Monday, June 20, 2011

Dear Modcloth, Please Stop Making Me Drool on my Keyboard!

Have you been over to Modcloth lately? If you haven't, I suggest you grab a roll of paper towels ( you'll need those to wipe up the drool) and a bottle of vodka*, and head on over there to check out the to die for collection of dresses that they sell. (* You're going to need to vodka to self medicate after you realize you don't have an extra ten grand laying around to order one of everything.) I seem to love almost every single dress that they feature. Some of a bit more modern, with an 80's flair, while some are super cute retro inspired dresses that are totally wearable. Each time I click over there I end up saving what seems like a bagillion things to my "clipboard" in Polyvore. Just for the record, I have not actually bought anything from their website. Most of the dresses are in the $75 plus range, and I am a complete cheapskate, and some of the styles are a bit short for my taste.

Over the weekend I finally cut out some fabric to be made into my first Modcloth inspired dress. The dress is still listed here on their website though it appears to be sold out. It originally retailed for $98.
I need your help though, dear readers. I plan on making a loop and a knot of fabric to put on the bodice of the dress and I am going to use one of my "new" belt buckles and backing to make the belt detail. Where I need your help is in deciding if I should include the white stripe at the bottom of the dress. I can't seem to tell what the stripe is made from or if it is just woven into or printed onto the fabric. I assumed that I could just hand stitch some white ribbon onto the bottom to imitate the design feature. Do you think that this is a good idea or should I use something else? Should I leave this off? I need your feedback lovely readers with much more sewing knowledge than I.

I am already planning my next Modloth knockoff and I have yet to even put a single stitch into my first one. I am an over planner, so what can I say? This is such a cute and modern looking shirtdress. I am pretty sure that one of the new Lisette patterns has the perfect short sleeve shirtdress pattern to recreate the look. I will add that to my already filled to the brim and exploding to do (eventually) list.
Happy Sewing!

P.S. I should have a new skirt to show you all tomorrow!


  1. Hey Rebecca! Modcloth is just the worst, isn't it? I could spend my entire clothing budget on their site in less than an hour.

    So, fun fact. I actually own the sailor dress! It's from Pinup Girl Clothing, which is one of my favorite RTW online retailers. So, I can - with 100% certainty - tell you that the white stripe is a separate strip of fabric, like a trim sewn onto the dress. Also, it's still in stock in every size on the Pinup Girl website! So, if you decide you need it in a hurry, you can still get it. But I bet any version you make will be even better!

  2. I guess that, as a "woman of a certain age", Modcloth is not including me & my tastes in their client base lol! That said, the sailor dress is a-DOR-able, and I can SO see it on you! Do make it! I look forward to seeing your version :)

  3. Thank you so much for commenting on my blog yesterday. Your kind words of encouragement mean the world to me. I look forward to sharing vintage with you for years to come!

  4. I'm so addicted to Modcloth:

    1)it's a tab on my browser at home AND at work.

    2) Most of my pins are from there

    3) Many of the photos in my Inspiration album are from there too!

  5. LOVE modcloth! In addition to clothing, I always drool over their necklaces, shoes and bags. They have such great stuff!

    As for the white stripe, I assume the easiest way to add would be to hand sew, I doubt to serves a function. I like it! It gives the dress a bit of something extra, but it doesn't "make" the dress. It would still be a really cute dress w/o it. Can't wait to see yours!

  6. My Pinterest boards are full of Modcloth. IMO they are way cuter than Anthropologie.