Letter Lover Calligraphy + 30 % Off Silhouette Promo


Chris keeps asking me why I’m going to such great lengths on preparations for Alt Summit. He’s very supportive; buying me more decal material when I mess up the one sheet I have, meeting with one of my friends to pick up the surprise for this year’s business card (still not done) and feeding kids while I’m sewing and lettering like a maniac.

As I was planning my outfits, I decided I needed to do another printed shirt as a “resume” of what  I can do (see last year’s). I was trying to come up with something cheeky like “this is what a calligrapher looks like”. Alas pretty words, not clever ones, are my expertise. So I opted for a simple “Letter Lover” in the shape of a heart. A nod to Megan’s brilliant heart sweater.


I struggled to figure out if I should go with a black decal or go blingy with a shimmery metallic. The metallic won out.


I’m loving the mixed metallics trend I’ve seen pop up here and there, so I decided I need to roll with that next week. This will be part of my Wednesday outfits at Alt Summit. I can’t wait to go! Oh wait! I can! There’s so much to do! I haven’t even started printing my business cards (letterpress plates coming tomorrow!).

Yesterday, I designed and finished this shirt, sewed another shirt and tie dye skinny jeans from scratch. All that’s left are cards, signage, one shirt and two skirts! Totally doable in 7 days.


As I was working on the design for this sweatshirt, I was thinking about the actual time it takes me to write a post like this. Just an FYI (since we’re all about blogging and prep work at the moment), here’s the breakdown:

  • drafting and designing the decal: 90 minutes
  • cutting and ironing: 30 minutes
  • minor fixes to the fit of the sweatshirt: 5 minutes
  • hair, make-up and styling: 60 minutes
  • shooting and editing photos: 30 minutes
  • writing the post: 30 minutes

That’s just over 4 hours for one of my smaller posts (no tutorials included). I’d like to get faster in these processes, but I don’t know how much faster I could really get sometimes. Blogging just takes a lot of time. I still love it anyway.


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    1. Diana says:

      Could you PLEASE sell shirts with this design or some thing we can print and iron onto shirts ourselves?! :) It’s absolutely gorgeous and I’d wear that shirt proudly! You can even have ISLC or the website on the back if you go the first route… :) :) :)

    2. Kristin H says:

      Love that sultry shot! All the time blogging requires is the main reason why I don’t. You are amazing, putting all the time into blogging and all your artistic endeavors. That top is boss, by the way.

    3. phil says:

      i love letters :-)

    4. Laura says:

      Love it! And thanks so much for the time breakdown on posting—really fascinating. As a non-blogger I always wonder how long it takes for these sorts of posts, and your times make total sense. It’s a lot of (great) work!

    5. Lauren says:

      Looks awesome!! I love both the fit/style of the shirt AND the lettering. Your productivity amazes me. Isn’t it funny though how time-consuming blogging is? A lot of people don’t realize that…

    6. Julia says:

      Super HOT toe cleavage!

      I remember the first time you mentioned loving your “toe cleavage.” I had never had a problem with the real cleavage, and LOVE how you celebrate it. You make me smile.

    7. maddie says:

      Melissa, what a great way to stand out at Alt. I’m jealous that you’re going, but I know you’ll be a knockout! Remember me when you’re famous :)

    8. Erin says:

      You are a MACHINE! I’m beyond impressed with all you are doing to prep for ALT! I can’t wait to see you next week in SLC!

    9. Sara says:

      Such a cute sweatshirt! What exactly do you use or create the decal? Is it iron on vinyl or something like that? I would love to know! I bought a cutting machine off someone I know (alas not a silhouette but very similar) and I love to do a project like this so any tips would be appreciated!

    10. Natalie says:

      Oh wow! I would totally buy a sweater like that if you were to ever sell that design! It’s awesome!
      I loved your time breakdown, I don’t think a lot of people understand how much time actually goes into blogging and even posts that seem quite simple!

    11. Bethany says:

      This is awesome!!! Yeah, I love this. Add it to your shop!

    12. Good choice with the metallic. When I hear about all the clothing items you make in such a short time, I feel so inspired! I’ve got a 6-month preggo belly to dress, I need to make some more clothes!

      • Melissa says:

        Dressing a prego belly can be so challenging, right? I did Alt Summit 8 1/2 months pregnant (3 years ago). Although it’s hard to feel both cute and comfy, everyone loves a baby bump.

    13. Lady ID says:

      Lovely top. Going metallic was a wonderful choice.

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