Doing Plus Size With My Tailor!

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.  

Plus Size Vintage, Vintage
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.  
Plus Size Vintage, Vintage
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
Plus Size Vintage, Vintage

Plus Size Vintage, Vintage

17 comments

  1. You look gorgeous! I need to try more customization with my pieces!

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  2. The alteration came out great! The dress looks lovely one you :)

    Janell
    www.fashionableyoubyj.blogspot.com

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  3. I love the dress!!!! And the alterations turned out perfectly!!!!!!!

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  4. gorge!!
    www.style4curves.blogspot.com

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  5. Cute dress!

    Stay beautiful! *Smooches*
    Nique

    http://www.chubbydivaonadime.com/

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  6. Your tailor did a great job!

    http://www.buxomchick.com

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  7. Hi, I love the dress and how you belted it. Super cute : )

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  8. this post is so inspiring! i just did a closet overhaul, and couldn't part w/ this thrifted paisley dress that has the same "before" silhouette as yours. I'm definitely going to look into updating it to be like yours.

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  9. I just had my first tailoring experience & I'm so happy! Your tailor did an awesome job! You look fab in that dress. I'm glad you made it work for you!!!

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  10. Aww man, now I'm going to have to find a good tailor. I keep putting it off.
    The dress looks perfect on you. =)

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  11. I love this! I'm such a fan of tailoring - I've had necklines changed, skirts/slacks shortened or let down and tops taken in. But I've never had anything let out in the top - do you know if the tailor added fabric at the sides or the back seam? Just gathering information, ya know! Love this summer look and the white belt kills it.

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  12. He added it on the sides...you couldn't tell at all & thank you!

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  13. I can't say it enough.... You are one amazing woman! Beautiful and inspirational! Love this look!

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  14. that's quite a good news! I am dying for vintage shopping but totally unable to find it my size.
    I better check this best site you've suggested soon!
    You look so pretty in this dress tough.

    Love, Ylenia from Longuette

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  15. wow you have great vision, i would not have seen the potential in the dress, but you have made it work perfectly, and i did not know a tailor can make a bust area bigger, i now am going to hunt out 3 beautiful dresses i have which are just too small x i do like to learn new things thank you

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  16. I have seen that person in the picture wearing lots of items I've viewed on Etsy! I love it without the sleeves! Your tailor did an amazing job! Would you believe that I've never been to a tailor! If something is too long or short I fix it myself. I even hem my hubby's suit pants! I am sure I do a horrible job but hey, it gets done! I grew up with a granny that made clothes from scratch so I can say that I do know how to hand stitch something. I don't know how to use a sewing maching but I recently bought one and plan to teach myself! LOL

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