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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One Size Fits All Robes

For my wedding my best woman gave me this beautiful robe. It’s so soft and has big, fancy kimono sleeves. It is a really thoughtful gift and so beautiful. 1.1

Ok, here’s the thing. I generally hate robes.  I just don’t like to sit around without clothes on. Also, one size does not fit all. It really sucks when you go to put on a roomy-looking robe and then it doesn’t close. Sadly that was the case with my new robe. Instead of returning it, I decided to do a little altering! Here’s how.
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Cashmerette Appleton

My Mom wanted to wear a maxi dress to my rehearsal dinner and of course she could not find one that was a true maxi. When did maxi dresses start landing at your shins when you are 5′ 4″? So I pulled together all of my maxi or “could be” maxi dress patterns and we went through them together. She chose the Cashmerette Appleton wrap dress.

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We then went on a search for fabric and ended up with this double knit with beautiful red flowers on a blue background from Fabric.com. I’m pretty excited that I overbought and now there is enough leftover for a top for me too!

I promised her there would be enough cleavage coverage, so I cut the bodice out in a 22D and graded the front crossover out to a 28.

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Cashmerette Upton

Why did I take so long to buy a Cashmerette pattern? Why? The Cashmerette blog is one of the things that inspired me to to take my first (and only, so far) sewing class. Let me just say, I wish I had bought one sooner. I have future plans for the Dartmouth pattern, but for now I have completed the Upton dress in View B, with the gored skirt, for our rehearsal dinner.
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Wedding Dress into Hair Flower

A family member asked if  I would like to use some sew some pieces of an old family wedding dress into the hem of my dress for a “something old.” I don’t really subscribe to all of the things “blue” and “old” that you are supposed to have for a wedding, but I thought there might be a way to honor her request and make something beautiful from a family heirloom. 
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This dress is from a family wedding in 1914. All of those family members had passed away before I was born so I don’t have any sentimental connections to it, but it’s interesting to see this family photo from a wedding that happened over 100 years ago!

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All the possibilities for a Rehearsal Dinner Dress

Warning: Wedding Post Ahead.

We are less than three months out from the wedding and since I am doing a lot of DIY it means I have not been doing a lot else.

I did find exactly what I was looking for in a clearance off the rack wedding dress, so I do not have the added stress of making my wedding dress. However, I would like to wear something me made to the rehearsal dinner. I cannot seem to make up my mind on a rehearsal dress pattern, fabric, or anything. Do I want to wear white? Do I want to wear something super fancy that I probably won’t wear again? Do I just want to be comfy? So many choices!

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V8615 Very Easy Vogue: Emerald Pocket Dress

One of my very best and oldest friends got married on April 1st! I am so very happy for them and they are so well suited for each other. They met at a rockabilly bar and danced the night away. So it is not a surprise that their wedding is 1950’s rockabilly themed.

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My dress had to be tea length, emerald green, a fitted waist with a flared skirt and it had to have a 1950’s vibe. After 3 bodice muslins, I finally got Vogue 8615 to work for me. And it has pockets!

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Fabric Shopping Suggestions?

Hi Friends,

I have big news! Ian and I have decided to honeymoon in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dublin. I spent a semester in Glasgow and London and I loved my time in both places. Ian has never been overseas and I am so excited to see him explore all these cities!

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I attended the Glasgow School of Art in 2006. I wish I had taken more pictures, alas it made me feel uncool at the time. The buildings, especially the sculpture studios, were utterly fabulous. My print-making room mate had a studio in an old children’s hospital operating theater with a huge glass ceiling.

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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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