October 29, 2008

Know a good tailor?

Some girlfriends and I were talking about our wardrobes and the concept of having fewer high quality pieces vs. a closet full of ill-fitting, cheaply made clothes. This is something I've really tried to start thinking about when I shop. As I've been weeding through my closet I've also noticed how many of my shirts really don't fit me well. I love them, but they are too wide or too short, etc...and I start to miss having my personal tailor around (mom). Even when I was like in 6th grade I remember asking her to make my floral parachute pants from Kmart fit better. No joke. Being good at sewing is a curse if you have a daughter like me.

I bought three shirts from Banana Republic the other day because they all made me feel pretty, but they are also cut too wide at the hips. I consider myself on the curvier side in the hip area, but they still flare out about an inch away from my pants on each side. I started thinking about other BR shirts I have & never wear...it's because they all do that & somehow this minor flaw is ignored in the dressing room.

My new solution is to start tailoring most of my clothes. At this age I don't feel I can walk around with clothes hanging & bagging. I'm a mom now & struggle to feel pretty every day, so I need my clothes to work with me, not against me. I may try to do it myself since I have this dress form above that I bought when we were making my wedding dress, or I may wait until my mom comes to visit in a few weeks (haha).

Do any of you have your clothes tailored? I just feel like I would enjoy my current wardrobe so much more if I loved everything I put on. One more step towards feeling like a grown up, classy lady.

11 comments:

kaitlyn said...

ahh! i feel exactly the same way about banana! love the clothes, but they just flair the wrong way.. so happy it's not just me..

so jealous of your tailoring ambitions.. i just don't think i'd do a very good job!

Colleen Hickey said...

I think about it all of the time. I have so many things I don't wear because they don't fit right. It just seems like such a task and an all day ordeal with a seamstress, but worth it. Good luck

raya said...

Know what you mean Colleen. But then I think for that one day you could get all your clothes fitting the way you want & it's like you just spent a day shopping. I kind of have fantasies about spending an entire day trying on clothes...champagne is involved to make it more fun. Like that scene in Marie Antoinette, that's how I think it would go.

faithsalutes said...

get them tailored. everything all of it.

idreamicanfly said...

I'm desperate for a tailor! I'm a curvy girl (not overweight, *curvy*) and almost nothing fits me. There are actually years where I can't find any pants to fit. I had a couple of pairs made when I was in Shanghai, China two years ago. I should have had more made. Since then I've only found one pair of pants that fit. That's in *two years* of shopping. I bought those pants in two colors, but they're kind of casual.

And shirts! Forget about shirts. Absolutely impossible. I have to go with T-shirts or sweaters, things that stretch. I need a tailor!

big hair betty said...

Clinton and Stacey are all about tailoring! That might be the last thing I take away from watching them. That extra step just seems like too much sometimes! But, a good reminder that this is how to make your clothes fit!

Lindsay H said...

There is a good cheap tailor in Santa Barbara that I use- you can too! She has done many of my jeans because I am short. It is called Perfect Fit on Coast Village, she is a fabulous Brazilian woman and is very reasonable ($10 for jeans) and does an excellent job!

Joslyn said...

I've been going to the tailor a ton lately...it was a strategy to freshen up a few pieces in the spring to avoid buying new stuff and i just brought in another stack of things from last fall to be tweaked a bit. i'm kinda addicted to the tailor now.

Claire, said...

Like you, I have depended on my sewing mother for everything, always. But lately, as need dictates, I have been quite the seamstress myself. I buy awesome looking, though ill-fitting, vintage clothing and alter them myself. Sometimes good enough to make Baron Frankenstein himself blush with delight at the creations I've come up with.
Raya, Ugg makes a boot called Raya--oo la la...

Mrs. Schwager said...

i support tailoring

Visually Inspired said...

Great post!