#MakeNine update

So today marks the first day of the second half of the year. Gah. Where did the first half go?!

This means that it’s only about three months until I go to New York City – which I am obvs tres excited for – but I have in my head a list of makes that I want to take with me to photograph and I haven’t started a single one of them.

I also remembered that I chose a #MakeNine at the start of the year, which – as we are now halfway through the year – I technically should have completed 4.5 items from, but I have a sneaky feeling that I’m falling short. Wayyyy short.

So I thought I’d do a little count up and see exactly HOW short.

(spoiler – a fair bit)

So here’s the #MakeNine that I chose for myself, and a little run down of the current status of each one:

#1 Amelia Bomber Jacket, Wardrobe By Me

I chose this pattern as a way of continuing to make outerwear, but without having to make yet another wool tailored coat. I don’t actually own a bomber jacket, so this may actually fill a gap in my wardrobe as well as satisfying my itch to make yet another jacket.

Have I made it yet?


Am I any closer to making it?

Yes! ?? I originally printed out the pdf pattern on A4 paper, like, probably six months ago now. But you know how much I (and indeed any other sane person on this planet) HATE sticking pdfs together. Trim, align, tape. Trim, align, tape. Repeat 60 times. DIE.

I think that was putting me off getting started – having to tape all those pages together – so I bit the bullet and got the pattern printed onto tissue. I mean, yes I know it cost me like £7 or something, on top of the cost of the pattern, but it was *so* worth it.

I have some special fabrics in mind for this jacket (Alexander Henry – YASSSSSS) and want to see if the pattern will fit both me and the husbeast so I need to make a trial run first – and I’ve now landed upon the perfect fabric in my stash to make the trial from. I’m going to use some scuba leftovers from my Kielo dress:

This cost me £3 a metre, so it’s ideal to practice on – and I actually like the fabric so I’m hoping it’s going to be wearable at the end. I’ve never made a bomber jacket before, so open-end zips and ribbing for the cuffs/collars are going to be a learning curve for me. I kept looking for the perfect rib fabric online and it seemed that NeoTrims have the biggest (but not the most exciting) selection – though those stripes are all a bit ‘college’ for me.

Determined not to give up, or settle for something I didn’t really like, I found some uber-cool ribbing on Etsy from DashuepfendeKomma. It’s made by a german company called Albstoffe, and they had such cool designs that I bought three lots ? The pink stripe is for this trial run, and the other two are for the real deals (the black for the husbeast and the pink leopard for me). They were pretty pricey at about £10 per packet but I liked these much more than anything else I found.

And I chose a pink zip, obvs:

The main body of the jacket is *almost* together, so it’s coming along. The instructions are a tad… brief (there was some confusion over the pockets) but hopefully I’ll get the zip and ribbing in successfully.

#2 Jolaine Shirt, République Du Chiffon

Have it made it yet?


I really love the combo of fabrics and piping, and it was quite fun to make – though I do get unnatural amounts of enjoyment from sewing piping. The fit isn’t brilliant around the armscye (it’s waaaay too low) and that collar is like proper-70’s-style-large, but I still love it none the less. Which I’m pretty glad about, because I spent bloody AGES choosing the fabric for the yoke. This beautiful cherry blossom print I settled on is actually a quilting cotton rather than apparel fabric, but #dontcare.

The shirt was on the blog last week, – you can check out the post here for the full deets!

#3 Frontier Shirt, Folkwear Patterns

Have I made it yet?

Erm, nope.

Am I any closer to making it?


