You know why people on TV look so fantastic? All their clothes are engineered to fit and flatter their unique body specifications. This service doesn’t have to be reserved for the rich, famous and televised, which is especially exciting if you don’t happen to be one of the six women in the world who has the same measurements as shop-bought clothes. Legendary costume designer, Edith Head, knew that every body is different. Check out this picture of her gently stroking her movie star mannequins to see how much the figures of the film stars varied.
Like many other divas, I enjoy having dresses made to measure. Here’s me in one of my Mad Men inspired frocks from Heart My Closet.
And here’s me in another.
I feel great in their custom-made dresses because they accommodate my proportions and conceal my hang ups. If, like me, you’re conscious of your comedy cleavage, you can request a frock with a PG-rated neckline. If, like me, you worry about arm waddle, you can order your dress with elbow-length sleeves. Basically you can cater your new dress to flatter whatever your particular body grievances and enhance your best bits. For more tips on how to dress for your shape, check out my Curvy Girl’s Guide To Vintage Chic.
Another website I regularly swoon over is Whirling Turban. They offer a custom order service and their clothes are the kind of fabulous that wouldn’t look out of place on a film set.
More Tailoring Tips
Having an item properly fitted is a great way to make it look tailor-made even if it was shop-purchased. I often have dresses taken in at the waist and they always look a thousand times better after their nip and tuck.
Invest in a tape measure and know thy measurements. Tape measures are the essential accessory for vintage lovers.
I love cardigans but my massive knockers mean they have a tendency to burst open, sometimes without me noticing until it’s too late, the flashing has occurred and the police have been contacted. I’ve now sewn up the buttons on most of them, so I can get a sweater girl look without the criminal record.