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Fashion & Style > Vanishing


Like many American women, I am vertically challenged,
standing only five feet one in my stocking feet. Why have
the fashionistas conspired against us? It gets harder and
harder to find petite sizes and then when we do, they are
too long.

All my jeans have to be hemmed and since I don't have a
sewing machine, it adds another ten dollars to the cost.
It is disgusting and the same is true of pants and dresses.

Men get alterations and they are usually free, while we get
nothing. We have to hunt out a seamstress or use the cleaners. Fortunately my next door neighbor does sewing.
I have never been lucky enough to put on a pair of jeans
without them trailing the floor.

In Oklahoma jeans are a uniform for shopping and casual
activities. Dillard's has only a small petite section so all
our tops are too long as well as our skirts and jeans. GRR!

posted on Apr 13, 2014 3:26 PM ()


Too bad I do not live closer! I sew and would never charge a friend to hem a pair of jeans. I have a girlfriend who is also "vertically challenged". Her nickname is "Lilbit". I don't know who is hemming her pants these days but for years, I did them at no charge. I think she buys a lot in the children's section.
comment by dragonflyby on Apr 15, 2014 11:15 AM ()
I am sorry you are not in my neighborhood. We could walk and talk and
exchange favors and I wouldn't worry about my pants being too long.
reply by elderjane on Apr 15, 2014 5:29 PM ()
I shopped on line for my last purchase from Talbot's -- I also phoned their contact no. and they helped me with replacing a pair of pants I thought I had permanently damaged. I got the new pants, and I managed to clean the pair that was soiled (it took three weeks of applying baking soda and white vinegar paste, letting them dry, than rinsing and reapplying). If you don't see what you're looking for, phone them. They were super nice.
comment by tealstar on Apr 14, 2014 4:55 PM ()
I had not thought about Talbots on line. For years I got their catalog but
it has been a while since they sent one.
reply by elderjane on Apr 15, 2014 5:30 PM ()
I can feel your pain. It's even worse if you have a thicker waist too!
comment by tracy on Apr 14, 2014 10:37 AM ()
I am trying to get rid of that problem!!
reply by elderjane on Apr 14, 2014 3:21 PM ()
I always had problems until the fashion industry discovered "junior" petites in the 50s and suddenly I was a size 5 and everything fit. That was in Chicago. When I got to New York, junior petites were nowhere to be found. Everything was sized for the super tall. Talbot's and Ann Taylor have sizes that most nearly accommodate me at 4'10 1/2 (and you think you are "short"). I got to 5 ft. after I started ballet, but age has shrunk me. The fashion industry doesn't have a clue. My good friend and fantastic seamstress had to move back to Wisconsin. Ed gets his clothes altered at Saks but their super-duper alteration guy is a bitchy sort who doesn't like me and finds ways to put me down. I won't be using him again. Back to the drawing board.
comment by tealstar on Apr 14, 2014 6:23 AM ()
I like Talbots a lot but it is clear across town from me. It is not fair
that men get their clothes altered and women are out of luck. Remember when
the big department stores all had alteration ladies?
reply by elderjane on Apr 14, 2014 3:55 PM ()
Most of my full length sleeves are 3/4 length on my gorilla arms.
comment by nittineedles on Apr 13, 2014 9:46 PM ()
Be very grateful. My sleeves are always too long and if possible, I push
them up.
reply by elderjane on Apr 14, 2014 3:49 AM ()
I cut my jeans off and let a fringe develop, but I'm not as fashionable as you. It takes awhile for me to work up to doing it on each pair, though, so there is considerable time spent with them rolled to make cuffs. Finally, when I decide I'm not in danger of cutting them too short, I cut them off.
comment by troutbend on Apr 13, 2014 7:19 PM ()
I haven't tried the fringe solution. I hand hemmed two pairs yesterday
and it looks a little strange and was lots of work.
reply by elderjane on Apr 14, 2014 3:51 AM ()
I guess I am lucky in that respect, I'm 5'4". I feel for you and it sounds very frustrating!!!!
comment by kristilyn3 on Apr 13, 2014 7:01 PM ()
My daughter has no problems either. We need some new sizing standards.
reply by elderjane on Apr 14, 2014 3:53 AM ()
Geeez.. I had no idea. My ex is 5-7 and also complained. Donna complained also before she lost a lot of weight.
comment by jjoohhnn on Apr 13, 2014 3:57 PM ()
I think they powers that be would like to make one size fit all. It doesn't
reply by elderjane on Apr 13, 2014 6:04 PM ()

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