There are two negatives in my mind when it comes to most leggings.
They are advertised as outer wear.
They are made of horrible materials.
Modesty is very important to me and wearing a second skin then acting like it’s okay because it is a different colour is ridiculous. It also isn’t a flattering look no matter your body type and as soon as you add “pockets” it looks like stupid cancer.
I am a snob. This is an indisputable fact.
I grew up wearing natural fibers. They have a certain feel that I love. They breathe. They are in my opinion infinitely better than polyester, nylon, and spandex.
For the First time in her Memory, Esther Jackson, wore Leggings
Is it drama mongering if it’s true? I mean I may have worn them as a baby, but does that even count? So I wore them under a skirt, but it’s not like leggings are modest. Couple of boys talked to me, that is about normal.
They felt a little odd, at first.
No one noticed anything odd. It was lovely and warm. That the end of the drama, save for the final, most scandalous picture.
There will be a couple more posts on this subject.
This post has been sitting here with just a title for way to long, so here is the rest of it.
Every so often it comes to my attention that I need a new nightgown. Towards the middle of this past fall was one of those times. So I bit the bullet and got out the flannel. Only for my sister to remind me that we have a limited supply of the stuff so “Don’t use to much of it” In order to not use to much fabric and to make the sewing process easier I came up with this pattern, which was vaguely inspired by some vintage nightgowns I’ve seen.
It’s not much of a pattern, but I knew how I thought it would turn out and it did turn out perfectly. (I just hadn’t fully thought a detail through, but that is for a later paragraph.) Down below is an image of how the seams came together.
In the above picture you may notice the large amount of gathering on the shoulder seam. When I inevitably reuse this pattern or if you decide to use it, I recommend moving that to be more towards the back of the neck. Otherwise the seam tends to slide forwards and make you look hunchback.
There are a number of options on nightgowns when it comes to how it gets on. Most frequent are buttons, elastic, and just having a big enough hole to pull it over your head. I went with an interesting variation on the third one. Laces.
I started sewing down the ribbon on the outside of the lower layer at the top Every inch I would cross the ribbon, before sewing along side it. When I got to the bottom I switched to the inside of the upper layer and continued. At the top it was a simple matter of lacing down the split and adjusting the laces so my head would fit.
This was one of the odder and harder to write blog posts. But. Here it is.
I’m not talking about the ecological price of fashion, for as long as you only use natural fibers, like I do, the cost is negligible.
The Cost To Your Wallet
This is to many this is the important point. How much do I have to pay? Can I pay less somewhere else? Before you do much of that you need to understand…
The Cost Of Making It
There are two parts to the cost of making something. The Cost Of The Materials and The Cost Of Time.
Some styles, yes probably only take an hour, maybe two, to make nicely. Especially if they are mass produced, but even some slightly customized pieces won’t take any longer. Even a fully customized to a odd body shape, may depending on the style, only take an extra hour.
But, as soon as you add lots of details, even if you aren’t supposed to notice the details, (looking at smoothly set in sleeves, they are the literal worst) the time adds up. And the more seams, particularly fussy seams, the more time.
People should be paid well for their work. Here in the USA, the minimum wage is a little over seven dollars an hour. But that is for unskilled labor, so many people recommend that seamstresses ask for more. I have slightly mixed feelings about asking for more, because it is already expensive enough to pay for many full days of work.
That is in America though. The cost of living is higher. So we need more money to survive. So… You look for somewhere with a lower cost of living and pay them!
Yes, this is a great idea. Buy “everyday”, “basic”, clothes from a shop that cares about their workers, it strikes the best balance between the cheap things that come from Chinese Slave Labor and the expensive things that will support someone.
Look for people who mention living wages and other such terms. Look for shops that talk about knowing their workers. Ask about how much they pay. You may get a slightly odd quote, but there may be a reason behind that. If they tell you they “pay per piece” glance at their price extremes and you should realize why, some garments are hard and some are easy.
So now that you’ve read through the lecture on supporting others, let’s talk about materials. Look at the specs for the dress and at the details, then look online for how much that material would cost. Then subtract up to 20% on the assumption they got it at wholesale prices.
So how much should you spend? It depends. But spend wisely.
Please note, that these dresses are modest according to my standards. My standards may be different from yours, but this is hopefully a good starting point for you.