I have the fabric for it – an Alexander Henry skeleton saloon print, with a rich caramel faux suede for the yoke, cuffs, collar and placket. We’re going full-on western here. (Hmm, I’ve just realised that coupled with my Jolaine shirt, that makes TWO wild west shirts in my Make Nine – not sure what’s influenced that)

I’m also going cray-cray with the piping on this one, and despite searching every single online shop and physical shop that I could get to for the right colour of dark-denim-blue-with-a-hint-of-cornflower bias tape (or fabric) that I could make piping with, I eventually gave up the search and opted for brown satin bias tape instead. I did find a velvet ribbon that was the exact shade of blue I wanted, but it wasn’t bias cut (so wouldn’t go round the curved yoke very well) and the pile of the velvet would make for quite a thick piping – pair that with the thickness of the suede and I was worried that I’d end up with something so thick it wouldn’t flex.

The pattern has been traced, and all pieces have actually been cut – I just need to make the brown piping and I’m good to go.

#4 Safran Trousers, Deer and Doe

Have I made them yet?


Am I any closer to making them?

Actually, yes.

I have the pattern, and I have the fabric (a black stretch denim from Fabric Godmother). AND I’ve just recently completed my first pair of trousers – so I’m feeling a bit more confident now. Those Burda trousers weren’t perfect – nowhere near –  but they were at least wearable, and they pretty much fit. If nothing else, they encouraged me onwards along my trouser-making-journey.

#5 Fur Coat, 80’s vintage Kwik Sew

Have I made it yet?


The husband loves it, and it was everything he imagined in his head. It kept him warm through the bitter winter snow, and random people came up to him in the street to touch it and tell them how much they loved it. We photographed it in Paris earlier this year, and you can read all about it here.

#6 Alma Wiggle Skirt, Eliza M Patterns

Have I made it?


Am I any closer to making it?

No, and I’m going to use a wildcard here and swap this one out of my #MakeNine. Looking at the style of the skirt, I don’t think I would wear it, and I’m not willing to spend my sewing time on something that doesn’t quite float my boat. So… I’m swapping it for the Wonderland Skirt from Lily Sage & Co.

I fall in love with pretty much every single version of this skirt that I see on Instagram.  I think I’d like to thicken the waistband a little, and I am probably going to make it in black – I know, proper boring, but it’s going to go with everything that way. I think you need a solid colour to really show off the style of this one, at least on the bottom gathered bit anyway.

#7 The Fable Dress, Vesta Patterns

Have I made it?

Er, nope.

Not doing very well here so far, am I?

Am I any closer to making it?

Not especially. I have got the pdf pattern printed out on proper tissue paper, so all I need to do is trace it. I sort of have an idea in my head of what I want the finished dress to look like – black, perhaps with a bit of leather trim, definitely with some lace. Perhaps some purple, underneath the (black) lace. We’ll see. I’m imagining it to be some sort of gothic-wench-dress.

#8 The Rumana Coat, By Hand London

Have I made it?


Am I amy closer to making it?


Partly because it’s ‘summer’ here now (or ‘less cold than December’), partly because I have this coat printed out on five MASSIVE sheets of paper and it’s gonna take me about four hours just to trace it, and partly because I don’t have my vision yet of what it will be. I’m not sure on colour – not black, not khaki, probably some autumnal shade of red-brown, or purple. I do have a book of Abraham Moon samples that I’ll probably flick through to get some inspiration, but I’ve not had my moment of inspiration yet.

#9 B6400 Military Jacket

Have I made it yet?

Haha, absolutely not. If I had, I’d probably be so bloody proud of myself that I’d be spamming you all (daily) via Instagram and the blog telling you about it and how shiny the gold trimmings are and how soft the velvet is.

Am I any closer to making it?

Nope, and I imagine that this one is going to take me quite some time to prepare for. I’ve got some beautiful purple velvet that was scored from Holland and Sherry at the Great British Sewing Bee show last year, which has been earmarked especially for this jacket. There’s going to be gold trimmings a-plenty on this jacket, which I will have to spend time sourcing (and they will need to be the *perfect* ones, which is probably gonna take me ages) and I 100% have to make a tester before I go cutting in to that velvet. So… this is probably the most complicated one of the nine. which might be why it’s last. The jury’s out on whether or not I’ll actually get this one made in 2018.

