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EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
4/12/14 7:25 P

How 'bout I send you my dimensions and you have some things made and shipped!

I'll even throw in some "overage" for some new cacti!

Edited by: EXOTEC at: 4/12/2014 (19:26)
LULUBELLE65 SparkPoints: (28,770)
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3/31/14 7:54 A

Women's clothing is harder to fit than men's, because men tend to be more similar in shape. a man with a 36 inch waist is not going to be significantly bigger or smaller in the hips and butt than another man with a 26 inch waist, but two women can have the same size waist and very different hip measurements--and that's just pants. A dress, which needs to have bust, waist and hip measurements, is going to be much harder to fit.

If pants fit me in the waist, they are huge in the hips and butt. If they fit me in the butt, I cannot button the waist.

I second (third, fourth?) Having clothing altered. It is not expensive to do, unless the cut of the item is very complicated. I have most of my clothing altered or made, and it makes a huge difference in looking put together and well dressed.

EOWYN2424 Posts: 7,214
3/31/14 3:41 A

How about visiting Malaysia! We have lot's of petite sizes here! Most women here are petite! You can get really nice petite clothes here!

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3/30/14 11:53 P

Your best bet is probably to find a good seamstress.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 15,220
3/30/14 10:18 P

I cannot sew either. My mom can sew and she says that making human clothes is really hard. She prefers to make doll clothes

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
3/30/14 9:28 P

Thanks all.

I guess I'll have to find a local seamstress to custom-make some skirts. Trust me - this is beyond my skills! I can't even hem a thing. It's really pathetic.
However... I live in a big apartment community, and surely SOMEbody can sew and would like to make a few bucks. I'm not looking for fancy... just comfort and fit!

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 15,220
3/30/14 7:41 P

When the design is on the hem of the skirt. They take it up at the waist band. At least that is what they do for wedding and formal dresses.

Patterns are awful because they still suffer the outdated notion that every woman is 6 feet tall and has an hourglass figure. I once wrote to a pattern company and they actually told me that they are proud to have not changed there measurements for over 50 years

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 3/30/2014 (19:44)
NIRERIN Posts: 13,440
3/30/14 7:24 P

well, the intelligent women's clothing manufacturers realized that women like buying smaller numbers and so they changed their sizing from actual sizing to vanity sizing and then started scaling it up so that each size accommodated larger people than the competition. which ultimately means that more women walk out of a store without buying pants because the size number was too large than women who walk out because it took three tries to find a pair of pants because the sizing is nearly random at this point.
it's just like healthy meals on restaurant menus. while there is a lot of clamor for better options, the better options don't sell and have higher costs due to spoilage. so if you run a business it makes sense to cater to what people prefer to buy.

MOODYKEYS SparkPoints: (26,689)
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3/30/14 3:57 P

me too love to get petite pants and they are too long. clothes today for old people like me are ugly. why cant they make cuter things we would love to wear.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (56,597)
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3/30/14 2:35 P

You could also buy a skirt that fits at the waist and take it to a seamstress. Have her alter it at the waist...not the hem which will save the decorations.

If the skirt fits at the waist she can remove the waist band and alter the material below the to fit the waistband. Hope that explanation makes sense...

