Looking back – the 2017 Top 5 post


Hi Again

This year has flown by and its time to look at my 2017 Top 5 prompted by Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow. Settle down for a long post on my hits and misses and I will be back soon with a looking forward post.

I think my sewing is in a good place!  I have tried to be more cautious this year about the patterns that I choose and to stick to styles and fabric that work for me.  With much less time available for sewing I don’t want to waste time on clothes that I can’t wear.

There are plenty of other projects that could have made the Top 5 so I have allowed myself a few honourable mentions.

First – in reverse order – the Hits!Grainline Studio Linden teeThe Grainline Linden/Named Talvikki mash-up – this is a slightly grand name for a Linden with the split hem of the Talvikki. I made four of these – two made it to the blog so far – the striped one above is here and my first grey one is here! This feels like a more dressed up version of the Linden and was perfect for work in spring and autumn.Deer and Doe hoyaThe Deer and Doe Hoya – this was a new Deer & Doe pattern this year and I have made two – click here to read more about them. These shirts – despite a rather plunging neckline – were perfect for the hot days of summer when I wanted a shirt that was as light as possible.True Bias Ogden camiPauline Alice Port Trousers – after wearing my Sewoverit Ultimate trousers to death for the last two summers I was ready to try a new trouser pattern. I wanted to get a TNT with a waistband and fly front as an alternative to the faced waistband on the Ultimate trouser. I made two pairs of these trousers – with a fairly loose fit and they were worn at least once every week this summer. My black ones are here and the navy ones – made for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network, are here.rosarifront1Pauline Alice Rosari skirt – in Art Gallery Fabrics denim. Pauline Alice patterns have been a huge hit for me this year –  both the Rosari skirt and Port trousers are the kind of wardrobe essentials that I love. This was another project for Minerva Crafts Blogger Network and the fabric really makes it special – I love this denim and making an effort with the top stitching was really worthwhile – this has been worn so much this autumn. Read about my denim version here and my first version in a stretch cotton here.reetafront6Named Patterns Reeta dress – this was another Minerva project – it was a really good combination of fabric and pattern. The viscose crepe was drapey but with plenty of body and it worked perfectly for this pattern. This dress is casual with the draw string waist but still put together enough for work and perfect for summery days. I loved wearing this and it was actually on trend for the summer (which isn’t normally something I worry about too much..). Read more about this version here.

And some honourable mentions – because I couldn’t quite limit myself to just 5!farrowfront1My first Grainline Farrow dress – this was a risk for me as it is really outside my usual style but I absolutely love this fabric with the glowing red flowers – read about it here.Sewoverit Doris DressThe Sewoverit Doris dress – such a perfect swishy summer dress – no other reason needed to include it here! Read about it here.

And the misses – once again I don’t have a full five misses. I haven’t sewed a huge number of things this year and I haven’t taken many risks on new styles – however not everything works out and I don’t feel too bad about any of these!Named TalvikkiNamed Talvikki – read about them here – I generally love Named patterns but I made two of these and only fully realised that they didn’t work on me at all when I looked at the blog photos! I loved the darts but the neckline wasn’t right for me, the arms are weirdly baggy, the side slit was too high and the fabric wasn’t right. I actually donated these when we moved house. The bright spot was that I used the pattern to combine with Linden to make one of my hits!daturadetailDeer and Doe Datura – read about it here – this one is marginal, I have worn this and I would make it again but this version is slightly too big at the top and the arm scye is quite low so feels slightly revealing and I wasn’t happy with the top-stitching on the neckline – but was too lazy to do it again!greenreetafront3Named Reeta – read the shorter version here – again this is really marginal and is completely wearable. The fabric was a horror show to work with and I had a hard time sewing with it so the finish isn’t as good as I would like – though I think I would have ignored that if I hadn’t made it slightly too short.


And that is it for the 2017 hits and misses – definitely more hits and that feels like a good way to end the year!

Happy New year to everyone who reads my blog and takes the time to comment – it really means a huge amount to me!




5 Comments Add yours

  1. gilliancrafts says:

    You’ve had a great year of sewing! Hope you have a wonderful 2018 too!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. wedreamaloud says:

    Great year! Happy 2018!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. notsewsimple says:

      Thank you- can’t wait to get started!

      Liked by 1 person

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