Tag Archives: modest fashion

How to Get Dressed | Book Review

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a strong believer in women dressing modestly. God created me to be a woman and I believe it’s important to for me to dress in a way that distinctly shows that I am a woman. But almost as important as dressing modestly is dressing neatly.

Enter: How To Get Dressed by Alison Freer. This book is an excellent resource of style-related advice. Alison, a costume designer, guides you through rethinking your wardrobe. Chapters include topics such as proper fit, alterations, fashion rules, wardrobe tools, shoe care, and more.

It doesn’t matter if that summer top is adorable and a great price, if it doesn’t fit you, then you shouldn’t buy it. Alison repeatedly emphasizes that fit is the great enemy of style. In fact, she has an entire chapter devoted to explaining various styles of clothing and why it may or may not fit you properly. As she explains on page 13, “Proper fit means that the clothes you wear should always perform as you need them to, period.” She explains that the everyday problems you encounter with your wardrobe are caused by poorly fitting clothes.

Another chapter explains that not every article of clothing you buy will fit you well. Sometimes, you will have to alter your clothing in order for it to fit you correctly. I was actually already doing this before I read the book. Most times, if you have some knowledge of sewing, you can quickly accomplish the necessary alterations on your own. If you can’t do your own alterations, Alison suggests finding a tailor who can.

One of my favorite chapters was, “Wardrobe Tools to Keep Your Look Together”. Using everything from safety pins, to moleskin, to Sharpies, Alison shares the tips and tricks you need to fix those last-minute wardrobe mishaps. (I learned from my grandmother to regularly carry a supply of various sized safety pins in my purse. There have been times when I’ve had a line of people asking for a pin to fix their wardrobe dilemma.) They can be used for repairing jewelry, stopping static cling, keeping that slip from sliding around under your skirt, as well as a number of other mishaps.

I highly recommend this book as a reference guide for your fashion questions. The helpful advice, tips, and tricks are worth the investment. The one detail I did not appreciate about the book was some of the language that was used.

Blogging for Books provided this book to me in exchange for an honest, thoughtful review. 

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Spring Pink and Gray | Fashion

Did you all get a taste of spring last week? We certainly did. I thoroughly enjoyed the several days of beautiful, 60-degree weather. My siblings and I took full advantage of the warmth and enjoyed walks and outside playtime. Some of us even pulled out short sleeves.

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This gray knit shirt is one of my new favorites. It’s super comfortable and the three-quarter sleeve is just perfect for the almost-warm weather.

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I love how the pink scarf adds some color to the outfit while the denim skirt keeps it casual.

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Bethany and I were wearing coordinating stripes and colors so we had to get a picture together.

Outfit details:
Top: free
Scarf: borrowed
Skirt: eBay: I don’t recall the price

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How to Alter a Formal Dress

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In October of 2013, I had the privilege of standing as a bridesmaid in my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding. We ordered the bridesmaid dresses from an online company using our measurements. Unfortunately, when my dress arrived, it had several issues. The waist was too snug and I couldn’t take a deep breath. The lining of the dress was too small and caused the overlay to bunch up. We did not have time to reorder the dress so I headed for my seam ripper.

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To make the waist measurement larger, I began by finding the largest amount of seam allowance. Usually it will be in the side seams or along the zipper. I had a large seam allowance by my zipper.

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Carefully begin ripping the stitches out on both sides of your zipper. The material of formal dresses can be delicate so take your time. I stopped ripping just past the ruched waistband.

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Look at all that extra fabric. It was like finding gold! [grin] Next, I started reinstalling the invisible zipper. Here’s my favorite tutorial on installing invisible zippers. Sew the zipper to the bodice first.

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Hand sew the lining to the zipper using a whipstitch. Hand sewing the lining in fixed my problem of the bunched overlay.

Repeat the entire process on the other side. Carefully steam the dress.

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The finished product–you can see where I let it out. After I steamed it, it looked much better.

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This is the best picture I could find of the back of my dress while it was on me.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Formal pictures (the 1st and last) courtesy of JN Photography.

