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Shopping for the vertically challenged!

Discussion in 'ARCHIVE FORUM: Support discussions' started by Cate, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. Cate

    Cate Registered User

    Jul 2, 2006
    1,370
    Newport, Gwent
    Hi All

    Can anybody help with a web site that caters for the vertically challenged. Mum is only 4ft 8, and bless her has lost weight in recent months and needs some new skirts, trousers etc. the easy pull on kind would be best.

    In the past I have always shortened her clothes for her, but I have found now that most of the clothing is so long, all the shape is lost by the time I have shortened by about 8"!

    Any suggestions greatfully received.
    Cate
     
  2. noelphobic

    noelphobic Registered User

    Feb 24, 2006
    3,452
    Liverpool
    The only thing that springs to mind is that a lot of shops do 'petite' ranges that may be suitable, and some of them would have online stores if that is how you prefer to order. I can't think of any names off the top of my head other than the likes of Dorothy Perkins which may be a bit 'young' for you mum. You could try a google of something like 'petite clothing ranges' and see what you come up with.
     
  3. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,419
    A friend of my DD's (4"10") buys most of her clothes from children's ranges. Nowadays, with companies trying to get even pre-teens to buy fashion forward clothes, you can get very stylish items in children departments. Might be a little too fashion forward I suppose. Otherwise I guess you may need to start with petite siszes and shorten (or find a seamstress to do it for you) or sew it youself (or is that a dirty word?).:)

    Jennifer
     
  4. Cate

    Cate Registered User

    Jul 2, 2006
    1,370
    Newport, Gwent
    Hi

    Thanks both for your suggestions. Will try Google, and children's clothes. I've just finished shortening 4 pair of trousers for mum, (yep dirty word sewing), but had to lob so much off the bottom, bless, Charlie Chaplin springs to mind, mum seems happy enough with my efforts though.

    Thanks again. Heading off to Tammy Girl tomorrow - this should be interesting!! Mum may just end up looking like one foxy lady!!

    Kind regards to you both

    Cate
     
  5. Lynne

    Lynne Registered User

    Jun 3, 2005
    3,433
    Suffolk,England
    Let's hear it for the kids clothes departments!

    My Mum is 5 ft. tall, has always been petite, but now weighs only 5 stones 7 lbs. Through trial & error, I find that clothes of the size 10-11 yrs old are usually a reasonable fit. Asda "George" do a reasonable range, & they will exchange things which don't fit.
    Ref. shortening things, I use Wonder-web - no sewing, it's a tape that you pin inside the hem and you just use an iron! It withstands washing without letting go, although I sometimes add a strengthening stitch here & there if the hem is likely to get pulled about when dressing (trouser bottoms for example).
     
  6. Cate

    Cate Registered User

    Jul 2, 2006
    1,370
    Newport, Gwent
    Hi Lynne

    Thanks for the info, will head off to Asda, and get myself some Wonder Web.
    Best wishes
    Cate
     

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