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New Sews for the New Year: #2018MakeNine

Happy New Year! It’s my first post of 2018 and my stop on the New Sews for the New Year Blog Tour hosted by Sewing by Ti. Ironically with this month’s theme I haven’t sewn anything new for the new year, BUT I have some big plans to share!

Two popular hashtags on Instagram, #2017bestnine and #2018makenine, have really made me think about my 2017 sews and how I want to grow over the next year. This type of thinking isn’t new for me, or anyone for that matter, but you’ll start to see a shift here on the blog because of it. It’s about time I get honest with myself, and if anything this post will inspire someone else out there to do the same.

A focus on mindfulness

I shared the above roundup under the #2017bestnine hashtag on Instagram. Looking these top top nine posts from this past year, I can definitely say “oh, I like that!” or oh, I love that piece.” on everything I’ve made. But do these items cohesively fit into a wardrobe I’m excited about? Unfortunately, I have to say no. And that’s so hard for me–because I’m a perfectionist. I overthink things, and I just want everything to feel like “me.” I haven’t been considering how a piece will fit into my wardrobe, how often I will wear it, if the fabric is right, etc.

So that was a long way of saying that I’m going to focus on planning out my makes in the next year. I truly believe, 100%, that becoming more mindful of my makes and planning will elevate everything I make and write about in 2018.

My #2018makenine plan

I taught a nonprofit PR class last semester, which was a great experience, and one thing I drilled into my students was “fail to plan, plan to fail.” And looking back over the past year and how unfocused I’ve been it’s ironic to me that I wasn’t practicing what I preached! I can tell, however, that my favorite makes came out of the weeks or months where I planned out what I was going to sew. It sounds so simple, right?

Enter the #2018makenine hashtag started by Rochelle of @homerowfiberco. I didn’t join in for #2017makenine, and I wish I had! I’m not sure why I didn’t…because I did a #2016makenine here on the blog and on Instagram. (Although, I didn’t really get any of those patterns sewn up–oops!)

This hashtag is a great way to start the year and decide: what nine projects do you want to make this year? Sure, I’ll make more than nine items (I think I could make a #2018makeninemore list), but there are some patterns I really want to see myself make this year! Some what I plan to make here also coincides with the #SewMyStyle2018 challenge that is happening that I will be blogging about soon!

My Make Nine Plan (in no particular order):
  1. Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet
    I have soooo many cardigan patterns, but there is just something about this one. I think it really fits with the look I’m going for in my wardrobe. I’ve not sewn up anything by Helen yet, but the versions I’ve seen on Instagram are what sold me!
  2. Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Files
    This pattern has been on my list since it launched, and I’m making 2018 the year that I MAKE JEANS.
  3. Kalle Shirt by Closet Case Files
    I love the look of this shirt and how it can fit into my wardrobe plans. It’s also a part of the #sewmystyle2018 line-up, and I’ll be tackling it in March.
  4. Fringe Dress/Shirt by Chalk and Notch 
    I love, love, love this pattern. I have two Fringe dresses in my closet (one blogged here and one unblogged), and I have plans to make at least one more dress and a top version this year.
  5.  Stowe Bag by Grainline Studio
    When this pattern came out I remember buying it almost immediately. I’ve made one of the smaller project bags for myself and one of the larger ones for my mom. It’s a beautifully designed pattern, and I’m ready to make (and blog about) a new one!
  6. Lily Hoodie by DG Patterns
    This will be another new designer for me this year, and I’m excited to sew this one up! I think it will be perfect to add to my weekend wear arsenal.
  7. Sunny Dress by Friday Pattern Company
    One more new-to-me designer (and a pattern from the #sewmystyle2018 list!). I love the concept behind this company, as 5% of the proceeds go to a rotating collection of charities.
  8. Union St. Tee by Hey June Handmade
    This pattern was a TNT (tried and true) pattern for me back in 2015. Last year Adrianna updated the pattern, and I am excited to sew a few new versions!
  9. Leschi Blouse by Straight Stitch Designs
    Last but not least, I have at least two new Leschis to sew up this year. This was one of my favorite pattern tests of 2017, and I can’t wait to add more of these tops to my closet!

The end goal

Earlier this week I took a half day at work, and as I threw on my loungewear I realized…I made my entire outfit! And I’m comfortable! I posted the photo above to Instagram, and I think it’s worth mentioning again, that sewing has really changed the way I love myself and my body. I truly haven’t had an “UGH” moment in a very long time.

Ultimately I want to look back on 2018, this space and my wardrobe and feel like I accomplished creating/documenting a wardrobe I’m proud of as well as inspire others along the way. It’s always my goal to keep creating–and create and inspire joy. 😉

Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the this January tour!

Monday, January 1st: Introduction- Sewing by Ti

2nd With Love In Every Stitch

3rd FABulous Home Sewn

4th Kathys Kwilts and More

5th The Fairy Dust Bin

6th The Bear and Pea Atelier

Sunday, January 7th: Minn’s Things

8th Lilla Gumma

9th Threadistry

10th Very Blissful *** You are here. 😀

11th Margarita on the Ross

12th Stitched by Jennie

13th Mermaid Mama Designs

Sunday, January 14th: Sew Like a Sloth

15th Sewing With Sarah

16th My Sewing Roots

17th Back 40 Life

18th Sewing With D

19th Ma Moose

20th My Heart Will Sew On


Sunday January 21st: Flaxfield Sewing

22nd Tales from a Southern Mom

23rd Auschick Sews

24th Sew Sew Ilse

25th Seams Sew Lo

26th Kate Will Knit

27th Tenille’s Thread

Sunday January 28th: Sew Haute Blog

29th Kathy’s Kwilts and More

30th Sewn By Lone and With Love In Every Stitch

31st It Sew Colorful


If you’ve made it this far, you are awesome. I want to know: What are you planning to focus on this next year in your life? Not just sewing goals…knitting goals, DIY goals, life goals. I want to know!

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