Beth Smith

2019 Make Nine Challenge

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my post in December announcing my plans to take part in the 2019 Make Nine Challenge ( #makenine ). It was going to the first time I took part in this challenge which began in 2015 with Lucky Lucille.

I loved the idea of it for this year because I was jumping head first back into sewing and the clothes in my closet were disappointing. There were a lot of inexpensive knits in there which I was buying to avoid thinking about my measurements but they just weren’t really flattering on my body and I didn’t feel happy when I got dressed.

Last spring is when I started to think about sewing again, by the end of summer I was working on learning to fit my own body, and by the end of the year I had sewing on the brain.

So here was my plan:

Back in December I was rolling some things around in my head but hadn’t convinced myself a new focus was the best idea so I was just planning on sewing for myself. If that was going to be the case then this make nine would be a 3 month thing and then I’d come up with the next 9 for the next 3 months. I mean, that’s only making less than one thing a week so no problem. Plus I has fabric for all of them.

Well, here we are. The first quarter of 2019 is ended and this is what I have finished.

Yes, only 2 are finished. I do have the Vogue dress cut out and ready to sew and the Butterick wrap top on the bottom right corner ready to sew. I actually have plans to sew that up today. The Butterick Retro Dress in the bottom center is going to be my Easter dress and I bought new fabric for that one. And there are three tops that I was planning on making that haven’t been cut out yet and I’m not even sure I want to make 2 of them anymore because they won’t go well with all of the skirts I’ve been making. But! those two tops can also be made as dresses so I’m not taking those patterns out of the running yet.

No matter what, it’s good to have goals and it’s good to reevaluate those goals every 3 to 6 months and make tiny adjustments if necessary.

I will tell you though that since February 1 I have made 19 skirts. 16 of them will be going with me to Pennsylvania this week. I am joining my mom who makes custom bags for her spring show so we will have custom bags and skirts to show and sell.

Join us if you are in Eastern PA

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