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The Value of A Dress

Posted by Ellen Dayan on

The Value of A Dress

If you are curvy, chances are not many people have talked with you about fine fabrics, timeless designs, quality construction techniques, or clothing that suits your unique beauty. Why not? Maybe they were waiting for you to lose 50 pounds to have this little talk? Who knows? Let's get on with it now that you are all grown up and uniquely you. As a mostly self-taught seamstress and clothing designer, I have a slightly different perspective on what is valuable in an article of clothing than your average salesperson. Let's say we are talking about a dress. Let me walk you through...

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Please Don't Buy A Dress...

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Please Don't Buy A Dress...

…if you’re feeling down, or bored, or hopeful that it will change your life. Beautiful clothing has its place in our lives, but it doesn’t solve any serious problems. Tiger Lily Dress Shop has a completely different philosophy about fashion. We know, and you know too by now, that buying a dress isn’t a lasting thrill. YOU make you happy. Your beauty is not in the dresses you wear, it’s in your heart and mind and spirit. Our clothing won’t make you skinny, young, and trendy. It won’t transform you into a social butterfly or get you a promotion. Our clothes...

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Pear Shaped Fashion & The Fruit Salad Revolution

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Pear Shaped Fashion & The Fruit Salad Revolution

My best friend was a Pear. Her mother was an Apple, but her sisters were all Bananas. Go figure. I don't know when people began referring to women's bodies as pieces of fruit, but it's kind of silly. I suppose it was meant to communicate a figure "problem" in a cutesy way. "The Problem" is some deviation from a stalk of celery. I'm mixing fruit with vegetables now, but you know what I mean.  In order to fool the eyes of potential admirers, we learned to wear A-line dresses if we were Pears or skinny belts if we were Apples. Much...

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Sewing Your Own Curvy Clothes: Q & A

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Sewing Your Own Curvy Clothes: Q & A

Curvy women often ask me about sewing their own clothes. Sometimes they can’t find what they want in the right sizes, and sometimes they are creative people who want to express themselves through fashion. I thought you might like to listen in on some common questions and my honest answers... Do I have to go to school to learn how to sew? No. In fact, most sewists are self-taught. If you can follow directions carefully you can learn to sew just by using patterns. That said, taking a class at a local community college will speed up your learning process by...

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Will It Fit? Online Shopping's Elephant in the Living Room

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Will It Fit? Online Shopping's Elephant in the Living Room

Perfect dress! Will it fit me, though? "Yes, it looks perfect on this professional model and in this photo studio. But what if I order this great dress online and it's a shapeless bag or makes me look like a sausage? It's such a hassle to return things even when the store policies are good. Is it even worth it to try?" Yes, you can be a successful curvy online clothing shopper but you'll need a few things. #1: Buy a little tape measure and write down your bust, waist, and hip measurements. If you know your preferred pant and skirt length, that's...

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