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DD+ Outfit: Look Who Got Herself to the Tailor


After I blogged about pencil skirts last week (Your suggestions were wonderful, BTW!), I realized I'd done something about the situation and I'd forgotten to write about it. Before I went to Poland, I paid a visit to the tailor and got a slew of skirts taken in at the waist. So, tailors! A girl's best friend? Not exactly - some of the skirts came back better, but not as tucked as I'd like. Others worked really well and I took them on my trip. But then again, I have a very basic understanding of the profession so maybe it would be technically impossible to nip it as much as I'd like. I have to get my hips in it, after all! What's your take on tailoring? Are you a veteran or novice tailoree like me?


Top, Shoes & Vest: Thrifted | Skirt: Anthropologie | Bag: Gift from my Sister | Shades: Big Y Supermarket
I've written about this skirt ages ago, but gee, I'm in love with it. It's suede so it'll add texture to any ensemble and since I adore mustard yellow and navy, the brown goes with everything I own. I covet pieces like this, those unique wardrobe workhouses that everyone has in their closet. They're surprising hard to come by really, when you think about how many little black dresses there are and how few seem right for you.



This may be the whiniest thing I've ever written on the blog -- part of me thinks I shouldn't have to get things tailored. With all the modern sewing inventions, retail options, and body shapes out there, why can't I walk into a reasonably priced/popular store and buy something that fits? Since I finally had some things altered, when I'm shopping and a skirt almost fits, I now calculate the tailor bill too. I think that's why I love DD+ options so much, like Urkye, Biu Biu and DD Atelier. I've bought from them "off the rack" (the Internet rack, that is) and their clothes fit as if it was tailored for me personally. I know it's a ridiculous spoiled rant. You guys can relate, right?

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  1. Well, 60% of my wardrobe have been in tailor hands at some moment. Some items are completely custom tailored. And what can I say: it's always hit or miss, but it gets better with time. If you are picky enough then chances you will find ready-to-wear items (DD+ or not) to be perfect fit are miniscule.
    About your skirts: yes, some item can be very difficult or even impossible to take in significantly (e. g. if you have welt pockets in the way or some not trivial yoke), but most of the time it's not that case and it's important to tell the tailor if you are not happy with the fit (self-respected tailor they re-do it with your corrections or explain why it's impossible if it's the case).

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    1. Yes, I think there were some miscommunications. I brought in a pair of pants that were too big to be tailored down, I think, but they tried none the less and in retrospect, I probably won't ask for such HUGE alterations in the future. I was also pretty shy about how I wanted things since I'm such a newbie.

      I don't want to completely give up on ready to wear (I'm always on the hunt for brands that might be more bust-friendly than others!), but I also think you're right, if you're picky chances are you won't find what you're looking for. It's good to know it gets better with time though! :)

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  2. Every body is entirely unique. RTW has convinced us that things should fit off the rack but it's a fallacy. Unless you get lucky (and you find a brand with a sloper that's exactly like your body), unless you wear knits, good fit is unlikely. Having said this, there's a difference between a seamstress who alters and tailoring. I'm not suggesting that a good seamstress isn't AWESOME (and just what the doctor ordered in many instances) but a tailor has a different skill set. It's not surprising if the altered clothes aren't uniformly perfect. Unless you're paying quite a lot of money, a seamstress is not a tailor.

    (BTW, my perspective is based on the fact that I sew quite a lot - knits and tailored suits.)

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    1. Wow, thanks for commenting -- I had no idea!

      I've gotta say, I can't give up on those lucky miracles where the sloper is Cecily-shaped. I'm an eternal optimist, but I bet down the line, I'll be making all my own clothes (A girl can dream, right?)

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    2. Agreed. If you want clothes that fit perfectly, you've got to go to a tailor to get them altered, unless you are identical in proportion to the original fit model. It is possible to find clothes that fit you better than others OTR, but it can take a long, hard search. Modern clothes are rarely fit on someone with a dramatic hip/waist or waist/bust ratio, which can make it especially difficult to fit curves, but there are plenty of situations in which clothes are way, way too curvy as well.

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  3. Oh my goodness, this outfit is all kinds of adorable.

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  4. That vest is so cute on you! I love it paired with the button-front and skirt too. :)

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  5. I've never done it, mainly because of the cost involved. I also don't know anyone who can give me a reference to a good tailor. I found Pepperberry and Biu Biu recently, so I plan to stick with them. What I've gotten from Pepperberry fits like a glove, so the cost with shipping to the U.S. probably evens out. I've never had to alter skirts or pants--it's all about fitting the tops for me!

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