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I've been avoiding this little corner of internet I created this year (hello Spring!!) and sharing stuff online that the majority of my family doesn't know left me feeling very, very awkward. However the amazing, amazing words you've written to me and the feeling felt cannot be expressed by a small sentence online and I can only say the biggest thank you.

and back to our favourite topic. Sewing!!!

Last years make nine feel kinda flat. Counting I made 4 of them, which is more than I thought I did. However, two are unwearable which is probably why I blanked them from my memory…Looking back the list was thrown together with little thought of practicality or sewing a wardrobe that would work in my day to day life.

I believe in the power of lists and older, *ahem* wiser here's my list for 2017..


By Hand London, Victoria Blazer

I've made this pattern before but I want to make it again a different view (the cropped one you can see in the picture). I like everything about this pattern but made the mistake of making the sleeveless view the first time round and it is too cold to be going out in a sleeveless blazer most of the time!

Deer and Doe, Lupin Jack

Another jacket, which will fill a gap I have in my wardrobe for a Spring jacket. At the moment I go straight from a Winter coat to coatless purely because I have no go between.

Closet Case Files, Carolyn Pyjamas

I desperately need Pyjamas. I can't even remember a time I bought/owned pyjamas. I've been surviving off big t-shirts and very old leggings for over a decade and after stealing my husbands pyjamas for a weekend I realised I need to have a set of pyjamas in my life.

Kommatia, Cropped trousers

The thought of having a staple pair of flattering trousers is a dream. I'm turning away from dresses and skirts ,which used to be my uniform, to just wanting to live in trouser.

Butterick, B6285 Wrap Top

Again I'm in need of tops. I have enough summer clothes and this year is gonna be all about separates and layering.

Simplicity, 1950's Qipao

This is the only really impractical make on the list. I love Qipao's. I own a few but would love to be able to make my own. I was ecstatic when this pattern was re-released, I had been stalking the original on Etsy for a year, and bought it immediately.


Simple Sew, Cara Jumpsuit

I joined the Simple Sew Bloggers Network and this make jumpsuit has been on the list for a few months…oops. That being said I have really wanted to make this jumpsuit as I love the how easy jumpsuits are to wear. The wonderful Eleanor from nelnanandnora gave me the one she made it's really a lovely jumpsuit.

Sew Over It, Heather dress

I've wanted this dress ever since I saw it as a class about two years ago AND FINALLY IT'S MINE MWHAHAHAHAHAHA and yeah, it looks like a really comfortable and practical dress 🙂

Tilly and the Buttons, Cleo

I've made this one!! That's one off the list. I got some African wax print which was perfect for this pattern and this was my first make for 2017. A super easy sew that really got my sewjo going.

I've got a massive list of patterns I want to sew through and this year I plan to sew fearlessly. Vintage patterns..let me at you. Difficult fabrics..I'm coming for you. And new skills..you will be learnt!!!

Happy sewing




Megan valero

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9 thoughts on “#makenine2017

  1. megsewing says:

    Have you bought it? I’m just looking at the finished measurements and the 6″ of ease o.0 I think I want a buddy to sew this simultaneously with!! I’m in China now so hoping to get some brocade to get me excited about making the toile :p
    I wear that Cleo so much I think people are starting to worry about me haha that wax print stole the show! My favourite make ever! 😀 xxx

  2. megsewing says:

    Thank you!! I’ve already made two on the list so I’m hopeful that this year it will get finished haha and thank you! I’m such an inconsistent blogger but I love reading blogs and hope they always stay! I’m glad I discovered you blog too 🙂 x

  3. megsewing says:

    I love it too!! but looking at the finished measurements it has 6″ ease!! o.0 The fit on this is gonna be interesting haha x

  4. Thats a great list for 2017. Look forward to seeing your versions of these and glad to see you back on your blog.

  5. Woah there, lady. A new vintage Qipao pattern???? Total lust. I’m buying it asap! And welcome back. Saw your Cleo on IG and swooned. X

  6. Love your make nine. This is my first year. I have picked patterns I have been wanting to make for months. So far I’ve changed my mind twice – well at least I am still making the trousers! 😂

  7. Naomi says:

    Glad you are back.
    (I don’t know you personally, and totally missed your last post. I’m not on IG so also missed what seems like a bizarre and completely ridiculous reaction from someone that completely missed the spirit of a swap. But went back and read your previous post, and am glad that you experienced the outpouring of love and support that was clearly warranted.)
    I like your plans and look forward to seeing what develops over the year.

  8. fabrickated says:

    Nice to see your plans my dear. I especially love the 1950s Qipao. Glad to see you back.

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