking I’ll maybe crop the leg length a bit. Fabric wise, houndstooth to start with, natch. Then a black pair. I love that the invisible zip is at the centre back seam and, crucially, they have pockets.

7. Marlborough Bra by Orange Lingerie


If I don’t work this pattern until I end up with the ultimate fitting bra, I shall consider it more than just a sewing fail; I will berate myself as a total failure of a human being. No pressure there then. I am only partly joking.

8. McCalls 6696 Shirt Dress

Mccalls shirtdress

I bought the Sew Over It shirt dress pattern ages ago and it’s festered in my collection. Don’t think it’s ever going to happen; I’m scared what looks glamorous on others will just look ‘mumsy’ on me so, like a gazillion other people, I’m making this one (View A) instead. I’ve yet to try a pattern catering to different cup sizes so I’m really keen to give this a go.

9. Grainline Linden Sweatshirt 


I’ve recently made my first one and, with some fit alterations, my next version will probably be one of my first makes of 2017. I’m adding it to the list then merely so I can check it off straight away, hahaha!


This is by no means a comprehensive list, I have patterns and fabrics lined up for other specific projects too but these are the ones I’ll kick myself for if they don’t make it to my sewing machine. Any here that you’re planning to make too? Any you think I’d rather do instead?!

Here’s to a great year sewing in 2017 eh!

Until next time,

Sew Sarah smith

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36 thoughts on “# 2017 Make Nine : Organising my Sewing Plans

  1. Cheers! Thank you! That’s exactly what I thought. 😊You can bet I’ve draped myself and done the toga dance in it already! X


  2. Hila says:

    I like your picks. Cant wait to see the fitted stripe dress – that fabric looks lush!

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  3. Oh yeah, hadn’t thought of that 😂two sleeves in any garment IS enough!!! Well let’s hope we can sew AND sleep; everything else though can wait! And then we can toast our successes! 🍷 x


  4. Anya says:

    I agree, why only two hands and 24 hours in a day??… on the other hand if I had more than two hands, that would be more than two sleeves to be set in, so may be I’ll just stick to no sleep lol
    Me too! I am looking forward to reading about your adventured this coming year as well 🙂

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  5. Thank you!!! lol be sure to look out and read yours too! X

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  6. Looks like a good collection of patterns. I’m looking forward to seeing what fabrics you choose and then the finished garment. I’ve posted my #2017 make nine on IG but haven’t blogged about them yet. Soon!

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  7. Ah you’re welcome! ‘Credit where credit’s due’ and all that! Laughed at the vision of you gazing lovingly at your spreadsheet; you’re in safe understanding company here!! I’m currently trying not to work myself up into a sewing frenzy; so many projects, fabrics and patterns; need to do them all NOW but I’ve only got one pair of hands, which is a human design fault if there ever was!
    But hey… it’s 2017!!! Looking forward to seeing and reading about your adventures this year!! Xx

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  8. Anya says:

    Thank you so much for the shout out!
    First off, I absolutely love your plans! The 9 items you chose seem very you and like they can be worn all the time. I also want to point out that the Wrap Cardigan seems like it would go really well with Emerson Trousers…
    Haha I also have the same reaction to the “perfect fabric”. Of course it has been in perfect disguise, everyone else was looking for just this fabric and it is just a matter of hours before the rest of the world discovers it and buys it all. I simply must get it now before it is all gone.
    I am so happy that you liked the spreadsheet! I had the exact same reaction when I put it together. I now have more room in my head to fill it with other stuff! Some days I also just open my spread sheet up and look at it lovingly for a bit. Nothing like a good looking spreadsheet to make me feel inspired and accomplished. I don’t need much…
    And also, you will get the bra fitting down! It is just a matter of time and sewing it over and over again!

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  9. Thanks Karen, that’s nice of you to say so and it’s really appreciated!!! Ooh sounds like we could be on a winner with the skirt and jersey dresses then!! Hope your fabric buying ban isn’t too long 😉 x


  10. Karen says:

    Great list and made me smile, I look forward to seeing the finished garments,. I have the New Look overlay skirt pattern so will be interested in what you choose. Funny enough, I image a nude/pink version. I especially like the stiped drsss, if I wasn’t on a fabric-buying ban, I rush and buy some. 😉 Will just have to be good and wait for yours.

