2018 make nine

Sewing Plans

Friday, January 05, 2018

New year, new sewing plans!
I took a short break away from the sewing machine over the holidays, trying to avoid the pressure of making last minute party dresses just for the sake of it. But I've not stopped thinking about what I want to make in 2018.
This being the first week of January, my Instagram feed has been filled with other peoples sewing plans and #2018makenine goals, so here are some patterns that I am matchmaking with fabrics from my stash.
1. Four slice sweater, No Patterns Needed: DIY Couture by Rosie Martin.
I've got two patterns from Rosie's book on this list that I'm planning on making. I got the book for my birthday last year and the only reason I haven't made anything from it yet is because I haven't been able to choose where to start!
I really like the idea of combining a textured jersey with some plain sweatshirt material and I've got plenty of bits that need stash-busting. I would love to make more than just one of these.

2. Bloomsbury Blouse, Nina Lee Patterns.
Nina Lee has so many beautiful patterns but the Bloomsbury blouse is my favourite and now that it's available as a printed version I'm definitely making it! I've got some lightweight cottons that would look really pretty made up as this blouse but I would also like to make a plain version with embroidery on the front yoke.

3. Linden sweatshirt, Grainline Studio.
I love my green linden sweatshirt as it's nice on it's own as well as layered over dresses. There are still a few cold months ahead I'm definitely in need of some more long sleeved tops.

4. Maisa Denim Jacket, Named Clothing.
I fell in love with this jacket pattern last year when it came out and I am especially inspired by the fact that the sample in the photo was made using 2 pairs of old jeans. I'm definitely looking forward to making my own version using up denim scraps and embellishing & embroidering the back panel with some bold colours and textures.

5. Asymmetric mini skirt, No Patterns Needed: DIY Couture by Rosie Martin.
I am print mad so I need some plain skirts to go with my tops. However the reason I don't like making plain skirts is that they are often boring. I hope that making this asymmetric skirt with some quirky buttons won't bore me along the way and I do like the idea of this kind of wrap style skirt.

6. Nettie bodysuit, Closet Case patterns.
I've been meaning to make this sewing pattern for ages and I've got some printed and striped jersey that I plan on using. It's such a nice staple pattern and I've only heard great things about Closet Case patterns so I look forward to making my first Nettie bodysuit.

7. Rainbow funnel neck top.
I recently bought a rainbow jersey fabric from missgingers.co.uk and it wasn't on a whim, I've pinned several rainbow tops on Pinterest and I'd love to make my own one next week to cheer myself up in this super dark and gloomy month. My material has been prewashed and is ready to go, I think I'll make my own pattern for this top as It's pretty straight forward.

8. Coco dress, Tilly and The Buttons.
I love Tilly and the Buttons sewing patterns and I'm really looking forward to making both the coco top and dress versions, with and without the collar.

9. Fitted retro style trousers
TROUSERS!? I know, with a blog called Skirt All Week it might come as a surprise. But sometimes a girl could use a nice pair of fitted trousers to go with all of her handmade tops and blouses.
I need them fitted but comfortable, with lots of pockets and a high waisted fit. I am going to try and make the pattern for these trousers myself as I don't think I can find a vintage pattern that would translate well size wise but also because a great fit is tricky to get even with a fantastic pattern, we're all combinations of different shapes and sizes so it's not easy to construct. I'm positive this could be another wardrobe staple though. Fingers crossed!

As you might be able to tell there aren't any dresses on this list, because, knowing myself I will definitely make a bunch of those anyway. I need a forties style dress for this years Dig for Victory Show and I'm also invited to a couple of weddings so I look forward to doing a bit of digging through my vintage sewing pattern collection to see if I can find some goodies in there. I'll of course share my progress with you.
Happy new year and happy sewing!

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