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My Make 9 2021

One of my favourite things about the start of a new year is starting a new make 9 plan! Last year was my first make 9, I didn't share it publicly as I was so new to sewing at the beginning of 2020, but now I'm a touch over a year into my sewing journey, I'm feeling more confident in my choices.

The common theme with my make 9 this year is it had to use something I already own - either the pattern, the material, or a kit.

1: Wool and the Gang - Needed Me Cardigan

I made my first Needed Me cardi in a gorgeous lilac in 2020 and bought the wool to make one in a bright yellow not long after. I've started it but not made much progress so I want to get it done this year. I've got so much wear out of my lilac one, I can't wait to have a bright yellow to brighten up my outfits and keep me cosy.

2: Megan Nielsen - Sudley Dress

I have a pretty significant lack of dresses in my wardrobe despite them being my favourite garment (you may have noticed by the fact that over half of my make 9 is dresses!), and one dress I'd love to make is the Sudley dress. I still need to find the perfect fabric for this pattern, currently, I'm torn between a cute patterned viscose or a cosy double gauze, but I'd like a fabric that will make this dress versatile for both cold and hot seasons and be something that is work appropriate too for when we finally get back to the office.

3: Tilly and the Buttons - Delphine Skirt

Shorter length skirts are another thing my wardrobe is lacking on, I love a jumper, mini skirt, thick tights and chunky boots look in colder seasons! I have already made one Delphine skirt in an autumnal print, but I'd love to make one in a few versatile colours that I can get a lot of wear out of. Sometimes I feel like mini skirts can be really restrictive, but the slightly flared sides in Delphine removes this so I feel like I can walk, not waddle!

4: Tilly and the Buttons - Lotta

You can't go wrong with a simple dress, so I think the midi length version of the Lotta will work perfectly for me. I've got a black and white polka dot viscose to make it from, I'm aiming to make it layerable for winter and work appropriate. I'm also planning on hacking it just slightly, I'm not huge on how the elasticated waist looks so I'm going to add waist ties instead - let's hope that works!

5: By Hand London - Anna

The Anna dress isn't necessarily my normal style, but here's just something about it that really draws me in. I'm thinking a more midi length would make a gorgeous summer dress, I just need to find the perfect fabric.

6: Megan Nielsen - Rowan

I desperately need some good quality, black turtle necks/long sleeve tops in my life. I use them so frequently to layer, and most of mine are old Primark ones from before I started sewing that have seen much better days. I also want to make a mustard yellow one from some fabric in my stash, and I'll probably want some other colours too as they're just so practical.

7: By Hand London - Jenna

This sweet little dress will be perfect for a cute summer dress, I've already got a lilac gingham in my stash that this will be just perfect for and I've also ordered a black and blue floral for a more cold weather appropriate version, I'm dreaming of a leather jacket and chunky boots for this one!

8: Tilly and the Buttons - Stevie Gathered Dress Add On

The Stevie dress add on is another pattern I can see being versatile for both warm and cold seasons. I love a loose-fitting smock for the warmer weather - I'm thinking a cute floral for the summer and a double gauze version for colder weather.

9: By Hand London - Hannah

I'm saving the best for last with the By Hand London Hannah. I toiled this in Summer 2020 and started making another version in a gorgeous bottle green viscose twill but I put it down when my partner got ill and I've just never picked it up again. I want to finish my in progress one, but I want to try and make another one with bishop sleeves and the wrap top version too because just everything about this pattern is perfection!

And that's my make 9 2021! I want to make at least one of each of the items on the list, but with a bit of luck hopefully, I manage to make all of the versions I'm dreaming of too. Let me know of your make 9s for this year in the comments, I'd love to have a nose at what you're making!

Happy Stitching!