After I made my bridesmaid dress for the wedding in Denver, I got the crazy idea that maybe I should make my clothes for the entire trip. 🙂

As always, I immediately started planning and pinning. I had a few outfits already pinned that I really liked, so I wanted to replicate those. Here’s what I came up with.

Thursday – Flying: P4P SOS Pants, P4P Women’s Raglan Hoodie, P4P LMU

Inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/209206345168397396/

Friday – Day: P4P SOS Pants, P4P Women’s Henley, P4P Grandpa Cardigan, P4P LMU

Inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/209206345168397489/

Friday – Rehearsal: M4M Megan Dress

Saturday – Getting Ready: P4P Peg Legs, P4P Summer Kimono, M4M Mama Mya, P4P LMU

Sunday – Flying: P4P Peg Legs, P4P Carefree Cardigan, P4P LMU or M4M Mama Mya

Swimming – Ohhh Lulu Sews Zooey Swimsuit

Sleeping – P4P Peg Legs, P4P Boyfriend V-Neck

I briefly debated making my own underwear using some Ohhh Lulu Sews patterns, but then I bought all new underwear and bras from Gap Body because I fell in love with their Breathe line and that idea went out the window. I still want to make some of those patterns, though.

I actually already had fabric for a few pieces and at a few pieces already made. I already had fabric for the peg legs since I constantly buy Robert Kaufman jersey in gray and black. For the hoodie, I knew I wanted to use some amazing French Terry that I ordered from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I already have two Carefree Cardigans that I love, so I decided to use one of those. Also, I’ve made a few of the v-necks and they are perfect for sleeping in.

Most of the fabric I ordered came from Girl Charlee or Fabric.com. For the SOS Pants, I ordered a teal ponte and then the black Super Stretch Denim from Robert Kaufman. I bought a gray and white striped jersey for the LMU. I found a great white burnout knit for the henley and a awesome gray and black leopard print sweater knit for the cardigan. The LMU actually came later when I discovered how see through the burnout was. I ended up using some leftover fabric from another project. I found an adorable black and light pink polka dot ponte for the Megan Dress and a crepe for the kimono. There was this wonderful white slub jersey knit for the Mama Mya and I ended up making an LMU from it, too. I planned to wear each LMU a couple of times or the Mama Mya twice. I found a great Nicole Miller scuba knit at Joanns for the Zooey Swimsuit and that ended my shopping.

I had very little time in February and March to work on any of these, but when I had time, I only focused on this. Then I went to Crafty Weekender and knocked out the rest. I’m in love with so many of the things I made. The only piece I’m really disappointed in are the stretch denim SOS Pants. They just don’t wear right. The ponte ones are fine, so I’m thinking it’s the fabric. I ended up scrapping that project entirely. I may or may not come back to it someday. The swimsuit was a good trial. I could make some improvements, but for a wearable muslin, I’m OK with it. I wish I would have left the bottom band off the cardigan, but it’s not a big deal either. The Mama Mya is AMAZEBALLS and I can’t wait to make a million of them. The LMUs feel AMAZING. And the Megan Dress makes me feel like the loveliest lady ever. The hoodie might be my favorite, though. The French Terry is so soft and wonderful and I love the print so much.

I ended up deviating from my original plan quite a bit, so here’s what I actually wore.

Thursday – Flying: P4P SOS Pants, P4P Women’s Raglan Hoodie, P4P LMU, Boyfriend Jeans from The Limited

 

Me Made May - May 26th

 

Friday – Day: P4P SOS Pants, P4P Women’s Henley, P4P Grandpa Cardigan, P4P LMU M4M Mama Mya, Skinny Jeans from Ann Taylor, Cami from Ann Taylor, Plaid Shirt from The Gap

 

Me Made May - May 27th

 

Friday – Rehearsal: M4M Megan Dress Same as above. It was casual.

Saturday – Getting Ready: P4P Peg Legs, P4P Summer Kimono, M4M Mama Mya, P4P LMU Cami from Gap

 

Me Made May - May 28th

 

Sunday – Flying: P4P Peg Legs, P4P Carefree Cardigan, P4P LMU or M4M Mama Mya, Skinny Jeans from Ann Taylor, Cami from Ann Taylor (I got home and changed into a P4P Sweet Tee Dress.)

 

Me Made May - May 29th

 

Swimming – Ohhh Lulu Sews Zooey Swimsuit

Sleeping – P4P Peg Legs, P4P Boyfriend V-Neck Crafty Weekender Screenprinted Target V-Neck T-Shirt, True Bias Hudson Pant

Here are some of the other items I made for the trip, but actually didn’t wear on the trip.