So, to recap on my progress for the first six months of the year:

  • I’ve made two out of the nine (the Jolaine shirt, and the fur coat)
  • I have fabrics for a further three (the Amelia Bomber Jacket, the Frontier shirt, and the Safrans)
  • For another three, I have the printed pattern – but still need to trace – and no fabrics yet (the Wonderland Skirt, the Fable Dress and the Rumana coat)

The ninth one is that military jacket… which to be perfectly honest I put into the nine just for bantz. I do actually want to make it, but it’s going to take an awful lot of prep work, notions sourcing and probably pattern alterations as well. Not to mention the making of a trial run – I can’t bear to make toiles from bedsheets and the like, I prefer to spend more time making something that may actually stand a chance of getting worn. Otherwise it feels like I’m wasting my precious sewing time. I know that’s weird, but, well yeah I’m weird.

I’ll do another update at the end of September… three-quarters of the way through the year, and I’ll hopefully have three-quarters of the projects made. The most likely to be made are the Amelia Bomber jacket, the Frontier Shirt, the Safrans and the Wonderland skirt. Ok that’s now my official challenge to myself – to have those ones completed by then, which also happens to be OCD-friendly in the fact that it ticks off all the projects in the top two-thirds of my grid ?

Did you choose a Make Nine? Have you made any of them? Abandoned/swapped any of them? Given up completely and got distracted by other shiny new things? ????

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  1. July 1, 2018 / 9:38 am

    I’m actually happy since seeing this post bcos runs out I’m not the only one with just 2 make from their makenine ???

    • Sarah
      July 2, 2018 / 6:22 pm

      Haha… nope, it’s not just you! ??

  2. Brenda Holmes
    July 1, 2018 / 10:16 am

    I did quite well towards the end of 2017 and early 2018 and had quite good selection in my wardrobe. Since March I’ve lost 2st in weight, so now need to start again! Today I will begin cutting out some of the patterns and fabric I have. Simple things to begin with, to get me started. A couple of tops, a sun hat (!) and a light weight jacket. I also have a pair of trousers half made somewhere that I need to get finished. They should fit me again now 🙂 You are quite inspirational.

    • Sarah
      July 2, 2018 / 6:23 pm

      Oh wow! Congrats on your AMAZING weight loss! Now you get to make all sorts of new things to fit your new figure! ? so happy to hear that you’re inspired – yay ??

  3. July 1, 2018 / 11:21 am

    All great plans, but don’t beat yourself up ? that jacket would be awesome though! ????

    • Sarah
      July 2, 2018 / 6:24 pm

      Ah I know right – it would be totally awesome! I *will* get around to it, because I have the pattern and I have the fabric and the husbeast will nag me until he gets it ?

  4. July 1, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    You’ve inspired me to go back and look over exactly what I committed to in my make nine! I had completely forgotten about that :))) the down and up of being 63 is that you forget what you said yesterday and couldn’t care less about being inconsistent. Your plans were definitely more ambitious than mine for sure! I think I wanted to make some Ogden camis though (can’t wait to see yours in designer silk!) and I’m sitting here typing wearing one of them (happily) and I also had Kimonos on my list and I finally finished one yesterday (Deer & Doe) in a denim type of tencel with couching down the style lines. I found some gorgeous silk rope made with old saris that I found on ebay. I loved that stuff so much I went back and ordered a small mountain of it….now my crazy brain is imagining a crocheted poncho in this stuff 🙂 or maybe a shawl for when I’m sitting in my rocking chair :)))

    • Sarah
      July 2, 2018 / 6:27 pm

      The Ogden is a great little pattern isn’t it! I’m wondering whether my plans were *too* ambitious ?? but hey, you gotta aim high right! I’ll just roll em over to next year if I don’t round to any ? ooh I LOVE the sound of that kimono… and sari fabrics are beautiful aren’t they! I love all things Asian ? and hey, don’t knock the rocking chairs, they are really comfy ?

