How I Got the Idea to Start a Clothing Line


dresses as tops - how I got started as a fashion designer

I've shared a little bit about how I got the idea to start this clothing line over the past year. But, I don't think I've told the entire story in one place and I was inspired to do so after sharing the last picture above on Instagram stories.

If you've been following along for any length of time, I'm sure you've probably heard me mention that I have a really really long torso. As such, I've always struggled to find tops that are long enough. And while the options for tall or long pants only seem to continue to grow (Madewell even carries "tall" and "taller" jeans), the same is not the case for tall-friendly tops. 

But, as I've frequently told my petite friends, you can always hem something. So, I got creative and started buying dresses with the full intention of turning them into tops by hemming them. I'd buy a dress with a pattern I loved, fun sleeve detail, or a silhouette that I liked (and thought would look good in shirt form). Then, I'd take it to the tailor and have them chop it off. I wish I could remember the first time I did this - or even the first dress I did it with - but I don't. I just remember how the tailor laughed at me. They said it was the first time they'd ever received a request like that and it took me a while to convince them that I really did want to hem the dress that much. 

I became addicted. I kept buying dresses (that I knew would be too short for me) and turning them into tops that were the perfect length! They were and are some of my most worn tops and I always get a ton of compliments on them whenever I wear them. And it never fails, someone asks me where I got it. That's when the complicated, long-winded explanation followed.

Eventually my husband asked why I didn't just design tops to fit me from the start. Looking back, I think most people would take that as motivation to learn how to sew. Honestly, that didn't cross my mind. I took it as an invitation to look into starting a clothing line. Of course, at the time, I had no idea what that would entail.

I still wear my make-shift tops regularly. Because they ended up being more expensive and required extra effort, I only bought patterns and silhouettes that I truly loved. 

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