Post # 1
So I accidently posted this in beehive instead of dresses and I can’t figure out how to change the forum. Here’s my dilemna.
I ordered my dress today, but the second I got home I freaked out. The owner convinced me to order a size 6. I’m really between sizes. My bust matched the size 4. My hips were between the 6-8 and then my waist was at the size 8. It’s a fit and flare dress in organza.
They didn’t actually show me the size chart. When I got home I looked it up and I’m a whole inch bigger in the waist then the size 6.
While I was planning on toning up for my wedding I really wasn’t planning to lose weight. Should I call and change the dress size? Or should i hope my undergarments can work miracles?
I’m grateful for any thoughts. I need to call tomorrow AM if I’m going to change because I think they may have placed my order tonight.
Post # 2
Hmm its at tough one, and I definitely dont think you should diet or lose weight just to fit in it. On the one hand I say wait and see how it fits- they wouldnt deliberately put you in a dress too small. But I also think its easier to alter to make a dress smaller, so you could get it a size bigger and if its too big when you try it on alter it.
What I would do is phone the store and speak to the owner. Tell them that you were really unsure that the dress will fit and dont want to lose weight to make it fit. They will either put you at ease, or consider changing it to make it bigger.
Post # 3
SeaRhapsody: i think i would call and change it. i would rather not have to worry about it, and it’s true that it’s much easier to take the dress in. if they can’t change it, then it more than likely will work out. they do usually have the most experience in choosing sizes, so i think you can trust them. however, i know that i wouldn’t be able to not stress during the wait so if it was me i would try to change sizes! what size was the dress you tried?
Post # 4
SeaRhapsody: Order the larger size.
I had to go back and ask them to do it because they didn’t take into consideration my bust very well. And because I can’t control my period all the time- if I was in my week before during my wedding- my breasts would have NEVER fit into my dress in the first size that wa suggested to me- because my breasts are the first place I gain.
So happpy I did- because I was as bloated as a girl can be- and got my period the morning after the wedding. If I hadn’t opted to put a cordet in my dress, I honeslty don’t know what I would have done!
You can always bring the dress in quite easily. While most dresses can be let out, it’s limited.
Post # 5
upside for changing to bigger size: if it’s too big you can take it in , which based on every thing I see on this board is CHEAPER than taking a dress out. You will not be living in anxiety about the dress for the next few months ( priceless)
downside for changing to a bigger size: the bridal shop won’t make as much money on the alterations.
Post # 6
I would call and ask their reasons for ordering that size. They obviously have experience with that brand and know how it fits totheir size chart. Ever bought somethign online in a size according to the chart and its totally wrong? Some run large and some small to the size chart.
Most dresses can be let out up to an inch, and they may consider the 6 the best balance.
Also, maybe the dress has an internal corset but they measured you without the corset, so youll fit when its all ‘sucked in’ with a corset, like shapewear. (I know it sounds weird but I a 4-6 too so it could be all about shape).
Finally with all this experience they may consider this sizing is the best option based on the shape of the dress. Taking in a dress does change its cuts, even by one size. Thus with 2 size differences top-bottom (me too) maybe the middle size is the best? It also depends on the cut and features of the dress.
I would call them. if you dont feel comfortable with their answers then ask them to change it up.
Post # 7
OzGirl: and others: Thanks for your thoughts. They weren’t as familiar with this dress by the designer because they don’t carry the sample. So the size chart measurements are 33.5-25-36.5, and I’m 33-26-37. My sales consultant was really torn and the Owner made the call. She was thinking a two size too large top would be harder to refit then letting out a little waist/hips if needed. I can totally see her point because a lot of time with the sweetheart samples i’ve tried on, the whole cup would need to be reshaped/resized to fit my tiny chest, and didn’t seem to be just a matter of pulling it closer at each seam.
They did check the brands seam allowance and there was room there. I think I was nervous because I’ve heard organza can easily have holes in it if let out.
In any case, my mom listened to me fret and then told me to call my aunt who does a lot of sewing and even made my debutante dress (basically an informal wedding dress.) My Aunt thinks the 6 is the best option, because otherwise the whole top half might need a lot of work.
I’m thinking I’ll stick with the six and hit the gym, which I should do anyway.