The Cheshire Inn in St. Louis

My better half made a secret reservation for the night of our wedding at a surprise hotel! You don’t often stay in a hotel in the city you live in so I just never thought we would visit the Cheshire Inn in St. Louis. The Cheshire Inn is a “theme hotel.” It’s a little kitschy and a lot fun and I am here for it!

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The entryway boasts a Buckingham Palace guard and a red telephone booth.

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The front desk has those cubbies that used to hold room keys and now hold bookmarks for each room. We definitely kept ours.

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Wedding Outfits and Donating My Wedding Dress

We finally got through our wedding weekend. Actually it was pretty great! Even as low stress as we tried to keep it there was still stress. Problems would just pop up, but we kept in mind that the most important part of the weekend was the actual wedding, and there wasn’t much to mess up there. Our wedding was tiki-bar themed so we really got into tropical prints! I wanted to share some of the outfits I made for the weekend.

For the rehearsal dinner I made myself a Cashmerette Upton and for my Mom I made the Cashmerette Appleton. If you are even thinking about buying a Cashmerette pattern I cannot recommend enough. These both came together really quickly and we were so happy with the fits!

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My best woman insisted that we have a bachelorette something or other. We had dinner and a couple of drinks at a tiki bar and then I went home and went to bed early. (I get really grumpy when I’m tired so I made sure I got enough sleep for the wedding day.) I have had this cocktail drink cotton in my stash for over a year and finally got to use it! It’s pretty much a self drafted dress. I made the Fenix Romper and then turned it into a high-low dress.

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My best woman gave me this adorable robe to get ready in. I had to hack it make sure it fit by adding the contrasting pink panel, but now I love it! It’s also sheer in the back, so it’s a tiny bit risque!

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The Wedding Dress

So I didn’t make my own wedding dress. I really wanted to, but then I found one on sale that I really loved and decided to buy it to reduce stress. It actually probably gave me a lot more time to make other outfits and all of the decorations for the wedding.

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This dress is from David’s Bridal. They really did have the best selection of plus size dresses in my area and I really wanted sleeves! (So many people offered to add straps to strapless dresses. Straps are not sleeves!)

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This is me swishing through the reception area before it was set up.
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We wanted a fun colorful tiki-bar feel for our wedding so we used a lot of palm leaves, pink flamingos, and cocktail umbrellas!

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This dress made me so happy, even though I did not make it. When I was researching dresses, I was definitely leaning towards this style. It took a lot of stress off of me, I think, to not have to make it. Now that it has served it’s purpose for me, I am donating it to Brides for a Cause, a shop in Portland, Oregon that donates a good portion of it’s proceeds to women’s charities. I hate the idea of it sitting in a box in a closet somewhere in my house, never to be seen again. I hope it makes another person feel as wonderful as it made me feel on my wedding day.

XOXO

Megan

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January 21, 2017 – Women’s March on St. Louis

This post is about reflection and a little soapboxing! Please feel free to move on if you don’t want to read this. I will totally get it! All comments are moderated and I will not publish anything hateful. Back to sewing in a couple of days!

First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Megan

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Simplicity 1872: Bahama Blue Dress

We scheduled our engagement photos for October, hoping desperately that it would be cooler in St. Louis. Then came the panic of, “Oh my god, what am I going to wear?” I’m not short of clothing, but do I have anything engagement photo worthy? I decided I should try to sew up something in two weeks, and if it didn’t work I could throw on a RTW dress instead!

One of the places we wanted to have pictures taken is at the Record Exchange in St. Louis. It is a St. Louis institution. My Dad has taken me there since I was a kid and Ian loves to get records there. I’m not much of a record collector but I am always happy to find things for Ian to take home! The store has a very distinctive look. It was formerly a public library built in the 1960’s and it is about 9,500 square feet. I’m not kidding when I say almost every square foot is jam packed with records, cds, laser discs, receivers, record players and other things!

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Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night

I have not done a lot of sewing. I take that back, I have not finished a lot of sewing lately. I have several things in process. I have been working on a pair of culottes for a month. I finished everything but the waistband in a week! The waistband has been re-attached 3 times! Hopefully there will be at least 2 or 3 things finished this month!

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The Missouri History Museum in St. Louis is fabulous and it is terrible that I have never frequented it as I should. I am not a big history buff, but they did just finish up an exhibit that really called to me; “The Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night.” An entire exhibition made with materials in only one color has the potential to be visually boring, but they really made good use of color throughout the exhibition to really make the dresses stand out. 1 2

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