A Forever 21 opened up here in the fall, and I've been sort of avoiding it since it's too easy to go nuts buying piles of nifty but ill-fitting cheap clothing that you wear once or twice. I happened to be walking by the other day though, so I had to check it out. I found a gorgeous sundress with a 50's style print and cut so I bought it to try at home. The print was so me (sketchy green and yellow 'ugly' wallpaper flowers) that I figured I could make something of it.
I'd heard their dresses run short, but I'm 5'4, and I checked the hem and there was a good inch and a half clearance to let it out so I figured I was in the clear. Ha! I got home and discovered it hit very much in the UPPER MID-THIGH, and the zipper was also sewn badly to the lining and bunched up in the back. I guess what do you expect for $28 new! I went back today and tried another in the same size, which was substantially longer, though it did have the same lining problem. I found a couple of other nice basics I'd been looking for and went home to do a little modding!
So, granted I do have a massive pile of dresses waiting to be tailored into wearability, but if something can be fixed up in the space of evening (and I have time to do it right away) I'll still buy new things that aren't quite right if I think I can do something about it. Sometimes you know exactly what you want but no one has made it for you- then you just have to take things into your own hands! The advantage to cheap clothing is they're much easier to take apart than quality products- usually there's no lining, and the seams are simpler. I didn't take any Before pictures, but this lovely frock ("It reminds me of my grandma's ugly kitchen wallpaper"- the man) only needed a quick unstitching, ironing, and slip-stitch hemming to take me to work tomorrow. Total labor-time- about 1 hour of tv watching.