I am not very good at reflecting. I like to dash forward to the next thing, which is why I posted about my current project yesterday instead of writing this end of year post. However, the leather is encouraging procrastination, so I have decided a little reflection is a good thing.
I sew most of my own clothes, and quite a lot of my family's clothing, and also sew for pure frivolity, so my best pattern post needs a few divisions.
Workhorse Patterns of 2011
This category recognises those reliable patterns that allow one to cover the body, not necessarily in a stylish or fashionable manner, and the inclusion requirement is purely numercial - how many garments were produced from this single pattern, which lends the category to quickly sewn projects. 5 of these patterns are new to me in 2011,, so I have found some Very Useful patterns this year.
In reverse order.
10: Burda Style 02-2011-107 skirt
There were several contenders for this spot, at 4 garments completed for one person, so I have included the one I think will have most longevity as a workhorse pattern, a shaped pencil skirt.
9: Ottobre 05-2010-19 and 20, sharing this spot with 4 each, for one person, as they are frankly too dull to deserve two places in the top 10
8: Burda 04-2009-118 my TNT trouser pattern. 2 work trousers, 1 pyjama trousers and 1 pair of side fastening cream linen trousers, all for me.
7.Vogue 8096 man's shirt, 5 of them for my spoilt husband. He appreciates spoiling.
6.Burda World of Fashion 09-2008-144, boy's woven collarless shirt, adapted to knit t shirt shape for 3 t shirts and 2 pyjama tops.
5.Ottobre t shirt 02-2011-1, 5 t shirts, for 2 people
4.Jalie Sweetheart top 2787, 5 t shirts, for 3 people, with variations to the pattern
3.Jalie Yoga Pants 2215, 6 pairs, for 3 people
2. Not really a workhorse pattern, but a production sewing effort, the Oliver + S ra-ra top I made for my 8 nieces for Christmas.(They were very well recieved, there is nothing like an almost 2 year old running around on Christmas morning yelling "my pretty" whilst clutching her new top to warm the cockles of a sewing auntie's heart)
1. Ta-da, The mystery pattern, Ottobre 02-2011-20, from which a finished garment has never been seen on the blog, despite over 20 items being made from this pattern this year for 3 persons in the house, from remnants.
You can't get more workhorse than that.
I will post about my other categories for best patterns later,.... maybe... my leather is looking less dangerous.