Long time, no see! No, I did not fall of the face of the earth. I’ve just been moving into and renovating my grandparents’ house. I really did not think it would take so long, but it certainly has been an arduous process. We wanted to be in by Christmas as we hosted our family Christmas brunch and dinner this year. Things fell together nicely, but BOY, I was exhausted! Staying up late sewing my Christmas dress did not help me either…. However, it’s been a wonderful holiday season and a great year for my husband and I. There were a lot of things I wanted to do for Christmas like baking and making special gifts, but I just did not have time to do those things. We didn’t take our annual Christmas photo either, nor send out Christmas cards. I’m shooting for a New Year photo/card instead. The way I see it is that there’s always next year to do all of those little things. The most important thing about this season is spending time with family and we definitely did that! 🙂
Anyway…. I thought I would check in and do a quick end-of-the-year roundup of my favorite makes of 2015. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’ve been alive, just very busy. I do have three other favorite makes of the year which I recently finished, but they haven’t been photographed or blogged, so I will stick to what I’ve shared on my blog.
This is hands-down my favorite dress of the year and probably my favorite that I’ve made apart from my wedding ensemble. It was in the planning stages for over a year before I started on it and it almost became a fail due to some tea staining issues and a little of my laziness. I hacked and altered and drafted to get this dress to work with the vision in my head. It was a dream to make and even more fun to wear and it makes me feel very beautiful. I can’t wait until it’s warm and I can wear it again!
I really don’t know what I love more about this dress — the fabric or the pattern. I fell in love with this unique fabric design when I saw it and loved it even more when I felt the luxurious silk. I used my first Decades of Style pattern and quickly became a DoS fangirl. I had planned to make another Dorothy Lara dress, but I apparently haven’t got around to it yet!
This fabric is certainly eye-catching and sublime. I just love wearing this dress and I receive many compliments when I have it on. It was a quick make and my second ESP dress. It was a perfect pairing of fabric and pattern and the simple lines of the dress let the fabric design be the star of the show.
This is an example of a fabric that I lusted after and couldn’t stop thinking about until it was in my hands. It was also my most expensive fabric purchase of 2015. I used my TNT Butterick 5982 for this dress and it’s another one that I love to wear and it just makes me so happy looking at it. I recently saw a similar embroidered floral fabric in another colorway, so I’ll look forward to that in 2016!
Out of all five of these dresses, this one has been worn the most. It was a summer staple of 2015 and one of those few fabric treasures I’ve found at Joann’s. The fabric didn’t fade and the embroidery didn’t unravel and it still looks the same as it does in my blog photos. I dressed this dress up and down and never grew tired of wearing it. I’ve made two other Felicity dresses (one unblogged), and neither has been as wonderful for me to wear as this one.
My list coincides with Gillian’s Top 5 of 2015. I’m not going to go full on with the Top 5 challenge as I do have some misses, but I never did photograph them…. I’m really just looking forward to sewing more cold weather clothing (it’s been cold and rainy and a bit snowy this last month!) and sharing more of my makes as the moving and renovating process goes into slow mode (still a few things to move and lots more to renovate, plus furnishing our old house). I hope to follow through with my sewing goals and make it further down my sewing list. I have one last day of 2015 to mark another project off of my goals for this year and I’m going to do it! 🙂
Happy New Year!