I’ve been seeing the #2017makenine challenge pop up on Instagram the past few weeks, and I thought that throwing my hat in that ring would be a good way to start planning my projects for this year.  No doubt I will make more than 9 things this year, but I wanted to make myself commit to some things that I wanted to sew immediately, and some others that have been on the back burner for a really long time.  My first back burner project:



A shirtdress.  I love the shirtdress style, but I haven’t really found a pattern that I really like yet.  I gave the style a shot with my version of Blank Slate’s Marigold.  As a whole I really like that dress, but I’m not a fan of the partial placket (awkward to get over my head) and the elastic in the waist (not very comfortable and I still have to wear a belt).  This go around, I’m going to try out MyImage 1662.  I suspect I won’t like the lack of a waist seam.  As a whole, I’m against just cinching it, but who knows, it might fit great.  A grand experiment shall ensue. Image result for just cinch it snl

Summer Dress


I wanted to try out Designer Stitch’s Charlie dress pretty much from the first I saw it.  Ann, the owner had reached out to me back when I announced the Day and Night Dress Challenge to be a sponsor.  In looking through her patterns, I really liked the belt and the princess lines on this sleeveless silhouette.  This is just the kind of dress I’d love to make come summer.

Cozy Sweater


I’m apparently drinking the indie pattern Kool Aid because I couldn’t pass on Sew House Seven’s Toaster Sweater #1.  That T neck and the big cuffs are just the thing to fight our recent snows.  I’ve already sewn this one, though I haven’t photographed it yet because it feels like a bit of a wardrobe orphan at the moment.  It’s what I get for sewing a bright green in winter.  What it really needs is…

Denim Skirt


A denim skirt!   Denim skirts are probably the hardest working skirts I own, but I haven’t had one since I said goodbye to the one I retrofitted for maternity.  In thumbing through all my Burdas, I came across BWOF 1-2008-111.  I ordered fabric for this, so this should be a fast, easy sew.  Slap some zippers on it, and add some boots, and I’ll be cozy warm until spring.  While I’m thinking about denim, why not go double denim and make a:

Denim Jacket


A denim jacket was probably the first jacket I bought my last semester of college.  It was easy to wear when I was student teaching, and I always have loved the style of it.  But that particular jacket is too big for me now and holds onto smells that no amount of laundering has washed away (ew).  To fill this wardrobe gap, Sew Better, Sew Faster has been in my lineup of Craftsy classes for some time now.  The pattern that comes with the class is drafted way too big for me, so I bought Burda 7018 immediately when I first bought the class.  I have a nice green denim all ready for it, I just haven’t gotten around to it.  But while I’m thinking about double denim, I might as well go all out and go for triple denim with:



Jeans!  It’s been a while since I made some jeans.  And it’s been longer still since I made some neutral jeans that can go with everything.  I’m swatching fabrics from Apple Annie and Emma One Sock right now, and I’m going to dive into these BWOF 1-2008-110 jeans.  I really like the lines of this pattern, plus it’s got zippers in the front hems.

Sleep Bra


I’m just getting around to Cloth Habit’s Watson Bra because baby!  I’m not at a point where I can delve into underwired bras since I’m still nursing, so this is a good bra to try right now.  Plus, sleep bras like these Jalie 3131 bras really help my shoulders from doing bad things while I sleep that flare up the tendonitis I fight (#violinisnotergonomic).  I’m interested to see how the wide band works for support vs. the more traditional construction of then Jalie bras.  I even printed and cut this one out a few months ago.  Probably I’m a different size now…oh, how my feet drag.



Shoes have been on my mind for a while.  There’s a pair of half-glued canvas shoes hanging out on my bookcase that I hope to finish by Spring.  I could finish them quickly, but I won’t be able to wear them until the snows go away.  While I’m waiting to finish them, I picked up a Prym Espadrilles kit.  Maria had such success with her espadrilles, I wanted to try them out too.

Wrap Dress


Designer Stitch’s Jenny dress also popped out at me immediately among all of Designer Stitch’s options.  Meg convinced me that the hip wraps were a good idea.   I’ve been wanting to try wrap styles again, and I like how this one offers something different than the typical DVF style wrap dress.

There’s my #2017makenine.

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  1. What a great list! I really love the Toaster #1 sweater. I am trying to be good, though. 😉 I can’t wait to see your espadrilles. I love seeing the unique styles people create with them and I imagine you’ll have a great one. 🙂

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      I got all grabby kitty with the Toaster Sweater on a day when it was 5 degrees outside. I’m hoping to turn it into a dress, but it’ll need some serious modification. I want to find some fun fabric for the espadrilles!

  2. Wow, shoes! How fun! I have seen the hashtag floating around insta, but assumed it was 9 assigned patterns and that doesn’t work for curvy girls. I might have to consider this since I’m 100% sure I will make more than 9 things anyhow, but a plan would be a good start!

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      From what I could tell, it seemed pretty do your own thing. There’s another one–sewmystyle which is 12 assigned patterns. I’m with you–I don’t necessarily want to make what everyone else does because who is shaped like everyone else in the first place?

  3. I hadn’t heard of the “make nine” challenge but now i am definitely in. I’m going to add my harder projects onto an actual list so I stop pretending like they don’t exist, LOL.

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      Accountability is daunting at times. 😀 But good. It’s been maybe 3 years since I wanted to sew a shirt dress. I blame pregnancy!

  4. I’ll definitely be interested to see how the shoes turn out. I don’t have time to fully delve into shoemaking like Carolyn over at Handmade by Carolyn has, but it’s something I’ve been tempted to try for a long time, since I’ve had lifelong fitting challenges. I’m attempting a bra this year, too. Good luck with your list!

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      Some of her shoes are amazing. I mean, boots! That’s a big time investment. I figure the espadrilles are a relatively easy way to get started and we’ll see how it goes. Good luck with your bra sewing!

  5. Wonderful picks, a whole lot of Burda 🙂 How exciting. I can’t wait to see those espadrilles.

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      Thanks Renata! I love my Burdas. I always know what to expect with the fit. I’m looking forward to the espadrilles too!

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