2018 - Fresh Perspectives

Happy New Year!

Here we are a week into 2018 - I hope it's treating everyone well so far. After last week's musings on the year gone by, this time I'm looking forward to what sewing may be in store!

Randomly Happy has been doing a 'Maker Capsule' series which I touched upon a while back, but I've really taken this into account when thinking about what I want from my makes this year. It looks at what you actually do with your time, then takes inspiration boards that you filter down to things you would actually wear and would be practical to wear in your life. Then you can look at suitable patterns and adjust accordingly.

From Pinterest I picked out these looks:

I now work at home ALL THE TIME so my need for any kind of formal wear is nil. Neither do I want to spend all day slouching in PJs despite the reputation home working has! My activities generally consist of being at home, being at the gym or yoga, tortoise welare working outdoors, or out with friends in more casual settings. Whatever I may be doing the ultimate goal is comfort and movement.

This leaves me with:
  • Smart casual -  for restaurants/pubs/social stuff
  • Activewear - for both outdoor work and fitness
  • Daytime secret pyjamas - comfortable for being at home, smart enough to open the door/nip to shops!
  • Loungewear
Here was another more casual inspiration board...

So really the things I actually like are really basic and simple. To keep things from getting too dull though I'd like to add a bit of personality - I love the patches on shirts and these pimped up tees!

To go with comfort factor obviously means staying way from buying quilting cotton for clothes! Soft viscose, ponte, jersey, silks (maybe :-/ ) is the way forward. 

Quirky chic. Let's try this. 

And so to the 2018 Make Nine intentions...


  • Black cullottes - I'm going to draft some myself - I can't find a pair I like so to the drawing board it is! A total staple perfect for a graphic tee
  • Blackwood Cardigan - This may get me back on the knitwear wagon, after seeing some out in the wild they look beautiful
  • Sew Sweetness Patterns - I have so much novelty print it's untrue, time to channel that into bag making!!
  • Toaster Sweater (Simplicity version) - Meg totally put this on my radar with her white version shown in the pic. Perfection. 
  • Fehrtrade Activewear - never having tried this I'm a tad nervous but here goes, I pre-ordered Melissa's book at the Sewing bee Live
  • This is the Reeta dress however I would just like one nice flowy shirt dress for summer, regardless of pattern
  • Sasha!! Of course I'm going to be making Closet Case Patterns in 2018. I would love to make these in floral print like my Trigger's Bloom trousers (that I can't fit into anymore and are long gone)
  • Union St Tee - I've heard good things about this, would be a great basic if it fits 
  • Morgan Jeans - these are a wildcard - I already feel like I may not get round to these however I like the relaxed fit and they may be good in a different fabric other than denim 

These are the intentions anyway, nothing is set is stone and as well all know things change and the sewing list is fluid...

What are you guys going for this year? x

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  1. These are lovely choices! I love those black culottes, I’m really looking forward to seeing what yours look like! Are you going to base the pattern off of one you already have or design it completely from scratch?

    1. Thanks :) not sure yet, I was wondering about basing them on pyjama bottoms! :)

  2. Promising plans! I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with!!