 

Me Made May - May 9th

 

Me Made May - May 15th

 

Me Made May - May 20th

 

Me Made May - May 18th

 

Me Made May - May 5th

 

So there you go. I had a lot of fun planning this and sewing it and I think it’s something I’m going to try to do more often. We don’t take a lot of trips, so maybe I’ll have to do it for a certain week of the year or things like that.

I had three amazing friends in college and the last one is got married Memorial Day weekend in Denver. Well, technically, I’m the last one, but I don’t count because I don’t want to get married. Anyway, Ali told the bridesmaids to get a gray dress. Any grey dress. Long. Short. Dark Gray. Light Gray. Grey. Whatever you prefer.

I thought about it and I kept coming back to the idea of making my own dress. I’ve been fairly successful with garment sewing and I needed a challenge. I started planning and pinning on Pinterest and I soon had an idea of exactly what the dress would look like and what fabrics I would use. I wanted lace and tulle and something super feminine and pretty. This was my inspiration: minus the bow and plus sleeves: Dress

The pattern was easy. I would start with the Colette Macaron, which I already owned, but had never made. Then I would just add a simple tulle circle skirt. I did some heavy Googling to find people who had made the Macaron with a lace overlay. All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go had made the perfect version and it had a keyhole back! I wanted a keyhole back! I found out how to create a loop from thread for the button on the back. I Googled Couture finishing techniques. I Googled putting in an invisible zipper even though I’ve done it before, but I wanted/needed more confidence. I Googled the best ways to work with tulle and make a circle skirt. I basically did a TON of research.

Once I had done all of that, I needed to find fabric since my local shop doesn’t carry the special occasion fabric. I thought about ordering from Mood or somewhere online, but I would have to buy swatches first. I didn’t want to wait that long. So I gave up and went to Joanns. They actually had quite a few options. I found a good lace, a good lining, and some decent tulle there. Overall, I was pleased with what I came out with.

Next, I had to mess with the pattern a little. Colette patterns are drafted for people who do not have my shape. I was hoping that with a decent bra, I wouldn’t need to do a small bust adjustment. I knew that I would need to lengthen the waist though, so I added two inches. Then I had to mess with the pattern pieces a bit since I was using a lace overlay with a side seam plus the keyhole back. Overall, it wasn’t too hard and I think I only had to re-cut a couple of small pieces. I cut VERY carefully because of the pattern of the lace, the edges, and just not wanting to mess up in general. I drafted the circle skirt, which was super easy. I had already decided that I would bind as many seams around the lace as I could so it would look nice, so I also cut some bias binding strips.

Then I got started. I dedicated an entire weekend to the dress and I spent the majority of it in my sewing room. I think a took a break to teach a class. 🙂

I started with the bodice because I figured the circle skirt would be the easiest part. I was right for the most part. I took my time. I sewed slow. I thought. I stopped. I looked. It took forever. I sewed down all of the binding by hand. I pinned like crazy. I was careful.

It turned out beautifully. I was sooooooo proud of it. I tried it and on it fit. Ideally, I would have made a muslin especially for a project like this, but the fabric wasn’t expensive and I could always go out and buy a dress, so I chose not to. The fit was snug, but if I took a small seam allowance, it would be OK. I’d size up next time and do the small bust adjustment. I could have added another two or even more inches to the waist. If I hadn’t added the two that I did, it would have been an empire. I was pretty disappointed in that, but unless I wanted to start completely over, I had to leave it, so I did.

I didn’t even take much of a break and I went right to working on the skirt. Six layers of tulle does not tame easily, but I managed it. And I put in the invisible zipper, which was not fun AT ALL. It looks easy, but there are little things about it that definitely do not make it easy. I was successful, though, and I think it would be easier without tulle. There bottom side seam lines up when the zipper is zipped, but the top one is off by a bit. I’m not sure what happened there, but it’s going to be hidden by a belt, so I let it go. I actually think I ripped it out once and decided if I didn’t work out the second time, I wasn’t going to bother with it. I left the tulle unhemmed and used a rolled hem on my serger for the skirt lining.

I ordered a wide black belt, hot pink shoes (the bridesmaids had different colored shoes), jewelry, and a black clutch. The outfit was totally finished and accessorized.

Are you ready to see it?

