Little white dress update: Longer, and... better?

Lemme tell you the inside story. Different things happen after I blog about something I've made.
  • Sometimes I wear it several times the next few weeks, and love it and Instagram it (hashtag #howtowearDIY! Join the party!)... 
  • Sometimes I hang it in the back of my closet and wait for a party or occasion to wear it... 
  • Sometimes I try it on a few times and realize I need to fix something on it before I can feel good in it. 
This is a case of the latter. Particularly.... remember the little white dress I made recently, out of cotton eyelet lace interspersed with white pique (worn here). Super cute, inspired by a pin from one of my fave bloggers, and I looooove white dresses--always have. 

But it was too short. I gave it a big hem at the last minute because I thought it was too long, but then it felt dowdy, so I turned it up again. I seriously was doing this right before packing it for our mini vacay and I wanted to pack it! So, insufficient trying-on-while-sewing was going on, and the length did not work out.

So luckily the job of letting the hem out wasn't too hard. I easily made it 2-3" longer by taking out the hem I had sewn in quickly. Voila!

It's not a very full skirt, so I guess it felt a little plain and not pretty enough with the longer length--the shortness and extra stiffness at the hem made it feel fuller. But, this is definitely still better! (If I hadn't had as much room, I could have made it a teensy bit longer by putting in a tiny hem or adding a hem facing, so only using up 1/2" or so at the bottom edge.)

Longer and more versatile, right?

Aside from adding some tall heels or wedges, how should I make it a little more girly? What are your outfit ideas for a basic, solid fit-and-flare dress?

19 comments

  1. I think I prefer the new length. Maybe you could add a pretty belt to make it more girly?

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  2. I agree with Megan, a belt would be super cute! I am so over short dresses this year. I wish most retail places would realize how flattering a knee-length skirt looks, especially for the over-25 crowd *cough*Forever21*cough.* Guess I'm lucky I can sew!

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  3. I always add a belt if my dress feels to plain. I have about 30 :D

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  4. Just needs the right accessories. I like the longer length.

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  5. I concur. The longer length is more flattering. Throw on a cute belt and some wedges and you have a winner!

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  6. Love the jacket, necklace and shoes you had on in your first picture. And the longer length. You can do a lot with this dress I bet!

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  7. Love the white dress. Think the lower hem is very flattering. Girl it up with accessories! This season I am leaning towards coral and turquoise. What a wonderful job!

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  8. A statement necklace always looks great. Or a thin brown belt could look good with some brown shoes :)

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  9. i love it longer! you can always add a belt or a cute pin to change it up. accessories go a long way with a simple dress!

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  10. i think that length looks great! and now you can easily dress it up or down however you'd like!

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  11. Agree the length looks fab, great with ballet pumps and pearls for a retro look!

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  12. I think a white pom-pom trim along the bottom edge would be a fun, summery touch. Otherwise, inserting a wider, white lace trim, say 1 1/2 inches wide, about 1 1/2 inches above the hem would be a good compromise between the shorter and longer length...it would break up the length a bit, whilst still giving you the coverage you want.

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  13. I really like it, you could add a temporary collar but I love how versatile it is. It would work so well with a large statement necklace. If you wanted to add to it you could do a detail hem in the eyelet lace or some detail around the necklince. It's gorgeous as it is and suits you so well :)

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  14. If I don't want a restrictive belt, I use ribbons then you can add lots of different colours depending on my mood. I think it looks cute both ways but you need to feel comfortable in what your are wearing above all.

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  15. Hi, i am a regular follower of your blog and i love everything you make :). I was wondering if adding a pretty white lace to the hem appeals to you. Just an idea. I am very new to dressmaking and dont have much experience :)
    Sohini

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  16. It's a really pretty dress! I think you should wear it with a cute belt or/ and cute earrings.

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  17. That would be cute! Thanks for the idea and thanks for reading!

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  18. Oooh, a Peter Pan collar would be cute...!!!!

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  19. So true! None of the cute, cheap, skimpy dresses at F21 and Ross and such are long enough for work!

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