Monday, October 31, 2016

Falling for Fall

The outfit of the day is my new favorite. I've been waiting to wear this dress since the day that I discovered it at a new nearby thrift store. My daughters and I usually go bargain hunting on Fridays so we were excited about the new store in town. 

I always skim the racks first for things that catch my attention. After that, I comb through the racks for the hidden jewels. Being tall makes it difficult to find much but when I do I'm always excited about it. 

This dress was one of the jewels that I found. I have always been attracted to prints and vibrant colors so these colors and this print was perfect for fall. It looked new! I was unsure about the length of it but for $1 what did I have to lose? 

After we got home and washed the clothes that we purchased, I tried the dress on. I was instantly pleased! The sleeves were long enough. That was a plus. All of the gold hardware was still attached and there were no signs of damage. The next step was to see if it met the length requirements. 


Although it could be a few inches longer, there was nothing that a pair of tights or stockings couldn't fix with this look. I wore a beautiful gold necklace that my brother purchased for me, gold earrings, and my rose gold Apple Watch. I kept my shoes basic because the dress did all of the talking. My makeup was a fun fall face that I created. I love bold lip colors so I went with a deep purple gloss that I purchased from Dollar General.

I hope you enjoyed this look as much as I did. Let me know what you think.













         






   

Friday, October 21, 2016

Tropicana

When I saw this fabric I just had to have it! I purchased it from www.iamsewblessed.com. When I look at fabric, I automatically begin thinking about what I can make with it. This particular fabric is stretchy and very colorful. It reminds me of the tropics and a nice vacation so I named my creation "Tropicana". I wanted something comfortable and easy to make so I freestyled this jumpsuit. The materials used were 2 yards of fabric, a sewing, machine, clips (for clipping the pieces together), elastic, a rotary cutter, and a serger. 

For the top, I took my chest measurements and doubled it. I created one big rectangle for that piece. The bottoms were created by tracing a pair of my favorite skinny jeans. Instead of using elastic for the cuffs, I measured my ankles and cut two strips of the scrap fabric to insert in the ankles of the pants. I plan to add pockets to the next one that I make. I wore nude sandals and a gold necklace for the final photo.

I'd love to hear from you! What are your thoughts? How would you dress up this jumper? 



Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Leopard Love

This beautiful leopard jacket was prepared  December 11, 2015 as a Christmas gift for my mom. It is McCall's pattern 6844 view D. I cut an XL but the sizes seem to run bigger so it fits like a 2X. I had a tough time with the collar but I eventually made it work. My mom is 6 feet tall so this pattern worked in her favor with the longer peplum. I also extended the sleeve length for added wrist coverage. The fabric is a ponte knit that I purchased from Hancock Fabrics. It's very beautiful and has a nice weight to it. There are not many pieces to this jacket so it can be put together in a few hours. It can easily be worn during the fall and winter seasons. I was so proud to be able to add in my label as well. 
How would you dress this jacket up? 
 

Welcome!

I'd like to begin by welcoming you to my blog! My name is Tiffany and I am a self-taught seamstress. I am 5'11 inches tall which people classify as pretty tall, hence the name PrettyTallSewNSew. I gained interest in sewing at a very early age. My dad would buy me little sewing machines that sewed yarn through paper. I'd also take old clothing and cut them into doll clothes using staples as my stitches. I didn't pick up this interest again until around Christmas 2013 when my husband purchased a $50 sewing machine that I had been stalking on Walmart's website.


I was slightly intimidated by the machine at first so I did not take it out of the box until January 2014. I watched the dvd that came with it and learned to thread the needle and how to fill the bobbins. After that my sewing journey began! It is one of the most rewarding hobbies that I've ever had. The pay off is that I get to wear things that I could never find in a department store. As a tall girl, I could never find a jumpsuit or a maxi dress that touched the ground. Some of the sleeves on tops and sweaters never covered my wrists. Some shirts were too short, never passing my belly button. I stayed away from it all.  Now, if I want it, I make it. It's a beautiful feeling!

I am always learning new things with sewing. Although it's been almost 3 years, I have so much more to learn and improve on. I will be posting my creations (past & present), sewing ideas, inspirations, Outfit of the Day, tall friendly finds, and anything else that may cross my mind from time to time.

Please feel free to leave comments or make suggestions for things you'd like to see here in the future. I look forward to your comments. Let's Sew!