Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Year in Review, 2015

Holy cow! Where has this last year gone? Is it me or does it seem like time goes by waaaaay to fast? Before the year is completely gone, I thought it would be good to take a few moments and reflect on the year.

Last January, I posted about my New Years' resolutions for blogging, sewing, and life. (You can read the post here.) So how did I do? Well, to be honest I think I'd give myself a B+ (but I get an A for effort! ;) ) Did I resist the "need" to buy more fabric? Psst!! No, of course not. That would have been crazy! However, I found that when I did buy fabric I was more selective and thoughtful about my purchases. Most of what I bought will go towards Made by Me items for my Etsy shop (I found some really nice vintage and reproduction cotton prints) or very specific projects that I know I will get a lot of use out of. And to be fair, I did use a lot of stuff from my stash this year and sewed some practical vintage mix and match items. My favorite projects from 2015 - my Dorr Mill Hoodie, 40s Yellow Crepe Suit, and this outfit - were made entirely from stash supplies. My 1920s plaid cotton dress and three turban/dusting caps were also all made from stash fabric. Go me!

Confession, I did splurge on silk fabric for my 1920s White Lightening Dress, (which completed resolution #3 of sewing something amazing) and because etsy sales were good this fall I bought some AH-MAZ-ING silk for two 18th century gowns. Fear not, there will be blog posts a-plenty on those projects!

Here is a quick run down on things I sewed for myself this year. Not all of my projects have been blogged about but I do hope to share them in the New Year!

2015 sewing projects

Historical Sewing
Vintage Sewing
Vogue 9010
Be My Valentine Blouse
Dorr Mill Hoddie
Pheww! And those are just the projects I finished for myself!! I'm still working on a 30s blouse using McCall 7371, and a wool cape with Du Barry 6002. I participated in Spring for Cotton as well as Sew Retro Rose's Decades of Style 1930s Cape sew a-long but didn't finish my cape because I didn't like how it was turning out. And all most all of my projects count for the Vintage Pattern Sewing Pledge!

I had the opportunity to participate in some awesome Greater Boston Vintage Society events this year, including the White Lighting Ball, 1920s Beach and Lawn Parties, and the 1950s Winter Formal.

Three great WWII event this year were of course the air show at the Mid Atlantic Air Museum, the D-Day event at Cunneaut, Ohio, and the Battle for the Air Field, at the Collins Foundation. I do have pictures from the last two events but have not posted about them. We also managed to squeeze in a couple 18th century events included this one at Crown Point.

There are many fun and excited highlights of 2015 as well! In June I was selected as a Runner Up for the Vintage Life Miss June contest. That same month I had, hands down the most fun EVER with this photo shoot with my friend Neal. I am working on contacting some other pilots for a similar shoot at Reading this coming year. During the summer I received this darling hostess dress from a dear reader. I organized TWO vintage photo contests this year and was interviewed by Jessica of Chronically Vintage! You can read the whole interview here.

Some highlights from 2015
So! What can you look forward to seeing on my blog in the New Year? Lots of things!! I am always looking for new blogging ideas so if you have any please let me know! Here are just a few things I will be working on.
  • New Behind the Seams posts, including some more 1920s dresses and a gown from the 1890s.
  • Tutorials, book and pattern reviews.
  • Vintage around my house
  • New items on Etsy, including a small selection of Made by Me items. 
  • Interviews! 
  • A new vintage photo contest (Most likely summer attire and/or formal wear!)
  • A special Christmas Sew A-long with Gina of Beauty from the Ashes. We still need to work out all the details but it's going to be awesome! :)
That's all for now. As always, please feel free to leave a comment or drop me a message through email or Facebook! I love hearing from my readers. :) What projects will you be working on next year?

Two more gorgeous 1920s dresses I will be documenting in up coming Behind the Seams posts next year.
A look at some of the items I have been working on for my Etsy shop. These WILL be ready to list in the New Year! I promise!! :)


  1. Wow! What a successful, exciting year! Congratulations, Emily!!
    I very much enjoyed seeing all the projects you've made this year, and of course loved the photo contest. The garments you're working on for the Etsy shop look wonderful! I can't wait to see them.
    Oooh, a sew-along with Gina?! That will be amazing!!!!
    Happy New Year!

  2. Happy New Year! It was great seeing you where we overlapped, and I am so impressed with what an amazingly productive year you had! Can't wait to see what pops up in 2016 :)

  3. Emily, what a cracking year you've had with your sewing! I know time flies, but I think you've squeezed a lot in. I look forward to following your 2016 adventures - a very Happy New Year to you and your husband xx


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