Top 5 of 2013 Hits – or the ones that received the most compliments!

Now the good stuff, my hits of 2013.  These are the fun ones – a surprising mix of the simple makes and challenging makes.



I heart this pattern of Steph’s – its just wonderful.  It fitted well straight out of envelope.  Made from a digital print jersey from Tessuti (a successful extension of my fabric repertoire) and has practically been worn at least once a fortnight since I made it in January.  A very welcomed make that pushed my ‘sewing with knits’ skills forward. The dress is just starting to show some wear with the fabric starting to pile and lose some recovery.  A STAR of 2013

Coppelia wrap top

Made from a navy merino jersey from the Fabric Store and another successful extension of the fabric repertoire.  Merino jersey is wonderful to work with.  The top was a breeze to get together and I was thinking of make a zillion more of the them but the Brisbane summer clicked in a little too this year to warrant it.

Grainline Moss skirt

While the Grainline tiny pocket tee had mention in my misses, the Moss skirt is the redeemer of all.  I made this make challenging – my first attempt with denim and top stitching thread along with my second attempt of a fly front.  I added the hem band for some extra length.  I bound the pocket lining seams with bias binding and ‘fake felled’ seams with topstitching thread.  So very proud of my work on this one.  And to make matters better I have lived in this skirt – every weekend since I completed it in April.  Worn with tights and my Coppelia top in winter and with my Scout tees in summer.

Grainline Scout tees

Yes, another Grainline pattern.  They really are that awesome.  I have made two versions so far of the Scout tees both with silk fabric from the Fabric Store.  With each make I mixed up the construction a little – one used my narrow hem foot attachment for the sewing machine to finish the sleeves and hem line, while the other I changed construction of the neck bindings; all with mixed results.  These two shirts are seen lots of wear.  I see them as the underachievers of 2013 – no strangers gushing over them just quiet admiration.

Tessuti Gridlock skirt

This skirt I made for the Tessuti Gridlock challenge.  Tessuti earmarked a jacquard for people to work with and the ability to play with the fabric reverse side is just too tempting to resist.  I took the opportunity to use one of Sandra Betzina’s Today Fit patterns – V1333.  As the pattern is designed for knits some adjustments were needed.  I scaled down the waist, included a side zipper and new waistband using Susan Khajle’s instructions from a timely Threads article.  This skirt is FUN to wear – F.U.N.  I have received complements from numerous strangers asking where I bought it from “oh this, I actually make it myself”.  And if said stranger also sews, I had explain the construction.  The skirt makes frequent appearance in my work wardrobe and will continue to do so.


Well, that’s it.  The hits of 2013 – it does seem strange that the hits are the ones that receive the most compliments from other people.  Do I need other people to mention that me-make is good before I think it is good?  Or is other people’s comments an affirmation of what I already know.  One thing I notice is the hits are frequently worn.  Here’s to many more “hits” for 2014.



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