Top 5 – the sewing hits

My “Top 5” sewing hits – as part of the series hosted by Gillian over at Crafting a Rainbow.  This was an easy post to write as in 2017 I had considerably more time and headspace to devote to sewing. It was lovely!

Number five – Singapore shorts – Worn continuously in warmer weather. Yet another re-draft of the basic Barbs pattern from Style Arc. The dark denim are worn the most, I love how the pink topstitching gives them a subtle lift.

Number four – My graduation outfit – gown, shirt and trousers. The gown was repaired by me and worn just the once. The shirt has been worn a few times, for more formal occasions. The trousers are worn weekly, sometimes twice a week.


Number three – my Frocktails top. I’m not really a frock chick so a dress for Frocktails was never going to happen. I went with what works for me (overshirts) and took it a bit further. A beautiful top came out, using fabric from a fabric swap. Easy and comfortable and the perfect blue for me.



Number two – Laptop bags and pencil case – made for Miss 12 and Mr 17 as they started the school year. All going strong, doing their job of  protecting the investment in hardware and saving my children from the distress of a broken computer with nothing backed up offline…

Number one – The Year 12 formal dress and wrap for Miss 17 (almost 18) – worn just once.  The fabric came from the same fabric swap as my Frocktails tunic.

The bodice took three attempts to get the fit just right. This was the first time I’ve used boning in a bodice.The skirt was a heart in mouth moment as I cut into the fabric. This garment is the most difficult thing I’ve ever made!

Instagram video here.



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3 Responses to Top 5 – the sewing hits

  1. A year of great sewing hits…wonder what your fails are!! some well worn classics – always a good sign. I love your blue top, and as for the hi/lo hem…I remember this style of dress, always a pain to get the skirt right. Looks good though, so you did well. Funny how the 80’s styles are all coming back.


  2. Janine says:

    Happy New Year. I am glad that you have had some time and headspace to sew and bike ride. Both fantastic activities in my opinion. Even though the formal dress has been worn once the happy memories and sentiment that went into live on and so worth the effort.

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