Friday, December 22, 2017

My Top 5 Hits of 2017...

The one thing I need to state about 2017 is I feel like I finally found my comfortable work style. I knew who I was sewing for again and not flailing around trying to make things work. I think my wardrobe choices were more cohesive, more reflective of my personality and allowed me to fit in with my work environment ~ yet be me.  Whew!  What a mouthful!

So without further Top Five!

Simplicity 8303

This started out as a duster and became soooooo much more. This is my favorite make of 2017 and it doesn't hurt that my daughter took some A-MAZ-ING pictures of this coat. It's the first coat I've made in years and now that I'm removed from the sewing of it, I'm really thrilled with it.

In the number two spot is ~ New Look 6340 in Denim

Version four of this TNT pattern is my favorite from the series of the dresses. It works so well for my lifestyle - either dressed up with heels or dressed down with my sneaks and a cardigan. It also cemented my love for denim and how it can work in my life.

The Cashmerette Concord Tees and Dresses earn the third spot for 2017

I wore some version of this pattern all summer long especially my white tee...and I'm carrying it into fall with long sleeve concord tees and tunics. This is the pattern that just keeps on giving.

Number Four would be my shirts

I made five different versions of my TNT pattern - a mash up of OOP Vogue 7700 and OOP Butterick 5978.

These are my favorites from the five I made. I like my original one too but the blue rayon one is going on my Top 5 Misses list. I also found out that I really like sewing shirts and all their fiddly bits! I have quite a few on my to sew list for winter and into spring.

My last garment in my top five is the new Cashmerette Rivermont Top

This top is everything and I plan on making more of them in 2018!

Finally ~
...if I had to list a favorite pattern company for 2017 it would be Cashmerette Patterns. Jenny has designed a pattern line for us plus, curvy, thick or big busted women that is just amazing!  If you haven't sewn a Cashmerette Pattern I'm here to encourage you to get on that! Don't waste anymore time! Buy just one pattern and sew with it and you will see why I love this pattern line so much. You will definitely see more of these patterns in 2018.

I will have my Top 5 Misses up next. always more later!


  1. Congratulations on some marvellous makes and for evolving your work style. I wish you a blessed Christmas and a happy '18

  2. All worthy of a top 5 spot - they all look great on you.

  3. Cannot disagree with any of these choices. They are a great example of what a creative sewer does -- uses the pattern as a starting point for individual style. You always inspire with your ability to interpret a pattern and make it work so well for you. I love that you share your wisdom whenever you share your work. Merry Christmas. Looking for continued inspiration in 2018.

  4. You look great in all of your beautiful creations. I may be inspired to finally sew a garment in 2018.

  5. I forgot about that jacket!! Wonderful roundup of the year!

  6. I was so happy to see your denim coat as #1 on your top 5. I so agree! I also love all your TnT makes - well done, Carolyn. Karen

  7. Congratulations on so many successes in 2017 - LOVE your coat! You're absolutely right about Cashmerette - they are my favourites for sure. I love the Concord but the Harrison was my best make in brown dupioni silk. Every time I put it on I just want to smile all day :) I have coats and pants in my 2018 line-up. I've not had any success with woven pants and I'm determined :) and I've never made a coat so it's time for me to exercise my sewing chops a bit more. Happy Holidays and all the best for 2018 to you and your loved ones!

  8. Your 2017 top picks are wonderful! that coat is amazing! Happy sewing! can't wait to see your 2018 makes.

  9. I love them all - esp. your hack of Concord into sheath dresses and your hack on the Rivermont peplum top! You look fabulous in them!!!

  10. Summary posts like this really remind us of how productive you have been! Some fabulous garments there. Congratulations on a very successful 2017 sewing year.

  11. So much inspiration in this post . You are sew very productive!

  12. You made some amazing things this past year. That coat is one of my favorites of your makes.

  13. Your coat was truly fabulous AND your shirts amazed me because I know how much work goes into them!

  14. First Merry Christmas All of your top five are my favorites You have done a fabulous job. I did purchase two Cashmerette patterns hope to get them sewn after the hollidays


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