My reward, when I got to (and stabilized at) a size I like, was going to be a pair of custom-made jeans.
Well, I ordered them last month, and they arrived yesterday.
When I took them out of the package, my stomach clenched. If we were in a store, I'd have known they wouldn't fit. But I took a deep breath and pulled them on.
These were non-stretch jeans. I'd ordered their cheapest pair, which happens to be that really deep indigo -- darker than I usually buy, but still one I'll wear.
So, I stepped in, pulled them up, and... it was bliss. The fit was amazing. They cupped and held my body exactly the way jeans are supposed to, the way my occasional old favorite pair did, a million years ago. Waist fit is perfect. Hip fit is perfect. Length is just what I asked for: A bit "high", because I like to go barefoot or nearly so, and this is Florida... you don't want your jeans getting wet.
And the pockets..... I can stick my entire cell phone in my front pocket. Vertically or horizontally. No corners sticking out, and not noticable as you look at me. (For contrast, I was wearing a pair last week -- Gloria Vanderbilts -- and I couldn't stick my FINGERS all the way into the front pockets.)
I love these so much, I'm already fantasizing about another pair. I deliberately ordered these a little short, to wear with sandals (flip-flops). I'd like to also get a pair that's a bit longer, to wear with shoes, and in a lighter shade of denim. (I like options.) And I'd adjust the back-rise measurement a tad. (You really can't take that one by yourself, and I had a child, not a seamstress, helping me.)
Here's the exciting bit: My business suit(s) no longer fit, and are both wool... which is a bit much for Florida. I could really use a linen suit. Their cotton/linen suits (bespoke) start at $190. Men's Warehouse off-the-rack starts at $114 (for rayon/polyester). I'd never buy a men's suit off-the-rack. (For starters, it wouldn't fit!) And I'll admit, traditionally I prefer skirt-suits.... because it's so hard to get women's pants to fit well. But with things made to my measure (and I'm sitting here wearing proof that they do it well!), I could have a business suit with all the pockets that come in a men's suit, but fits like it was made for me (cuz it was!).
My Gloria Vanderbilts typically run between $10 (on sale) and $20. My customs, after shipping, came to $61. I had control of everything, from the thread color to the size of the opening at the ankle. And the fit.... nothing beats a pair of good-fitting jeans, and no jeans have ever fit this perfectly.
As someone who's ALWAYS had trouble getting pants that fit properly (that pesky waist-to-hip ratio), I feel like I'm in heaven. I'll definitely be ordering from them again in the future. (Though for the suit, I'll have to wait until COVID-danger is open, and have someone who sews help with the measurements.)
Make Your Own Jeans
The joys of pants that fit!!!
My First Custom Jeans - Dark Blue - 10 oz Denim
Date Added: 08/07/2020 by Symbliene E Griffin - Jacksonville