Terra Cotta Lace Dress (& shortening bell sleeves)

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I love the look of Free People pieces, but oftentimes they’re designed to be so loose and flowy that they’re completely overwhelming on a petite frame. This dress however looked almost indecently short on the models, but turned out to be a modest length on me. It’s a beautiful going out or date night piece, in a rich terra cotta / rust color that is flattering against many skin tones.
free people back to back crochet lace bell sleeve dress
I got a sz 0 regular and it’s a skin-grazing fit on me, not snug but also not baggy. Although the overall length of this dress is petite-friendly, the sleeves went beyond my fingertips (another aspect I find typical of Free People’s designs). To shorten sleeves like this with a flared detail, hem from the bottom edge only if you want to reduce the size of the flare. I wanted to maintain a dramatic bell sleeve, so I shortened the sleeves by taking in material at the junction where the regular sleeve meets the bells. It was fairly quick to alter by hand, and I didn’t cut any material in case I wanted to change the length down the road. This type of alteration is also much easier to do in my opinion than a circle hem, which would be needed if you’re shortening the flared ends of the sleeves.
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This Morning suede jacket (sleeves shortened) from Blank NYC really blew up this year! It’s one of those pieces that is ubiquitous around the internet, however I’ve rarely seen it on someone else in “real life.” Mine is the coffee bean suede – I’m so glad they’ve produced more of this one and in new colors, too. It’s very nice quality for the price and on the heavier side for moto jackets. If you’re considering this piece, check out my original review of it here from Spring.
fall lace dress date night blank nyc morning suede jacket

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