Pink and Black Stripes | Fashion

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I love mixing and matching to create new outfits. With cool weather arriving in Wisconsin, I’ve enjoyed pulling out some long sleeve tops.

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This silver leaf necklace adds a cute fall touch.

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Black t-shirt: free
Pink sweater: Retique: $6
Black and white maxi skirt: Savers: $5
Silver shoes: Goodwill: $5
Necklace: Amazon: ?

Guest Post at Eden’s Evaluations | Fashion

Good morning! Eden from Eden’s Evaluations has asked me to again do a Fashion Friday guest post. I was excited to submit my sister Bethany’s outfit. Check out the post for details about Bethany’s outfit and for fun facts about Bethany!

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Gray, Navy, and Polka Dots | Fashion

Thanks so much to those of you who took time to respond to my survey. I’m grateful that you let me know what you liked about my blog and what y’all would like to see more of. I will leave it open for at least a few more weeks so if you haven’t had a chance to fill it out, please do so.

Today I’m featuring one of my favorite outfits. I love the soft colors of blue and gray together so it’s no surprise that I love this outfit. {smile}

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I found this top for a great deal at a thrift store and it’s so soft and comfortable.

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Mom and Dad gave this necklace to me for a graduation gift and I love the way it coordinates with this outfit.

White t-shirt: H&M: $5
Navy Blue top: The Bargain Nook: $4
Gray Maxi skirt: Cato Fashions: $13
Necklace: Christopher & Banks: Gift
Gray Flats: Amazon?: $10

Blue Floral Maxi | Fashion

Thanks to all of you who have taken a moment to fill out my survey. I appreciate hearing from you–it’s a great encouragement. If you haven’t had a chance to do it yet, you can take it here.

photo 7 Introducing one of my favorite outfits ever! Earlier this spring, while shopping for a new Easter/summer outfit, I found an adorable maxi dress that fit me perfectly. It needed some altering on the neckline but I figured I could make it work. To make a long story short, I got home, started looking through my closet but couldn’t make the dress look modest without it looking obviously “fixed”. I remembered some fabric I had in my closet that my mom had found at Goodwill. I pulled it out and copied/drafted a dress with a more modest top. The other dress I returned and have been happy with how this dress has worked. [smile]

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I’ve gotten numerous comments on this necklace. My mom found it at Charming Charlie. I love the way it matches the dress but I do not like the way it has tarnished so quickly.

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I had trouble figuring out how to draft sleeves with knit fabric so left it sleeveless and wear it with this cardigan.

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Outfit details:
Maxi Dress: Made it myself (Fabric was $4.99 from Goodwill.)
Cardigan: ?
Necklace: Charming Charlie’s: gift
Shoes: Goodwill: $5

Denim and Gray Maxi | Fashion

We took a family day last week and headed to Mineral Point, Wisconsin. We thoroughly enjoyed touring Pendarvis. The weather was perfect and we had a wonderful time together.
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 I’m loving this new maxi skirt from Cato Fashions! One of my favorite things about this outfit is that each item can be worn for  different outfits. I love buying clothes that can mixed and matched for a number of occasions.

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 Enjoying time with Chloe.

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This outfit is stylish and surprisingly cool. I was hesitant to wear the denim vest, thinking it would be too heavy, but I stayed comfortably cool all day long.

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Outfit details:

White t-shirt: H&M: $5
Denim vest: thrift store: $6
Gray maxi skirt: Cato Fashions: $13
Scarf: borrowed
Gray sandals: thrift store: $2
Earrings: borrowed

Black and Purple | From My Sister’s Closet

Simple, stylish, and fun is a perfect description for Anna’s outfit today.
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 Anna’s adorable outfit is composed of some great deals. Her skirt and t-shirt are from Goodwill and her top was free.

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 Anna looks great in this color!

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Black t-shirt: Goodwill: $3
Top: free
Dark denim skirt: Goodwill: $4
Sunglasses: gift
Flip-flops: Rummage sale: $.50