Category Archives: Fashion & Sewing

Tea Length

What happened to tea length? I saw a lot of this length in dresses and gowns when I was a kid. There seemed to be an aversion during that time period when I was growing up to having gowns dragging around on the ground or getting caught on the rhinestones of one’s shoes. Recently I caught ¬†an episode of Project Runway and one of the judges was complaining that the floor length gown wasn’t long enough. It was already at the floor! And I recently attended an event and wore a long gown. It tangled between my legs all evening and got caught on my shoes. So I went to the web and looked at mid-century (1950s or so) gowns and wedding dresses and, although they were tea length, they were very elegant, elegant enough for very formal occasions. So I want to start seeing tea length dresses. I will start making and wearing tea length dresses. Of course that means the nice frilly underskirts that make these tea length dresses look so poufy and beautiful. I looked at some patterns online from antique pattern dealers. I think I can probably drape one myself. Published patterns tend to not fit me, Even though the patterns show broad shoulders and small waists they don’t actually fit people with broad shoulders and small waists. So a published pattern is only ever a starting point for me anyway.