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2017 Top 5 Sewing Hits

I love this time of year when I get to read everyone’s sewing reflection posts and ogle their favourite makes. It’s really fun to look back at the year and I am always so happy that I have my blog for that reason. Gillian is hosting the Top 5 series again this year and I am excited to share mine! I like to put my own spin on this by giving each piece an award, and of course, I couldn’t keep it to 5 – #sorrynotsorry.

Click on the photo of each project to go to the full blog post. Here we go!

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Sewcialists Tribute Dress

I made this dress for the Sewcialist Tribute Month as an homage to Katie Marcus from What Katie Sews.  I made this on a whim and it is now my favourite dress in my closet! I made it from this gorgeous silk and it feels so good every time I wear it. It is a variation on a pattern of mine that is coming out in 2018, so stay tuned for that!

Closet Case Patterns Carolyn Pajamas

These PJ’s were a really fun project to start the year off. I had been hoarding both of these fabrics for quite a while and I realized one day that they were a perfect match! They complement each other so well with the gold accents and the deep indigo hue. It’s hard to tell in these pics, but they really do sparkle!

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Grainline Studio Archer Button-up

Who doesn’t want a classic buffalo check button-up? Here in the pacific northwest, these are standard issue with your raincoat and rubber boots. I love that my version is handmade and I chose the thickest, cozyiest flannel I could find for this project. This was my first time hand sewing the cuffs and collar and while it took a little extra time, it was so worth it in the end.

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Grainline Cascade Duffle Coat Vest Hack

This may look like a pretty simple make, but it was a big project for me! I used the Cascade duffle coat as my base, but I modified it and figured out how to make a lined vest. The pockets were taken from the Closet Case Patterns Clare coat, making this a true indie love affair. You can see how I made this in the blog post!

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Closet Case Patterns Nettie Bodysuit

Thank goodness for Sewing Dares! I wouldn’t have picked out the Nettie bodycon dress for myself, but I am always up for exploring new styles. Gillian dared me to give this one a try and now I have 2 in my closet! I especially love it in this extra long length and in this gorgeous shibori bamboo knit.

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White Linen Button-up Hack

I love this shirt SO much. I’m honestly a little scared to wear it because it is SO WHITE!! I have to think about what kinds of food and drink are in my future before I leave the house in this. This shirt is a little pattern mashup I made this past summer and it has a great casual chic vibe.

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Named Reeta Shirtdress

If making matching shirtdresses isn’t friendship, I don’t know what is. Caroline and I made these cute Reeta’s during a summer sewing day and we had a fun photoshoot to top it off. These pics fill my heart with happy summer smiles.

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In The Folds Acton Dress

I love the design of this dress from In the Folds. It has my ideal neckline for a dress and the ‘wings’ give it such a unique look. This dress was made for a family wedding and I had so much fun wearing it!

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Shibori Dressing Robe

Taking unbleached hemp/cotton and scouring it, tyeing it, dyeing it, and then sewing your own design with it was such a rewarding experience. This beach Suki is one of my favourites for sure, and I feel such a sense of accomplishment when I wear it.

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Alina Sewing and Design Co. Hampton Jacket

This year I finally got around to making jeans and then this jean jacket. It was great practice in topstitching, dealing with thick denim seams, and installing denim hardware. I also underlined this Hampton with flannel and used a pair of old jeans for the sleeves, encorporating the back pocket detail into the shoulder.

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Deer and Doe Lupin Jacket

I didn’t expect to like this jacket as much as I do. It got a lot of wear in September/October and I suspect it will again in April/May.  I am awarding it most wearble because it seems to look great over just about anything! I love it in this drapier Tencel Twill but am interested to try another one in a thicker fabric as well.

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True Bias Hudson pants and Grainline Linden sweater

Well, it’s official. I am wearing these pants 3-4 days a week now. It is cold in my apartment and I need to have toasty warm sweatpants! Don’t look at me like that!!!

Sewing top 5 2017

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About the author


Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

21 Comments on “2017 Top 5 Sewing Hits”

  1. This was a fun post Helen! Love all your chosen favourites 🙂 I think my most favourite make in 2017 was the Closet Case Ebony. I find myself reaching for that shortie version in cotton/bamboo from Caroline every time I’m getting dressed to go out! I made up a tunic length which I’m now thinking I should cut down into another shortie 🙂

    1. Thanks, Kathleen! I totally know what you mean about Ebony. I have made the cropped version in the same fabric and it is a total go-to! I need to get that one on the blog for sure. I want to try the raglan sleeve dress version next!

  2. Your Nettie and Acton are my faves, you just took gorgeous in them and the fabrics are stunning! But they’re all great and very wearable. You have a very successful sewing year 🙂

  3. So much fun! I loved your award topics – particularly the “most work” category, which is worthy of respect!

    1. Thanks Gillian! some projects are just more work than you expect, you know? Hmmmm…I wonder how that coat of yours is coming along? 😉

  4. Why limit yourself to five when you’ve made so many great things! Even I can’t choose my favorite 🙂 Quite possibly that Nettie because it was out of your comfort zone, but looks phenomenal!!

  5. I’m going to steal your hudson/linden outfit. Since the first day you posted, and now…I just want to crawl in it. As my passport is expired, I’ll probably just make my own and not really incur an international felony – that’s just really too much effort anywa, but just know, it crossed my mind. 😀

  6. I’m in my own Hudsons an embarrassing amount of time in the winter! It’s cold indeed! I think the Acton dress was my favorite–you look so pretty in that one and it’s a beautiful print. I’m really surprised that the pajamas are not a border print! Those fabrics were truly meant for each other! Happy 2018 Helen!

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