The art of tailoring can be compared to the art of engineering. Petite tailoring takes into consideration precise mathematical drafting and careful planning of proportion and print ratio. It is not something to be taken lightly or created with minimal thought. Unlike most garments sold to the masses that are produced as shapeless looks that fit a wide range of sizes, having a properly tailored item that works with your body shape, will not only create a more put together silhouette but make you look taller and slimmer.

Each of our garments at The 16th Bar begins it’s journey on the design table well before it ever reaches production. Each look is strategically designed using the art of illusion to create a taller, slimmer silhouette for petite frames. From concept to sample, they are fitted several times to reach the most comfortable fit, paying close attention to proportion, lines, draping, and prints.

The difference between purchasing a ready to wear garment and having it tailored versus purchasing a piece already catering to the petite figure is no comparison. A properly fitted garment for a petite frame should consist of several alterations to the original pattern before continuing into production that exceeds just a shortened hemline, including shortening the torso, the sleeve, narrowing the shoulders, and proper placement of darts. All of which cannot be altered correctly after production and will result in altering the original design immensely. At The 16th Bar, the original patterns are handcrafted from scratch tailoring to the petite frame, removing the need to alter regular sized patterns altogether. But we take it a step further, focusing our attention on every detail of the garment, including proportionate stitch length, hardware size, button size, button placement, and correct proportions of prints to seamlessly correspond to the petite figure.

Perfecting our details after pattern production is still only a portion of the design. Without using top quality textiles, our efforts would go wasted. With the highest quality standard fabrics and leathers, you feel luxury in every garment. Each piece is handcrafted in house. Bringing luxury manufacturing back to America and ensuring the highest quality pieces that will last you season after season.

With the leather moto jacket being the iconic status symbol of pure luxury, it only seemed to fit us to start there. It can transform any look and will undeniably be your most favorite item in your closet. Welcome to the world’s first luxury petite tailored womenswear brand.

The 16th Bar Designer Frankie Rodriguez Signature


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