This was a good year for hits. I had a very hard time choosing just five. Here's what I came up with.
#1: My first pair of Ginger Jeans. This pair, and my second pair, are actually the only pairs I own now. I like these the best because of the way they fit; the leg shape of my second pair is bugging me so I should really go back and fix it. This pair is a pull-on pair with a stretchy self-fabric waistband. I really love having them in my closet and I plan to make another pull-on pair this year (as well as another zip-fly pair).
#2: My linen Bonn Shirt. I wear all four long-sleeved Bonns that I have made regularly (less-so the short-sleeved one), but this first one remains my favorite. I wear it with shorts, skirts and jeans, buttoned-up, or over tees. It was made from a treasured fabric, and I'm so very pleased with it.
#3: My wool Blackwood cardigan. When I first bought the Blackwood cardigan pattern, I didn't think the long view was for me. But then when the weather got colder I found myself dreaming of a long wooly version. I wear this cardigan several times a week now, with jeans and skirts, and I love it.
#4: My striped Blackwood cardigan. I have worn the heck out of this one. I've worn it to work just as often as I have stuffed it in my purse to go somewhere air-conditioned. It goes with jeans, skirts, shorts and dresses. The fabric is a really nice quality rayon/lycra jersey that is heavier and more substantial than a lot of other rayons I've used, and I think that is a big part of the success of this garment. I'm actually hoarding the remainder of the cut of this fabric just in case something happens to this cardigan and I have to remake it!
#5: My poncho-coat. I've only had this one for a few weeks but I wear it every day. It's warm and cozy and, I think, pretty cute. My botch-job on the lining does bug me a bit but I can replace the lining in the future.
Looking at my top 5 hits confirms that I derive a lot of satisfaction from sewing practical garments that get worn a lot. I plan on making more jeans and Blackwoods, and probably more Bonns, too, in the new year.
Coming next week, my 2018 goals and plans. Happy New Year, everyone!