My 2016 Top Sews

Happy almost end of 2016, friends! My sewing year ended last week with possibly my finest dress to date…. so I’m in a good place to look back on what was sewn this year.

There’s been less sewing than in earlier years. As life has got more hectic I wanted to be more structured in chosing my projects. My goals for 2016 were twofold: to focus more on silhouette and shape, and to try and perfect a well-fitting shirtdress. 

Inari Tee Dress
I clocked up a total of four Inari Tee dresses this year – easily my most prolific pattern of 2016. Top of the pops was this red linen version in Tessuti fabric, but my silk and denim-linen versions are in regular rotation. See some of them here. 

Elskan Dress

Next up for fulfilling the brief on silhouette was this amazing bat-winged Charlotte Kan Elskan dress. This was a spontaneous pattern purchase and within  a few hours I’d made a black and a purple one. You can see how much I love this one: the black overlocked hem still hasn’t been turn up! 

SBCC Moto Chic Jacket


I fell hard for this jacket when I saw Heather’s of Closet Case Files. I made a navy blue version last year but still lusted after a grey one. With only a small alteration to the bodice length, I ended up with a really well-fitting jacket. I bought this gorgeous Robert Kaufman Essex linen twice to complete this jacket. Yes that’s right! I didn’t buy enough the first time around. I managed to source another piece, but ‘someone’ in my household threw the remnants away before I’d cut the facings.  

Tessuti Frankie Dress

Another impulse purchase was the Frankie dress by Tessuti. Well, it did fit my objective of being an interesting shape! I bought another ton of striped jersey in Japan this summer so when I saw this pattern I knew it would be a perfect match. I made Frankies in black and red too.

 McCalls 6696


Where do I begin? I had wanted to make this McCalls shirtdress since Idle Fancy’s Autumn of 1000 Shirtdresses. I bought the pattern around two years ago and had been intimidated by the potential alterations. I’ve had a few Big Four disasters in my time! Remember The Big Purple One of Christmas 2015?!  Instead, I had a crack at a couple of Grainline Alder shirtdresses followed by an Alder-Archer mash-up as a warm-up. In the end it was the classic shirtwaister shape that I was craving. It’s these longer, more involved projects that seem to bring me the most pleasure. 


Well here she is! It was worth all the time it took. I think she deserves a blog post to herself to describe my alterations and amendments. If there’s one thing I learned this year it was to just get on with it!! Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. X

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