Luckily I live only 5 minutes away from AN’s favorite tailor, so I didn’t even search around for any other tailors. The experience was definitely no fuss. I went into a dressing stall and put each item on one at a time, came out and stood on this small platform in front of some full-length mirrors. The tailor proceeded to pin the garment down to fit while discussing options and prices and different ways to make it look better. A week later, everything was ready for pick-up!
Some of the alterations were more successful than others, and this is one of the more successful ones. I bought this black sheath dress literally years ago when Banana Republic first came out with 00P sizes. I remember thinking at the time that I was so happy that I found such a wardrobe staple that actually fits! Well, years and many petite blogs later, I realize now how ill-fitting it really was.
Here are the before and after pictures... hopefully you can see the difference!
Before, it was too long, too baggy, and rather shapeless. She basically just took in the sides (which was more expensive because of the side zipper) and hemmed it, and what a difference it made!
I threw on some newly acquired long-strand pearls along with my Ann Taylor peep-toe pumps (post) and it was amazing how much more "grown-up" I instantly felt!
Pearls: Nordstrom 6 mm Glass Pearl Necklace in White
Shoes: Ann Taylor Sofia in size 5.5
I really love the way it turned out, but the nit-picky me is questioning whether it’s still a tad too long. Right now it’s hitting me about mid to lower knee, and I was considering taking the hem up another inch or two to slightly above the knee:
I feel like right now it looks more professional and mature, but shorter looks more proportional and youthful. What do you think? Should I leave it as is or take it back to the tailor?