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  11. Ah cheers Monika love! 😘


  12. Monika says:

    I love reading your stuff..makes me laugh as well as swoon 😍

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  13. Thanks Jen! It’s going to be interesting to see everyone’s picks come to fruition isn’t it. I get you with the Linden, I love my first one just because it’s so damn comfy and I want to live in it BUT, that said, I’m redrafting my second one big time! I also need to stop eating Christmas cheese otherwise I’m going to be sizing everything up ;-))

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  14. gingerella says:

    Great choices Sarah! And I loved reading the background to them. Looking forward to seeing them all. The Linden is so popular but for some reason, it’s just never made it to my ‘to sew’ list. *scratches head*

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  15. PsychicKathleen says:

    I am new to your blog and just have to say how very much I enjoyed it 🙂 I had a few good giggles and felt inspired. I have a few of the patterns you mention here but my main goals (wish I WAS an excel nerd! but I used Collette’s Wardrobe Planner which is also very good) are around fitting so now I’m working on a princess seam blouse (my first ever) and I’ve signed up for not one but 2! online classes including Tilly’s with the Rosa blouse. I’m also taking a monthly all day class with a local Shaman-Seamstress here in Victoria BC Canada 🙂 Once I have my fit nailed there’s no stopping me. I also need a couple of summer dresses and hope to get started on those by March to get ready for our summer.

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  16. That’s great!!!! I have heard of the book, I certainly love the posts Orange do, they’re always really helpful. I did the Etsy class and that was excellent. I just need to source some good fabrics, and shift the weight I’ve no doubt put on over Christmas!!!! Xx


  17. Argyro K. says:

    I enjoyed so much reading your post! I have the same issue Sarah. .what looks glamorous on others looks mumsy and geeky on me! Hahaha! 😁 I’m totally OK with that, however it is still a bit funny! Using elbow patches on Fraser sweater sounds really interesting! Love the fabric that you chose from Girlcharlee! 💕 I’m looking forward to see the pants! 👖 Wow, bra making!? I’m not ready for that yet! Good luck! Are you aware of the “demystifying bra footing and construction ” book by Norma Loehr (she is the founder of orange lingerie! )? I’ve read great reviews about this book! Happy sewing! 😘😘😘

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  18. Haha, thanks Jane (although I think there’s still 33m left 😉) Looking forward to seeing yours!! Xx


  19. I’ll probably end up making that New Look knit dress too, I don’t think there’s anything more chic than a fitted, striped knit dress. You were perfectly right to buy that fabric immediately! x

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  20. Thank you!!! I keep waiving between the dress and the pants as my favourite; truth is I’m just really really keen to sew them both up! Hoping the trousers aren’t too much hassle to fit!


  21. What a great pattern selection. The cigarette pants is my favourite. Can’t wait to see your houndstooth version when it’s ready.

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  22. Oh that’s good to hear and thank you!!! The shirtdress is possibly the thing I’m most excited about but yes, like you, I’m also still loving jersey Knits too!!! Xx

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  23. Thanks Sharon and hahaha, we shall see!!! Any that you’re planning to make too?


  24. Your SOI shirtdress is fab and totally glam on you! But I’d definitely have to do a FBA at the very least! It would be good to make a few different patterns up and compare them; I might just do that!! Xx


  25. Sharon says:

    Great choices Sarah! Like the mix of dressy-up items and practical everyday stuff 👍 Look forward to seeing them come to life over next year …obvs excepting those that are changed/dropped as whims dicatate😉😂

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  26. Amanda - I Sew A Lot says:

    Loving your choices!!! I was worried about the Sew Over It Vintage Shirtdress being mumsy too but now I have made it and fitted it properly I love it. Even with the dodgy hem 🙂

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  27. Thanks Claire, oh gawd, absolutely!! Me too!!


  28. Claire says:

    You have some lovely patterns there. I am particularly leaning towards the jumpers now while I freeze my *** off! 🙂

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  29. craftysewandsewindorset says:

    Loving this top nine sewing ideas. I have a few similar makes in my list, definitely liking jersey tops at the moment. I made a McCalls shirt dress last year that I’m really happy with so sure this version will look great.

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