Hemming and Hawing (and a giveaway!)

First, the hemming.
You'd have to be the most dedicated blog reader ever to recognize this dress. I purchased it in February -- 2009. I paid $19 for it and haven't worn it yet. I actually put it on once last summer, with my highest heels and then someone asked me if I was going to my first communion and I went and changed.

Sadly, with this hemline, I couldn't help but to agree. I took the dress off and stuck it on a to-do list in my mind, and then ignored it.

I finally decided to hem the dress today. I put it on, I measured, I cut, I put it on again.
I measured wrong. I didn't leave myself enough allowance for the 3/4" rolled hem. Welcome to the most microscopic rolled hem ever. It took me a while, but I did it.

Now the Hawing.

Jeffrey Campbell Splendid sandals. After seeing about a million (okay, three) bloggers wearing them I developed a huge crush. I need these sandals. But they are $115 at Sole Struck, and as far as I can tell, the cheapest place to find a size 8.

If I were a size 10 or 11, I'd be all set, Nordstrom has them in for half off.

I set about finding a cheaper alternative. Here is what I've found:

Aldo, Bigelow $50
Leather, studded, faux wood heel.

Nine West, Big Baby $50
Patent, no studs, cork heel.

French Connection, Jezabel $60
Leather, no studs, wood heel. Slightly different in design.

Sigh. I need help. Damn insatiable shoe lust. I don't want to spend $115 on one pair of shoes. But I'm not completely enamored with my alternate finds, and they aren't even that cheap! (where are the $30 shoes please?) Anyone know where I can find them for less? Or where there is a better alternative?

And now...the Giveaway!!!

The lace jewelry I made last week needs a good home. The winner will get to choose any two pieces they'd like!
To enter, be a follower, and leave a comment with an email address so I can contact you if you win!
This will be open until 11:59 pm EST, Monday, July 12
Good Luck!!


  1. OMG-lace!! Enter me plz- i follow in google reader.

    And, that dress isn't first communion- it's very Marilyn Monroe!

    I'll keep an eye out for shoes like those for you too. Or, ask Cher. She's good at helping!

  2. hi there! you did a great job with your dress! :D

    oh, and i would love to enter your giveaway. :D



  3. I love the way you hemmed the dress - looks great!

    I am not a good bargain hunter for shoes...sometimes I think spending a bit extra $$ for something your love is much better than settling for something that you don't, especially if they aren't even that cheap. Sorry to be an enabler!

    I am a follower...love the jewelery!

    email: eesstuff@hotmail.com

    p.s. thanks for the bloggy award!

  4. These are so delicate and beautiful. I am a follower and my e-mail is kimgascoigne@gmail.com
    love the blog!

  5. Yay!!!
    The giveaway!
    I am sooo excited, count me in.
    My email is rodgari at hotmail.com
    That dress turned out fab and if you wanted you could always layer it with maybe an eyelet slip ..

  6. Hey you! It's so nice to be back and finally commenting again! The dress looks phenomenal shortened - good job with the itty bitty hem! And beautiful jewelry!

  7. Oh man. I've been in love with that lace necklace since you posted it so here goes nothing!

    jesse.anne.oh at gmail

    Also, good job on the hemming! I imagine a rolled hem is hard? It sounds like it is anyway.

  8. I agree with above- way more Marilyn Monroe than communion!

    I love your jewelry pieces- sign me up!

    Thanks for the award, by the way!

  9. hmmm shoe websites, let's see.. you can check these:


    hmmm, I've been looking for clog heels as well so if I come across any cute ones I will show you! :D Really, I'm tempted to just buy some $60.00 ones because they'd go with everything and I'd wear them always. > w< Good luck! I love your dressieee <3 you hemmed it up nicely. :D

  10. Oh man those shoes! I like the French Connection ones they look very 'polished' :)

    The dress is fantastic - It reminds me of Marilyn Monroe.

    Also. I'd love to enter your giveaway. The pieces are so pretty!
    suzzannaemely (at) gmail (dot) com


  11. I think the dress looks thousands better now, and i love that jeffrey campbell shoes! I really want a pair of his shoes, but by now my ambission is my new dslr camera so... they'll have to wait.

    I love that jewelery, count with me! ae_jasso@hotmail.com

  12. How adorable is your lace jewelry !? Hope I win!!!

    Of course, I'm a follower!
    Come enter my giveaway!
    xo Lynzy
    email: lynzy@fromskirtstoskillets.com

  13. I'd love to be entered in the contest! julia.whicker@gmail.com I'm already a follower :)


  14. The dress is gorgeous, I actually really like the longer length but the short is cute too!

    I may actually be able to help you with the shoes - I was about to list a pair on ebay that are quite similar to the Jeffery Campbell ones...they are an Australian size 8 (approximately a Euro 38?), I can email you some photos if you'd like?

  15. I agree with the other blogger,the dress is so Marylin Monroe, how are you going to style it? By the way I love the JC shoes the best, the other options don't even come close to the real thing, it's frustrating when you want a pair of shoes and wish someone could male a good look-alike shoe!