  5. July 1, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    With my 2018MakeNine, I went with categories (e.g., t-shirts, woven tops, jeans, slacks, etc.) instead of specific patterns. I’ve made things in three of the categories so far, but I’ve made a TON of t-shirts to replace older RTW ones I needed to get rid of, so at least I’m making things I need and that will get plenty of wear.

    I actually just got the Safran pattern and the fabric to make them, so now I just need to get off my duff (and knock off my tshirt sewing kick) and get to work. Same with the jeans – I’m going to use the Birkin Flares pattern, which I’ve had for ages and just haven’t buckled down on. I look forward to seeing your Safran make(s)!

  6. Sandy
    July 2, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    Hi Sarah, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog and everything you make is gorgeous. My hubby bought me 2 1/2 metres of Harris Tweed when he on the island in April. I look at that fabric every day and have absolutely no idea what to make. I’ve been looking at jacket patterns and nothing grabs me. Whatever I decide I’ll have to have a dry run before I cut into the tweed. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  7. July 2, 2018 / 5:31 pm

    I love the idea of MakeNine, but I’m a crazy train off the rails when it comes to sewing and tend to just jump to whatever strikes my fancy as I’m finishing a project. Sometimes I will batch cut a queue for myself if I “need” to stay focused, but I guess I just like having a lotta flexibility… I think it’s good that you’ve let yourself change your mind on some things and are giving yourself the time and freedom to thoroughly think through all the details on others. That’s how we make things we love!

  8. July 4, 2018 / 7:10 am

    Girl, you are doing way better than most people, I think! Last year I “committed” to a Make Nine and made NONE of the patterns on it. And one of them was as easy as the Ogden Cami. It was more like an Avoid Nine list than a Make Nine. So this year I decided I wasn’t going to torture my future self with my inability to follow through on past decisions and skipped making a Make Nine list. And guess what! I just finished my first Ogden Cami this weekend! Basically what I’m saying is, I’m still working on last year’s, so in my book, you’re way ahead of the game!

    • Sarah
      July 9, 2018 / 5:03 pm

      Haha! I’m not sure I’ll do another next year… I might do a menswear one, or as someone else suggested, a ‘techniques’ one ? but it has helped me remember patterns I might have forgotten about making… my wish list is long enough to keep me going for about five years I think! Looking forward to seeing your Ogden! ?

  9. PatsyPoo
    July 4, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    Erm… Will you put me in a straitjacket if I tell you I like sticking PDFs together..? ??? Although if it’s more than 40ish pages I get them printed but only because of how long it’d take to do it. I don’t want to waste the time but I really don’t mind the process.
    I think I might do a make nine next year. I’ve never done it but I think it’ll help curb the sewing magpie thing I got going on. Ooooo, look! Another cute pattern! Let me go download it and stick it together before I finish the 4 I’ve got in my UFO pile. ???

    • Sarah
      July 9, 2018 / 5:06 pm

      Erm… I may think you’re a *smidge* crazy, yes ??? I don’t mind ones that are under say, 10 pages, but anything more than that is a no go ? I think next year I might do a menswear one, and I MAY even incorporate some knitting into it too. I spent hours at the weekend browsing Ravelry… I’m so done with summer and all I want to do is wear jumpers and I can’t stop thinking about knitting ??? I’m not sure whether my knitting or sewing queue is longer ??‍♀️?

  10. Nancy
    July 5, 2018 / 3:37 pm

    Save yourself time and stop tracing patterns! Total waste in my opinion. If you have the pdf, just print another copy if you mess it up. I only trace vintage patterns I want to preserve.

    • Sarah
      July 9, 2018 / 5:10 pm

      I agree it’s a total waste of time ? *however* we don’t have a printer at home, and if I mess it up that means I have to cut and stick AGAIN (or pay again to have it printed) and I’m not sure I can face that ?? defo agree with tracing vintage patterns tho!

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