Top 5 hits of 2018

Happy new year everyone! I’m kicking off the year with my belated entry to the annual blog series started by Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow, the top 5 of 2018.

To start off, the top 5 hits:

1. Named Inari Tee Dress

A woman stands in front of a garden fence. She wears a stripe knit tee dress with black leggings, silver runners and big tortoiseshell sunglasses. A cat sits on a bench behind her.

I feel I’m starting to sound like a broken record, having made this pattern three times and enjoyed it each time. My latest version was made in striped cotton/spandex knit with gold foil spots from Spotlight, and makes for an easy summer outfit when I want to feel comfy but put-together.

2. Plaid Archer

Woman stands in front of a garden fence, wearing a red check button up shirt, black pants and ankle boots. She is smiling.

Archer is another pattern that keeps on giving. This time, I finally nailed the fit by slightly narrowing the sleeves (on top of many prior adjustments). The beautiful, soft plaid fabric Jen gifted me made it extra special.

3. Insulate! Hat

Woman's head in front of a weatherboard house. She wears a handknitted grey hat with Dalek colourwork motifs.

There’s no way I could do a write-up of this year and neglect what is possibly my favourite creation of all time, my Insulate Hat. It’s hand knitted. It has colourwork – colourwork Daleks. What else do I need?

4. Burda long sleeved blouse 04/2010 #114, V2

A woman stands in front of blue weatherboard. She wears a white button up shirt.

Burda shirts have featured heavily in my Top 5 posts, with my previous version of this pattern making the top 5 of 2016. This year’s make is slightly different, as I sewed a size up with fewer alterations for a more relaxed fit all around. It was my first time sewing with Robert Kaufman shirting, which has worn so beautifully I’d be happy to sew with it again.

5. Sew Over It Kimono Sleeve Jackets

A woman stands in front of a garden fence. She wears a pink crane print kimono jacket, pink skirt, tights and gold glitter shoes with a headscarf. Next photo: She wears a neutral print kimono jacket, wide sunhat, white tee and rayon fern print pants.

These jackets filled a big hole in my summer wardrobe: the need for lightweight summer jackets that would protect my arms from the sun while not overheating me. The simple pattern from Sew Over It combined with the soft, drapey rayon from Spotlight to make elegant garments that were more than the sum of their parts.

You might notice I’m now referring to them as Kimono Sleeve Jackets. It has been brought to my attention that it is inaccurate to name jackets such as this “kimono”, which are full length robes with design features that wrap around the body. This pattern is more akin to a “haori”, an open overjacket. The SOI name for this pattern is Kimono Jacket, but I’ll refer to it as a “kimono sleeve jacket” from now on to reference the style of sleeve head rather than the cultural garment. Thanks to @little_kotos_closet on Instagram for her work in educating folks about these styles of garments (this post in particular), which has led to Wiksten changing the name of their jacket pattern from Kimono to the more correct Haori.


Bonus points: colourwork knits

I really thought I wouldn’t have enough creations to pick out a top 5, but here I am cheating and squeezing a few more in. I’ve been so happy with my colourwork knitting progress this year that I wanted to share some with you. I’m particularly proud of Strokkur (both new and old) and the Pyukkleen cowl, my first time choosing a colour scheme.

A woman stands in front of a garden fence. She wears a yellow and grey colourwork yoke Icelandic jumper, blue jeans and brown suede boots.

Flatlay of a handknit fair isle cowl, in orange, yellow, blue and brown.





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.

9 thoughts on “Top 5 hits of 2018”

  1. How neat to see your top five, and more! Such a pleasure to follow along with someone so talented and with such great wit! Your posts often leave me chuckling. 🙂 You actually inspired me to do a tiny bit of sewing, with my ever so frustrating (which I’m sure is user error) sewing machine, this year. 🌻

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  2. Happy New Year (belatedly)! Great round-up of such fantastic creations. I especially like the plaid shirt, the hat, the kimono sleeve jackets (I can see the issue around kimonos being long, but I’m sure similar are sold by retailers as kimonos too) and, my favourite, the Strokkur, that jumper is gorgeous! xx

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  3. Gorgeous work all around and the pattern matching on your plaid Archer is DIVINE! I keep going back to the picture of it to look at the fabulous pattern matching again and it absolutely slays me!

    I just realized, if someone told me five years ago that something like pattern matching on a plaid shirt would make me this excited, I’d probably laugh them right out of the room! But past me can laugh all she wants, because future me can sew her own clothes! 😉

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    1. Thank you! I really love that shirt. Plaid matching and the technical aspects of shirt sewing are (mostly!) very therapeutic for me.

      The things we get excited about in our hobbies!


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