Happy New Year! We had a wonderful Christmas, and I hope you did too. I always seem to forget how quickly the holiday season flies by, and I’m always so sad to see it end; when family goes back home, decorations are packed away, and life returns to normal. Then, all of a sudden, a new year is upon us and I’m not sad anymore–I’m inspired and happy to get back to my everyday routine. The truth is, every day and every moment is an opportunity for a fresh start, but there’s something about turning the calendar to a new year that brings extra excitement and inspiration. I can’t wait to get back in the studio and get started on all the plans I have for this year.

2016 was the best year of my life. After three years in a row of huge challenges of loss, health scares, and chapters ending, I was due for a good year. Ty and I finally got to go on a big overseas trip together, the stress and toxicity I was carrying around starting dissolving, and I got healthy again. 2016 was a rewarding and fulfilling year that brought me tremendous happiness.

I’m looking forward to 2017 with renewed sense of optimism and a sharper focus on what really matters. Beyond a handful of specific goals (20 pounds to go! new dresses! a new house!), my hope for 2017 is professional achievement. I studied fashion and design for a long time, and I’m hopeful I can find a way to use the skills I’ve worked so hard to hone in a meaningful, purposeful way. I started this blog as a way to document my own projects, but in the five short months I’ve been doing it I’ve realized there’s a great deal more potential here than just showing the world what I’ve made for myself. I have a chance to share my experiences with you, to help you in your own sewing and design journey. So, one of my main objectives for 2017 is to improve everything about this space: the content, the consistency, the photographs. I’m also excited to introduce video tutorials soon.

In looking back over 2016, a few projects stand out in my mind, but I’m most pleased with the overall progress I made in rebuilding my wardrobe with mostly handmade garments. I’m excited to continue this work into the new year.

Thank you all for following along so far, and I can’t wait to dive into new sewing projects soon. Here’s to a happy and healthy new year!


  1. Glenys | 3rd Jan 17

    Emily have been following your blog since the beginning and I have learnt a great deal, thank you. Video titorials would be amazng, especially for those of us who have no access to decent sewing classes.

  2. Danielle | 2nd Jan 17

    Happy New Year! I am pretty new to following your blog but have already found myself learning and being inspired by your posts. Being fairly new to garment sewing, there are many times, when I have a failed project, that I feel like giving up on my sewing journey but then I see posts of beautiful handmade garments like yours and I suddenly feel like I just can’t give up on this! I am truly looking forward to your video tutorials !

  3. Laura Grabow | 2nd Jan 17

    I love your style. I am happy that 2016 was a good year for year for you. Hopefully, 2017 will be good too!

  4. Brittany Jones | 2nd Jan 17

    Happy New Year Emily!!! So happy to hear you’re feeling better!! I’m excited for your video tutorials! I know they will inspire me, and help me perfect my skills!!!

  5. Kathy Bruckman | 2nd Jan 17


    I really love following your blog. Have been following you just a couple of weeks now. I really love that your dresses you share are very modest. I love the modest dresses. Thanks for sharing.

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