#2015bestnine, stats and goals

This post is a bit of a mishmash of thoughts I'm having as the year draws to a close — the typical looking-forward-and-looking-back one does around this time of year.

Best Nine

Above are my "best nine" Instagram posts of 2015 — a collection I found intriguing and inspiring. I looked at these pictures and saw a woman who is happy, confident and feels good in her clothing. I see bright colors, good shoes, suspenders and, mostly, smiles. Looking at these photos prompted me to make three New Year's resolutions on the spot:

1. Smile more
2. Love what I am wearing
3. Be my best, authentic self

It's not the kind of list that is likely to win me the Nobel Peace Prize. But I do think it will help with my outlook on life.

Most Popular Posts

Four of my five most popular posts of all time were from this year, which is a good sign. However, none of them were straightforward outfit posts, which definitely reinforces my desire to change things up and keep mixing in new content.

You guys loved my April post in which I turned a jersey bedsheet into a maxi dress! This was the project that really launched my sewing hobby, so I feel really fond of it as well.

Coming in a close second was my next DIY project, transforming a lace tablecloth into a swing dress.

I was thrilled to see all the love I got from my interview with the awesome Jen P of Fashionably Employed. I have some more interviews on tap for 2016 and am excited to keep moving forward by reaching out to more bloggers, Etsy sellers and other creative and interesting people. If you have a project you're excited about, and you'd like to be featured in an interview, please let me know!

Last but not least, I was touched by the response I got to a post in September that I wrote in response to some sexist comments I received. (Thanks to Adrienne for linking to the post.)

The year in sewing

A few of my finished objects are highlighted above, but here's a quick glance at the garments I finished this year:

Top row: 123
Center row: 123
Bottom row: 123

I actually had not been keeping track, and I kind of can't believe I made all these things this year! (There are also a few holiday/kid projects not even included here.) Looking back on these projects leaves me feeling very proud and happy at how far I have come with my sewing, and excited to tackle a new batch of projects in 2016 (hello, quilted cotton jacket). Each of the projects you see here is highly imperfect, but they represent so much fun, satisfaction and joy for me that it truly doesn't matter.

Goals for 2016

There is a lot I'd like to achieve in 2016, but I have a hard time narrowing it down to achievable steps. So let's just say I look forward to refocusing in 2016 on the things that recharge me, building on skills I already have and adding some new ones. Wishing everyone a terrific 2016 — see you on the other side!


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