Posts tagged ‘Tory Burch’

January 17, 2015

Blue maxi dress and further adventures in sewing


In anticipation of summer, I made myself a blue cowl neck maxi dress.  It looks (almost) as good as the one above, and fits much better than the one above would.    As a tall person (6 feet), I struggle to find maxi dresses that are long enough.  I ordered a few from Alloy last year, and they were just long enough, but not great quality.

The sewing process

For this one, I followed Meesha’s directions on YouTube, and just didn’t add on sleeves.  For the cowl neck, I traced the front of a cowl neck shirt I had.  The cowl neck actually was an advantage for me as a beginner – because it hangs down inside, you can’t see my uneven stitching at the neckline.

My first shot at making the dress was not successful – it was too big.  I ended up trying it on, pinning it as I did this shirt, and it ended up fitting perfectly along my torso. I may take in the bottom portion a little more later, but I like how it fits right now.

The result was a dress that was ten inches too long.  (As a tall person, this made me very happy.)  Before I hemmed it, though, I threw it in the washer/dryer.  While this didn’t affect the fit of the top, it ended up being five inches shorter than it had been before.  I was very glad I did this before hemming.

I decided to hem it so I could wear it with five inch heels, and I can always take it up more if I want.

Where to buy a blue maxi dress

If you’re not up for sewing or happen to be one of those lucky people who fit into clothes, here are a few options.

If you’re looking for something laid back, this dress from Revolve Clothing is affordable, and this Tommy Bahama dress looks very easy to wear.  Victoria’s Secret also has some good basic maxi dresses, but they have a pretty limited selection right now.  This black dress from Old Navy comes in tall and petite, which is nice.

If you’re going for a formal look, this one is divine for a formal occasion, as is this from the Outnet.

And finally, if you’re going for long-sleeved, this Rachel Zoe dress is fantastic.

May 26, 2014

Summer Day to Summer Night

Black Maxi: Day to Night

A few weeks ago, I had a picnic to attend, followed by a dinner.  I wore a black maxi with daytime accessories and packed evening accessories in the car for a quick change.  I also brought a black jacket because it got cooler in the evening.  It’s amazing how a change of belt changes the entire look/feel a black maxi.

March 23, 2014

Out walking

Out walking

I put this outfit together while thinking about going for a trip to wine country.  It’s good to have layering options for a cool morning and warm afternoon.  Wedge sandals are great for walking.

March 3, 2014

A day in the sun

A day in the sun

I just got a beige sweater on sale at Cache, and thought it would go well with white jeans.  These Paige jeans, and they are super comfy.  I’m tall, so buying cropped jeans is easier in terms of finding the right length.

I’d wear this on a spring day. Can’t wait until it gets warmer!