Although mass produced clothing allows lower prices, the quality on the other hand, suffers. Sizes are lumped into either small, medium, or large without any regard to the fact that not all women are the same shape or size—and in the case for petites, height. However, handmade clothing has been making a comeback, and has been growing even bigger thanks to the help of websites such as Etsy.
A haven for handmade and vintage goods, Etsy is filled with made to order clothing by individual fashion designers—and the best part? Everything is custom made. Even better is the fact that some shops even allow custom tailoring to your measurements. In other words, it’s a petite gal’s dream come true. While there are thousands of petite friendly shops on Etsy, below are 5 shops to get your started.
Somewhere between a mix of urban and classic, And What Else is There offers a variety of trendy closet staples that range from edgy little black dresses to the more casual and simple blouses. The best part about this store is that everything can be made to your measurements, so nothing is off limits! Any design you like can be yours without any worry of an ill fit. And since everything is tailored to your size, you can be sure that the clothes will look flattering on you.
Made for the modern girl on the go, La Petite Nina specializes in chic, elegant clothing with a touch of Scandinavian minimalism and European street style. Since their designs are simple and basic, they are perfect investment pieces that you can use to fit your own style. You can order their clothing in a pre-made size, or have them tailor it to your measurements for a guaranteed perfect fit.
For you petite gals who love the glamour of Old Hollywood, but don’t own a time machine, the next best thing to owning frocks from past eras is Time Machine Vintage. Specializing in vintage reproduction, Time Machine Vintage’s designs are based off actual sewing patterns from the 1920s to the 1970s. While striving for historical accuracy, Time Machine Vintage does allow alterations in the design so that a certain style will fit— and flatter— your body type. Another perk of buying one of their reproduction dresses is that not only is it made to your measurements, but also to your taste, as you can pick out which fabric—from the list provided— you want the dress to be made with.
Specializing in retro-inspired clothing, Michy Lou’s designs are simply dreamy. Drawing inspiration from vintage clothing, Michy Lou manages to capture the romance of vintage while still maintaining a modern appeal. Michy Lou’s line includes day dresses, formal wear, and accessories. While the accessories are ready to ship, everything else is custom made to order, and based off your measurements, so there’s no need to worry about clothes that are too baggy or too long for your petite frame.
Self-described as boho meets classic minimalist, Loft 415’s designs are exactly that: simple yet chic. But being fashionable isn’t this shop’s only incentive. The shop is 100% American made, as their choice of fabrics, threads, and materials are all USA made. So not only will you be buying handmade clothing, but you will also be supporting USA made goods. As for the fit, you will be glad to know that they carry petite sizing! With an option to choose length (Extra petite to petite) separately, there’s no need to worry about something being too small or too long.