Top 5 hits of 2017

I was relieved when Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow announced it was time for the top 5 of 2017, as I’ve been hit by a virus that makes blogging new garments difficult. I have plenty of finished projects waiting to be photographed and blogged, but til then, here are my top 5 hits of 2017:

1. Tessuti Berlin Jacket

A woman stands against a garden fence. She wears a spotted button up shirt, maroon skinny jeans, brown boots and an oversized brown wool open coat.

This was my first time sewing with wool, thanks to a lucky find from a new op shop in town (I believe it came from Clegs initially!). I thought I’d find the unlined Berlin Jacket too scratchy to wear regularly, but it ended up being the perfect garment to throw on top an outfit when it wasn’t cold enough for a full coat. Thanks to Tessuti for an elegant and easy to sew pattern!

2. Saudade Hat

Woman wears colourwork handknit hat and scarf.

Saudade was an achievement in being my first colourwork project. I had lots of hiccups along with way, and 90% of knitting this hat was actually practice, but I love the end result. I just wish it didn’t slip down my head so much!

3. Pattern Fantastique Glacial Tee

Woman stands against weatherboard house. She wears a grey merino long sleeve tee, black skirt and ankle boots.

This was a winner for practicality alone! I discovered the joys of wearing merino knits this winter, and this is one category where it really is more affordable to sew than buy. This is the first of many Pattern Fantastique Glacial Tees in knits from New Zealand Merino and Fabrics. (I’ve made more but unfortunately didn’t get the chance to blog them before winter ended.)

4. Burda Silk Blouse

A woman stands against a garden fence. She wears a white button up shirt and black coated jeans.

I can’t believe I got this far without mentioning Burda! Burda Silk Blouse 04/2011 #105 is one of my favourite patterns, having made it up several times already. This time I made a long sleeved, traditional shirt variation with stretch shirting from The Remnant Warehouse. It quickly became a wardrobe staple. You can’t have enough white shirts!

5. Named Esme Maxi Cardigan

Woman stands in garden archway. She wears handknit yellow hat, checked flannelette long cardigan, black floral dress, burgundy velvet leggings and ankle boots.

Sewn for The Monthly Stitch Indie Pattern Month challenge, the Named Esme Maxi Cardigan was part of a matching 4-garment outfit. Being made from snuggly flannelette it makes me feel like I’m wearing a flanny-slash-dressing gown combo that is stylish enough to wear out!


So it turns out my favourite creations for this year are all winter garments! I guess that’s something to ponder for my top 5 reflections post. Next time I’ll post my top 5 failures.

Author: Siobhan S

20 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic feminist and disability advocate.

23 thoughts on “Top 5 hits of 2017”

    1. I’m still amazed I knit that hat! I just picked out colours for a colourwork cowl to continue practicing my skills. Thank you, I’ve been sick for a few weeks now with no sign of improvement so I’m very much ready to get better!

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