Monthly Archives: March 2012

How to Buy the Right Size

We all know it is practically impossible to buy anything that fits you perfectly off the rack. That’s why we make custom clothes, but that’s not what I want to talk about today. What I want to talk about is how to pick the size that’s best for your body.

Before we start, let’s talk about size. Size is just a number – an extremely arbitrary, and given the variance between brands, practically meaningless number. You know what would be great? If women’s clothes were labeled with the actual size they are. You know, like ALL men’s clothing is. (Anyone want to take up this feminist/sexist issue with me? Because I am game.)

Rule # 1 – If it’s too tight, it does NOT fit. Even if it’s just a little bit too tight, and you’re sure you’ll lose 10 pounds (see rule # 2) before you have to wear it, go up a size. Your seamstress will thank you and you will be happy with less expensive alterations, because it is far easier to take something in than to let it out. And a lot of garments simply don’t have any extra fabric to let out, because of the way they are mass-produced. And if you do lose those 10 pounds? You will be thrilled to need it taken in AGAIN.

Rule # 2 – Buy for the size you are RIGHT NOW. Not the size you hope you’ll be two months from now when you wear it, and not the size you wore five years ago that you are desperately clinging to. You are what you are – accept it, love it, change it if you feel compelled to do so, but DO NOT SHOP FOR IT until it is your current reality. You’ll just be wasting money, and you all know how much I hate wasting money. (Don’t you? If not, I can totally write a post about that.)

Rule # 3 – Style matters. If you’re debating between sizes, consider what the garment is designed to show off. If it’s your hips, pick the one that fits your hips the best, and get the rest altered; if it’s the bust, make sure you’ve got enough coverage and nothing’s popping out where it shouldn’t be. In other words, look critically (at how the garment FITS YOU – NOT at how you fit the garment.)

That’s it, those are my rules. And remember – no matter what size is on the label, when you wear something that fits you properly, you look way better than when you wear something too tight OR too loose.

Make it Work!

Yeah, I stole that line from Tim Gunn. But it totally applies! Today, we are discussing alterations, and alterations are all about making it work.

There are really two kinds of alterations. The first are probably what you’re thinking of right now – a dress that’s a little too big in the bust or a little too small in the waist; a hem that needs shortening; the addition of a bustle to a wedding dress. And of course we do those.

Working out the proper drape of a bustle.

What you may not think about are the less typical things that can fall under the category of alterations. This could be changing the neckline on an otherwise-perfect dress, a somewhat moderate alteration, or something more dramatic, like taking a formal floor-length dress with a train, and turning it into a sassy little knee-length number. We’ve done a few of these recently, and frankly, we love them! (And we promise to post with pictures about them soon.)

So, whatever you have in mind for your garment, from a tiny tuck here or there, to a complete reworking of the whole thing, we can do it for you.

This is the fifth post in our series, All About Crafty Broads. We would love to answer your questions in the final post – please submit them here. Next up, we’re talking about Alterations. Miss a previous post? Find it here:

1. What Does a Wedding Planner Do, Anyway?
2. Uh, What Does DOC Stand For?
3. The B Word
4. Handmade Help

Handmade Help

Have your wedding-related DIY/DIT projects gotten out of control? Do you have 437 origami cranes in your living room and too many paper cuts to fold even one more? Do have a brilliant idea and all the supplies for your rustic escort cards, but no idea where to start? Or perhaps you love the look of a handmade wedding, but you have nary a crafty bone in your body?

FEAR NOT. We can help. Yeah, we are good at organizing events, and we love to make clothes, but we are also crafty in general (which you’ve possibly gathered from our name?) so we are happy to offer the support you need to keep your wedding aesthetic intact without losing your sanity. We can come in at any step of the way – to help brainstorm and design projects, choose and purchase supplies, or put all the pieces together.

This is the fourth post in our series, All About Crafty Broads. We would love to answer your questions in the final post – please submit them here. Next up, we’re talking about Alterations. Miss a previous post? Find it here:

1. What Does a Wedding Planner Do, Anyway?
2. Uh, What Does DOC Stand For?
3. The B Word