Wednesday, 2 January 2019

2019 Make Nine

2018 Make Nine was the first time I've taken part in this challenge, and I have to say that I loved it!  I made all nine of my items, and my theme was to make patterns I had wanted to make for ages using fabric I already had.

And, as the saying goes - if it ain't broke, don't fix it.  So I'm going with the same theme this year, and here are my choices.


1. Deer and Doe Luzerne Trench Coat

6. Self-drafted shirt

7. Silk self-drafted shirt/blouse

8. Self-drafted Gwen dress

9. Self-drafted 1940s dress

For those of you interested in the nitty-gritty deets, read on...

Last year I made the Deer and Doe Pavot Coat (which has sadly been discontinued) as part of my 2018 Make Nine, and it's been worn a lot.  So I thought I obviously need another coat in a similar style.    I loves me a trench coat, and clearly remember seeing this pattern release on the Deer and Doe blog when I was on the bus.  The fact that it's unlined put me off for a bit, but then I got over myself when I accidently bought this fabric from The Textile Centre.

It's a polyester crepe, and I bought 3 metres with the plan to make a dress.  But when I got the fabric in my hands it was too heavy for a dress, and I realised it would be perfect for this coat.  The fabric requirement on the pattern is 3 7/8 yds (which google has just told me is about 3.6 metres in real money),  but when I went to order another metre, but it was sold out!

I know I'll have to shorten the sleeves, and I'm not making the belt because it will get lost.  Also I was thinking I could cut the inside of the back yoke from some printed cotton, and use the rest for the bias binding.  With that, and some Olympic Standard pattern Tetris, I think it will be ok.

The purple is a bit darker in real life.

This is a Craftsy class with the fabulous Kenneth D King were he shows you how to make a pattern from a pair of jeans you already have, and then how to sew them up.  I've made the Closet Case Ginger jeans before, but didn't love the fit at the bum.

I have exactly two pairs of jeans that fit me well, and they are both exactly the same.  They are petite super skinny jeans from New Look (the shop, not the pattern company), and I must have them at least five years.  They are very well worn, and getting a bit thread-bare in places (on Tuesday a hole developed in the right knee of one pair), so I am in dire need of some replacements.  

I love these jeans because they have a low rise.  It seems that low rise jeans aren't in style now, and I find even mid rise jeans to be too high on my short torso.  My real-life sewing pal Ruth has had great success making jeans from this class (I think she told me she'd made seven pairs!), so I'm hoping for great things from this.

I have three pieces of denim to try these out on, the dark blue and grey are from Guthrie and Ghani, and the black is from Stitchy Bee.  

My love for this wrap dress is enormous, I've already made two here and here, and ages ago I saw a maxi version on Instagram.  I also love a maxi dress, so this was a combination that I couldn't get out of my head.  

My fabric is some gorgeous black patterned viscose from The Textile Centre, and I think I will maybe do some little capped sleeves on this.

This pattern wins the prize for being the only one to feature here last year and this year.  I've made the top twice here, and last year I hacked it into a dress here (I flipping love that dress!), and also made a short sleeve dress that never made it to the blog (which I also love).   

Since I'm clearly not done with this pattern, this time I'm going to make the top, but add the long sleeves from my dress hack.  I used to have a lovely green silk top just like that, but it was too small in the bust.  My fabric is some gorgeous silk I got on ebay, and I'm hoping I have enough!

It was the 70s-ness of this dress that spoke to me (no surprise there), and this pattern has been lying, un-loved, in my sewing room for far too long.  My fabric is a faux suede/moleskin type of thingy that I've had for ages.  Can't remember where it was from - I bought it to make a coat, but it was too light weight, and has been in the fabric box ever since.

I'm not sure how well this will fit me, so I can see me taking the pattern and drafting it from my block.  We'll see how it goes.

The brown is darker in real life.

6.  Self-drafted shirt

This has been in the making since about last June when I got this gorgeous viscose challis from Like Sew Amazing.  It just said shirt to me, and I have it in my head that I want to make a fitted shirt with 3/4 length sleeves and French cuffs.

I had planned to get started on this when I got the fabric; but, unbelievably, we had nice weather during the summer, so I didn't need to wear it.  But since I made my Winslow Culottes (here and another un-blogged pair), which I wear a lot, I've realised this shirt would go perfectly with them.  This will be my first make, and a toile has already been made.

7. Silk self-drafted shirt/blouse

This one follows on from the one above.  The fabric is some green silk from ebay bought a few years ago.  It was always going to be a sleeveless, or capped sleeve shirt/blouse to wear in the summer.  Like number 6, there is a gap in my wardrobe for it, so I need to get on with it too!

The green is more vivid and gorgeous in real life.

8. Self-drafted Gwen dress

You know how it is, you're looking at The Textile Centre's website, and everything is so cheap, it goes into your basket...  Well, that's how I ended up buying this navy and white spotty viscose.  My love of a viscose dress is well documents, and when I got the fabric in my hands it reminded me of the gorgeous vintage dress Gwen Stefani wore in the video for Don't Speak by No Doubt.  So that's what it's going to be!

The blue is a bit darker in real life

9.  Self-drafted 1940s dress

This one is deliberately vague.  Following on from my above-mentioned love of vicose dresses,   I have lots of lovely viscose fabrics, and lots of ideas for 1940s (or 1970s does 1940s) style dresses.  So it's time to put the two together, and see what I come up with! 


Well done if you got to the end of this, and I'm enjoying reading everybody elses Make Nine plans.  Good luck if you're taking part.



  1. Happy New Year! Love the idea of the Gwen-inspired dress! Have a great 2019 and happy sewing! :)

    1. Thanks Emily! I'm loving the Gwen dress too! When I got that spotty fabric, it couldn't be anything else.

  2. Looking forward to watching another year of your inspiring makes. I’m not at home over new year, so I’m planning on reorganising my sewing space over January and I expect I’ll hone my plans over that time!

    1. Thanks Colette! Good luck with the reorganising. I'm never a big fan of having to sort out the sewing room, but it's amazing how messy I can make it!!

  3. Happy New Year Lynne. What lovely patterns and fabrics you've chosen as always. Can't wait to see them. I'm planning to make two dresses( vogue9251 and NL 6560 which is a wrap top which I hope to lengthen into a dress) also a Serendipity Jordan jacket in a white linen blend. Wishing you all the best and a very happy sewing year!

  4. Thanks Elaine! I just had to google both those patterns, and they are gorgeous! I'm very taken with the New Look top, and it would be lovely lengthened to a dress. Good luck with all your plans!

  5. I love the look of your pattern/fabric combinations Lynne! I'm particularly looking forward to seeing your Gwen Stefani dress - I remember loving that dress when Don't Speak was released and the video was being played everywhere!

    1. Thanks Ruth! I looking forward to making the Gwen dress too! I've nearly finished the white and black shirt, so I might do the Gwen dress next.

  6. I look forward to following your progress throughout 2019 and am in no doubt that you will manage to make all of these and more"

    1. Thanks Helen! I really found this useful last year to make things that I'd really wanted to make for ages. Clearly accountability works for me!


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