Tall Bloggers Alterations Sewing Repurposing

Sew Cool! Tall Bloggers Who Sew

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.

Allison from The Tall Mama

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?!

Tall Midi Skirt Yellow

She also provided handy dandy notes on how to make this skirt:

Tall pleated midi skirt tutorial

Tanasha from Pretty Tall Style

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!

Tall Maxi Dress Custom

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!

Tall kimono

Anett from Tall Girl’s Fashion

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!

Tailored Top for Tall Women

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?

Tall tailored top

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!

Your turn…
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

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15 Comments

  • Reply karen August 14, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    I am with you on this: I wish I could sew, but I can’t. I have had lessons waaaay back in my first year of secondary school, but I only liked making square things as that allowed me to put my foot on the ‘gas’ as I called that thing you control with your foot. 🙂

    I have aunties who are terrific sewers who could teach me, maybe I should ask them sometime. 🙂
    I love what the ladies above are creating though, and I really admire them for being so creative!

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures August 15, 2015 at 10:08 am

      I love your description of “putting your foot on the gas”. 🙂 I’ve never really tried my hand at sewing. I am not a very creative or crafty person by nature but maybe if I start with something realllyyy simple and apply myself, I could work my way up to making more complex items. Maybe sewing will be my “blog challenge” for next year. Hmmm…there’s a thought. I agree – it’s quite fun to see all of the creations from these ladies and also quite inspiring.

  • Reply Anett August 14, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Thank you so much for featuring me, Beth! I’m in no way a skilled sewer, but it’s impressive what we manage to do when our hands are forced, right? I can’t wait to check out the other two bloggers — maybe they can teach me how to reaaally sew? I’d love to make Allison’s pleated skirt and Tanasha’s kimono!

    Anett | Tall Girl’s Fashion

    • Reply Allison @ The Tall Mama August 14, 2015 at 11:13 pm

      Anett, I think you CAN really sew! I’m impressed with how you sew “properly”; pinning & basting etc. Whereas I do know the proper steps I tend to skip them in the interest of rushing to complete my sewing during my girls nap time! Try the pleated skirt – you’ll be amazed at how easy it is!
      X Allison

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures August 15, 2015 at 10:10 am

      You’re welcome Anett and thanks a bunch for being an inspiration and sharing your craftiness with all of us. I love the pleated skirt and kimono too!

  • Reply Paula August 14, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    I’m on my way….in a few months:)

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures August 15, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Yippee! Maybe I’ll look for a second hand sewing machine and take a couple of sewing classes before then. 🙂

  • Reply Allison @ The Tall Mama August 14, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Beth, I am so honoured to be featured with two other talented ladies. Thank you!! I really hope my blog can inspire others to sew. It’s wonderful to be able to make clothes that fit you well no matter your size or shape. Not to mention how proud you feel when someone compliments you on something you’ve made (I’m feeling all sorts of proud now!!)!. X Allison.

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures August 15, 2015 at 10:40 am

      Allison – You’re so welcome. You write-ups are not only inspiring but also fun. I love your witty commentary and fun handwritten/hand-drawn tutorials. And of course the clothing you create is to die for. I bet you do feel quite a sense of accomplishment once you complete an item and then again when you receive positive feedback on it. Keep up the good work…can’t wait to see what you create next!

  • Reply Stephanie August 15, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Beth I strongly encourage you to take the sewing class. You’d love it. If I had a room, time, and a sewing machine I’d sew. Besides eventually you will have to sew my buttons on when I get to the infirm stage of life. Haha! Love Mom

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures August 15, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Har har…very funny about sewing your buttons on Mom! You crack me up. I’m going to check the sewing class schedule today to see when the beginning sewing class is. I’ll keep you posted. xo

  • Reply Nache August 16, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Very cool article. It’s weird I can sew bags, scarves and everything in between, but I can’t quite master patterns. These ladies are awesome. Wish I had their skills!!

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures August 17, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Thanks Nache! Hey…you can at least sew something. You’re one step ahead of me. 🙂

  • Reply Tanasha August 18, 2015 at 5:01 am

    Thank you so much for this, so nice to be include amongst the other tall and fab ladies. Also loving your new site! 🙂

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures August 18, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      You’re welcome Tanasha! Thanks for inspiring all of us. I’m glad you like the new site. 🙂

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