Happy New Year! Although 2020 is shaping up to be a bit of a trilogy, among all the uncertainty that a global pandemic brings, something I can plan with assurance are my sewing projects! If you’re not familiar with the concept of a ‘make nine’ you can read all about it and see how I have participated in previous years in this blog post.
Last year I mostly focused on garments I had wanted to make for a while and already had suitable fabric for in my stash. Once again the combination of extra sewing time (thanks, seemingly endless lockdown) and having the majority of my patterns and materials ready to go meant that I had finished all nine projects by early August!
I have actually written blog posts about 8 of my 9 projects, which are linked below in case you would like to read more. From top to bottom, left to right I made…
– Peppermint Magazine Pocket Skirt
– Merchant and Mills Harlene Dungarees
– Assembly Line Cuff Dress
– McCall’s 7969
– French Navy Forsythe Dress
– All Well Workshop Box Top
– Papercut Patterns Meridian Dress
– Anna Allen Demeter Dress
– Sew Over It Roxy Jumper
But now, what we’re all really here for… my 2022 plans!
I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into sewing these garments and I think I have chosen a nice mix of wardrobe basics, quick makes and more involved projects. I already have 8 of the 9 patterns and fabrics in my stash for several of them. From top to bottom, left to right I will be making…
Emporia Patterns Cassie Dress: I’ve wanted to make this pattern for a long while and the lovely Clair and Charlotte gifted me a copy when I visited their shop last summer. I have a lovely tropical Dashwood viscose in my stash that will make a really fun summer Cassie!
Paper Theory Block Tee: Another pattern I have had my eye on for some time! I got a paper copy for Christmas and I have some beautiful, soft coral linen from Walthamstow fabric market in my stash earmarked for a Block Tee.
Paper Theory Zadie Jumpsuit: I think I must be one of the only people that hasn’t made a Zadie and I hear nothing but good things about it! This was another pattern I got for Christmas and I have a cut of navy textured linen in mind for it – hopefully there is enough fabric.
Friday Pattern Company Adrienne Blouse: I was gifted a pattern of my choice last year in exchange for Friday Pattern Company featuring some photos of my Davenport Dress on their grid and my pick was the Adrienne. I was also lucky enough to win a £10 voucher for 1st For Fabrics last year and I have put it towards a few different cuts of jersey, one of which I will use for the blouse.
Megan Nielsen Patterns Hovea Jacket and Coat: With pictures in my mind of the awful (usually purple and brown) patchwork jackets of the 1990s that I have seen proudly worn at quilting events, I was initially very uninterested in the recent trend of making a quilt coat. However, I have seen so many absolutely bloody gorgeous versions on Instagram, I am now very much interested in making one and I asked for this pattern for Christmas. As beautiful as the coats made from antique quilts are, the idea of cutting into one is sacrilege to me, so I will be making my own patchwork for this project!
True Bias Lander Shorts: Another pattern party that I am extremely late to! I don’t have any fabric for my shorts yet, but I already have the pattern and have had a copy printed by the lovely team at Fabulosew. I think I will be on the look out for some nice cotton twill, perhaps in a cinnamon or rust colour.
Itch to Stitch Busan Top: This top caught my eye months ago and I bought the PDF pattern when it was on sale last year. I had it printed along with my Lander Shorts pattern and I snapped up some lovely teal ‘cosy colours’ sweatshirt fabric for the top when Patsy and I visited Samuel Taylors in Leeds over Christmas.
Style Arc Lacey Dress: The Style Arc patterns we stock at Hometown have been very popular with customers, but I have never actually made any of their designs! It’s about time I changed that and I have seen some gorgeous versions of the Lacey Dress on Instagram. I bought some lovely beige striped linen/cotton from Fabworks last year, which I’m considering using for this pattern.
McCall’s 8030 Shirtdress: I love me a shirtdress and this pattern caught my eye a while ago – imagine how delighted I was when a customer donated it to our charity sale box and I snapped it up for just £1! I’m not set on a fabric for the dress just yet – the beige striped linen/cotton would work well for this as well as the Lacey, but I will keep my eye out for something suitable during the year and see what else I might find.
So there we have it! 9 delicious projects for me to work my way through in 2022, whatever the year may bring. Of course these will not be the only garments I make – other patterns will catch my eye, new ones will be released and I have lots of exciting workshop samples to sew too – but I’m super pleased with my plans! I think I’m most excited about my quilt coat and this absolute STUNNER by Meredith Buyeske is giving me all the inspiration I need!