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can not find jeans for my plus sized petite junior

post #1 of 31
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I am sooo frustrated and my daughter is feeling so bad. She has been crying off and on all afternoon because we can not find pants that fit her not even online the two stores that have them in her size Juniors 15 short are sold out of all the straight leg ones. She needs a 27 inch inseam. She is only 5'2.
I'm running out of ideas. I'm down to
contact the manufacturer of the one pair she has that fit her.
ebay?
serge the bottoms of regular 15s? (mail them to grandma for her to do it.)
any other ideas or good stores for plus sized juniors who happen to be short?

serioulsy we've been looking since july 4th and have been able to buy 2 pairs of pants for this child. one pair the dog got.

my heart is braking for dd. this is not good for her self image you know. I found a place where you can have jeans custome made for $175.
post #2 of 31
I'd buy them in regular sizes & have them hemmed at the bottom. It isn't hard to hem a pair of jeans. If you had to send them to someone, find someone locally. The cost would be minimal, but be around the same amount as shipping them to & from your mother.
post #3 of 31
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I may have found someone because there is lady who is going to hem all the girls choir dresses for $10 for special rate for the school so perhaps she will cut me a deal.

DS is also taking sewing at school. But he said that they arent' going to use sewing machines at all this semester. So I am like wth, it's a sewing class and you are going 5 mos. w/out using a machine but learning all the parts?

I went to one place but it was $12.00 just to hem a skirt. The skirt didn't even cost that much. lol. I think it was $10 new. I think she is done growing.


I'm also wondering how women's and misses sizes work and if it may just be time to move up to the women's petite sizes and what she would most closely fit into.

I have the same problem with ds. He has a 34 waist and 26 inch inseam.

Would probably just be cheaper to buy a machine.
post #4 of 31
Have you tried Old Navy? They have short/reg/long length and go up to size 20 or 22.
post #5 of 31
How is a juniors 15 different from a misses 16 or a "plus size" 14? www.Womanwithin.com sells various pants styles in petites.
post #6 of 31
Thread Starter 
yes, old navy was the place I orignally found them and they are out in our local stores, where my sister lives, where my mother lives and what is even more horrendous is that they are sold out also out on their online order system in a size 15 short in the straight or skinny leg style. I can find flare leg in her size , but dd won't wear them because they add weight to an already short and chunky girl. kwim?

she's also long in the trunk so a low rise jeans shows too much and that adds another specialization to it. gotta be a midrise and she won't wear a high-waisted jean.

The only places I have ever found in her size are old navy and jcpenneys. We have been checking at their dif. locations in our town about once a month.
We have tried aeropostale, kohls, target, walmart, kmart, deb, and macy's all in person. not to mention I check the 3 dif. old navy stores and she has been to penneys on two occasions once with me and once with dh who returned with one pair. That was the only pair in the entire store. My mom and I both have tried their site and can't get the "short" sized selected so I may go in to their catalog dept and order them that way because I just can't take dd out shopping again.

She cried all evening about what a freak she is because she can't go in and just pull a pair of jeans off a rack and buy them like a 'normal' person.
post #7 of 31
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I'm also wondering how women's and misses sizes work and if it may just be time to move up to the women's petite sizes and what she would most closely fit into.
I'd try going into the women's section. My niece was 11 when she started wearing women's clothes.
post #8 of 31
Take a look at the Land's End site. They have regular jeans in a lot of sizes.
post #9 of 31
I have found inexpensive seamstresses at fabric stores. Many women who work there are passionate about sewing and will do jobs like this for very reasonable fees.
FWIW, I hand hemmed jeans when I was teen. Not easy or ideal but doable.
post #10 of 31
I feel for you and your dd. We have gone through this every year for the past 5-6 years. It has been easier this year since dd is getting taller and slimming down but we still had to get her jeans hemmed. This year she got jeans from American Eagle, Hollister and Old Navy and a friend of my mom's hemmed them for her.
post #11 of 31
Check out Torrid - they are online and in-stores. They have a great selection of clothes sized 12-26 ... I have always found tons of great clothes there and I usually wear an 18 short (I'm 5'1) and they are geared to teens and "younger" styles... I hope your DD can find some pants she loves! I know it is hard, I have been through the same thing. It is so, so frustrating. GL!!
post #12 of 31
I agree with tailoring jeans to her size. Being a teenager, I'm sure that she wants to wear the same brands as the other girls - I totally get that and would try to work with that if at all possible.

Talbots has a petite plus line, just as an FYI. Talbots is not trendy, more classic style, but you might want to keep that in mind for other clothes like khakis, button down shirts, etc.
post #13 of 31
As a plus-sized petite, I've bought jeans from LL Bean and Lands End and Eddie Bauer. I think they go up to size 20 or so and have just about everything in petites, so a 14 or 16 petite is something they would have. You can have them shipped more quickly than standard shipping for extra money. LE has always had straight legs, and I have seen LLB and EB offering straight legs styles in their catalogs this year so I think you can get them there too.
post #14 of 31
My friend who is plus size and short (legs and all) buys a larger size to fit the waist, and hems the legs to fit her hight. Here you can get pants hemmed for pretty cheap, or you or her can learn to do it.
post #15 of 31
As a short person myself, my best advice is for your dd to learn to hand sew hems. It's very very easy. A pair of skinny jeans would take about 10 minutes to hem. I have to hem most pants I buy, and quite a lot of skirts as well, and I don't have the time or the inclination to seek out a tailor every time I buy something.

The ability to hand sew small alterations takes a lot of the frustration out of clothes buying for those of us who are not an "off the shelf" size.
post #16 of 31
hand sewing the hems of jeans is a PITA, but will work in a pinch. I've found that they often fall, but maybe I just suck at hand sewing.

Call around and find a tailor that is reasonable, get to know them. I pay around $7 per pair of jeans, less for slacks.

JCPenney has a good selection of petite jeans (I'm under 5 ft tall) and extended sizes, I order online/catalog. I have to buy petite AND have stuff hemmed. JCP also has custom jeans for $54.
post #17 of 31
Thread Starter 
Wow! You all have been so helpful. Thank you for all your suggestions. I will check them out. We did find a gray pair of jeans today!: at penney's. My mom went to her Penneys today too to look with no luck. They have a zipper up the side of the leg so they kind of spread out nice over a shoe and she can wear them without hemming them.

How I hate shopping. LOL If I can do it online I'm going to from here on out.
post #18 of 31
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She cried all evening about what a freak she is because she can't go in and just pull a pair of jeans off a rack and buy them like a 'normal' person.
I don't know how to say this in a way that won't offend you, so I'll just say it. This might be a really good opportunity to encourage your daughter to get to a healthier weight.
post #19 of 31
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Originally Posted by Labbemama View Post

She cried all evening about what a freak she is because she can't go in and just pull a pair of jeans off a rack and buy them like a 'normal' person.

FWIW, I don't think I know any women who can do this! Even my skinny friends have to try jeans on. Each woman's body is so different that most women I know find one brand of jeans that works for them and keep buying that.

Have you tried AppleBottoms jeans? They are expensive but the fit is really nice. They sell their plus line at Torrid.
post #20 of 31
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Originally Posted by alllyssa View Post
I don't know how to say this in a way that won't offend you, so I'll just say it. This might be a really good opportunity to encourage your daughter to get to a healthier weight.
Juniors 15 is not necessarily an "unhealthy" weight. In fact, we know nothing about the OP's dd's health at all and we have no reason to assume she is unhealthy. :
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