Another year in the books… and although many have claimed 2016 was a terrible year for them (so sorry!), it was a better year for me.
And what better way to end a year and start a new one than with Gillian’s Top 5 from Crafting a Rainbow!
Top 5 Hits
It’s no lie that this is easily my favorite shirt. It’s the most comfortable thing ever and I’ve been wearing it weekly since I made it.
This was a no-brainer, too. Although there are some tweaks I will do for my next pair, I have worn the heck out of these and it still boggles my mind that I MADE JEANS.
Is this really a surprise?
I am getting way more wear out of this fry workout gear than I thought. And it always makes someone smile at the gym. 😉
There are more that can take this spot, but I just love how this shirt came out!
Top 5 Misses
I can’t wait to donate this sweaty, uncomfortable thing!
This thing never saw the light of day after my blog photos…
This is more of a belly shirt since I forgot to accommodate my curves when lengthening the Catarina dress bodice. I always find myself tugging at the hem.
I learned that fabric really does make a difference! So glad I tried these again in a drapier fabric and ended up with a win after this one that doesn’t get worn much.
(Coming to a Fail February near you…) Seamwork Moji Pants
Here’s a sneak peek at a monstrosity I made… stay tuned for a post about them in February!
Top 5 Non-Sewing Highlights
- JAPAN. I made a long-awaited trip back to my home away from home and caught up with my friends after 8 years.
- EUROPE. Semi-family vacation plus experiencing Oktoberfest is always a highlight in my book.
- NEW ORLEANS. It was a work trip in the summer, but I am so happy I was able to see most of my friends and family (and eat all of the seafood!).
- EXERCISE. I started going back to the gym regularly again in August (minus the weeks of illness that swooped upon me at inconvenient times). I love the Les Mills workout classes and I had tried Body Flow (mix of Tai Chi, Pilates, and Yoga) years before after I started having back pain. At the time, it really hurt my back but now I have learned to really listen to my body and limit myself to what I can do physically without pain. So I go about 2-3 times a week (plus trying out some outside yoga classes) and learned that my body and mind really do need the low-key strengthening and balance work. Of course, I still kick my own ass at Body Pump (light weights, many repetitions) but I am putting less stress on my body as a whole and am taking time to do some meditation, which helps after a stressful day at work. I also tried a couple of Barre 3 classes with a coworker and I found it’s also a great workout. Too bad it’s so far from my house! (And expensive to boot).
- FRIENDS. I’ve made a few more new friends this year who really vibe well with my personality. I am also grateful for my well-established friends, too! Y’all make life more beautiful.
Top 5 Reflections
- I have noticed this year I am starting to make garments that really fit who I am. I find myself reaching for my me-mades more often than my RTW clothes and that makes me super happy (and super ready for Me-Made-May).
- I have experimented a lot this year, too. I tried my hand at culottes and although they were something I never thought I would wear, I’m finding out I can rock them. Hooray for new silhouettes! I also made my first soft bras and half-assed started on panties (currently UFOs until I finish some more important projects). Oh, and JEANS!
- I joined the Cali Fabrics blogger team this year and I am sooo happy to be a more active part in the online sewing community! I also found a new-to-me fabric store that carries really great quality fabrics and has crazy fast shipping! Thanks for everything, Ron!
- I finally started sewing some of my Grainline patterns (Hemlock, Tiny Pocket Tank, Scout Tee) and realized they are great staples. Sometimes the basics are really the best.
- I’ve made 39 garments this year (counting the soon-to-be-revealed Moji Pants Fail and 2 yet-to-be-blogged) plus those coasters and Christmas trees. I should be finishing up my 40th garment today, which would be the same amount of garments as last year! I started out thinking I wouldn’t have much time for my favorite hobby because of the overtime mandate at work, but I guess that didn’t stop me!
Top 5 Goals
- MAKE THOSE DAMN THURLOW TROUSERS.
- Make an underwire bra. I bought the Madalynne Simplicity bra pattern and hope I actually get off my butt and do it!
- Continue to eek out into the sewing community a little more. I’ve already mentioned Cali Fabrics and I’m participating in my first sewing challenge – the Day and Night Dress Challenge. I hope I can participate in more sewing community activities in 2017!
- Make a graphic for Fail February so it’s a legit thing and more people can share their sewing fails.
- Hand embroidery! I bought this book from ModCloth on a whim (and because, uh, sale codes!). I want to start experimenting with adding some hand-embroidery into my sewing makes. Fancy butt pockets, here I come!
Whew! After all of that, I’d definitely say 2016 was a great year and I hope it continues into next year!
Happy New Year to you all and may all of your sewing dreams and goals come true in 2017!