Sewing has ruined me for ready-to-wear

My daughter and I went shopping today. She’s 13 years old, 5 foot 4 inches tall and a size 2, so she had no trouble finding clothes in the junior department. I was nearly my current height of 5 foot 9½ inches when I was her age. I’ve never shopped in juniors.

As for me, my favorite color combo of blue and white was EVERYWHERE, so I found lots that I wanted to try on. However, it turns out that I know too much about how clothes are supposed to fit to be satisfied with anything — well almost. Among the disheartening fitting issues:

  • Knit tops that were too short. (Again, I’m tall.)
  • Knit tops that were too narrow in the shoulders. (And I have broad shoulders.)
  • Woven tops with bust darts in the totally wrong spot. (The girls aren’t way up next to my clavicle!)
  • A dress made for a B-cup. (Ahem. Not since my first pregnancy.)
  • A blouse that looked way too easy to make to pay retail for. (Snapped a picture of that one with my phone for future reference.)

So what did I end up with? One Ralph Lauren T-shirt dress 50 percent off. Navy blue with small white horizontal stripes. It comes to a very flattering just-below-the-knee length, and the brushed knit was a good weight and so soft. It has a self tie that provides just enough shape to an essentially waist-less person. With my navy espadrille wedges that tie at the ankle, a few bangles and a broad-brimmed sun hat, it will be a perfect go-to-dinner dress on our Southern California vacation next week that encompasses my birthday and anniversary.

Although I’m really happy with the dress, the ready-to-wear shopping experience was enough to send me screaming back to my sewing machine. I’ll be spending all day there tomorrow working on my skirt project.

Gemini note (because it’s not all about sewing): I just recently found out that the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation is my birthday! I’m desperately looking for Diamond Jubilee memorabilia with June 2 on it. No luck so far …

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2 thoughts on “Sewing has ruined me for ready-to-wear

  1. Sharon June 5, 2012 at 11:09 am Reply

    You wrote about dresses…make a couple of solid colored a-line or straight..to go with jackets or cardigans and then dress them up with jewelry or scarves when you need something a little fancier. The little black dress theory actually works! (and I know what you mean about bust darts…those in ready to wear can’t be real!)

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    • Jeanne Marie June 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm Reply

      Great idea, Sharon! I love cardigans and have quite a few. I’m getting the hang of the full bust adjustment. Once I get the ideal skirt length and fullness figured out, I can make dresses with more confidence. Thanks for the advice!

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