Top 5 Best Makes of 2016

#sewintop5 Hits

For the first time this year, I’m taking part in Gillian’s ( #sewingtop5. The rules are simple, just post your recaps on your blog, IG or other social media and use the hashtag during December 2016. Gillian is doing a round-up on her blog, so be sure to ping back.

I’m starting, as you do, with the hits, i.e most loved or most worn items I’ve made this year.

Such a great opportunity to look back at an incredibly busy year and realise how much use I actually got out of the projects I spent my precious time on. This was one of my main goals for 2016, to sew clothes I actually want to wear, that match my lifestyle and are practical. BTW, how great is it to have a nice blog where I faithfully recorded what I make?

So, without further ado…

  1. My absolute favourite, plus definitely the most worn me-made item this year: Mona Biker Jacket in black denim.

Wear Lemonade Mona Perfecto Black Denim

Such a great pattern, I have been planning on making it again, and adding a lining, but I just never got around to it!

Here’s a pic of me wearing in Copenhagen in April. Really goes with everything!

2. A very very close second, my pink culottes. I wore them loads since I finished them at the end of June (though I only posted them in September), in spite of the fact that I had to redo the waistband and zipper and they were on the bench for a while. I could really wear them every day, though I’m not sure how I feel about being dubbed ‘pink lady’ at work recently…

V9032 Pink Culottes (2016) #09

3.  Another little project that got loads of wear was the polka dot dress, from Burda Magazine. It makes me smile every time I put it on, especially since the fabric was a Secret Santa gift at last year’s sewing blogger’s Christmas party.

This too got loads of wear, both in winter, with a long sleeve top underneath and in spring/autumn. It’s also great for travelling, as it does not crinkle at all and can look quite dressy.

Spotted Raglan Tunic (Burda style) (2016) #06

4.  Probably a joint third is my Inari Tiger dress, which I wore as much as during the summer. I can’t believe my two favourite dresses this year are prints, I am so not a print kind of girl!!

A shout out here for Inari, the TNT pattern of the year, with one dress and two tops (one in wool+pleather and one in glitter).

Inari Tiger Dress (2016) #16

5. Last, but certainly not least are my first Ginger jeans! I love them, I wore them almost to death and they have taught me so much!

Red Ginger Jeans (2016) #13

This top turned out harder than I thought! I really loved most of the things I made this year (special shout out to my other culottes and to this humble cardigan that I almost already wore to death), in spite of the fact that I did not end up wearing some of them as much as I would have liked.

And that my friends, if probably the top top fact of 2016!

Look out for the next instalment, #sewingtop5 Misses!



  1. Love all of these makes! That biker jacket; wowsa! I must try the Inari pattern. And reading your Gingers post really pushed me to see mine so, thank you! Looking forward to your 2017 makes xx


  2. Yes, your haircut is adorable.I love your biker jacket; in fact all your makes are really good and I can imagine them being in constant rotation. Have a lovely Christmas!


  3. I love your haircut transformation! I went pixie about a month ago myself, after chopping off 18 inches of hair. Your pixie looks gorgeous on you. I love your short, cute bang pieces. Your #5 is my #1: I love those ginger jeans. Cheers to a fabulous year of sewing in 2016! Check out my top 5 roundup at


    1. Thank you! I really like your short hair too (might be biassed :D). I just had a look at your top 5, great outfits and looks like you had a lot of fun this year too!


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