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Top 5s of 2013! The Hits

It’s nearly a brand new year so that means it’s time for a bit of reflection with the top 5 lists!


Head on over to Gillian’s blog to grab a button and check out her suggested lists and proposal on why looking back on our projects is a helpful learning exercise.

1. The Anise jacket


I am so proud of this jacket. I learnt so much and think it looks pretty smart. It was in daily rotation before winter hit. And I don’t think it’s scared me off jacket-making in the future

2. Simplicity 2444


I won’t ramble on too much about this dress. Safe to say it’s an absolute winner in my eyes. And this lovely aeroplane lawn version is definitely my favourite.

3. Sassy Librarian Blouse


My first craftsy course was brilliant. Christine Haynes was a lovely teacher and I finished up with a cute practical blouse that I have in regular use.

4. Simplicity 1755


I’m pretty darn pleased with how polished this dress turned out even if I don’t have much opportunity to wear it. The lace matching turned out amazingly and I’m rather proud of my collar.

5. New Look 6069


Not so obvious but this little dress has been a star in my wardrobe. Its mostly due to the soft drapey viscose. It skims over me in a flattering way and I love the print.

So there are my top 5 hits of this year. Next up are the dreaded misses!

(32) Comments

  1. Lovely makes! And they all have a really similar colour palette… slightly dark, slightly warm jewel tones, I’d say, plus black. Looks great on you! Thanks for joining in the Top5 lists! 🙂

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks for that Gillian! Very happy to take part. That’s exactly my palette. I had my colours done a few years ago and found it really confirmed a lot for me.

  2. Excellent makes! I can see why you chose these as your winners. 🙂 My faves are the pintucked blouse (I NEED one!) and the maroon dress. But then, who can resist airplane fabric? 😉

    1. almondrock says:

      Aww thanks! They all make me smile when I wear them which is a great feeling

  3. Lovely makes! I love all of this round-ups! Very inspiring!

    1. almondrock says:

      Its great fun. A nice way to reflect on the year!

  4. I fully agree with your choices! But it’s simplicity 1755 that I remember most fondly. I’ve bought the pattern myself, after you’d reminded me of it, and am soooo looking forward to making it. Your Anise is also stunning. Roll on warmer weather I say!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks Winnie! Oh you’ll love 1755 whip it out soon an maybe you’ll lure the warmer weather here quicker.

  5. That Anise jacket is stunning! And also fab dresses, I especially like the 2444 and that fabric of the last one. Great round up!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! I had so much fear for my Anise so the fact it turned out ok made it extra special to me!

  6. a great collection of creations, my favourite has to be the 2nd one, mainly because I got to see it in person in Birmingham and it really was stunning! I look forward to seeing many, many more in 2014 xxx

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks Hannah! Happy New Year. Look forward to seeing you too. x

  7. Ooo, I never even realised you made that red dress, it’s absolutely beautiful!!!

    1. almondrock says:

      Aww thank you! It’s a great pattern, I recommend it!

  8. Wow, such great makes. Well done – especially on your Anise.

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! I’m so pleased my Anise didn’t turn out a flaming mess heehehe.

  9. Outstanding makes, all! Thank you for reminding me how much I need Simplicity 1755 and 2444 in my life. Love your versions so much.

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! I love both those patterns so they come highly recommended!

  10. I love all of these things – particularly your Simplicity 1755 – so cute!

    1. almondrock says:

      It’s a great pattern, I think it would totally suit you!

  11. These are all so sweet! What a successful year you had!

    1. almondrock says:

      I’m so pleased I had more hits than misses this year! It really was hard picking only 5.

  12. They all look very nice! I especially like the Anise (the color is beautiful!) and the red dress.

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks very much! The colour makes me so happy when I wear it 🙂

  13. The Anise is totally stunning in real life and it makes me happy to see it because we had such a blast on the day when you bought the fabric! Needless to say, I also really love all of your Simplicity 2444 dresses as well! x

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks! Aww happy memories. Can’t wait to meet up with you again soon. x

  14. Your Sassy Librarian Blouse is so cute! That was one of the first classes I took when I started sewing a couple years ago. I really should make another since I so much enjoyed that class.

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! It got me into craftsy too. Great pattern! I definitely want to make another

  15. Your Anise is a showstopper. I LOVE it! I have the pattern, but haven’t made it yet.

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks! Oooh I bet you’d make a cool Anise. Is it on the cards for 2014?

  16. What a collection of great makes for 2013. I think I need to get on the Simplicity 2444 bandwagon too – I’ve seen a few versions of this dress and it’s lovely.

  17. Man, you have created some delightful things Amy! Love your style and I hope 2014 is an even better year for you!

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