 

Dress

 

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Me Made May - May 28th

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Blue Apron

If you follow me on Instagram (@llatham0306 – I actually update Instagram on a regular basis. You can blame it for the demise of this blog.), you may have seen me posting delicious pictures of food. Which I made! After Christmas, Andrew and I decided to try Blue Apron. I’ve gotten a lot of questions about our experience and I recently wrote a President’s Letter in our building newsletter about it. Without further ado…

The most frequently asked question I remember my mom asking my dad, sister, and I was, “What do you want for supper?” If we did not respond or responded indifferently, we always received a big sigh. I did not understand the burden we put on my mom until I had to start planning meals with another person. My mom was also responsible for grocery shopping; a dread which I also did not comprehend until adulthood, especially living downtown and feeling like we should trek either North or South each week to a grocery chain even though we had a perfectly great one, albeit a bit more expensive, a block away. Unlike my family, who could not just order takeout or go to a restaurant due to living in a town the size of a few KC street blocks, we started taking advantage of the awesome restaurant choices around us. After a while, though, we were in the same rut and the question changed to, “Where do you want to go eat?” Downtown living, we found, does not entirely solve the dinner problem.

If you walk out of our building on a Saturday morning, you would notice the Blue Apron boxes that are piled on top of the security desk. One of those is for us and as cliché as it might sound, it has totally changed our lives. We both enjoy to cook and it is an activity that we enjoy doing together, but had stopped entirely because of the hassle of prepping to do the actual cooking. Removing the two things we hate about preparing to cook, planning a menu and shopping for that menu, is exactly what services like Blue Apron do.

So far, we have been very satisfied with Blue Apron (they are not paying me to say this), but I have heard great things about similar meal kit services including Hello Fresh, Plated, and Home Chef. There have also been specialty services pop up for specific types of cooking such as Peach Dish for a Southern flavor, The Organic Dish, Purple Carrot for vegans, and Green Blender for superfood smoothies.

Every Saturday, we get fresh, quality, farm-sourced, proportioned ingredients in entirely recyclable packaging for three balanced and unique meals for just under $60. We have had over 75 meals and some of our absolute favorites have been Chicken & Garlic Chive Meatballs with Quick Apple & Brussels Sprout Kimchi; Apple & Blue Cheese Panzanella Salad with Smashed Purple Potatoes’; Cod & Potato Brandade with Watermelon Radish Salad & Garlic Toasts (picture below); Sweet Potato & Collard Green Hash with Sunny Side-Up Eggs, Molasses Butter & Biscuits; Acorn Squash, Brussel Sprouts & Farro Salad with Crispy Pepitas & Cranberry Agrodolce (picture below); Kimchi & Barley Miso Ramen with Soft-Boiled Eggs & Asian Pear (pictures below); and Hoisin & Shiitake Burgers with Miso Mayonnaise & Roasted Sweet potato Wedges (picture below). In all, there have only been a few meals where I would probably pass if I had the option to make it again, but there has not been a single meal that I did not eat.

Not only have we enjoyed cooking together again and eating the delicious meals, but we are cooking with ingredients we probably would have never used, some which we have never heard of before. Farro, for example, has been a key ingredient in a few of the meals. It is extremely easy to prepare and is a great alternative to rice. Also, I discovered that I do not like the taste of kale or Swiss chard, but collard greens are fine. Andrew and I made an effort to try the vegetarian option to see if that lifestyle could work for us and we have loved discovering the different ingredients that can be used in vegetarian meals. We were not picky eaters before, but our experiences have definitely been expanded over the last few months.

If you struggle with the same thing my mom and Andrew and I have, then I would recommend giving one of these meal kit services a try. There are usually options for delivery days and number of servings per meal, multiple meals to choose from weekly, and vegetarian options. You can usually skip a week if needed, too. Many offer a discounted or free trial; I have freebies to give away and would be happy to share.

 

Cod & Potato Brandade

Cod & Potato Brandade

 

Acorn Squash

Acorn Squash, Brussel Sprouts & Farro Salad

 

Miso Ramen

Kimchi & Barley Miso Ramen

 

Burgers

Hoisin & Shiitake Burgers

I’ve participated in Me Made May for a few years now and I’m pretty happy with how it’s been going. I finally packed away a bunch of handmade clothing that I never wear. I hope to get them out again someday and re-purpose some of the fabric. Until then, I’m pretty pleased with my current handmade wardrobe. I wanted to challenge myself to not repeat something during May and I got close, but not quite. I could have done it, but there are things that I just love wearing that I wanted to wear again. I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all!

