Year in Review: 2015 Hits and Misses


Every year around this time, I look forward to reading fellow blogger’s recaps of their makes of he past year. Thanks to Crafting A Rainbow, many bloggers post their top 5 hits and misses of the year. Here are mine.

Top 5 Hits (from left to right):

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  1.  Wax Cotton Dress. I wear this dress almost weekly, and always feel great when I do. It feels very “me.”
  2.  Black and White Polka Dotted Dress. Since this is a special occasion dress, I have only worn it once so far. However, I think it’s very flattering and am looking forward to wearing it again!
  3.  Floral Graduation Dress. This dress is made from the same pattern as the wax cotton dress. Being made from linen, it is amazingly comfortable and I can’t wait until spring to break it out of the closet again.
  4.  Floral Pencil Skirt. This skirt has become a staple for me. It works well with sandals in the summer, or boots in the winter.
  5.  Anise Jacket. Living in the south, this is about the heaviest jacket I need for the winter. I’ve been wearing it everyday it is cold enough to justify a wool coat.

Apparently the left hand on hip is a hit pose for me too, ha!

Top 5 Misses (from left to right):

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  1. Colette Clovers. These pants were meant to be a wearable muslin, but aren’t really very wearable. I need to work on tweaking the fit to get some more wearable pants.
  2. Graduation Wrap Dress. I had such high hopes for this dress, which resulted in a large disappointment when it wasn’t even close to fitting.
  3. Maxi Dress. This dress never got totally assembled. I could tell from the pictured state of affairs that it wasn’t going to work out. Poor fabric-pattern choice is to blame.
  4. Organic Cotton Tank. Another case of poor fit. I tried a different technique for finishing the armholes and neckline which resulted in everything being too tight. Lesson learned.
  5. Diamond Go Anywhere Dress. This seems kind of ironic, since my first version of this dress, which I intended to be a wearable muslin, was on my hit list last year, and I wear it all the time. This color of this dress is just pretty terrible on me.

I’ve definitely learned some sewing lessons this year, and tried out some new techniques. I’ve discovered some tried-n-true patterns (NewLook 0180, Watson Bikini, Senna Tote), and went outside my comfort zone (wool, swimsuits, running tights). All in all, I made 88 items this year. Just over half were gifts, and the rest were for myself.

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And that wraps it up!  See you next year!


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