Ah I love this ‘gentle challenge’ because it’s more of a personal pledge than anything; a New Years’ Resolution, if you will. Not only do I find this challenge a useful tool for focusing the ol’ thought processes, I’m hoping it also reflects the evolution of my skill-set and style. Well, that’s the excuse I’m using to justify totally abandoning my 2017 list, along with all my other New Year’s Resolutions, by the mid-point of last year! Having made 5 out of the 9; I’d outgrown the list. And I’ve totally just made myself giggle looking back on it – have a look yourself and see if you can spot the ‘what on earth was I thinking’ entry! Although, and I hope you agree, there were a few notable successes made from it (see my M6696 Shirtdress, Coppelia ballet wrap cardy and striped jersey M6886 dress).

All in all, I’m truly excited by this, my 2018 list as I feel it represents both the practical and the developmental. There are patterns here that will fill holes in my wardrobe, encompassing both everyday essentials as well as a few more ‘tailored’ pieces, from joggers to jackets. But I also know that in cracking a couple of these, I’ll learn and develop some important core skills; welt pockets and sewing with Lycra anyone!?

It looks like this:

Sasha Trousers by Closet Case Files

Sew Sarah smith #2018 Make Nine #2018makenine

I got my hands on a paper copy of this pattern as, I’m guessing, a gazillion others  sensibly did too, soon after it’s release. It’s just such a classic looking pant! I’m down to my last pair of similarish RTW trousers and I refuse to buy anymore. I admit to feeling a bit daunted about those welt pockets but that’s the point (although View B omits them). Also, I’m down to my last pair of RTW jeans. If I can crack the fit of the Sasha, I’ll be downloading the PDF of their Ginger Jeans too as apparently its crotch length has been updated to match the block of the Sasha. So, in theory, by nailing the fit of the Sasha I’ll be killing two birds with one stone and be more readily able to fit the Gingers too.

Melilot shirt by Deer & Doe

Melilot #2018MakeNine

I made my first Melilot, which was also my first foray into Deer & Doe Patterns, just before Christmas. Apart from taking out some length it fit, quite staggeringly, straight out of the envelope. This rarely happens for me and this joy has roughly translated into my now wanting to sew my way through their entire back catalogue and I’m eagerly anticipating the release of their new Spring/Summer 2018 collection. But first and foremost I want several more of the Melilot; it’s a great shirt which will pair nicely with a classic pant like the Sasha or dressed down with, say, a pair of Ginger jeans. Although I made my first in a blousy rayon, I’ve got two lengths of floral lawns earmarked for the next. And I want a sheer one too. And some plains. This may turn out to be first ‘proper’ TNT pattern.

Luzerne Trench Coat by Deer & Doe

Luzerne Trench #2018makenine

See reason No 1 above. Reason number 2 is this – I had an oxblood pleather trench coat in my 20s in which I strut the streets of London until it literally fell apart at the seams. I loved it with a passion and, like all first loves, it’s not been forgotten! The Luzerne is pretty similar in design though I might have to consider reshaping the lapels and maybe lengthening it a tad. I’ll not make my first version in pleather since it’s obviously fairly unforgiving stuff. But once number one is nailed, you can bet your last coin I’ll be searching for pleather, in oxblood, like a woman possessed.

Halifax Hoodie by Hey June Patterns

Halifax hood make nine

I just love the look of this versatile pattern – I think I first spotted it on Heather (The Pug & Needle) and I’m diving into the funnel neck version first. I’ve got the pattern and fabric already lined up; I’m using some gorgeous Atelier Brunette French Terry which I think will look good paired with jeans. I admit to being half-tempted to make a version to matchymatch a pair of joggers which will probably replace my PJ’s and become my new ‘What I Wear When I Sew’ outfit.

Monsal Lounge Pants by Wendy Ward

Sew Sarah smith

I’ve just received a preview copy of Wendy’s latest book ‘A Beginners Guide to Sewing with Knitted Fabrics’ and have been invited (along with a host of other fabulous bloggers) to make up a garment from the book by way of a review. I’d been planning to jump on the Linden/Hudson loungewear bandwagon for some time but since receiving the book I’ve now ditched that idea in favour of Wendys’ Monsal pants. These are a classic looking jogger that if I’m brave enough to pair with the Halifax – tracksuit stylie – I’ll live in. Probably.

