Through serendipitous chance, I stumbled upon the blog Lucky Lucille, run by the lovely Rochelle. I fell in love with her quirkiness and her gorgeous makes, and quickly hit the subscribe button to add her to my Bloglovin’ feed. Browsing her recent posts brought me to discover that she hosted the 2018 Make Nine Challenge!
The #2018MakeNine Challenge is a hashtag and challenge aimed at helping maker’s focus on their making habits and motivations while serving as a flexible tool for planning the next year in projects. I laid out a goal of making a ton of different items this past year (and failed miserably), so I love that this hashtag is not supposed to serve as a hard and fast rulebook for making, but rather a gentle roadmap to guide our intentions and desires for the coming year.
Rochelle shared the following questions to consider when choosing your nine projects. My answers are shared below!
What do you want or need? Be forgiving about pattern choice but get specific about what you want/need to make this year.
- Pullover sweaters: I would like to emulate my favorite target sweater with a funnel neck.
- Cardigans: I wear cardigans daily over v-necks to work, and would like to switch it up
- Casual tee shirts and tunics: I
- Business casual tops for work
- Fancy, cocktail dress for Jaycee conferences
- Fleece pajama pants
- Leggings: I have a few pair of LLR leggings, but would like to make some with thicker fabrics in solid colors.
What did you learn from last year’s successes and “failures”? If you didn’t finish something on last year’s list, ask yourself why.
- Knit bands are simple and I should be using them!
- Don’t rush hemming jobs for the sake of getting things done.
- Measure twice, cut once. I messed up a shirt by taking too much off when I was taking it up from the dress length.
What values are important to you? Are you working towards a capsule wardrobe? A more ethical one? Are you on a budget? Being practical about what you choose to make is not boring or against the spirit of a challenge. There is success in logic.
- Slow fashion. I would like to focus my efforts on making my own clothes more often than purchasing them.
- I would like to be mindful to use fewer novelty prints and more classic patterns like stripes, polka dots, and florals as well as more solid colors like navy, mustard, grey, etc.
What’s in your laundry basket right now that you wear all the time? Are you interested in trying to recreate it?
- v-neck tee shirts: most of my shirts are ava+viv from Target. they are great, but all of mine are shorter than I’d prefer.
- camisoles and tank tops: I would really like to replace the 5+-year-old ones in my wardrobe.
- cardigans: again, most of these are cropped or shorter in length thanI’dd prefer.
What types of things do you really LOVE making? What do you dislike making? If you hate making pants, you don’t have to put them on your list just to feel like you conquered some new technique.
- Garment-wise, I like making shirts!
Are you a seasonal maker? Maybe your Make Nine list only includes summer patterns. Or winter knits. That’s totally okay!
- I would prefer to make things that I can wear year round.
Look at your calendar. Time isn’t found, it’s made. How much time can you make for each of the projects on your list?
- I would like to space out my makes and take no more than 1 week to accomplish them.
Do you want to stash-bust? Why or why not? Don’t force yourself to make something just because you’ve owned the pattern for years. If you haven’t made it yet, maybe your tastes have changed. That’s normal. No need to feel guilty about that. Maybe it’s time to re-home some patterns that no longer speak to you and start fresh.
- I have several prints from Girl Charlee that I purchased for ~$2 a yard that I would like to burn through. I plan to use these fabrics before I purchase any other knits.
- I would like to use the paper Simplicity patterns I have to put them to the test instead of just hoarding them 🙂
Is there a completely new-to-you type of project that you want to explore? Do you have the time and patience to explore it, knowing it’s possible you won’t like/wear it in the end? If yes, by all means branch out and try new things! That’s how you grow and get better.
- I would love to make a woven dress!
Based on these reflections, I have laid out the following mood board with pattern and silhouette ideas.
- Ashley Nell Tipton for Simplicity 8471: the pattern envelope shows sheet fabric with Ashley’s pattern 8345 underneath
- Do It Better Yourself Club Nora Sweater: What’s not the love? A slouchy cozy sweater that would be perfect for this bitter cold we are having in the Midwest right now.
- Cashmerette Springfield Top: I like the simple shape of this pattern and that it is a woven top. I have not made any tops with woven before, and would like to add a few cotton shirts to my summer wardrobe.
- Simplicity 8327 Women’s Leggings: I have a few tunics and dresses that are shorter than I’m comfortable with, and I need leggings to wear underneath.
- Stitch Upon a Time Scrundlewear: I have two pairs of scrundies, and by golly are they my favorite! They are uber comfortable and offer great coverage for my big ole’ booty.
- Stitch Upon a Time Versa Cami: I haven’t bought tank tops or camisoles in several years, and have worn some to the point of lace ripping and holes appearing. Glamorous, I know. I’d like to replace them with basic me-made solid color or simple patterned camis.
- Bella Sunshine Designs Apple Cardigan: A long cardigan over dresses when there’s a chill in the air; a mid-length with tunics and leggings; I could see this pattern offering a lot of versatility to my wardrobe pieces.
- Butterick Connie Crawford B5898: A wrap dress! My mother used to buy me wrap tops and dresses all the time when I was in middle school, and I haaaaaaated them. I suppose now that I’m older I should embrace that they are a staple silhouette, and make one that I can love.
- Do It Better Yourself Club Nicolette Tee: I’ve already made one and am itching to make more! I have a black and white polka dot knit and I am aiming to make in the first quarter of the year.
All of these patterns serve as inspiration, and may or may not be the actual patterns I use to bring these plans into fruition. I am hoping to expand not only my wardrobe, but my skills as a sewist through this hashtag and am up for the challenges it will bring me!
Are you participating in #2018makenine? If so, share a link to your image/video/post below! I’d love to see what you’re planning!