The Rectangle Box
When it comes to fashion I. AM. PICKY. You know that feeling you got as a kid (we ALL had it) when the box you were handed at Christmas or your birthday was shallow and rectangular? You know what I’m talking about…The Dreaded Gift Box of Clothes.
FYI parents, your kids would rather be given a fun toy than be disappointed to find out that inside that box lies “the most darling outfit” you ever did see. My problem, however, went one step further. Not only did I miss out on toys, but I found it even harder to like the clothes that were in the box at all! Needless to say, my family stopped buying me clothes and resorted to gift cards *PRAISE*
Beggars Can’t Be Choosers
So I’m 5′ 10.5″. Ever heard people say that tall girls can “pull off any clothes” ? Yeah that’s not true. We tall girls struggle to find clothing that doesn’t look like we’re trying to squeeze into child sized hand-me-downs. If you’re looking to avoid visiting a seamstress and to shop at average priced clothing stores, finding jeans and dresses that are long enough creates an exhausting mission. Try throwing a fashion-picky tall girl into a clothing store and see how many clothes she can find in one hour! (Pro hint: don’t expect too many). But have you heard the good news?! (I know what you’re thinking sisters, but don’t get too excited it’s not the Jesus kind) With a trip to the craft store beggars CAN be choosers!
I found this dress at a department store that was holding its Going Out of Business Sale. It was dirt cheap and I absolutely loved it. But, predictably, I tried it on and it looked like a shirt. This time, however, I had a little creative vision and convinced myself to purchase the dress. I bought four yards of lace from the fabric store, and was able to line the hem of my dress twice with a little bit left to spare. I have to be honest, I was a little worried that I would somehow ruin the dress and end up looking like a grandma. But when all was said and done, I think the lace added a lot of character to a dress that I know is unique to me. The mechanics of the project were simple, since I’m about as far from a seamstress as you can get. Instead I used a needle and thread to sew large stitches underneath. If you are seeking some extra modesty inches on a dress that you think is too short, I would definitely recommend giving this simple DIY project a try. Leave a comment and tell me how it goes! Remember, living in as foreigners in a world that is not our own, we must live creatively. Find creative ways to use the things of this world to glorify the Father in all that you do. Even making a dress that was sewn to be revealing more modest can feed into that lifestyle.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10