Hello, and welcome to amazing fit for you, the petite woman. My name is Claudette Grant & I’m a petite. No, I’m not a size 2; I’m size 12, but I stand just over 5 feet tall in my stockinged feet & that’s what makes me a petite. Like many people, I got interested in fashion at an early age& began sewing until I left home for the big city (this was back on the island of Jamaica) & could find neither clothing nor patterns to fit that would not entail extensive and line-altering alterations. I said to myself there has got to be an easier, less frustrating way to find or make a better fitting garment.
I realized that the only surefire way was to make a pattern for my figure. I did, got lots of compliments & have been doing it ever since. Now I’d like to do it for you.
Petites are fashion customers of unique proportions with special challenges and needs, and if you’re 5’4” and under, it means that you’re petite and in very good company: Queen Victoria & Mae West were only 5’ tall. Most women movie stars of the 20’s, 30’s, & 40’s were petite & had their garments tailored to their measurements. Shirley Temple, Claire Trevor, Liz Taylor, Vivien Leigh and Dorothy Dandridge, to name a few, these were all petites, who embraced who they were & made the best of it, & so should you!
For clothing to look and fit right you have to start out with some basic measurements like the back nape to waist. If that is not taken into consideration there is going to be an excess of fabric in the back waist. So it’s not just taking a regular pattern and shortening the hem and sleeves; you’re probably going to need a shorter shoulder length as well as the center front to waist along with a few other necessary changes that makes all the difference in fitting.
The focus should be on fit, fit for you, your body type, style and lifestyle. I encourage women to refuse to settle but to get the comfortable fit in your clothing, which you deserve. When the fit is right, anything is possible.
I know your pain and frustration well, at 5’2 1/2” with long legs, but a very a short torso, a generous bust line & narrow shoulders; I’m the poster girl for ill-fitting clothes. I can almost guarantee that you have:
- Trouble finding jackets and pants with the right sleeve and hem length
- Dresses and tops that fit correctly in the shoulders, bust and waist
- Challenges finding proportionally correct pieces that’s also age appropriate
- Trouble finding shirts or blouses that buttons comfortably over the bust and the list could go on.
The reason is that the fashion industry offers the bulk of their merchandise in “standard sizes” 2, 4, 6, -up to 24 & for 5’6” -5’9” in height, with an hourglass figure. This is the most profitable ready to wear market, so if you fall outside of these parameters your choices are slim to none. The solution, stop wearing clothes that’s not made for you, and that’s what I’m about, Amazing Fit!