Monday, May 4, 2015

DIY: Polka dot mumu to sundress

There is something so wonderful about thrifting. It's so gratifying to find an awesome gem among racks of people's unwanted clothes. Like a treasure hunt. It's the best for DIY because it's not as scary to cut up a $4 t-shirt or dress, as cutting into expensive fabric can be. You can find some giant pieces of fabric if you dig through the long dresses. I found so many good project gems at my last Goodwill trip, that I had to force myself to only get the best one. My project stockpile is already out of hand…. So I bought this adorable floor length hooded mumu dress for $7..

It's definitely a vintage nylon-ish fabric, soft and comfy. Very easy to work with. And I'm absolutely in love with the big and small polka dots. 

I was terrified to get started because I didn't want to screw it up! So I thought I'd get a pattern just for some security. After spending over an hour staring at patterns trying to pick one I just decided to wing it! 

I wanted it to have lots of movement and flowiness with a simple silhouette. So I decided on cutting it like a tent dress, where it just angles out. The width around the original hem was the perfect amount of flowiness, angled into a fitted underarm width. I used a v-neck dress to trace the top, and made some 1" lining pieces to get a nice finish around the neck and arm holes. I also wanted to play with the sharkbite hem, since the triangular shape of the dress already creates more of a point on the sides. 

This was all a big experiment and luckily it worked out in my favor!! No major disasters. The best part is I still have the top half of the original to play with!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Diet and Health Backstory….

So today I'll start with some back story on food and health. The food I eat isn't "normal." I follow a hybrid of diets called Low FODMAPs and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. On this I don't eat any grains, sugars, starches, and only fruits and vegetables that don't contain fermentable carbohydrates. Among produce to avoid are onions and garlic, which is in practically EVERYTHING. Especially restaurant food.

Why the hell would I do something so horrible to myself? Five years ago I started to not feel good. One day I ate Taco Bell like I usually did, and got food poisoning from it. And nothing was ever quite right since then. Like permanent food poisoning. So I went through tons of doctors, testing, and elimination diets for everything to come back "normal". But I didn't feel normal. The GI doc sent me home with a huge bottle of pills to take 4 times a day for the rest of forever with a big "DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL" stamped on the side of it. I was nineteen years old at the time, and I was not about to stop drinking forever. This medication is essentially a muscle relaxer to treat IBS. I don't believe in IBS as a diagnosis. It's a symptom. And there's a ton of conditions with IBS as a symptom.

So after a few years of being somewhat hopeless and trying new tests or diets here and there, I moved to Portland and decided to see a naturopath. I was tested for SIBO, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Something I had brought up to a doctor 5 years ago, and he said there's no way you have that. The results came back positive. It was such an incredible feeling to finally have an answer, and proof that I'm not crazy. And there was a cure, even! A few weeks of antibiotics, diet, and a few months of another medication and I'd be back to normal eating bagels and drinking beers!

If only it were that simple….

Turns out, SIBO is an incredibly stubborn thing to get rid of. Some people relapse very easily. It was very disheartening that after several rounds of antibiotics and herbal antibiotics, I still had SIBO and I wasn't better. I feel the best I've felt in 5 years but I'm not better. I'm taking 26 supplements/herbs a day and nothing is working. I've been fighting this for over 7 months now. I've been on that stupid restrictive diet for equally as long. Almost a year. No beers for a year. I live in beer city and I can't drink the beers. I'm going crazy.

As a result I've gotten pretty creative with my food…

TLDR: Health issues+restrictive diet+no beer= creative cuisine

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello World!

Hi! I'm Jessica, I'm 23 and I live in Portland. I decided to start a blog because I thought maybe I'd have some interesting things to share with the world. There will be a focus on food, health, and clothes. Cuz that's what I do.

I've been sewing since I was in middle school. My favorite projects are t-shirt recons, but I love any project where I'm taking a garment and turning it into something better. 

My diet is mostly grain and sugar free. I'll get into that more later. This is a Thai chicken pizza with a coconut/almond flour crust.

Delicious flourless blueberry muffins.

More food and DIY to come!