This week marks one year since my very first blog post…wait, what?! Wow…I guess time really does fly by when you’re having fun!
Starting my own sewing/DIY fashion blog was something I’d thought about for way too long before actually doing it. Now that I’m a year in, I’m not sure what was holding me back. I love sewing, and I love writing…it doesn’t take a genius to see that this blog is the perfect outlet for me.
Aside from having a place to share all my projects, I have loved every minute of being a part of the online sewing community. I’ve met (at least in the digital space) some truly amazing and creative people, and they constantly inspire me with their own awesome makes. I’ve been sewing for a long time – like since elementary school a long time, but I’d say having my blog and sharing my projects has helped me take my sewing to a totally new level. I’ve tackled some new skills this year and committed to making as much of my wardrobe as possible.
Looking at my closet today, I am happy to say that it is about 85-90% me-made…woohoo!! Also, after looking at my closet, I’ve come to a couple conclusions: I’m not really into skirts…boy, do I love outerwear…I love dresses even more…and let’s not forget my undying love of bomber jackets!
In honor of my one-year blogiversary, I decided to take a look back at my favorite (and not so favorite) makes from the past year. So without further ado, here we go!
I’m sure everyone is picking up on a few themes here. It’s clear that I like shirt dresses, collars, and pussy bow necklines…and let’s not forget, lots of color! I’m also a crazy person, who must enjoy installing hundreds of snaps and buttons. You can check out more details on each of these makes here: Denim Fiona Dress, Black & White Midi Shirt Dress, Embroidered Summer Dress, Pink Pussy Bow Dress, Mustard Tie Neck Dress.
I hate to play favorites, but for outerwear, my Clare Coat is probably one of my all-time favorite makes. I made it toward the end of winter this year and didn’t have much opportunity to wear it. I’m kinda looking forward to winter just so I can wear this coat!
As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of capes – so those beauties had to make the cut – and I’d be remiss not to include my totally subdued yellow plaid number. You can check out more details on my fav outerwear here: Clare Coat, Plaid Cape, Embellished Cape, Plaid Wool Coat.
Ahh, yes, my bomber jackets. Choosing a favorite here would be like choosing a favorite child, and I’m planning to grow my family this fall with at least two more. Sounds like a bomber round-up post could be in order. More details on each bomber can be found here: Floral Bomber, Lace Bomber, Sporty Bomber (it sounds like I’m listing the Spice Girls).
Some Other Favorites:
Okay, so now that I’ve shared some favorites, I suppose it’s time to reveal a couple of the misses. So, one interesting thing I’ve learned over the past year is that sometimes your least favorite make turns out to be the surprise hit with literally everyone else.
For instance, take my white and blue striped shirt linen shirt dress. I tried. I mean, I really tried to like it. But, I just couldn’t. I don’t think there is anything wrong with the dress (aside from the fact that it reminds me of a 19th century men’s nightshirt), but I just don’t feel great wearing it. Turns out, everyone else loved this dress. I think it remains one of my most popular projects.
I almost hesitate to put my floral box pleated skirt in the miss category, but I haven’t worn it since I took the photos. I’m just not a skirt person, what can I say?
And finally, my seersucker button-front sundress only partially belongs in this category. It’s a miss that turned into a giant hit! I didn’t like this dress at all when I first finished it, but after wearing it I kinda fell in love with it. Now, it could be the heat making me say this…haha…but it does keep me nice and cool.
Oh, and trust me, there were definitely a few more misses, but they didn’t even make it onto the blog – some of them are still sitting in my sewing room unfinished. I need to trust myself more. When I have a feeling a pattern isn’t for me, it usually isn’t.
Well, that was fun trip down memory lane. Looking forward, I’m excited to keep sharing my projects, and I’ll be doing some brainstorming on ways to make the blog even better. Whether that’s tutorials or sew-a-longs, I want to make my blog the best I can for my readers. I also plan to get back into drafting/draping my own patterns. I used to do this more often but got away from it. I recently saw a dress in a movie that I NEED to have in my wardrobe, and I can’t wait to get to draftin’!
I hope you all have enjoyed reading my blog as much as I have enjoyed writing it. Thank you so much for following me and being a part of my journey – I am so grateful for your support!!
Until next time,