  16. You look so beautiful in this dress! Great buy! I wish I could help you with the shoes. Sorry girl.



  17. i love that white dress on you - it is so marylin
    and the giveaway is great id like to be entered

    great blog btw ! lovely pics DEF following you!
    id love for you to check my blog out
    and dont forget to enter in my giveaway (gaga inspired shades)

    xo elena


  18. This may be my first time commenting, but I have been following your blog for awhile now. I love the giveaway! (Manda.Adams(at)gmail(dot)com)

    I think the white dress is great! If you are worried about the hem length you could always add some fabric or lace (perhaps in a fun color?) to the bottom to slightly lengthen.

  19. I think the dress hemmed looks great! White dresses are always so versatile!

    Ooohh I would love to participate in the giveaway! Please count me in!

    lagringa_009 [at] hotmail [dot] com

  20. well done on the dress, it looks great!

    I'm a follower! email franca(dot)eirich(at)gmail(dot)com

    Fingers crossed!

  21. I follow on Google connect, and I would love to win!

    You look fantastic in that dress! Altering it was a great idea!

  22. You did a great hem job on the white dress!!! I can't believe you haven't worn it before - it looks great on you!!

    Love the lace jewelry - you are really talented!!



  23. Oh I LOVE those Aldo heels!! Great find!


  24. what a lovely blog. The dress looks better short, good job.

    The jewelry you made is awesome,I would just be so lucky to own one ;)


  25. I love that necklace. And the smaller set of earrings. Enter me in this giveaway! I've been following you for a while.


  26. hey girl, thanks so much for your blogger help!
    incidentally, I love yours! and what an awesome giveaway! I'd wear that 1st pair of larger earrings today if I could!

    xo Caitlin
    lamourdefashion (at) gmail


  27. oh yay! i have been loving the lace jewelry for so long now! you did such a good job on all of it!
    rwvanvoorhis at gmail dot com

  28. The dress looks great, and I like the Aldo shoes, though the originals are my favorite.

    Also, that lace jewelry is GORGEOUS! I'm a follower.

    francesjsantiago at gmail dot com

  29. The dress looks stunning on you and I love it shorter...The giveaway is stunning...Great! Kisses sweetie and see you soon:)

  30. I love the shorter hem, so pretty! And I KNOW!! Those jeffrey campbell shoes are to die for... It's taken all my will power to not buy them yet. Maybe they'll go on sale, or I'll win the lottery!

    Love the lace jewelry too, so interesting and lovely!

  31. I'm totally with you. I ALWAYS buy things and then I forget about them. But then I eventually remember them. And wear them. And it's all awesome and good.

    You look fantastic! It really suits you and I love the colour. Kind of reminds me of a classier version of the classic Marilyn Monroe dress!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  32. GORGEOUS. Holy crap--you did one heck of a job on that dress. I love your accessory photos, too.

    Remember to enter for your chance to win a Two Strap Belt from Sway!


  33. What about studding the heels of one of those pairs yourself? That would bring them way closer to the original look! Great hem job, too. Looks amazing on you.

  34. the dress looks so good! but it looks good both long and shorter!

  35. enter me! :)


  36. whoaaa the dress cut is super super flattering! love it!

  37. Whoa lovely! Lace jewelry is a new fave! Glad I found your blog and I'm your newest follower!

    cncliving @gmail.com

  38. Designer shoes are expensive but its so cool to know you can find similar ones at half the price! :) Or you can always wait for them to go on sale. :D

  39. Well, I hope this comment goes through! The first picture of the longer version of the dress actually looks like Marilyn Monroe's famous dress vs a First Communion dress! What a funny story, though. My first communion dress was so stuffy and ugly... It was nothing like that dress! :)

  40. i love that dress shortened! and i adore those shoes as well! i'm obsessed and nothing ever compares to the original :P

    and i'm in love with your lace jewelry, you have no idea. i'm crossing my fingers and you know i'm a follower :)


  41. wow! that dress was so pretty but the hemming sure made it more wearable! and awesome job on the jewelery. you are very crafty!
    boon1211 at gmail dot com

  42. The aldo ones are a great alternative! i love what you've done with the dress :)


  43. I love the dress. Both ways, because I have an obsession with white things. So pretty.

    And of course, I would love to enter the giveaway. closet365@gmail.com

  44. I think the French Connection pair is gorgeous!!

  45. The dress looks fabulous on you! and I love those JCs.

    clothed much, a modest fashion blog

  46. I WANT THE BIG BABY WEDGES!!!! IN RED! They are extra 30% off right now! EEEEK!

  47. That dress is beautiful! Hopefully I can match some lace jewelry with one of my own dresses :)

    dcme20009 at g mail D o t c OM

  48. LOVE the lace jewelry!


  49. Glad to be a new follower, and loving this giveaway!!! omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

  50. of course I follow, gorgeous pieces!