(Hmmm. I’m loving the side poses lately…)
Goldsign Virtual high-rise jeans | size 29
Raquel Allegra slip dress | size 2 (white at La Garconne)
Robert Clergerie frazzia sandals | on sale at Avenue32, La Garconne (I feel like they run a teeny bit smaller than usual)
Following a discussion on tailoring on a recent post, I decided to suck it up and take a couple of things to the tailor to be hemmed: my Goldsign skinny jeans and James Perse leggings. I have shied away from tailoring things the last several years because nearly every time I get a pair of jeans hemmed, I’m not satisfied with the results, and tend to not wear them again (If you’re petite, you probably understand this feeling – hemming jeans, especially bootcut, straight, or flared jeans changes the line of the leg, and they never look the same). So I just roll up or under my hems to the desired length and go about my business.
Of course, I’m never quite happy with that result either, because it feels wrong, and doesn’t ever look right.
But, I understand the value of tailoring, and appreciate the work a good tailor can do (my mother worked as a seamstress when I was very young, before she went back to school), so I decided to try again. And I am incredibly pleased with the results. I had her do a “sandwich” original hem on my jeans, and even though she told me they’d flare out a bit if she re-attached the hem, I never want to loose the original, so I asked her to do it anyway. She was right of course, but I don’t think I mind it. I won’t do it again, I think, for skinny jeans, now that I know.
The leggings turned out beautifully as well; I only needed about an inch taken off, but it makes all the difference.
Now, I feel better about taking a few more things, starting with this Raquel Allegra slip dress. Ideally, I’d like her to put sliders on the straps so I can adjust them easily myself (I’m thinking this is something they can do??), because I want to be able to wear it as a dress, and then as a tunic with jeans. Here, even though I already shortened the straps about an inch and a half myself, I have them shortened even MORE by an inch and pinned up so it works with jeans. This way though, I’m not crazy about how high up under my arms it is, and I prefer the neckline a bit lower. But I’m not sure there’s much we can do about that. Anyway, I’m going to take it in and see what she can do, because I’m in love with this dress, and want to wear it like this, layered over pants/jeans and a sweater. Or not. By itself works okay too. And maybe she can take the sides in a bit?
I’m so excited I did this, I feel like new doors are open now! Why did I wait so long?? I did find this tailor soon after we moved to the Dallas area a year and a half ago, but had only taken one piece. Incidentally, my method for finding any service provider is VERY comprehensive and drawn out, requiring a lot of research and asking around. Of course I would do this…me and my over-analysis…so to find the tailor I asked someone at Steven Alan where they recommended to take denim for hemming and they mentioned Unique Tailor in Dallas. Of course, I couldn’t leave it there, so asked a couple more people who work with high-end denim and they mentioned the same place. Done.