2019 Make Nine + Weekly Meal Plan

Hello and Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that your fresh, new week is off to a great start. The sun is shining here and my coffee’s hot, so all is well with the world!

One of my goals for this year is to return to my sewing machine. I tried last year, and just lost my momentum, but I also lost a bit of passion too. But every time I sit down at my sewing machine, I remember how much I love to sew, and how much it grounds me and clears my head. I have learned that I desperately need a creative outlet every single day, and when I have more than a few minutes to spend, sewing is my favorite one.

SO! I decided to jump on the #2019makenine bandwagon, to establish a realistic and measurable goal for sewing for the year. One garment a month might be a bit too ambitious, but I think I can handle nine. The sewing community on Instagram is surprisingly strong, and for the past couple of years, people have been posting nine garments that they are planning on sewing each year. So today I am sharing my nine and holding myself accountable here on the blog!

1- Colfax Dress by True Bias
I have wanted this pattern for at least two years now, an easy-to-wear A-line style dress, perfect for hot summers, and for spotlighting contrasting fabrics. I even already have the fabric picked out (a bright, Lilly-esque abstract floral), and I have a feeling there will be multiple versions sewn up as soon as I make the first!

2- Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns
2019 WILL BE THE YEAR I MAKE JEANS!! I am establishing it as an affirmation so it will manifest and happen!! Jeans have been on my sewing bucket list for years now, and I don’t know what’s holding me back. I love this high-waisted skinny jean pattern, and I’m GOING to make it happen this year.

3- Kalle Shirtdress by Closet Case Patterns
I love a good woven dress, and I love that this pattern comes with so many options. Shirt, tunic, dress, short sleeves, and long sleeves, I feel like this pattern will be a workhorse and will be very versatile for lots of different looks. I’m also a sucker for a shirtdress, and would love to challenge myself with a shirt collar!

4- Charlie Caftan by Closet Case Patterns
Lots of Closet Case Patterns on my list for the year! I love the Charlie Caftan- it looks like the perfect breezy dress for hot summers. And this one allows for a short and a maxi option, which I am loving.

5- The French Dart Shift by Maven Patterns
This gorgeous stand-up collar!! I am loving the turtleneck vibe of this mod shift, and love that it will work for heavier cold-weather fabrics as well as lighter cottons for warm weather. Long sleeve or short sleeve, tunic or dress. Can’t wait to sew this one up.

6- Washi Dress by Made by Rae
One of my very favorite patterns. I have a ton of Washi dresses that I have made over the years because I love the fit and the versatility of the pattern. Rae came out with an expansion pack with more sleeve and neckline options a few years back, which made it even more fun to create new Washi versions! I haven’t made one in a while, but I have a beautiful Rifle Paper rayon floral that I think is going to be a perfect 3/4 sleeve length Washi with a sweet scooped peter pan collar.

7- Clare Coat by Closet Case Patterns
Probably my most ambitions addition to the list (other than the jeans) for 2019! I haven’t made a coat before, but love the look of the Clare, and love Closet Case patterns. I am all about challenging myself in my sewing, and I think this coat will be great practice in improving and expanding my skills.

8- Roscoe Dress by True Bias
One of the best compliment I can ever receive on a garment I sew is when I wear it out, and someone says, “I love your dress!” I never add in that I have made it unless someone asks (that knows that I sew). I made a Roscoe dress last summer and wore it to the beach, and got a few lovely compliments on it. When they asked me later on where I got it, and I commented that I made it, they said, “You MADE it? I thought it was store bought!” I realized that that was the best compliment I can receive on a garment I’ve made! But I don’t take the credit for it- I give the credit to the awesome pattern! I love that depending on the fabric choice, even with a long sleeve the Roscoe dress can definitely be worn year round. I already have a rayon palm print that will sew up beautifully for a summer version.

9- Carolyn Pajamas by Closet Case Patterns
I used to think that sewing my own pajamas would be a waste of time and fabric, until I realized that I spend a LOT of time in pajamas (haha), and I want some pretty ones! I bought the Carolyn Pajamas last year, and have yet to make a pair. 2019 will not only be the year of jeans, but also the year of pajamas!! Can’t wait for some light and breezy cotton pair and maybe some flannel too.

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Finally back in the swing of meal planning and cooking dinner at a decent time every night since the kids are back in school and our normal schedules have resumed. Anyone else eating copious amounts of soup since it’s so cold out right now? We eat it at least twice a week because it’s easy, cheap, and oh so cozy. Here’s the plan for this week:

Sunday- Sour Cream Enchiladas and Black Beans
Monday- Vegetable Soup & Bread
Tuesday- Smoked Sausage, Roasted Potatoes, and Green Beans
Wednesday- Quick Chicken Parmesan with Spaghetti and Caesar Salad
Thursday-Ham & White Bean Soup
Friday- Chicken Street Tacos (shown above) and Mexican Street Corn

Hope you have a great Monday and a wonderful start to your week!

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