Pinterest is a wonderful thing. You get to see what everyone else is looking at through a single posted picture. That is how I came across Thread Over Heels Etsy shop. This etsy seller sells a lot of vintage pieces in plus sizes. I haven't seen anything over a size 18, but there are definitely some pieces worth working with, such as the one I recently bought. Yall know I love all things nautical and I fell in love with this dress immediately. I would say I probably go to the best tailor in Dallas at Art Custom Tailor (on E. Mockingbird Lane). This dress was a size 12 petite. The description said it would best fit a 14/16. Off the bat for me to even try the dress on I knew the sleeves had to come off, so I removed those myself. I got it on, but it was way too tight in the bust. I got my tailor to finish making the dress sleeveless. I also had him to use the sleeves add some width in the bust area. It came out perfectly. I will be taking this dress back though, so he can drop the hem. This is shorter than I like my dresses to be.
So how much did this dress project cost? The dress was $40 and the alterations cost me $29. It totals $69. So $70 for what I may call my new favorite summer dress. For me, it was totally worth it.
Outfit Logistics: Dress - $40, Belt - Michael Kors $32 via Off Fifth, Pin - Revente (Dallas) $20, Sunglasses - Ted Lapidus, Flats - Nordstrom Rack $32, Watch - Michael Kors $250