Lycra Leggings

Sew Sarah smith #2018 Make nineI’m undecided as to the pattern as yet. However, a sneaky little birdy tells me there’s a brand new leggings pattern in development at the moment and, really, I’m holding out for that particular one since I trust the designer. Watch this space!

The Appleton Wrap Dress by  Casmerette

Appleton Wrap Dress #2018makenine

I’ve sewn a few wrap dresses in my time but none that has come close to achieving holy grail status. Wrap dresses are funny beasts; I truly believe there is a version to suit and flatter every figure type but I’ve yet to find one where I’m completely happy with the fit over my ‘generously’ proportioned boobs. However, having seen Helen (Helen’s Closet) looking nothing less than fabulous in her sleeveless version of the Appleton recently, my interest in this pattern was again piqued. Given that Cashmerette design specifically for curves and that this dress comes with various cup sizes and promises an “…innovative neckband construction [that] prevents gaping…”, it’s probably fair to say I’ve been a bit slow on the uptake in trying this, Cashmerette’ first pattern.

Butterick 5908 Wide leg trousers


I’m considering these an essential part of what I’m going to call the ‘Trinity of Trousers’; forming of the classic straight legged pant (Sasha), the casual boyfriend jean (the Gingers) and this, the old Hollywood classic wide leg turned up trouser. The B5908 is an out of print pattern I got from Sew Direct and it has options for all the details I was looking for; semi-fitted with a tapered wide leg and turnups, contoured waistband and belt loops, fly zip and pockets. I can see it looking good with…

McCalls M7513 ‘Hacking Jacket’

M7513 Hacking jacket

This is your traditional, tailored looking, nipped in at the waist ‘Hacking Jacket’ type affair with its notched collar and peplum. I’m not keen on the fact that this jacket pattern is unlined though. I might decide not to worry about that or else find a similar pattern that is. Either way, this is the look I’m going for.

So there you have it. A mix of über comfy casuals and perennial staples. What do you think? Any here on your own list?

Sew Sarah smith

(NB if you want to know more about the #makenine challenges and the #2018makenine in particular, head on over to its founder, Rochelle of Lucky Lucille and @homerowfiberco Blog HERE)

Until next time, I hope your needle and thread continues to be strong in 2018 (now, excuse me, whilst I continue to veg out on the sofa for a little while longer yet!),

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30 thoughts on “My #2018MakeNine : my ‘I’m All Giddy With Excitement’ list!

  1. Thank you Lainee! It’s already proving it’s worth it’s weight in gold, my sewing output has risen dramatically! I love seeing peoples spaces too x


  2. LaineeMakes says:

    These all look really great choices I’m now looking forward to seeing your makes as they appear. I’m really enjoying seeing everyone’s plans set out.

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  3. Haha oh to be 20 something again. Maybe these plans are a sign of a mid life crisis. I haven’t got time for one of those! I think I’ve found some suitable fabric…I also have discovered my machine *hates* thick seams…I’m a bit worried about making coats for that reason…maybe I need to go machine shopping?!?! Xxx


  4. Hahaha it wasn’t difficult was it!! 😂🤣😘


  5. Have you a list or are you focusing on DIY and decorating and stuff!? Xx


  6. Monika says:

    There are gorgeous, I want to make them all too!

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  7. Thank you Sarah for your kind comment..

