Monthly Archives: February 2019

make nine – kalle shirt


I don’t think I’ve worn a crop top since I was 15 years old, but my new Kalle Shirt is breaking that drought!


I’ve had the Kalle pattern sitting in my stash for a while now, and it wasn’t until I sat down to plan out my Make Nine for 2019 that I remembered I had the perfect fabric for it.


I used a gorgeous printed rayon that I purchase from Spotlight about 2 years ago. This fabric made my shirt super soft with a lot of drape.


I have no idea why the yoke looks so warped?! I promise, it’s straight!

Based on the finished garment measurements, I decided to sew up a size 8, with no pattern modifications. I went with an inverted pleat on the back, standard collar, a hidden button placket, and I left the breast pocket off.


I decided to try pattern matching on the hidden placket. I’m not very good at pattern matching at the best of times, so I don’t know why I thought I could pull it off here. As you can see, I got close, but it’s not perfect!


I’m in love with how the hidden placket looks! It gives such a clean finish to the shirt. I used some nondescript white buttons for the body, but went for a fancy gold button at the neck.


  • Pattern brand/name/number: Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress by Closet Case Patterns
  • Style, size: View A, size 8
  • Fabric: Printed rayon, purchased from Spotlight
  • Notions: 5 white, nondescript bottoms, 1 fancy golden button
  • Modifications/alterations: None at all

I’m so happy that I was able to use a fabric and a pattern that I’ve had sitting around for a while. I don’t think I have a huge fabric stash, but I don’t want to add to it this year, so I’m going to try and use what I’ve got, as much as possible, in 2019.

Mitty x


make nine – 2019

Well, here we are. 2019 (I’m a little late, I know).

A single post made it to the blog last year… while it was quiet here, it was anything but in my real-world life. My husband started his own business, I resigned from my job, we moved to a lovely area in the Blue Mountains, and all the while I was sewing. But not blogging about it. I hope to do a little better in that respect this year, and to start off I’m going to share with you my #makenine2019 plans.

For those who don’t know what the #makenine2019 challenge is, it’s an online movement hosted each year by Rochelle of Homerowfiberco and Lucky Lucille. It’s described as “a gentle, self-guided slow fashion initiative for fabric and yarn lovers”. Rochelle suggest you pick 9 specific types of projects to complete over the year. If you finish them all, great! If you don’t, great! It isn’t supposed to be something that you feel tied into, and if your plans change and develop over the year, then that is fine too.


I thought about the things I have been wanting to make for a while, and most of them made my list. I also tried to pick a variety of projects, some quite simple, and others much more involved.


Pattern: Lander Pants & Shorts Designer: True Bias

First on my list is a pair of Lander shorts. In truth, this will be my second pair of these shorts. My first pair have already been worn a lot over summer and I really wanted them to have a cousin.


Pattern: Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress Designer: Closet Case Patterns

I’ve had this pattern for a long time now, and it wasn’t until I remembered I had the perfect fabric for it in my stash that it quickly made it’s way to the top of my list. I’m looking forward to trying out the hidden placket (something I haven’t sewn before).


Pattern: Peplum Top Designer: In The Folds for Peppermint Magazine

As I write this, this top is already sewn up and hanging in my closet. I absolutely love it, and plan on blogging about it soon.


Pattern: Tully Pants Designer: Style Arc

Actually, I’ve already sewn these up too, but I must have screwed up printing the pattern out because these ended up way too small! I’m kicking myself for not making a toile (a very hard learnt lesson), but I’m hoping to gift these to someone in my life so I can still get some enjoyment from them.


Pattern: Winslow Culottes Designer: Helen’s Closet

Here’s something I never thought I’d make; Culottes! I had to wear a really daggy pair of culottes as part of a work uniform once, and I swore I would never wear them again! But these! Oh, these look so luxurious and comfortable! Plus, Helen did a great job of styling them for her pattern release, so naturally I got sucked in.


Pattern: Elliot Sweater Designer: Helen’s Closet

This looks like the simple, stylish, comfortable jumper (I’m Australian after all) that my closet is crying out for. With Winter only a few months away, I need this sewn up and ready to go now!


Pattern: Giner Jeans Designer: Closet Case Patterns

Now here is something that I seriously need before Autumn/Winter sets in. I have wanted to make a pair of jeans for about 5 years now, and as the internet shows, you simply can’t go wrong with a pair of Ginger Jeans!


Pattern: Berlin Jacket Designer: Tessuti Fabrics

I adore Tessuti, I used to wander around their Chatswood store for at least half an hour and stroke their fabrics. Seeing as we’ve moved out of Sydney I don’t get the chance to drop in anymore, but I can still have a little Tessuti indulgence with their beautiful Berlin jacket, made up in a boiled wool.


Pattern: Sapporo Coat Designer: Papercut Patterns

I wasn’t sure about adding two jackets to my list, but they are so different (both in shape and construction) that I couldn’t help myself. I’m so excited about this coat, I love the rolled neck, the bracelet length sleeves, and the big diagonal pockets. I hope I can find some pink wool to make this with, I think it would be really cute!

So there’s my #makenine2019 plans. I’ll be writing a post about them as I make them (hopefully), so please stay tuned!

Mitty x