The Make Nine Challenge

The Make Nine Challenge

This successful annual Instagram competion is the brain child of Rochelle author of blog Homerow Fiber. For my make nine challenge in 2020 I have chosen patterns that will advance my skills as well as makes that are practical that I know I will use socially or at work. Throughout Thanks Giving, Christmas and New Year’s promotional events a lot of the pattern companies had half price sales and I amassed a considerable pattern stash during this period, to add to this growing stash (which has it’s own tiny storage cupboard) as we don’t get English Sewing magazines in Germany I collected several to take back with me during a short visit back to England. I will keep updating this post as I continue to progress through this challenge and am optimistically aiming to complete before 2021!



Butterick B5566 Skirt

I would like to sew style C with Faux suede yoke and gabardine for the main skirt panels.


Sew over it Francine Jacket

Short version with rolled collar in a thin wool fabric. I still need to tape together this pattern.




Version B with contrast lace in a soft cotton lawn.


Simplicity K1069

Palazzo pants version 2 in a lovely peach/pink floral Plisse fabric I got in a mystery bundle from Coalville Fabrics UK.



Simple sew patterns – The Chelsea Collection

View C trousers with a side invisible zip, I am planning to sew these in black stretch denim to pass as work trousers. I almost purchased another trouser pattern in the sale, luckily I went and checked through my stash before ordering.



Sapporo Coat by Papercut patterns

One of my favourite pastimes is to look up #Sapporocoat creations by other #sewistsofinstagram and #sewingbloggers and each time there is a new post I get so excited. I know you are thinking about doing a search right now, go for it! Instant gratification and I am sure once you look at all the array of Sapporo Coats you will be itching to get the pattern and sew one for yourself. If you come across my version make sure you give it a like ❤️

I purchased my pattern after seeing Juliet Uzor’s Sapporo Coat, I am sure you all now her as the winner of the 2019 Great British Sewing Bee her blog Sewsonatural is full of fantastic tips, tutorials and much more. The Sapporo coat was my first completed project for the make nine challenge. Take a look at my version here of the Sapporo and let me know what you think.



NewLook 6407

I am going to digress here a little as this is about a work wear item. My sewing adventure started with the commitment to not buy any ready to wear clothing. I would before then buy a few work outfits on a regular basis, making the resolution to not buy clothes and make them instead has been so liberating. I don’t go into any clothing stores in person or online! This is partially replaces by fabric shopping however I am working on that.

I want to sew version C which has a flattering drilled lace edge down the button placket and on the sleeves. I am planning to sew this shirt up in a Indian bloak printed cotton lawn fabric in blue and white so quite similar to the colours shown in the pattern.



Either Vogue V7975 or V8804 Couture jacket

Yes that’s right, that is two patterns, I am not sure which one I will use to make my first French Jacket, I have the book by Claire Schaeffer and have purchased the Bluprint tutorial for the The Iconic Tweed Jacket which came with the V7975 pattern. This is known to be an 80 hour project with a lot of hand sewing. I am hoping to start this project in the summer  holidays and finish in time to wear for autumnal weather.



Vogue Patterns V1669 original 1949 design


I came across this red sewn and modelled version on the website during their sale. This has a more realistic view of how it will look, compared to the traditional vintage sketch on the pattern envelope.

I treated myself to this pattern for my birthday. I anticipate sewing up this coat in a teal green wool fabric.

So what do you think of my compilation? If you are thinking of taking part in this challenge leave a comment and share!


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