Top 5 Best Projects of 2016!

I thought this post might be hard to write – how can I chose favourites from the 50+ projects I’ve made this year? But once I scrolled through my Flickr stream, it was clear which garments made my heart sing!

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1. Washington Dress in Black Scribbles

I made this dress in January, and it gets a lot of wear in winter. When I asked my husband what he thought stood out in my sewing this year, he mentioned black and white prints, and he’s definitely right. They are basic but not boring, and I like that I can pair black and white prints with pink, purple, red or turquoise as the mood strikes! (Or other colours, of course, but those are always the shades I choose!) Other favourite graphic black and white prints I’ve sewn this year include my Jorna dress and my t-shirt trials!

 

Concord Dress

2. Concord Ruffle Dress

Against all odds, this is my power outfit. I always wear it with these boots, and I always stride a little more confidently when I wear it! Why? It’s a t-shirt with a ruffle attached. But somehow the skirt swings satisfyingly, and it’s fitted but not tight in a way that works with my curves. I like it so much that I just sewed another one in leopard print!

 

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3. Paint Daub Comino

This might be my favourite dress of the year. I love the print, love the mid-weight rayon, love the pattern (Comino Cap bodice and Sally Jumpsuit skirt)… but most of all, I feel like a babe when I wear it. What more could I ask for?

 

Groove Dress

4. Groove Dress in Crazy ITY

This fabric is nuts, and that’s why this dress makes the top 5! It’s a bold silhouette in a bold fabric, and I feel totally me when I wear it. If someone asked me why I sew, I’d say to make clothes like this… and if someone asked me how sewing has changed my life, I’d say it’s given me the confidence to stand out!

 

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5. Birthday Dress

I just feel great every time I wear this dress. I do a lot of pattern hacking, and it’s always a bit hit-or-miss… but this one is a hit all the way!

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Well, it’s official: All my Top 5 garments are knit dresses!!!! 3 are Cashmerette, and 2 use parts of the Comino Cap dress… Could I be any more predictable? Just to prove I DO, wear pants and tops, I’ll give a shout out to two other favourite wardrobe essentials: my Cone Mills Ginger jeans, which really don’t stretch out even after more then 5 wears, and my enduring love for long cardigans, which are my favourite way to layers pants or a dress.


33 thoughts on “Top 5 Best Projects of 2016!

    1. I don’t know if I wore many dresses before sewing… but now they are the easiest way to look professional for work while in maximum comfort! Why do you think they don’t appeal to you?

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      1. They always seem a bit fussy to me, but mostly they’re cold. I am never warm enough to wear a dress comfortably unless it’s really hot in mid-July or August. Then pants are too constricting, but with my job at the library I couldn’t wear shorts, so dresses and skirts it was. Also I think the styles I like, and my preference to wear tights make wearing dresses more work than it should be. I need a slip, then I need that not to show, and then I need my tights to stay up…
        Mostly, though, they’re not warm.

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  1. All of these make me want to raid your wardrobe 😉 Sadly I don’t really have any great outfits this year, just a few basic ones to fill my empty wardrobe (that babyweight is holding on for dear life). But now that I’ve got my based covered I can make amazing clothes next year! And I’m going to stop caring about the baby weight!

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    1. You’ve made cute clothes this year, for yourself and the girls! And managed going back to work part time with two kids… so be nice to yourself! 🙂

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    1. Thank you! Doing the Better Picture Project last year really helped improve my photos, and I enjoy taking pics so much more now!

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  2. I love the new look of your blog, by the way. You’ve done a great job this year. I think my favorite piece is actually that leather bag. It looks very luxe. I’d like to learn how to make leather bags myself.

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  3. Please disregard my previous comment. That comment is from Fifty Two Fancie’s comment page. I always write out my comments on a notepad before I copy and paste so that I don’t forget anything I wanted to say. Ooops. Here’s what I had to say about your roundup:

    50+ projects? Hot damn, girl! Good for you! I agree with you on your #1 pick: the Comino dress. You look cool as fuck in it. Great roundup. Here’s to 2017!

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