2017 Make Nine

These pictures are more inspiration for things I want to make/do this year, rather than specifics, but anyway, here are the 9 things I want to make this year.
1. Something off the shoulder
After seeing so many gorgeous off the shoulder tops that i couldn’t fit into while pregnant, I would love to make one thay i can wear for the summer. I love the Seed top in this picture, but might also end up making something less ornate.

2. Kyivsky Torte version of Flour and Stone’s Lemon Dream Cake

I’ve made this cake so many times now and it’s always a huge success, so I thought I’d try to make some new versions of it. The first one I’m going to try will be to combine the textures and layers of this cake with the flavours of another one of my favourite cakes, the Kyivskiy Torte (a layer cake with hazelnut meringue, chocolate butter cream and cherries).

3. Vyshyvanka for my husband

I have been promising to make my husband a Vyshyvanka for YEARS. This is likely to be a year long project and even then I can’t guarantee I’ll finish it!

4. Work Clothes

Later this year I finish up my maternity leave and head back to work full time. To motivate me into looking forward to work, I’ll most likely make some new clothes for work.

5. A Halloween Costume for the baby

How cute is this pineapple costume???!!! Whilst I doubt I’ll make this exact costume, I’ll definitely be making something for the bub, I have a few ideas including a couple of father/son ideas, but more on that later.

6. Some fun clothes for the bub

This will be a big challenge. It’s not only easy to make beautiful girls clothes, but it’s a lot of fun. Boys clothes on the other hand, whilst beautiful, can be a pain in the butt to make, they’re often very fiddly (i.e. shirts or good pants) and bit annoying to be honest, so I’ve been on the lookout for ideas for fun things to make like these dino/dragon hoodies. If you have any suggestions leave a comment below!

7. Decorated Cakes

Whilst I’m pretty good at making things taste good, I am rubbish at making them look good. This year I might try to improve my decorating skills. Mum gave me a couple of Australian Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake books (this one and this one). If you have kids and want to make cakes for them, then you should check these out, they are seriously good, there’s even a ‘cheats’ version out there if you’re not big on baking.

8. Coats

Shortly after moving to the US I found that pretty much all of my coats were grossly inadequate for Michigan winters. Needless to say I bought a couple of super warm down jackets, but I’ve wanted a couple of nice wool coats for the evening or for work. I love the Stella McCartney coat and I have a few Marfy patterns that I want to try so hopefully they work out. 

9. Curtains

The reality is we need curtains in some of the rooms in our house and my husband and I don’t want to pay someone a fortune to essentially sew a large rectangle of fabric. We made our own ripplefold curtains last year for the living room, which whilst it was an epic exercise (the curtain was something crazy like 10m long), it worked out really well. I think we’ll make some more later in the year for the dining room.