What am I Wearing Wednesday – Black tube dress

What am I Wearing Wednesday

What am I Wearing Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

Thanks everyone for bearing with me as I make a few changes to the blog, mostly the addition of new content. As always, though, it will always be relevant to anyone who wants to live the champagne life on a beer budget. Or Diet Coke, whichever you prefer!

I’ve mentioned previously that I am a poor newlywed college student and that comes with many demands, oddly enough, on my wardrobe! I’m expected to:

  • dress “like a young professional” while I’m teaching my classes as a graduate student
  • dress for my on-campus job
  • dress casually while in class
  • dress for performances {choir dress is ugly and uniform, other choir dress is our choice but black and formal}
  • dress for other performances {something like “Sunday Best”} during the day time
  • dress for recitals {ball gowns}
  • dress for auditions and job interviews
  • dress up to meet the inlaws
  • dress up to go to church
  • dress appropriately for professional rehearsals
  • dress for dates with the Hubby!
  • casual outfits
  • dress for the gym or the pool
  • dress for girls nights

Sure, sure. Some of these are unique to my major {I don’t think pre-meds or business majors need a closet full of ball-gowns} but many of these are real needs for college students and other young wives! And how am I supposed to accommodate all these demands on a newlywed’s budget? Especially since many college towns don’t have H&M or other places to buy cheap clothes, and the options drop to almost nil when you include the Tall & Curvy Factor! Dress pants are high-waters on me! Appropriate length skirts are NOT appropriate on this body! Nice blouses aren’t supposed to show the bottom of my belly button, right? And yes, I do buy my pants online, on-sale for $30 a piece. I own two pairs of black pants. Boring. And even when I order online there is no guarantee that they’ll be tall enough, wide enough in the hips, and are rarely quality products. Not worth it!

So what’s a girl to do?

Make her own clothes!

Admittedly, this outfit is a bit simplistic but it fulfills several roles. I wore it to work on Monday. I’ve paired it with a black cardigan and worn it as my “Black Dress” to performances. I’ve worn it to teach in. And the creation is so easy it’s almost criminal! In fact, you’ve seen something similar from me once before.


Sorry that the image is so bad. My husband took with my iPhone before I downloaded the Camera+ app that makes all iPhone pictures better.

All you have to do to make one for yourself is:

  1. Get a length of fabric that wraps 1 1/2 times around your body. $5 with coupon
  2. Fold it in half “hamburger-style.”
  3. Sew together the two cut edges.
  4. Cut a length of elastic to fit around your chest, just under your underarms. $0.75
  5. Sew that length into a loop or a circle.
  6. Sew it onto the “ugly” side of the fabric, 1 inch below the top of the dress, using the zig zag stitch.
  7. Flip it right-side-out.
  8. Wear it!

Normally I’ll have step-by-step pictures, but I made this dress 6 months ago.

For this outfit I’ve paired it with a red cardigan and a belt. Had I thought about it, I’d also be wearing a necklace, but sometimes when you’re running late to work you have to forgo the final touches.

Dress: $5.75 Homemade
Cardigan: $30 from Lane Bryant {one of my last retail-price purchases}
Belt: $5 from Eloquii’s going out of business sale

Outfit total: $40.75

Thanks for joining me today!

What article of clothing have you sewn for yourself lately and how have you used it?


14 thoughts on “What am I Wearing Wednesday – Black tube dress

  1. ann1022

    My dahling–you do look smashing! I’m very impressed with the price, the talent to make it, as well as the ability to use it in many different ways. Never, ever apologize for your clothes; they may not be the best but declare that you love the outfit. Nobody will say your clothing isn’t as nice as it should be; they will only say you have strange tastes! πŸ™‚

    My goodness, you are a very busy lady!

  2. BeeTreeStudios

    I think it looks like a very nicely put together outfit! I love how you used the belt to pull it all together so you don’t look like you’re swimming in your clothes since tube dresses can hang in such a straight fashion! =) Great job!

    1. kathrynthemezzo Post author

      Thank you! I like to embrace my curves and belts help with that. Although lately I’ve seen some dresses on sorority girls that look like tube dresses without the belt. I guess it’s cute on the right frame? Thanks!

    1. kathrynthemezzo Post author

      Comfortable is the operative word, isn’t it? Want to know a secret? I’m wearing cut-off pajama pants underneath. Now if that isn’t comfort, I don’t know what is! Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  3. Growing Up Madison

    Who would have thought that was the price. It looks great! You did an amazing job. No need to buy your clothes again when you do such a great job of making them yourself. Kudos to you!!

  4. Gabby Whitaker

    Kathryn you are doing SUCH a good job with your blog. You are already light years ahead of where I was 6 weeks into blogging with my first blog (which I later scrapped because it was so horrible). Is your cell number the same? If so, I would love to call you to catch up and talk blog stuff!!

    <33 gabby

    p.s. my mom came to visit me this last week and she brought my diaries from high school. I found the entry where I wrote out the plot of invisible monsters as you explained it to me over coffee that night, and I found all my subtext work and the original cut of the piece! It made my insides all warm and fuzzy! lol.

    1. kathrynthemezzo Post author

      Gabby! Thank you so much! I’m really enjoying blogging and hopefully other are enjoying it too. My number is still my old Arizona one. Call me or txt me anytime! And say hi to your mom for me! She’s such a sweet lady! I still really love that book. I reread it recently. Have you reread it?


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