ANDILH Posts: 1,533
3/30/14 2:26 P

Skirts are fairly simple to make. I'm a terrible seamstress, but I've made myself skirts before. Buy the pattern to fit your waist, then buy some SUPER cheap material to practice with. Cut out the pattern to the appropriate size, then cut the fabric and pin the skit together. Put it on as best you can, and either mark where you want the hem or have someone else do it. Then cut appropriately for your height and where you want the skirt to hit. The other thing is to find a pattern you like, and take it to a seamstress or tailor and ask for their help. They will measure you exactly, and create a skirt that is the correct length. Once the skirt is made, you can add any embellishments you want (or ask the seamstress for help-which is usually what I do).
I've had to do this many times before because at a little over 6' tall, skirts are rarely long enough for me and I don't wear things that stop above my knees because of personal preference. Things can be hemmed, but you can't add material when there isn't enough. So I do bear the cost of having things made sometimes. Skirts are by far the easiest though, so I have made some myself after practicing with each pattern on cheap material that I can usually reuse for practice again. I'm currently trying to figure out a pattern for a maxi dress, although Target is selling some that are actually long enough, so my lessons might be placed on hold and I'll just buy dresses from Target online.
Good luck! Clothes seem to be way more complicated than they need to be. I think anyone not within for 6 inch spectrum clothes seem to be made for is out of luck. Stores are finally starting to carry both Tall and Petite sizes which helps, but sometimes those are still to short or long.

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3/30/14 12:44 P

I've complained about the sizing thing before but I guess I have it better than some because I am within the average range for height...about 5' 3 1/2". Petites are generally too short for me but regular length jeans and slacks are sometimes too long. I can hem them. As for skirts, I find if they are little longer on me than they are meant to be, that is fine, so I have no problem there. I can pretend they were supposed to be the longer length. :)

My problem is different. I am 55 and like to wear fitted, somewhat sexy jeans/slacks etc. (not mom or grandma jeans) and yet I really don't find super low cuts made for teenyboppers very comfortable. Getting moderate waisted jeans in a size 3 is almost impossible. I can get them in size 4 but they are too big! I have taken clothes in but I don't do a super professional job. Most people probably would not notice, but jeans for example, would have a seam on the sides right through the waistband. This sometimes causes uncomfortable bulk at the waist and I suppose a true professional seamstress would take the band off, and resize everything as needed and sew them back together in the new smaller size.

--MEOW-- Posts: 3,511
3/30/14 12:03 P

Skirts are reeeeeeeeally easy to make! really, I've made lots for my sister just because it's fun. There are lots of tutorials on YouTube, I don't know what kind of skirt you're looking for but I'm sure you will be able to find a tutorial for it. Some of them include the patterns and some don't because they're just so easy to make and alter.

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
3/30/14 12:02 P

I have the same problem as the OP in that not being taller causes headaches in finding clothes off the rack that fit without being altered.

I sort of just live with it as I am never again going to make my own clothes as once I did. Am way past wanting to do that now.

SHERYLDS Posts: 15,865
3/30/14 11:39 A

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3/30/14 11:28 A

Wonder if you checked out a seamstress and asked them where you would be able to find patterns. They may be able to amend the pattern for you.

SHERYLDS Posts: 15,865
3/30/14 11:28 A

at the opposite end of the spectrum...I am very tall.
Sewing patterns are made to be altered...they don't all come in tall or petite.
The patterns have areas marked where you can adjust to your body type.
It shows you where you should shorten or lengthen the pattern other than the hem. A simple align skirt should be very easy to adjust and make.

I agree that women should have the same alteration/size range that men have...but that's life.

Edited by: SHERYLDS at: 3/30/2014 (11:29)
EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
3/30/14 10:54 A

I am so frustrated!

I am very short. It's hard enough to find things wide enough for comfort, but then add to that the "short"... well. It's virtually impossible to find clothes that fit and look half decent. Even "petite" sizes are too tall for me.

The only pants I can find are capris - and even some of those don't fit properly.

I'd love to have some skirts. I've even looked for patterns, although I'm no kind of seamstress. I'm willing to have someone make them for me, if I could just find a simple pattern! No luck there, either.
Sure: I can buy a skirt and have it hemmed. Have you noticed that the decorative embellishments are always on the hems? Buy it and cut it off? I don't think so! Or, I could buy a "short" skirt and wear the waistline up under my armpits, and that would be the right length. Doesn't sound too comfortable or attractive to me either.

The thing that truly annoys me about this is that I can go in ANY menswear department and find *their* slacks in sizes consisting of waist and inseam inches. *WHY* can't some halfway intelligent womens' designers do the same for our clothing?

It just doesn't seem fair.

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