I like to think that unlike other companies, as a children’s wear clothing manufacturer, we get to know our customers very, very well, particularly when a child is plus sized. The mom is so frustrated walking into retailers or shopping online for a solution for her plus size child and then have her child be denigrated right in front of her. Many of these children end up having huge eating disorders because of peer bullying and we are particularly sensitive to the pain these children go through. Personally, I remember the day I started my fight against anorexia and bulimia. I was an aspiring dancer and someone compared me to my tiny petite sister and there you go – issues for years.
Then I heard this from one of our moms: “Your Plus Size First Communion Dresses Have an Amazing Fit!!!!! Thank you so much for making my little girl’s day!”
We hear many stories from moms who visit, for instance, large bridal apparel “box-store” types with the employees giving rather rude comments – the worst one, “Oh Gawd, we can’t fit HER type – maybe we should just put her in a women’s dress and cut it down”. That was done right in the presence of the little girl. The mom later told me, crying on the phone, how hurt her child was, crying all the way home and then some.
Just today I got super angry at such a story. Are you serious, retailers? How would you feel if it were your child and someone gave that type of comment to your daughter? One of the things that I like to explain on the phone to the mom is how for her to take measurements, then so we can talk freely, we ask the mom to have her daughter leave the room or call me back later so she doesn’t hear us talking about fit concerns and our solution.
We treat all of our customers with dignity AND make a pretty damn good dress for any client, regardless if they are in the need for a plus size dress or not. Every dress we make can be done as a plus size style regardless of the style and we can make the dress fit perfectly too with what we call “A Bodice Fit”. We had a customer once call it “Magic in a Box” and I believe it puts the right name to our special process of sending a bodice in the mail that after the customer’s child tries on, we scan it into our program visual system and make the correct adjustment.
Not all of these kids have the same body shape either. Some plus size kids carry their weight in their tummies, some in their shoulders and still others have a huge sway back. Many of these children are sick and on steroids, others stressed because of a divorce, some are swimmers and even once customer was the daughter of an NFL lineman and we have had occasional girls who even have a height very similar to their chest size (like 46″ tall and a chest of 41″). It’s usually genes and we can’t fight science Mom so rather than squeezing them into a size too small, or a women’s dress (as if they need darts) where the waistline is too low because they AREN’T full sized adults yet – why not turn to the experts in Plus Size flower girl dresses or communion dresses for your child. For a very small, nominal fee of just $30, we take the hassle out of the perfect fit. Call us. We love to help.