My latest field trip is way outside my normal stomping grounds! Earlier this month, my husband and I took a trip to Denver, Colorado for a wedding. We almost never get away just the two of us, and definitely not to far-away places, so this was a pretty big deal! We had such a great time at the wedding and a lot of fun exploring Denver and the surrounding area.
Of course there was sewing involved. I used the wedding as a chance to challenge myself to come up with a creative outfit. In the end, I took apart a bridesmaid dress that I had in storage and turned it into a skirt (which involved a lot more work that I thought it would!). I also made a button down shirt with a pattern that I had been planning to try out (Butterick 5526). This included making a broad back adjustment to the pattern before I cut it out (hopefully more on that in a future blog post). After that, it was all about finding great colors to finish things off. Here’s my final ensemble:
I found the sweater on sale at J.Crew, and the earrings and bobby pin (which are harder so see, but they had gorgeous Swarovski crystals) on clearance at TJ Maxx. I already had the tights, which was a good thing because white tights for women are harder to find that I thought!
Also…check out these shoes!
Thank you, Boden sale (and Christmas money!). I had been saving up for some black heels, but in the end, the fancy shoes won out.
All of the colors together just made me so happy! I love color! This wasn’t anywhere near my original outfit ideas, but I’m so happy with how it all turned out. It was so comfortable, and I know I’ll wear all the pieces again, both together and separately (actually, I’m wearing the shirt and earrings as I type).
The wedding and reception took place in a really cute barn outside of Denver. The bride was gorgeous and everything was so beautiful. Lots of our friends were there, and we all had a great time.
When we weren’t at the wedding, we explored the cute mountain town of Evergreen. I have to recommend The Muddy Buck coffee shop if you are ever there. I didn’t get any good pictures of it, but here are a few of Evergreen:
My friend and I kept saying we couldn’t believe it was a real town. It was so cute. We felt like we were at a theme park or something. The only thing I didn’t like was the curvy mountain roads! They were good highways, but they are so curvy and very dark when the sun is down.
I also got a good (luckily not first-hand) education while in Colorado:
After spending some time in more mountainous areas, we took a day to head into Denver and explore there. The bride’s parents had given us a bunch of fun recommendations of things to try in the area, and one of them was the Denver Biscuit Co. I highly recommend this one.
I ordered the DBC Club. Delicious.
We also spent a
little lot of time in Fancy Tiger Crafts!!!!
When I got there, it was even bigger better than I had imagined!
And, I must say, their sales staff is just lovely! I admitted to one of the ladies that I was kind of freaking out inside with excitement. She said she felt the same way for the first month when she started working there. 🙂 Everyone was very friendly and really helpful.
During this next paragraph, you should read between the lines that MY HUSBAND IS AWESOME. I was in Fancy Tiger Crafts for 2.5 hours. Yes. It’s true. There was JUST. SO. MUCH. I couldn’t make a decision. I knew I wanted a few crafty badges (like Girl Scout badges for crafters), and I decided to get Deer and Doe’s Datura Blouse pattern…but then I got stuck. I had fabric money, but what to spend it on? They say that beggars can’t be choosers, but I say that when you are on a budget, every purchase has to count. I didn’t want to buy something I wouldn’t use or wear. Choice overload.
It was at this point that my husband gently suggested that we might want to go over to the Denver Biscuit Co. (before they closed), get some lunch, and come back afterward.
It was just what I needed. Food and a little time to think. When we went back, I found four fabrics to make up two Datura Blouses and with some help on the yardage calculations from the lovely Jaime herself, I was out of there in 15 minutes.
Lesson learned. Sometimes you need to take a step back when you get overwhelmed to give yourself time to think.
Want to see what I got?
I also picked up two knitting badges for some friends. I’m hoping this loot will serve me well when summer sewing fever hits.
Believe it or not, we even had time to do a little more exploring after that!
These pictures don’t even begin to do them justice.
It was a great trip and a real blessing to be at such a special wedding with so many friends.
Next time (hopefully): the nitty gritty on sewing Butterick 5526.