I started making this linen jumpsuit at the end of July for a wedding, but I didn’t have time to finish it until a couple weeks ago. As a result, I never wore it to the wedding like I had planned (I wore this instead), though I was able to take it with me to the Michaels Makers Summit and wore it there. This is my first go at a jumpsuit and I’d like to make another, but with a couple tweaks on the sleeves. I used 5 pieces total, including the belt, and there are no zippers or buttons. I used this vintage jumpsuit and this denim one as a pattern guide. I made it where I could wear it without the belt, when I really want that loose look, or with the belt for more waist definition. In the pictures of me wearing it, it looks more blue, but the color is closer to the picture below.
Home sewn clothes are my favorite, along with thrifted ones, but I haven’t come across much at the thrift stores lately. I’ve thought about giving away all the girls’ clothes and working with them to sew a whole new wardrobe, but that’s probably not practical right now. Maybe as they start to outgrow things, we can sew all the new things, but they have so much that still fit them. True has really taken an interest in sewing and even sewed her own bag recently without any help from me. I’m sure she’d love a mini version of this jumpsuit as she loves to try dress like me (Soul does too).
During the Makers Summit, I was talking with Annabel about ways I could actually make patterns from the clothing I make and she had some pretty good suggestions. Some of you have asked for patterns in the past, and I’m not quite sure how to make that happen yet, but I am brainstorming ideas to see what can be done (not promising anything though).
I don’t really have an interest to stay at the Madonna Inn. I think it looks cool, kitschy, and whimsical, but I’d rather sleep somewhere simpler (I’m an all-white spaces type person). Although, I would like to take the girls to dine in their all pink dining room. I think the busyness of the hotel rooms stresses me out a bit, but I think it’s definitely worth it to walk around the premises. Alex Madonna was certainly a creative fellow and I appreciate his resourcefulness in how he built the hotel with all those big boulders from his construction work, and the quirkiness he infused throughout. I love how much that man loved pink; that dining room is Soul and True’s dreams come true. Also, that men’s restroom with the rock formation waterfall urinal is undoubtedly interesting.
Silly me, while roaming around the Madonna Inn, I decided to have some fun shooting on the pink and blue basketball court. It was one of those #weirdthingsthatbloggersdo moment. Plus, I had exhausted all the thrift shops, and didn’t find much, walked around downtown SLO, as well as peeked around the entirety of the Madonna Inn, so I had time to kill while Ben was at the conference.
The whole time I was there, I debated getting a slice of their pink champagne cake, but it was such a huge slice, and I didn’t think I could finish it, so I decided not to. I really wanted to get one (or two) of their goblets though, but decided against that too (found them cheaper on eBay!). I’m glad I passed on both because I came home with more indoor plants and a really pretty vintage bag I found at an antique shop.
Along with being a plant lady, I am a basket lady. I love using baskets as purses. I remember when I was 15, one my best friend’s mom brought me back a basket from her visit to the Philippines. I loved that basket so much; it was my go-to purse until the handle broke. I’m so sentimental about that basket that I still have it and use it in my craft room. My love for baskets have continued and usually when I travel, I try to find a basket (or baskets) to bring home with me.
One of the ultimate basket ladies is Jane Birkin and her infamous basket. I have searched for her basket in the past, and knew her basket was a handmade basket from Algarve in Portugal, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. Suddenly, this summer it has popped up everywhere. My basket is from Space Rocket Store, a Portugal based shop on etsy that sells these lovely handmade baskets and vintage goods. It’s so sturdy and thick, and I love that it has a lid to seal everything in.
Baskets have so many uses… I use them as purses, plant holders, to hold books, laundry, toys, art supplies, and the list goes on and on. Thus, I will rarely turn down a good basket. My girls are basket collectors too, I should share their basket collection with you. Anyone else have a weak spot for a pretty basket?
This has been one of my go-to dresses this summer. I woke up at 5am on a Sunday morning, itching to make something, and this was the result. Of course, it got worn to church gathering later that morning. This pin is what the dressed is modeled after, and if you’ve been following here long enough, you know I’d rather make than buy. I love the deep red of that dress, and when I found this linen fabric at the store, I knew I had to make my own. I made the straps using braided cotton rope that I dyed grey.
When the chilly temps come in, I can wear my cotton crew from Everlane (worn here) underneath to continue giving this dress love. Let’s be real though, summer goes on forever in SoCal, so I can probably keep wearing this exact ensemble until Thanksgiving. If I want more autumn vibes, I’ll switch out my slides for clogs.
I’ve had this vintage skirt for awhile and it was midi length, but I wasn’t wearing it much. I decided to chop off a good chunk of it, and now it feels right, so I’ve been wearing it a lot more. I wanna embroider a little something like this on it too. When the kids see me embroidering something on my denim, I bet you they’re going to want to add their own little touches on their denim too. I have four little mini mes, especially Soul, she’s my twin.
Black probably isn’t a summer color, but this dress does make a nice summer dress (just don’t sit in the sun for too long). I picked it up from Everlane a month or so ago, and it has the comfort of a t-shirt, but feels a little bit more put together. Ben didn’t like it (he said it looks like a big t-shirt), but the girls said, “Oh mommy, I like that one.” So four votes over one… girls win. And I like it, so that’s all that matters. Plus, it’s has pockets, so it’s definitely a keeper!
Ben does like the bamboo bag I picked up at the thrift store, and I was so excited when I found it. I thought it looked familiar, then my friend reminded me it was just like the ark bag made by Cult Gaia, but vintage (and IMO, vintage always wins).
Lately though, my trip to the thrift stores has been a bust. When we went to the desert for a D-Day, I came home with a vintage plant basket and bag, but other than that, there hasn’t been much at the ones near me. I’m hoping to make some time to visit a couple more this week, but with how things have been going lately, I don’t expect to come across much, but you never know.