My 28th birthday is Sunday. 28!! I’m basically 30. I graduated high school 10 years ago. That is insane! I feels like only yesterday that I was in drama club (of course), that Jordan & I went to prom together, that I registered to vote… crazy. A decade! CRAZY. I can’t even. Let’s move on to the best part of birthdays: gifts! Here’s what’s on my wish list:
I found this adorable vintage balloon skirt at Vintanthromodern Vintage at The Haven Collective a few weeks ago, and I’m so excited to finally break it out!
I was a little hesitant to buy it at first, because I knew it would need a little extra care during the washing process.
When I brought it home, it needed a little brightening up, and it had a few stains on the aqua balloon:
I didn’t want to take it to a dry cleaner — I’m a firm believer in DIY, didn’t you know? — and I have no room for toxic stain removers in my house. So when method asked me to try out their new 4x concentrated laundry detergent, I thought it must be kismet.
I’ve long been a fan of method’s cleaning products. I use their all-purpose cleaner (the pink grapefruit smells amazing), glass cleaner, bathroom cleaner, fabric softener spray… you get the idea. Their 8x pump laundry detergent has been a laundry staple for over five years. I couldn’t wait to test out their new detergent, especially with all of the fun new colors and fragrances!
I opted for pink, of course — spring garden. Their new biodegradable and hypoallergenic formula is 97% naturally derived and sits in a bottle made of 100% post-consumer recycled material, which is music to my ears. method’s detergents do not contain harsh surfactants and chemicals that cause skin irritations, and their fragrances are free of phthalates and tested for allergies.
And another great thing? You don’t need a separate stain remover. method’s 4x laundry detergent will do that, too. So I rubbed a tiny bit of the spring garden detergent on my skirt’s spots and let it sit for 5 minutes.
After my skirt was good and spot-treated, I set my washer to delicates mode and used cold water. Cold water is the most energy-efficient way to wash any clothing, and method’s laundry detergent is formatted specifically for cold water washing. I added in my capful of detergent — and do you see the size of that cap? It’s TINY! I had to photograph it next to a standard size for you to believe how small it is.
I added my delicates — balloon skirt included! — to the washer and let it do its thing. And when I took the skirt out of the dryer last night, it was brighter, whiter, and the spots were gone:
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I have long been a fan of polka dots, but I think this outfit really captures my polka fever. We’ve also been a little bit polka dot crazy at work, but I can’t tell you why just yet; it’s a secret! ;)
Speaking of work, I think my multicolored Timex Weekender SLip-Thru with a white strap goes pretty well with this outfit, yeah? Especially when I throw on my Yellow-So-Cute Coat from ModCloth. They don’t have it for sale anymore, but here’s a similar peacoat that’s a bit more suited to the season.
How perfect is this yellow bow belt? Hand’s down my favorite belt.
Oh and here’s me walking away from the super nice yellow car in our parking lot (no idea what kind), Dave chasing me with his iPhone and pretending to be the paparazzi. (We have fun!)
Guys. Sewing machines are apparently SEW important (I had to) they’ve got two days dedicated to them. One is June 13th and the other is tomorrow! The first US sewing machine patent was issued to Elias Howe Jr. on September 10, 1846. Jury’s out as to why June 13th is significant. I’m celebrating by breaking out my sewing machine and tackling a few beginner projects. Here are 15 to inspire:
1. Field Poppy Pouch via For the Makers — this tutorial uses a needle + thread, but I used my sewing machine to sew the sides. It was the first non-test project I completed on my sewing machine, so I had to include it.
3. Felt Coasters via Whimseybox. I do have a lot of felt lying around…
4. Felt iPad Sleeve via Cheryl Style. These would make great gifts for friends with tablets! Make them smaller, and you’ve got an iPhone sleeve.
5. Tea Bags via A Beautiful Mess. I made these — along with teacup candles — for Jordan’s wedding shower, remember?
6. Envelope Pillow Cover via I Heart Stitching. Pillow covers are an easy way to switch up your living room or bedroom style.
7. Heart Herbal Sachets via CraftyPod. How cute is this little herbal sachet? Fill them with lavender and chamomile and place them under your pillow if you’re having trouble sleeping. You can also store them in your dresser to make your clothes smell lovely.
8. Circle Garland via Natty By Design. Use a big craft circle punch to cut out a bunch of colorful circles and string them all together with your sewing machine. Easy!
9. Brigitte Scarf via Tilly and the Buttons. This adorable head scarf is from Tilly Walnes book, Love at First Stitch, filled with lots of fun clothing and accessory sewing tutorials.
10. Simple Cotton Top via A Beautiful Mess. I love how summery and breezy this top is!
11. How to Hem Your Jeans via Brit + Co. Hemming jeans is Sewing Machine 101, and comes in handy for shorties like me.
12. Maxi Skirt / Dress via Delia Creates. Delia calls this the “Versa Skirt” because it’s so versatile. I usually have a hard time finding maxi skirts that I’m not tripping all over (though I suppose knowing how to hem would be helpful there, too!)
13. Paper Bag Skirt via Simple Simon and Company. This has got to be the cutest elastic waist skirt ever!
14. Color Inserts via BurdaStyle. Add a pop of color to a blazer, pair of jeans, or any other article of clothing. BurdaStyle is a great resource for seamstresses of all levels.
15. Bow Belt via Tilly and the Buttons. I couldn’t resist including this bow belt! I want to make these in every color imaginable.
On Sunday, Mish and I went to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Neil Patrick Harris on Broadway!!!! It was so incredible. NPH was the perfect Hedwig. We marveled at how he could dance, jump, and do splits on stage in GIANT HEELS, whereas we can barely walk in them. And his improv in between songs was hilarious (of course). You must, must see it. I need to watch the movie all over again.
I’m so glad Mish and I went together. We don’t hang out nearly as much as we used to, and I miss her so. ♥
Had I planned my outfit a little better, I probably would have worn something a bit more glamorous and had crazy makeup with lots of glitter, but maybe next time. ;)