Mid-Winter Pick Me Up

Here in Michigan, we’ve been saved from the Bomb Cyclone that the East Coast has received, but that hasn’t meant we’ve been spared from the grips of winter. It has been bitterly cold, barely making it in to the teens for the past three weeks. This has meant that I haven’t gone outside much save for moving in and out of my car to work or home.

Thankfully though, my friend Allie and I decided to get together and brave the cold weather to stop in to one of our favorite Grand Rapids grocer – Horrocks Market!

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What’s your favorite make of 2017? Why?

My favorite would have to be my blue and white Ashley Nell Tipton pencil skirt from her Simplicity 8345 Pattern. I’ve gotten the most wear out of it and it has became an office attire staple. I also made a cat version, which I wore to the Happy Cat Cafe.

What did you attempt in 2017 that you won’t be doing next year? Why not?

I attempted to hem a shirt in 20 minutes. It did not go well. The hem is uneven, bubbly, and crooked.

What are you going to continue doing?

I am going to continue to support indie designers. My favorite patterns that I’ve purchased (but have yet to make) have been PDFs from makers like DIBY, Bella Sunshine Designs, and Love Notions.

What are you going to try next year?

I am going to try my hand at making a cocktail dress! I have a few patterns I am mulling over which will be shared in the future.

Where do you see your handmade wardrobe by the end of next year? What about in 5 years?

I would like my wardrobe to be at least 10% me-made this year. In five years, it’d be amazing to be have it be closer to 75%!