2017 Make Nine

Last year my love for sewing continued to grow, and I made some clothes that I’m really proud of. So my aim for 2017 is to build upon this and keep making and keep improving! I saw the #2017MakeNine tag on Instagram and thought it would be a great way to set myself some goals for the year ahead.

Discovering the online sewing community last year really fuelled my passion for dressmaking. I was so inspired by the beautiful makes shown in blog posts, YouTube videos and Instagram posts. These posts helped me realise a handmade wardrobe can be created in any style you want.

I may be a beginner, but I hope to use this space to record my makes, and hopefully my progress. Not all of them will be successful I’m sure, but if I’m learning new techniques or things to avoid in the future it will all help!

Image Credits: tillyandthebuttons.com, uk.pinterest.com/pin/434667801512004887, sewoverit.co.uk, simplicitynewlook.com, temptationgifts.com

Margot Pyjama Bottoms

A great way for me to venture into trousers with a nice simple pattern for loose fitting pyjama bottoms.



A gift last Christmas from a friend, I hope using this will build my confidence on cutting into nice fabric and giving things a go even if the instructions seem a bit confusing.

Liberty Tie

I’ve already made a Christmas tie using the Sew Over It tie pattern, and now I want to use the lovely Liberty fabric that’s been bought especially for tie making!

Shift Top

Last year I made a great 3/4 sleeve Ultimate Shift Dress and now I’d like to make the top version with some brushed cotton I picked up from Raystitch.


I spotted some great sheer fabric in Walthamstow that I thought would make a fab kimono. I’ve not had much to do with slippy fabrics yet but think a simple pattern may be a good introduction.

Wash bag

I’d like to replace my current wash bag which is rather ancient now, and ideally I’d like to replicate the style of my old faithful. This will mean working with waterproof fabrics and some new fastenings/closures.

Susie Blouse

I bought the Susie Blouse kit last year and made one up in some ‘practice fabric’. I now want to make one up with the fabric it came with as it would be great for Spring.

Frill Sleeve Top

I totally fell in love with Rosa’s top, the pattern and the fabric choice. I want to shamelessly copy this if possible as I’m just dying to have it in my wardrobe!

Lined Dress

Now this I think will be a big challenge, as I’ve not done any dressmaking with linings yet, but it’s a skill I really want to acquire as I think it will make my garments more refined.




Have you made any of the above? If so I’d love to hear any tips!