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  8. P.S. I think I’ve identified the “what were you thinking” one from 2017 😂😘

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  9. Loving your plans, and your D&D love! I’ll also be really interested to see the tracksuit combo, surely this is the Holy Grail of Sewing?! (Ok, maybe just in my world…) I can’t get 20-something Sarah in oxblood pleather out of my head now, I am SOOOOO looking forward to seeing that make! Xxx

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  10. Debby58 says:

    Thanks Sarah. I thinks its both buttonholes and collars I’m scared of but I am determined this year I will conquer my fear sooner rather than later. I will be contacting you again soon though for pointers to help. Happy New Year😀


  11. Sorry Pat my reply to you went astray! It’s at the top of the comments section xx


  12. Hi Pat, I’m taking part in this challenge but it’s actually run by Rochelle of @homerowfiberco – there’s a clicky link to her blog post on the challenge at the end of my own post. But basically yes, it’s just a list to help clarify what you need/want to sew fir the upcoming year, there are no hard and fast rules. Oh and I know what you mean, catalogues – or in my case, online browsing – is both addictive and ‘dangerous’ 🤣 Ahhh, Sewing’s way more fun that just watching TV eh xxx


  13. Thank you Anna darling! The Luzerne is spa wonderful shape and I can already picture you looking fabulous wearing it over one of your stunning dresses!! Xxx


  14. Thanks Sonja, you’re rate of productivity amazes me, I’m quite sure you’ll do brilliantly without any list! Xx

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  15. All the same to you Debby! It sounds like you did great with the jeans all in all! Well done you on tackling blouses/shirts! Is it the collars or buttonholes that worry you the most? I totally ignored the pattern instructions regarding the collar on my Melilot and followed the method in my collar tutorial post – honestly, that will make your life much easier. There’s a buttonhole tut somewhere in the archives too but give us a shout if I can help with anything xxx


  16. Thank you! Ah me too, it’s a classic but I like that the peplum pleats are somewhat exaggerated!


  17. Cheers Sarah…I’m kind of obsessing over Deer and Doe right now and totally kicking myself for not trying one of their patterns sooner; they’re a gem aren’t they! And I know what you mean about loungewear; it is kinda worrying thinking we’ll end up living in them forever but truthfully they’d only be replacing my Carolyn PJs in that regard! 😂 I’ve got the opposite problem to you, skinny thighs and a thicker waist but yes, let’s both crack the trousers this year matey 🤛🏻🤛🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻


  18. Wanderstitch says:

    I love that you’ve got a couple of Deer and Doe on there, their patterns are really good. Will be watching your loungewear intently to see if it’s something I might dip my toe into… though I feel if I do I might live in sweats too much 🤣 like you I’m down to one good pair of RTW jeans… I had a look in the sales last week and found that I need a 14/16 on the thighs but a 10 on the waist – which obvs isn’t gonna happen. So we can both make 2018 the year of the trousers 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

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  19. poppykettle says:

    I love a good list of things to sew. That hanging jacket is awesome!

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  20. Debby58 says:

    Thats a good mix Sarah. I too have never found a wrap dress that suits me so will watch with interest how your camarette dress turns out. I have made the ginger jeans with some success with regards to fit although i had a left leg twist which means I’ll have to try them again but I’m toying with the idea of making trousers out of said pattern too. Your last shirt was lovely and will be on my make 9 as I’m taking part for the first time this year hoping to conquer my fear of making shirts and blouses. I wish you a great 2018 of sewing. Happy new year.

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  21. Great pattern choice. I saw this #2018MakeNine challenge too. I decided not to enter although I like sewing challenges. Sewing in my free time is for me a way to escape from my daily structured life.

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  22. What a wonderful list this is, Sarah! Such inspiring choices. I am planning to make a Luzerne coat as well this spring. It is so much fun to plan all the lovely makes for the year ahead 🙂

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  23. patnjerry11 says:

    Sew, are you encouraging us to post a similar list of nine things we plan to make in 2018? This has me thinking. I already joined a ready-to-wear fast for 2018. I have an ambitious list of stashed projects in my “sewing cupboard” and I hope to get them all sewn in the coming year, but with the pace at which I sew now in my “old age”, I think I should wean the list down to a more likely doable number, like the nine you have chosen. Then I won’t feel so much a failure when I don’t get them all made. This will take some thought and sorting, maybe even eliminating of projects that are not even something I really want to wear any more. I have been all excited with the rtw fast challenge that I have even thought I would add a crocheted kimono style sweater after finding a new catalog from a yarn company in my mailbox. I am a sucker for catalogs! After all, I do need something to keep my hands busy in the evenings, while hubby plays remote roulette with the tv (why do some men do that?).

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