Top 5: Hits + Misses 2016

It’s that time of year again…time for a Top 5 post!  This is my third year participating in Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow’s Top 5 roundups. I tend to get tunnel vision when I’m sewing and totally forget what I’ve made over the last few months. I always have a million projects going right before the holidays so taking a break and looking back on everything I’ve worked on over the year is so refreshing.

Top 5 of 2016

Top 5 Hits:

  1. Lantern Sleeve Blouse                     
  2. Donna Karan Chartreuse Dress V1489 
  3. Rust Organic Cotton Twill Culottes B5504/Holly Hack 
  4. Mommy + Me Colfax Dresses       
  5. Donna Karan Autumn Hemp Silk Wrap Dress 


I LOVE all these makes! I love the drama from the lantern Sleeve Blouse…which I drafted myself. It makes me feel so chic and elegant every time I put it on! The Rust Culottes are one of my most worn pieces.  I’ve made these in denim as well.  What a fab pattern hack and wardrobe staple.  Two of my favs are Vogue DK wrap/draped dresses.  I think the fabric on both really makes these dresses stand out.  The bronze silk is just gorgeous, like liquid gold and that Chartreuse is one of my favorite colors to wear.  Only one print in this bunch.  I’m definitely more drawn to solid colors lately.  The Colfax dresses were so perfect for summer.  A simple silhouette to show off the liberty prints.  Plus its always super cute to wear matching dresses with my little Amelie!


Top 5 Misses:

  1. Coral Linen Vintage Vogue V9105

Only 1 miss this year!!!   And it was refashioned into a skirt that I wore all summer long. I had such fun working on the construction of this vintage dress but it turned out too costumey.  I never felt comfortable wearing it.   I’m getting a bit choosier about the projects I work on and plan everything out so I rarely make something I don’t wear.  I am noticing that my taste and style has changed quite a bit since heading back to work so I’m not as excited to wear some of my hippie/eclectic pieces lately.  The summer ones I’m totally fine with as I feel they work better with the season.

Back with my Reflections + Goals next week!  Back to Christmas sewing I go! #sewingtop5


8 thoughts on “Top 5: Hits + Misses 2016”

  1. I do love that lantern sleeve blouse! You look like you’re on a Bermuda vacation in this pic. Very chic and resort-like. Of your top 5, though, my favorite is the yellow Donna Karan dress. It’s gorgeous. I agree with your miss pick — it’s too big on you! Check out my top 5 roundup at

    1. Thanks Carmen! I’m really pleased with what I made this year. Going to go check out your post now!

  2. Oh wow I just love your top 5 – so stylish! I especially love the lantern blouse, off to check out that pattern now. You have such a good eye for colours too.

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