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2016 Year Review

In 3 hours and 48 minutes it will be the wnd of 2016 and the beginning of 2017!!!!

This year I embarked on an adventure to become a sewist.  It's crazy how time flies.  I've learned so much.

My adventure began around April with my Mimi G lime green Maxi skirt/dress
to using my first sewing pattern (baby set) It's So Easy Simplicity 1188 in June

to making my first gown Vogue 1520 in December.

Here's a list of the garments I made this year.

Baby L 

1) Nursing Cover
2) Pink Gingham Set
3) Pink & White Polka Dot Booties
4) Yellow & White Peasant Dress
5) White Leggings
6) Front Pocket Bib

Babette ( 2 Year)
1) See and Sew Cross Back Shorts Set
2) White and Red Shorts

Babouska (6 Year)

1) See and Sew Cross Back Shorts Set
2) Purple Floral Dress (it's in the garment graveyard)
3) Simplicity 8202 purse
4) Simplicity 8202B White floral dress

Bam Bam (My Son)
1) Red Cargo Pants (It's in the garment graveyard)

Booboo (11 Year Old)
1) Simplicity 1165 Blue multi shorts
2) black and red floral skirt
3) Orange and White Striped Skirt
4) Black top (Garment Graveyard)
5) Pink polka dot dress
6) Joyful Teddy Bear

1) Lime green maxi skirt/dress
2) Grey T-Shirt Dress
3) Orange floral skirt
4) Black and orange maxi skirt/dress
5) black Mermaid skirt
6) blue Vogue 8898 top
7) burgundy Vogue Dress
8) Vogue 1520 Holiday Party Dress

1) Yellow Vogue 8898 top
2) Black Mermaid Skirt

26 Wearable Garments
3 in the graveyard
5 Ufos

This has truly been an awesome year!!!!
Let's see what 2017 has in store.


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