WIWW {Sewing Summit Style}

Well, clearly I dropped off the blogging earth last week as I geared up to leave my boys for a long weekend and head off to the Sewing Summit.

This was my first year attending and I had the great pleasure of being a teacher as well. SEW much fun. Cheesy pun? Yes! But it’s really true. Being in a group of people who share your passion and excitement over creating with cloth and thread is just … well … sew much fun! I plan to share a full post with about my thoughts/experience at this conference as well as details about my fun class.

But … as I’m still trying to recover {i.e. catch up on sleep so I can kind of put a complete sentence together} from thecreative high, I thought I’d ease into things with a What I Wore Wednesday {WIWW} post. I haven’t done one in FOREVER and I actually took pictures while I was Sewing Summit with the intent of blogging them.

I am not a fashion blogger. I don’t want to be a fashion blogger.

That said, I do think it’s refreshing to see that people who attend these conferences DO NOT have to get their nails & hair done {although mine is in need of a fresh bit of color} and buy a whole new wardrobe to “fit in.” I don’t know about you, but it’s hard to be me when I’m trying so hard to not be me. Ya know? I often see the emphasis of ‘look’ being flashed around social media as people get ready for & attend blogging/small business/social media conferences. It can be intimidating, it can cause self-doubt, it can create competition … at what SHOULD be an environment for encouragement, growth and connection.

So, I shopped my closet, pulled out favorites that I would wear any time I’m out and about … grabbed my favorite jewelry and my two cutest {but also very comfortable} pairs of shoes and called it good.

Let’s see how I did::

Day 1 / Travel, Meet & Greet, Dinner with new friends


Top, Sweater, Jeans: GAP Outlet / Shoes: Sperry / Necklace: Wifey Singer

Day 2 / Classes


Blouse: Target / Sweater: GAP Outlet / Skinny Cords: Lands End Canvas / Shoes: Sperry

Day 2 / Dinner


Sweater: GAP Outlet / Skinny Cords: Lands End Canvas / Shoes: Aerosoles

Day 3 / Teaching & Classes


Blouse: Anthropologie / Skinny Boyfriend Crops: Old Navy / Shoes: Aerosoles / Necklace: Wifey Singer

Day 3 / Dinner & SLCMQG Mixer


Blouse: Tulle / Sweater: Target / Skinnies: Old Navy / Shoes: Sperry

Day 4 / Travel


T-Shirt: GAP Outlet / Bettona Pant: Athleta / Shoes: Sperry / Necklace: Vintage Pearl for Little Blue Boo {Choose Joy}

How I really felt:


Tired and a little sad to be leaving the creative high.

Now, I’m not going to lie … I do not dress like this every day. Many days I’m in jeans and a sweatshirt just long enough to go through the school drop off, only to return home and trade the jeans for pj or ‘yoga’ pants. I do not do my hair every day {in fact, doing it 3 days in a row … the last day it was thrown up in a half ponytail/half bun … is completely out of my normal}. BUT, when I want to feel confident in myself, I do find that taking the time to style my hair and select a favorite outfit gives me that extra boost and helps my inside shine instead of it hiding behind a layer of self-doubt.

I hope that encourages you just a bit. Be your best self. Don’t try to be anything else … after all, you shouldn’t feel competition because there is only one YOU {sentiment from Heather Bailey‘s key note speech}!!

{P.S. I also slipped on my favorite pj pants & sweatshirt each night for “open sew” … yes, I let everyone down there (and in the hotel) see me in my comfiest clothes and I don’t regret it one bit!}


  1. Renee says:

    Thank you for sharing. You put in context what I never consciously realized in my 30+ years of getting ready for the work day!

  2. I love this post! Also, your Sperry’s adorable!

    It was SO GREAT to meet you at Sewing Summit! :)

    • Ahhh, thank you Erin!!
      I love my Sperry’s … best investment on cute/comfortable shoes!!

      And meeting you and Katie? Such a highlight of my weekend … for real, you two are the best and I wish we lived closer for sewing dates! XOXO

  3. I like the idea of being your “best self”. These outfits all look very comfortable, but the colors and patterns of the top add a little extra polish and personality–very pretty!

  4. Such a good reminder to be who we are. Thanks, Andrea!

  5. You’ve got great easy put-together style!

  6. Megan says:

    I really liked this post! You look really skinny in your pics and you didn’t even have your magic mirror!

  7. Sandy says:

    Ohmygoodness, are you not the cutest?! Love your looks! Yay for sewing summit!

  8. Love these outfits! And so happy you didn’t go out and get everything new- shopping your closet is the best kind of shopping there is…especially when you’re Dutch šŸ˜‰ Also love love the up-do in your first photo- real cute!

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