And now for something different.
I’ve decided to start documenting my journey to curly self acceptance. Curly hair takes a lot of work and trial and error to get the curls one truly wants. And lots of dedication.
I’ve battled with my natural hair for basically my whole life, no one else in my family has the texture I do, so there was no guidance aside from “just straighten it”. I’ve gone back and forth between caring for my curls and fighting them (mostly fighting them, to be honest).
I’ve decided it’s time to embrace who I am. After a life changing hair cut by @i_put_art_on_people at @atoya_thecurlyhairstudio I feel empowered and confident. It will be a while until my curls develop into what I want, so I’ll be sharing updates (and probably some failures) on my journey.
I’m looking for other curly girls and hashtags to follow, so curly girls let me know what’s up!
Today we celebrate our 10 year anniversary the same way we celebrated our 1st anniversary - a picnic in Avery Park!
I love this man with every inch of my being. I could never have asked for a better partner in life. I love you, Gregory. ❤️❤️❤️
Hot off the sewing machine, it’s the Tea House dress from Sew House 7! I love this pattern, there’s so many cute details to it.
I made a straight size 4, with the front neckline lowered 1”. The fabric is a very special double gauze from my trip to Japan. #sewhouse7#teahousedress
Make your (banana) dreams a (banana) reality 🍌🍌🍌 My top is the Adria from Seamwork in a size 8, with a center back seam added to take in some extra ease. I also took off about an inch from the length and the sleeve, since I’m short.
My skirt is the Christina also from Seamwork in a size 8, with about an inch and a half taken in from the waist.
Fabric is a cotton poplin from Telio.
A couple weekends ago I was able to make this Tabor top from Sew House 7 from some leftover sweater knit, but it’s been too hot in Portland to wear. However today is cool enough, so I can finally wear it out! I made a size 6 of version 2 and I looooove it! I’ll definitely be making more of these for fall!
Today I’m wearing my Seamwork Lucy! I busted this puppy out late last night, it was a surprisingly quick make! I made a romper version, since I’m leaving for sunny LA tomorrow. ☀️☀️☀️ I made a size 6, with 1” taken out from the straps, 1” taken out of the bodice, and about 1/2” taken out under the armhole. The fabric I’ve had for years, it’s a bit on the heavier side, so I’ll do something a little more drapey next time (with a fruit print! I’m on the hunt!). #seamworkmag#seamworklucy
Today is Portland Frocktails! 🥂🥂🥂 I made my Anna dress from By Hand London especially for this event. I’m feeling faaaaancy! So happy I could attend with some of my favorite ladies!
I made a size US 10, 1” taken out of the bodice and around 5” taken out of the skirt length. I also adjusted the slit and bodice pleats to hit just the right spots. Fabric is a crepe de chine from Telio.
It’s been three years. I’m still heartbroken.
Grief is a weird thing. It’s been more painful than anything I’ve known, but it’s also been just so full of confusion. Why am I at your house and you’re not? Why can’t I call you? I can’t comprehend that I’ll never see you again. Lilo felt like my other half for so many years, it’s strange to think I’m still in this world and she’s not.
This picture is how I like to remember her, her true self... and always with a book in hand.
Today is the final day of #memademay2018 🥂🥂🥂
I decided to end this year’s month of makes by wearing my hybrid #seamworkastoria (bodice) / #seamworkida (skirt) dress! I originally made this almost two years ago, but never got around to actually hemming it! Me Made May is a great time for getting my ass in gear and finishing so many not-quite-done projects, haha.
Fabric is a quilted knit, sizes are a blend of small and medium for both patterns.
A small list of things I’ve learned from this year’s Me Made May:
1. I make lots of blue dresses!
2. I make lots of mustard and black separates and tend to wear them together. Perhaps I just want to look like a bee? Most likely! 🐝
3. I need more pants! Next year will definitely feature more pants!
4. I had a hell of a time trying to take a pic today, props to @taylorpru for dealing with me, you’re a peach and I love you! Props to Greggy for also putting up with me and my photo needs, whom I also love!
Thanks for all the love and support, everyone!
Day 27 of #memademay2018 🌿🌿🌿
I just finished up my #peppermintjumpsuit from In the Folds for Peppermint Magazine and I’m in LOVE! I haven’t had the best luck with jumpsuits, but I love how this one came out!
I used size E, fabric is a tencel from Telio. Making a muslin was essential, I took out 13” of length from the pattern (2” in the shoulder, 7” from the torso, 4” from the leg) and I’m so happy how it turned out, I never want to take this off.
(This is a free pattern by the way! Go check it out!)
#memademay2018 day 24! Just one week left to go!
To my fellow sewers out there, have you ever had a project that took forever to finish, even though there was no reason why it was so difficult?
This is my #seamworkveronica (which I’ve made before, no issues), but this took me way longer to finish up. Maybe I lost steam and it made it that much harder to bring myself to finish, haha.
Anyway! This is a straight size 8 with a bit taken in the back and shoulders, about 4” off the hem.
Fabric is a lightweight corduroy from Japan (by Sevenberry)! It makes me feel like candy-coated goodness! 🍬🍬🍬
Happy Monday to you! Today is day 21 of #memademay2018 🍒🍒🍒
Today I’m wearing my newly made #seamworklane for the first time! This is a blend between sizes small and medium with about 3/4” taken out of the shoulders. I also skipped the waist ties, but added slits on both side seams. Fabric is a bright knit from #girlcharlee !
I plan to sew up another Lane soon, shorter and with the waist ties!
Happy Saturday and happy #memademay2018 day 19!
Today I’m wearing my #colettegwen in a rayon challis! I made the cami version in a size 8, but slightly extended the front princess seams out. I also decided to give it my own spin by giving it four straps instead of two so I can make little bows (little bows make everything better!) and hacked the length to make it a crop top (about 3” cut off).
Happy #memademay2018 day 16, everyone! Today I’m wearing a whole me made look!
My top is the #ogdencami from True Bias patterns in size 10 and fabric is a brushed charmeuse. Alterations were shortening the straps by quite a bit (I’m pretty short, haha) and raising the center front neckline.
Skirt is a size 8 #seamworkpatsy in a bright linen. Alteration wise, I took off about 2” in the waist so it would sit at my natural waist, rather than sit lower on my hips. 😄😄😄
Today’s #memademay2018 is my #colettemyrna made in a rayon challis! I made a size 6, made a sway back adjustment, and slightly raised the center front neckline.
I adore this design and plan to make more in the future (a long version in silk, a hacked version as a blouse, so many plans)!
Please excuse the wrinkles! 😅 #mmm2018#memademay#colettepatterns
Today is #memademay2018 day 9! I’m wearing my #seamworkwinona in a double brushed knit from #girlcharlee 🌸🌸🌸
I made my usual blend between size small and medium, adding 1” of length to the bodice. I added around 2” to the opening of the sleeves, since I can’t get enough of a good bell sleeve (next time they’ll be even bigger!).