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To think a normal length cotton dress with sleeves is in fact the Holy Grail

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Orangeanddemons Wed 30-Apr-14 16:36:11

Because I can't find one anywhere, apart from Boden which I don't like.

I'm tall, so knee length is short on me. I work in a school, I neither want maxi or above knee level. I want just below knee or above ankle. These don't exist.

If they do they are ponte hideousness. Who buys all these polyester mini dresses?

LizzieMint Wed 30-Apr-14 17:40:52

Just a suggestion, but how about investigating a local seamstress and seeing if you can find one to either make you a dress or alter one? It is going to be more expensive than buying from the high street, but you should get something that is exactly what you want and fitted for you.

gymboywalton Wed 30-Apr-14 17:43:14

these fities style tea dresses are nice

Orangeanddemons Wed 30-Apr-14 17:44:01

Oh Lizzie...don't. I have a degree in fashion and am a trained pattern cutter. I could make one myself in the twinkling of an eye if I had the time...but I don't. But I cannot pay a seamstress to do something I could do equally well myself...I just can't.sad

TunipTheUnconquerable Wed 30-Apr-14 17:45:29

You've probably already spent longer looking for one than it would have taken you to make one, then!

gymboywalton Wed 30-Apr-14 17:45:37

and this in sainsburys is cute too

Onelittlepiglet Wed 30-Apr-14 17:45:44

white company?

Orangeanddemons Wed 30-Apr-14 17:46:00

Hey, I quite like those. Not keen on large buttons, but they could be changed...

Bunbaker Wed 30-Apr-14 17:46:01

I like this one but it is out of stock sad

BeyondTheVirtualActivist Wed 30-Apr-14 17:46:04

I'm tall too. I have two flowery summer dresses from joe browns? Mid thigh on me and im 5'10

Fruityb Wed 30-Apr-14 17:46:10

I make my own! I have the same problem so got the sewin machine out and bought a very simple pattern. Have three dresses that are all at the knee with three quarter sleeves. Get my material from eBay so each one costs about a tenner.

I hate fashion at the moment. Every dress I try on skims my bum and fits in at the bust so makes my hips look enormous!

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Wed 30-Apr-14 17:47:38

Don't buy that maxi dress, seriously. It looks nice, but you'd have to leave it unbuttoned to above your knees, or otherwise if you forget and cross your legs you can rip the buttons off have never done that.

I'd really like a shirtwaister, not for work, just in the summer. I loved my school summer dresses.

Orangeanddemons Wed 30-Apr-14 17:47:46

Have rejected all the White Company ones earlier. Too short/long/sleeveless.

Sainsbury's one is too short. Already tried on and rejected. I have been looking for a v long time.....grin

BeyondTheVirtualActivist Wed 30-Apr-14 17:48:09

Only had a quick look, but how would this be?

tethersend Wed 30-Apr-14 17:48:20

What sort of style are you after?

this is nice, but do you want something more structured?

Nocomet Wed 30-Apr-14 17:49:15


Some cotton, some viscose, one at least not saying.

LizzieMint Wed 30-Apr-14 17:49:23

<stern look> if you have time to browse the t'internet you have time to make a dress then!
No excuses! Could you set aside a day and make yourself two or three?

Orangeanddemons Wed 30-Apr-14 17:50:15

Hmm, yes polka dots that is true. Never thought about that...

BeyondTheVirtualActivist Wed 30-Apr-14 17:50:55

Balls, i misread mid calf as mid thigh!

BeyondTheVirtualActivist Wed 30-Apr-14 17:51:38

If you dont want maxi but are a proper sewer, can you not buy maxi and lop the bottom off?

meddie Wed 30-Apr-14 17:52:14

I just bought the camille wrap dress from fat face in blue and teal and they are so comfy and extremely flattering, make me look about 2 dress sizes smaller and skim over my bottom and hips. I am in love with them

tethersend Wed 30-Apr-14 17:52:30

I quite like this

Orangeanddemons Wed 30-Apr-14 17:54:12

Top Shop one is great but backless! I couldn't wear that to work....!

The Joe Brown one is too knee length and cap sleeved. I want below knee and mid short sleeves

<difficult to please>

I just can't make my own. I am so obsessed with the finish and everything being perfect that I can't meet my own standardsgrin

ShatnersBassoon Wed 30-Apr-14 17:54:14

Start making and selling them! There's obviously a demand for normal dresses.

Orangeanddemons Wed 30-Apr-14 17:59:02

Hmm, just looked at patterns...quite like this

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Wed 30-Apr-14 18:02:18

I bought one very like that, but without sleeves recently. This one (it comes with the cardi).

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