Here is my breakdown:

May 1st

May 1st – Crafty Weekender Screen Printed Target V-Neck Tee and Crocheted Slouchy Beanie

 

Me Made May - May 2nd

May 2nd – P4P Carefree Cardigan in a Joann’s Tribal Knit and Robert Kaufman Laguna Jersey from Modern Makers

 

Me Made May - May 3rd

May 3rd – P4P Women’s Raglan in Stretch Lace from Kaplan’s and French Terry from Joann’s

 

Me Made May - May 4th

May 4th – Julia Cardigan in a Jersey Knit from Fabric.com

 

Me Made May - May 5th

May 5th – P4P SOS Pants in a Ponte Knit from Fabric.com

 

Me Made May - May 6th

May 6th – Modified Wiksten Tank in Cotton + Steel Double Gauze from Modern Makers

 

Me Made May - May 7th

May 7th – P4P Everyday Elegance in Anna Maria Horner Rayon Challis from Modern Makers

 

Me Made May - May 8th

May 8th – P4P Boyfriend V-Neck in a Jersey Knit from LDG Showroom and Crocheted Slouchy Beanie

 

Me Made May - May 9th

May 9th – M4M Megan Dress in Ponte from Girl Charlee

 

Me Made May - May 10th

May 10th – M4M Mama Mya in Jersey Slub Knit from Girl Charlee

 

Me Made May - May 11th

May 11th – P4P Carefree Cardigan in Riley Blake Knit from Missouri Star Quilt Company

 

Me Made May - May 12th

May 12th – Love Notions’ Sybil Skirt in a Floral Ponte from LDG Showroom

 

Me Made May - May 13th

May 13th – P4P Grandpa Cardigan in Joann’s Sweater Knit

 

Me Made May - May 14th

May 14th – P4P Women’s Raglan Add On Pack in Floral French Terry and Burgundy French Terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and P4P Layer Me Up Tank in Jersey Knit from Girl Charlee

 

Me Made May - May 15th

May 15th – P4P Peg Legs in Robert Kaufman Laguna Jersey from Modern Makers

 

Me Made May - May 16th

May 16th – P4P Free Spirit Tank in a Knit from Joann’s

 

Me Made May - May 17th

May 17th – P4P Pumpkin Spice Dolman in Sweater Knit from Joann’s

 

Me Made May - May 18th

May 18th – P4P Layer Me Up Tank in a Slub Jersey Knit from Girl Charlee

 

Me Made May - May 19th

May 19th – Morris Blazer in Ponte from Girl Charlee and Pleather from Wildflower Weston

 

Me Made May - May 20th

May 20th – P4P Grandpa Cardigan in Sweater Knit from Fabric.com

 

Me Made May - May 21st

May 21st – Wiksten Tova in Anna Maria Horner Rayon Challis from Stitch Lab and Free Spirit Voile from Bon Bon Atelier

 

Me Made May - May 22nd

May 22nd – Linden Sweatshirt in Katrina Rochelle Knit and Robert Kaufman Laguna Jersey from Modern Makers and Crocheted Slouchy Beanie

 

Me Made May - May 23rd

May 23rd – P4P Sweet Tee Dress in Knit from Hobby Lobby

 

Me Made May - May 24th

May 24th – P4P Pumpkin Spice Doman in Sweater Knit from Girl Charlee

 

Me Made May - May 25th

May 25th – Self Drafted Skirt in Rayon Challis from Fabric.com

 

Me Made May - May 26th

May 26th – P4P Women’s Raglan Add On Pack in Floral French Terry and Burgundy French Terry from Rasberry Creek Fabrics and P4P Layer Me Up Tank in Jersey Knit from Girl Charlee

 

Me Made May - May 27th

May 27th – M4M Mama Mya in a Tissue Knit from Modern Makers

 

Me Made May - May 28th

May 28th – Part 1 – P4P Summer Kimono in Crepe from Fabric.com and P4P Peg Legs in Robert Kaufman Laguna Jersey from Modern Makers

 

Me Made May - May 28th

May 28th – Part 2 – Modified Colette Macaron Bodice and Self Drafted Circle Skirt from Joann’s Lace, Lining, and Tulle

 

Me Made May - May 29th

May 29th – M4M Mama Maya in Jersey Slub Knit from Girl Charlee and P4P Carefree Cardigan in Riley Blake Knit from Missouri Star Quilt Company for Plane Travel and P4P Sweet Tee Dress in Knit from Hobby Lobby for Grilling

 

Me Made May - May 30th

May 30th – Sewing Swap Sybil Skirt in Cotton Jersey Knit from Swap Partner Courtney Hartley for Errands and P4P Peg Legs in Riley Blake Knit from Missouri Star Quilt Company for Lounging

 

Me Made May - May 10th

May 31st – M4M Mama Mya in Jersey Slub Knit from Girl Charlee

 

As you can see the M4M Mama Mya was my favorite since I wore the white one three separate times and the gray one once. I would have worn the gray one more, but I didn’t make it until May was almost over. I’ll try to keep posting on Instagram of the days I wear something I’ve made and then do a monthly recap here. It won’t be every day like May, but I do pretty well most weeks.

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