When a button falls off a blouse or jacket, I usually 1) panic, 2) scurry over to YouTube to watch tutorials on how to sew buttons on, 3) get worried that I’ll irreparably mess up the garment I’m trying to fix and 4) put the item in a pile for the next time I see my mom, mom-in-law or anyone else who is more handy with a needle and thread than me. Another all-too-familiar scenario is when I need an item altered and it just sits there all sad and lonely in my alteration pile until I am able to find a tailor I trust.
Lately, I’ve noticed that a few tall bloggers are quite handy with wielding needles and thread (or perhaps I should say sewing machines), and I very much admire these ladies’ creativity and DIY skills. Knowing how to sew is indeed a great skill for us tall ladies to have since it gives us the freedom to make clothing that is perfectly tailored to our measurements or to alter clothing to fit our long frames.
I feel very inspired by the handiwork of the following three tall bloggers and may even (gasp!) take my first sewing class soon.
All of Allison’s creations make me want to pack up and move to Australia so I can
steal buy some of the clothing she creates. Not that she sells her styles but maybe if I moved there and pestered her enough, she might start?
One of the things I love about her blog is that she provides easy-to-follow tutorials on refashioning clothing that you already have in your closet to either make the items more tall-friendly (i.e., adding length to a top) or to add some pizzazz to otherwise plain garments (i.e., sprucing up a plain top by sewing on a little lace detailing). She also highlights items completely made by her and sometimes even designed by her such as these fabulous 50s-inspired self-drafted pants.
Another tutorial that caught my eye involves a “dress to skirt refashion” because I have a dress that I very badly need to turn into two pieces. You can see a photo of the dress in all of its wonky glory here on Instagram.
One of my favorites from The Tall Mama blog is this pleated midi skirt that Allison made out of fabric from a Target duvet cover! How creative is that?!
She also provided handy dandy notes on how to make this skirt:
I’ve been admiring Tanasha’s DIY styles for quite some time now. I wonder if I’d be able to figure out a way to split my time between Australia and Hawaii so that I can bribe Tanasha to make some clothes for me too!
Tanasha certainly has a knack for picking gorgeous fabrics with patterns and colors that really pop. She also uses a mix of self-drafted patterns and patterns from companies such as Butterick and New Look etc. You can check out all of her DIY styles including blouses, pants, skirts, dresses and even purses here, and below I’m highlighting a couple of my favorites.
You know how hard it can be for us tall ladies to find maxi dresses in the perfect length, right? Check out this stunning maxi that Tanasha recently made. The skirt is self-drafted and the bodice was made using a Butterick pattern. I want!
Another favorite from Pretty Tall Style is this festive kimono. I just adore the print and colors and of course it’s the perfect length!
I realized we’re really traveling the globe in this post as now we’ve landed in Norway to check out Anett’s handiwork. Anett doesn’t have access to any tall shops in Norway and has to weed through non-tall sizes to find items that are suitable for her tall frame. Sometimes, these “non-tall” items need a bit of over-hauling before she can wear them which is where her sewing skills come in. As someone who is considering venturing into the wild and wooly world of sewing, I am inspired by Anett’s practical tutorials on re-hemming trousers to fit our long legs and tailoring tops to fit our long frames. I also adore this vintage dress that she scored on eBay and recently altered. You can see all of Anett’s sewing projects here.
Check out what a fabulous job Anett did altering this white blouse. When she tried the top in her size, it was too short. Ugh! When she tried it in a larger size, the length was right but it was too wide as you can see in the below photo. Blurgh!
Undeterred, Anett whipped out her sewing machine and got to work. Here’s the end result. Doesn’t the blouse look like it is tailor-made for her?
Sewing does run in my family since my grandmother was a prolific sewer in her younger years. Not only did she make all three of her daughters’ wedding dresses but made all of the bridesmaids’ dresses to boot! I can’t even imagine! I have such fond memories of the clothing that she made for me as a child and if I ever have kids, I’m sure knowing how to sew will likely come in rather handy since they’ll likely be tall. Can you tell I’m trying to talk myself into taking that sewing class? My mom-in-law is also awesome at sewing and I simply adore the quilts, placemats and pillow covers she has made for us. I think she has made quite a lot of clothing in her day as well. Maybe I need to ship her over here for a sewing lesson!
What are your thoughts on sewing? Do you feel a bit intimidated by the world of sewing like me?Are you motivated to try it or have you ever tried it in the past?
All photos used with permission from their respective owners