2018 Make Nine

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Remember when I declared in front of the entire Internet and God that I was going to sew nine new items in 2017? Welp. I didn't make one garment last year. And I'm OK with that.

Like many of my creative endeavors, I take a while to think about the meaning and process behind the project long before I ever pick up a tool or supply. My creative thoughts linger and they build on each other in layers and waves. Instead of fighting it, I can embrace it for what it is and... move forward anyway. There is value in every step of the creative process, even when that step requires little to no action at all.

I love that this project is called "a gentle challenge for makers" because it is a constant goal of mine to fully embrace the gentleness of the handmade arts. More importantly, I aim to be gentle with myself when my creative goals don't always match up with reality. I'm still very much a novice when it comes to garment sewing, but I love that this project somehow encourages curiosity and exploration without a crippling level of expectation. It's exciting and freeing all at the same time.

OK. So, on to my 2018 Make Nine picks!

  1. Darling Ranges Dress by Megan Nielsen (photo inspiration). A staple dress for sure.
  2. Zinnia Skirt by Colette Patterns (photo inspiration). This was included in last year's roundup, but I still love it and think about it often. Also, I'm loving that lace top in the photo!
  3. Ludlow Scarf by Brooklyn Tweed. Obviously.
  4. Virginia Leggings by Megan Nielsen (photo inspiration). I need a full-length version in black and grey, but I'm also living for these cropped pants in the photo. It's the perfect workout staple, but I really can't wait to bust this pattern out in late November to make some Christmas leggings!
  5. Blackwood Cardigan by Helen's Closet (photo inspiration). Yellow, always and forever.
  6. Esteem Dress by Cali Faye (photo inspiration). To be honest, this dress is a little sexier than my comfort level usually permits, but I immediately fell in love with the inspiration photo when I first laid eyes on it and have been literally daydreaming about it for at least two years.
  7. Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio (photo inspiration by @ebonyh). The perfect sweater. I want one in grey, oatmeal, and something speckled.
  8. Lander Pants by True Bias (photo inspiration by @sewliberated). Stylish and easy. Perfect!
  9. Kalle Shirtdress by Closet Case Patterns (photo inspiration). The shirtdress of my dreams.

What's interesting to me, is that all of my picks last year were more inspirational than practical. This year, my picks feel like I'm well on my way to building a capsule wardrobe. All of them, with the exception of the scarf, are things I could see myself wearing on any given day. They are things I want to make just because I love them, but also what I love most is that they feel so "me".