TOP 5 of 2014: The hits

For the past couple of years 2012 and 2013, I have participated in Gillians Top 5 series. I like doing it as it provides an opportunity to reflect on my year of sewing. I should probably reflect like this on other parts of my  life! I have finally written up the first two categories, the hits and the misses. The Hits in this post and the misses to follow shortly (for some reason they didn't like being in the same blog post! I don't blame them).
Top 5 2014 #sewingtop5
I had quite a few makes this year that I absolutely adore that just fit perfectly into my wardrobe. Not necessarily perfectly executed but are just right for me. It must have been a good year, because it was difficult to narrow it down, but here goes:

1. The endless procession of peplums
The Named Kanerva is one of my favourite patterns of all time and while the buttons on my jewel version aren't positioned exactly right, there is something about this style of top that I find flattering and my Atrium kanerva gets worn weekly.  I continued to experiment with the peplum during the year and ended up with two other tops I made that I adore: the wildflowers peplum and then my Rachel de Thames hoodie (which is seeing a lot of use at the moment).  Long live the peplum.
2. Dungarees
Pauline Alice produced some great patterns this year and I was lucky enough to be a tester for a few of them. The Turia Dungarees are my favourite. I tested this pattern with chambray and then made up a cute pinafore pair which surprisingly gets worn a lot!  I love my chambray pair but some bad stitching with the flat felled seams has meant that they are starting to fall apart. That doesn't stop them from being a hit though and I'll remake them next year.

3. Frocktails dress
The fabric for this dress was like a bolt of goodness at Spotlight. I just couldn't believe how fantastic it was. Fluro and textured, it was just calling out to be made up into a dress.  I was so happy with how this dress turned out. It is a simple style, based loosely on the Kanerva (of course) but I love it.
4. Culottes
It all started with #teamculottes captain Debbie, producing pair after pair of fabulous culottes, and then with the release of the Girl Friday culottes pattern by Liesl and Co there was no excuse. My first pair was made up in a difficult silk and my second in the pineapple fabric that is sweeping the nation. Both pairs are a bit big in the waist but I am sure will fit perfectly once I return from France! The movement at the waist definitely doesn't stop me from wearing them and the silk ones have already had a lot of work air time and the pineapple ones will continue to be on high rotation when I return.
5. Skippy dress
This was a surprise hit for me.  I was asked if I wanted to participate on a blog tour with this dress and on first looking at it was not sure at all what fabric I was going to use. Luckily I came across this thick stripey ponte at Spotlight which I think is the perfect fabric. This dress is 100% me, stripes, drop waist, a bit blousey in the top. The scoop neck and kangaroo pouch are two things that I wouldn't normally sew, but I just adore this dress and again gets worn a lot - both to work on casual Friday's and on weekends.
So there you have it. what I think are my hits for the year. Next up, the misses....;(

34 comments:

  1. I LOVE that wildflowers peplum top. Just gorgeous. I'm curious to see your misses...

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  2. Ok, my #1 is the stripy dress and the Turia dungarees! Looking forward to seeing more amazing you-made garments in 2015!

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  3. So many great makes! i love the peplum hoodie, and the dungaree dress, and the Frocktail dress... and ok, all of them! You have got your personal style nailed down so well!

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  4. Lots of awesomeness here! I remember all these makes. All my favourites of yours too. Love that you are loving your culottes ;-) and the peplum Liberty's are so you. I especially love the stripey skippy dress and what it's doing to my eyes in the photo!

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  5. Hi Kirsty, been following your blog for a while now and love your style, you certainly do all those lovely Liberty fabrics justice. Glad to see you had success with the Liesl & Co culottes (there was a little faux pas in the pattern which messed my attempt up). I have been doing Gillian's Top 5 also, great for looking back on the year. All the best for 2015.

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  6. What a great year you've had! I can think of plenty other makes of yours that I love, too.

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  7. I would add that your use of prints was especially awesome this year!

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  8. A fabulous year indeed! You know you could absolutely get away with some snazzy braces to hold up your pineapple culottes......

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  9. A great year Kirsty! You have a very definite style, which I love to follow. Can't wait to see what you sew next year.

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  10. A winning year from a stylish lady.

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  11. So much sassy style, KB! Love it! And have loved rocking it out with you this year. Here's to a rad 2015! :D

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  12. I just love your style! All of these makes are major winners. I can't wait to sew up my pineapple fabric.

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  13. Lovely clothes. I especially like all things Liberty!

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  14. beautiful! you have such a great and unique style x

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  15. Love your hits Kirsty! But then I pretty much adore everything you make. Those Turias... swoon. I hope you get the topstitching sorted out as they are just da bomb. And you know I adore your culottes. I just finished mine today and hope to blog tomorrow. Still on the fence with mine, I have to say. Now what to make out of my pineapples?

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  16. The feeling is mutual! For me too when I saw your Turias! xx

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  17. Can't wait to see your culottes!!! I think I will fake flat fell seam next time. The stitching worked out beautifully with my dungafores and sadly, I'm not exactly a purist. Oh and the pineapples? More culottes of course!

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  18. Thanks Toni and thanks again for asking me to tour the skippy dress. It really is fantastic.

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  19. Thanks Janet. For me too it's hard to go past the Liberty ones.

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  20. Thanks so much.. And I can't wait to see your pineapples sewn up!

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  21. Right back at you Amanda. It's been a great year for the CBR sewing crew xxx

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  22. Thanks Bella. You know it's been a great year when it's difficult to narrow it down to 5! I bet your year is exactly the same.

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  23. Thanks Debbie. It has been a good year and so much inspiration everywhere - especially on your blog, so a big thank you for that!!

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  24. Thanks Gillian!! That hoodie is getting sooo much wear, I wish I'd made another one!

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  25. Thanks Inna. It really turned out a surprise number 1 for me too. And the dungarees!.. what a winning pattern.

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  26. OH Lizzy, there are some howlers in the misses list, but yes that wildflowers peplum is particularly special to me x

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  27. Great hits!! I don't think I saw the Frocktails dress but I love it!!

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  28. So much stylishness! I love your hits, especially the culottes and your frocktails dress!

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  29. Shell from SewEnSowJanuary 4, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    All beautiful, you are one stylish lady Kirsty!

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  30. Brilliant, love these hits, especially the culottes and the peplums!

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