Dress sizing… having a small heart attack!

posted 4 months ago in Dress
Post # 2
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

itsaylissa :  When I went dress shopping, I knew I wanted to loose weight, but I was told that it is much easier to take in a dress than let it out. When I was measured, my hips were a full size larger than the rest of me, so I ordered the larger size. My dress did come in, and it is very large in the bust, but fits pretty well everywhere else. I am still working on losing some weight, but I didnt want to have to starve myself to fit into my dress. I want to lose weight through lifestyle changes, and those take a lot longer. So, I chose to go with what the shop said and order the larger size. But this is your call.

Post # 3
3784 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Wow that dress is gorgeous! You look stunning!

I think with those measurements you should be fine, even if you don’t lose any more weight. Yes, its easier to take a dress in vs out, but the only ‘issue’ would be your waist, and if you really needed you could probably wear a corset.

Post # 4
866 posts
Busy bee

Beautiful. If you’re motivated then I’m sure size 12 would be fine. 

Post # 5
1352 posts
Bumble bee

I think you did the right thing. Just make sure you stay on track with your diet in a sustainable way. Don’t go nuts for the next 3 weeks and lose a bunch of weithg, just to plateu and gain it back before the wedding. 

Find a schedule and balance that works for you, and be consistent from now until the wedding. A lot can happen in 7 months, so I think it’s important to just be consistent. The worst thing you can do is dramatically fluctuate in your weight while they are trying to alter the dress. 

Post # 6
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2017 - Elliston Vineyards

Beautiful dress! Good news is 1/2″ isn’t hardly anything to take out, so even if you have to have it taken out when all is said and done it won’t be bad.

Post # 7
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Samples tend to stretch… So a 14 would have probably fit your CURRENT body… but if you plan on losing some inches before the wedding I think you did the right thing… I was also told to order larger but I refused and said I would drop the necessary weight and inches to fit into the size I ordered… Just got the dress in and it fits like a glove… Staying motivated is key… YOU CAN DO IT GIRL!!!

Post # 8
354 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

You definitely did the right thing! When they measured for mine, my thighs and hips pushed it up into a bigger size (ironic since it’s a ballgown and doesn’t actually hug my hips). Now my seamstress is having to take it in almost 2 inches in the chest and waist and I haven’t even been trying to lose the weight! 

If the measurements are that close you will easily lose that 1/2″!

Post # 9
317 posts
Helper bee

I had the same issue. I’m naturally fairly small, but I did an intense workout plan the 8-10 weeks before hand. I didn’t realize how much I’d shrunk until I went in for a second fitting and they said they had to take it in again. My place included ONE free alteration, but after that they either charge, or you have to make do. I kept shrinking and frankly, the 2 inches off it was, didn’t make a big difference to how it fit. I had straps to hold it up though…

This sounds silly, but as long as your boobs fill it out, it should still be fine unless you lose a MAJOR amount of weight (which you don’t need to!). Just overpad your bra if needed and it’ll hold up the dress haha.

But I’m a risk taker….I opted to keep working out, even if the dress was too big in the end… just ask for them to make it BORDERLINE too tight if you’re willing and KNOW you’ll shrink, rather than gain. It’s YOUR dress, and you signed a contract, so if it doesn’t work out, they aren’t to blame.

Any chance they can HOLD OFF on any alterations until as late as possible???

Post # 10
7169 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

is just a number, don’t stress it.  i’m a street size 0/2 and my wedding dress was an 8. 

every designer has their own measurements. 

you look beautiful.


Post # 11
317 posts
Helper bee

PS, you and your dress are a STUNNING duo! Had to add that….

Post # 12
3152 posts
Sugar bee

Size concerns aside…that dress is GORGEOUS!

Post # 13
2301 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I think you did fine, you’re almost at the 12 already and you’re likely to lose weight. Just keep on track 🙂 Plus if you needed to they can probably get a half inch out of the seams.

Post # 14
499 posts
Helper bee

Just a thought, can you change the back to corset back? I did that and really happy with mine. The corset makes the dress adjustable 2-3 inch. 

Post # 15
912 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Nazareth Hall

itsaylissa :  I think it’s just a matter of willpower. When I went dress shopping the sample of the dress I loved (and ended up buying) was a 6 and just a smidge too tight. But because of my hips I was actually measuring a size 10. I didn’t end up ordering that day as we had other appointments to get to, but when I got home I decided I would start really focusing on losing the weight that I wanted to for our wedding. I went back two months later to purchase the dress and the sample size 6 I tried on was actually big on me. I ended up buying the sample gown and had it altered. I did gain about 10 pounds between then and the wedding (I am a yoyo when it comes to weight) but it still fit perfectly and I didn’t have to wear any shapewear underneath it. 


So long story short, I think you will be fine with the 12 and don’t be surprised if you have to get it altered down more.

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