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Outfit Post: Acupuncture Day

Just a quick update/hello: Ok, so I extra styled this out for photos but I looked in the mirror and thought it looked pretty cute considering I was about to head out to my acupuncture appointment today.

I think most people must wear yoga pants or something but I don't own any (perhaps should?) so this skirt is my go-to since you're supposed to wear loose clothing.

This t-shirt is super-old (about 6-7 years) but I am still obsessed with this print. It's probably my favorite t-shirt ever and likely one of the last things I bought from Urban Outfitters... for $7 mind you!

 I'm not sure how many readers know, but at one point I suffered from nearly debilitating panic attacks/extreme bouts of anxiety, and of course seasonal depression. I'm talking like, a panic attack a week for about 6 months in the end of 2010, early 2011. It got so bad at one point that I was nearly agoraphobic - too scared to leave the house - for fear something "bad" might happen to me physically.

I also had an episode where my vision was tunneling as I was walking along a very small CTA train platform and nearly freaked out. It was pretty scary.

That's when someone finally told me to try acupuncture and after trying a myriad of other things; (medicine is a terrible, terrible idea for me), doctors who couldn't help me, visits to the ER for panic attacks.... I went in for acupuncture. My acupuncturist is actually a friend's mom who was a nurse first, then got her acupuncture licensing/degree/what have you.

I am not exaggerating when I say she saved my life.

This is also coming from someone who was pretty skeptical about it working, even thought I'm all for natural remedies for practically everything. I assure you, it does work! I'm so grateful.

About 3 months after the last time I saw her in October of 2011, I really made this blog into what it is. My acupuncturist gave me the energy and calmness to work with my drag queen, SPRADA that summer of 2011, and SPRADA gave me the confidence to keep making things.

Today was mostly a tune-up but I had been feeling off-kilter which might be why I was slightly putting off my latest project, The Judy Dress!

I posted this on my Instagram (uniko509, if you want to follow!) a few days ago with my janky camera phone, but this is where I am currently. Patterns are made (in only about 2 hours again!) and I'm about to go into muslin.

Rarely do I do a muslin these days, but you should if you're making your own patterns. That might be my next blog post topic. We'll see. This dress has a trapeze shape with a high collar. A great spring dress!

But I finally decided what I want to do with this vintage fabric that Max's mom gave me for Christmas. It's fabulous, but I wanted to do it justice and love what I made with it. You might recall this blog post about the design back in January. Well... I decided on none of those designs. Sometimes, that's just what happens.

In the photo of fabrics: bright pink is placket contrast fabric, yellow buttons for placket, psychedelic print is outer dress, coral-ish color is lining, and lace is for over the top collar.

I decided to do lining anyway because it just feels safer that way. It's more work, but I'll have a dress I'm more happy with my work afterward.

I'm really hoping this dress goes well, but I can't ever recall making a placket on anything in school so this could be a small challenge. Or it could be no big deal at all, right?

Purple lambswool cardigan: Brooklyn Industries
Psychedelic print shirt: Urban Outfitters
Maxi skirt: Brooklyn Industries
Fish necklace: Chinatown


  1. Loving the dress! As someone who has a lot of friends/family with extreme anxiety, it it good to hear that you are feeling healthy and happy and creating beautiful things!


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