Please note, that these dress are day wear according to my standards. My standards are likely different from yours.
Please note, most of these shops are not “modest”. Just because what they are selling is modest or can be used modestly does not mean that their pictures reflect that fact.
This is the Linen Dress Edition. To the best of my knowledge all of the dresses featured are 100% linen. This may not be true of every dress labelled “linen” in the stores, but these ones are. I’ll try to do more of these with other fabrics.
I can’t speak on the quality in any of most of these stores as it would cost thousands of dollars and I’d have a ton of dresses. I also am not one hundred percent certain that all of them are ethical. Do your research, but here is a starting point.
Final note before the dresses. I’ve chosen to show the prices that represent the most basic of these dresses in my personal size. Depending you size may have a different price. These dresses are to the best of my ability in the order of least to most expensive.
To the right is Modest Classy and her 100% Linen Shawl Collared Winter Dress. I own it and reviewed it here. I was surprised a little to be reminded that it is the cheapest however I’ve talked with the owner about it and I’m mostly fine with that detail. I noticed on the MC etsy shop that the prices were comparable to the norm. Most of these are etsy shops as well so I wonder if some of them have similarly odd markups. This dress is missing some pockets and is narrower than many of the dresses I am showcasing. However if you like the vintage look like I did, I recommend it.
To the right is KnockKnockLinen‘s LINEN HOODIE DRESS | linen tunic dress with a short kimono sleeves | linen summer dress Again it looks a bit shorter than I would like, but again they ask for your preferred length. Depending I might even consider getting it in shirt length. I adore the hood. I used to have a hooded shirt ages ago, and I kinda want one again. Don’t worry I’ve tentative plans to make a hooded something soon. Oops, that went a bit off track. I’m not sure about the “cultural hurts” that may spring up over calling it a kimono though.
To the right please notice Armstreet and the beautiful Dress Tunic “Red Elise” If I were a little too rich I’d have this dress in every color. Yes it is basic. I don’t care. I adore it. The colors are so rich. The style is so perfect. It is the first linen dress I ever found online. My first thought on seeing the price was “I think I would pay that if I could” I still think that the price is reasonable. I don’t fully know why I haven’t bought one yet. Please, pay attention to that dress. Or don’t if you can’t stand the style like certain shoe string relations of mine.
You know we have AVDress‘s Linen Dress Sagebrush, Linen Dress, Taupe Dress, Victorian Dress I love the pintucks. They are work. This reminds me of the dress above whose simplicity I commented on. I felt like all it was doing was easier sleeves, when there are so many tiny details you could put in to make the price of the dress an easier pill to swallow, when the prices run high.
Right beside this is KytaBoutique’s Linen dress 20+ COLORS Linen midi dres Womans linen dress Linen dresses for women Aside from the afore mentioned shortness and its common solution. (If you don’t get what I mean go looking up) there is a detail about this dress that is noteworthy. Scroll quickly back through. Did you spot it? This is the only one with a pattern on it. All the rest are solids. Will pay more for pattern. (or I could dye some myself)
To the right is Revintaria‘s Anastasia Linen This dress is in the detail and the details are stunning. Crotched lace collar. Look at the belt. Did you even notice it before I mentioned it? Self fabric, with covered hardware. Wow. That is different. That is detailed. This shop is amazing. It is so professional and put together and stylish. I feel like none of those are the words I’m looking for but, maybe they will do. Anyway I’ll say “Mad respect to them.”
Finally on the right is EcoLinendresses‘ Gray linen dress with buttons It sounds so plain, but a glance at that picture should explain why it comes last. The sleeves are handcrotched lace. HAND CROTCHED LACE! D. doesn’t like the style of lace. That is a matter of personal preference, but I’d say it is worth it if you like it.
To the left and a little bit down is OffOn‘s Linen dress with frill sleeves in moss green color/OFFON CLOTHING The sleeves on this dress! I love an odd sleeve. As a seamstress I find that odd sleeves are among the easiest to do so I love it. I will admit for a dress this basic I think the price may be a little much. I know that this dress is from Lithuania where the cost of living is higher than in say Asia, but a number of the shops are and they can be more complex and cheaper. Hats off to all the buttons though.
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Here are some pictures of how I looked as I came to the end of writing this post.
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