2018 Make 9

The end of 2017 has been a very busy year for me and I’m honestly not sure how much sewing time I’ll have in 2018 based on my current work schedule. Due to my more limited sewing time planning my makes is more important than ever.

Black Mid-Rise Ginger Jeans

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I definitely could use some more jeans in my rotation since that is essentially all I’ve been wearing lately. I tried the high rise version of the Closet Case Patterns Ginger Jeans and while I still wear them very often I find that it looks a bit weird when I tuck in shirts due to my short torso and pear-shape. I’m thinking the mid-rise version in black will be a bit more flattering and very versitile.

Leggings

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I’ve already made two pairs of leggings that still haven’t made it on to the blog. However, I’m definitely in need of more! I used a tutorial on how to draft leggings for my first two pairs so I could just make a couple of adjustments to that pattern and make some more! Alternatively I might use the above Megan Nielsen Virginia Leggings pattern and do a comparison between my self drafted version and the pattern created by a professional!

Watson Bra

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At this point I’ve made several Harriet Bras but I still haven’t made the Watson Bra. It is high on my list for 2018 since I’d love to have some more soft bras!

Underwear

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After I was totally defeated by my first pair of underwear in 2017 I think I’ll be recovered enough at some point in 2018 to give it another go. I’m honestly not sure which pattern I’ll end up using since my first try was such a disappointment. I could try the Watson Bikini since I already have that pattern but I may also try a hipster pattern since maybe the bikini style isn’t good for me based on my first experience? The pattern above is the Evie La Luve Bella Panties which could be a good option.

Victory Patterns Hannah Dress

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I had been looking for fabric for the Victory Patterns Hannah dress for a long time and I finally found some amazing fabric over Thanksgiving break when I made a stop by Stonemountain and Daughter. I absolutely love this version by Closet Case Files and I’m going to do something similar with a floral fabric with the color blocking.

Knit a sweater

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I started knitting a sweater a while ago but it ended up being a huge disappointment and I still haven’t finished it. I am thinking I might just frog that one and move on with my life. For my next sweater I think I’m going to use the Cascades Pattern by Michelle Wang. My parents got some wool spun in to yarn for me last year for Christmas and I’m really excited to use it so I definitely want to start towards a sweater this year.

Shorts

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I still have yet to make shorts and I’m thinking that 2018 is going to be the year! I love the Lander Pants shorts view and think that will be the pattern I’ll use. I do have the Grainline Studio Maritime Shorts pattern and I don’t have the Lander Pants pattern yet though so maybe I should try the Maritime Shorts pattern first?

Chambray Kalle Tunic

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I love my Kalle Shirt Dress but I haven’t been wearing it since it has been so cold. I’m planning on making a tunic length version in chambray and maybe adding sleeves for extra warmth if I have enough fabric. I think this will get a ton of wear this winter so I’m hoping to get this one done pretty soon!

Alder Shirtdress

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This one doesn’t seem that exciting since I’ve already made two of them but while I was in New York City recently I got a large scale floral print to make in to another Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress and I’m super excited about it. My other two alders get a lot of wear so I’m really excited to make a bolder version in 2018!

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Pink Cloud Hemlock with Side Vents

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I got this amazing cloud sweater knit from Blackbird fabrics with the intension of making a Hemlock. I wasn’t really sure when I got the fabric that it was going to be a good fit. I was worried that the color is too close to my skin tone and that the boxiness of the Hemlock would add to the unflattering nature. I then saw a someone in real life wearing a sweater in a very similar color with extreme side vents and I new that was the added touch that would keep the Hemlock interesting.

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I used the same pattern as my split hem version but I only sewed the side seams a couple of inches. When I sewed the hem I pivoted and sewed up one leg of the vent, pivoted and sewed a couple of stitches across the seam to the back, sewed down the back leg of the vent and then pivoted and sewed the back hem. It came together pretty quickly.

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I’ll likely wear it with tank tops underneath. I’m thinking that I’d wear striped tank tops for more interest or lacy tank tops like I have on here. I also could just wear it with high waisted jeans but I have yet to actually do that.

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