My Projects: 2017 Make Nine

My Projects is my place to share my craft as I attempt to make a handmade wardrobe.


Setting goals and aspirations for the new year is always fun. I love to plan out what creative projects I'm going to make in the up coming months. When I saw that Rochelle New of Lucky Lucille created her 2017 Make Nine complete with an Instagram hashtag to participate with, I knew I needed to jump on the bandwagon! It's a great way to narrow down all of the choices and stay focused. Of course it is fine to change it up as the year progresses, but with out a plan it's harder to get started. Now that I find I have more time for my projects I really want to get more done, especially in the sewing arena. I've let my sewing time slip away in the past couple of years and it is time to get back on my machine. So here is my 2017 Make Nine! 

#1. Vogue 8812


This is a re-issue of a 1940's pattern. I'm thrilled that so many great vintage patterns have been re-issued lately. I bought quite a few and I need to put them to use. I love summer dresses and I have a beautiful steal blue plaid I think this dress will be quite fetching in! 

#2. Seamwork Mohave


I dug deep in the Seamwork archives to find this kaftan style dress/cover-up. I predict the comeback of the kaftan and I am obsessed with beach wear. Even if I only go seaside about less than 5 times a year! Dress for the job you want, they say! This will be my first foray into the world of downloaded sewing patterns. I'm not looking forward to taping sheets of paper together but the future is here now. I want to make this in a lightweight white cotton batiste to wear over my swim suits. Still pondering trim...

#3. Butterick 5895 (the pants)


This one might be the downfall of me achieving the Make Nine. However, I am determined to have a pant pattern that I love. I've made the muslin and it needs a lot of fit work. I'm not an easy pant fit and I don't love myself in pants; so there is much work involved. I have a great red stretch cotton for this pattern and if I can get it to come out right, I will make these in a bunch of colors. Wish me luck on this one! 

#4. Hot Cider Pullover


I loved the Hot Cider Pullover instantly when it was released a couple of years ago and put it on my Ravelry queue. I will start this sweater this year. I hope I can finish it as well. I will be using Knit Picks Gloss in Clover (olive green) and would love this for next fall. Excited about this one! 

#5. Simplicity 6341


Another one that has been on my sewing list for years! This is a vintage sewing pattern that is basically a Swirl wrap dress with an adorable keyhole front. I own one vintage Swirl dress in my personal collection that I love to wear. Basically, I see this as a summer uniform. I have some pretty cotton prints that I hope to use for this project. 

#6. The Vermonter


When I need to feel a sense of accomplishment I turn to a quick bulky knitting project. I found The Vermonter by Abi Gregorio on Ravelry as well. I have some Plymouth Yarn De Aire stashed before it was discontinued that I think will work perfect for this. Perhaps in the red to wear with my Drop Stitch Cowl. I will probably start this one soon to wear this winter! Like now!

#7. Whirlpool


I need more berets in my life and figure I'll knit them! I love the lacy detail on the Whirlpool by Wendy Neal. I have already made a pair of hand warmers that while are not part of a set do match. I've been waiting to have the hat done to share them together in a future My Projects post. I will be using Knit Picks Gloss again for this in color Admiral. While a different color this is the same yarn I used for the Chicane Lite sweater. Lovely yarn! 

#8. Circle Skirt


I will use my own pattern here which is really just some dressmaking math. Circle skirts are really fun to make and I want a bunch for the summer! Fabrics still to be decided.

#9 Pencil Skirt (and maybe another peasant blouse)


Another pattern of my own, I love my pencil skirts! I'm a firm believer in making what you love in several options! I have a grey and white plaid fabric that I bought awhile back for this purpose. Again, it will be great for warmer weather. I may even make another peasant blouse but let's get through these nine first! 

This has been really fun to put together! I'm now more determined than ever to get crackin'. I will post finished projects here on the blog. To see what I've made in the past you can read past My Project posts here and old Blogger archive posts here. To follow me on my progress find me on Instagram @bobbinbombshellknits with hashtag #2017makenine. I hope to see you there!