Post # 1
I’m getting ready to order a Marisa 815 and I’m trying to decide between an 8 or a 10. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with ordering the dress and if the sizing is true to the size chart.
According to the Marisa size chart, 8 measures 34-26-35, and the 10 is 35-27-36. My measurements are 33/34-27-33. I have tried on the 10 at several stores and the waist is loose and not at all a perfect fit. And so I was surprised when I found out that the waist was a 27.
I’ve asked a seamstress what I should do and after measuring me she said to go for the 8 because it would be easier to let the dress out then take it in 3 inches. Then I read somewhere that it’s actually more expensive to let a dress out than take it in. So I’m confused now.
Post # 3
I would order the dress to fit the largest measurement–ie, your waist. Everything else can be taken in, but it’s harder to let things out.
Post # 4
I’d go for the 8.
The waist measurement spot is weird. I took my own measurements and had at least an inch, if not more, difference at the salon.
re: alterations – I heard the same thing, but the reality is there are ways to take out certain dresses and it be much easier than to bring it in (that ended up being the case with mine).
Post # 5
Hi, welcome to Weddingbee! I would go with the 10 (unless you already tried on that dress in an 8 and it fit well). It is easier to take a dress in than out.
Post # 6
Ditto JennyW1. When I had my dress ordered two weeks ago I was a Uk size 10 at top, 12 waist and 14 bottom and the store owner said they’ll order a 14 as it’s easier to take in than it is to take out.
Post # 7
I would show the actual dress (or a really good photo) to your chosen seamstress and take her advice. Whether or not it’s easy to let out the waist depends on the details of the dress. If there’s a lot of beading, tricky ruching, pleating, etc. around the waist, it could be a problem, but if the dress is relatively streamlined it could actually be cheaper to let it out slightly than to take it in dramatically in other places.
Does the dress offer the option of a corset? If so, would you consider it? That could also give you the wiggle room you need.
Post # 8
What size did you actually try on. Did you try on the 10 or the 8??
Post # 9
Wow. This board is awesome!
FYI the dress is silk organza layers biased cut. No beading. Just layers all around. I tried to find a picture and I found this posting on the internet http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/dresses/17670/Marisa-815-Size-6.html
Kitty Kat: I have tried on the 10 not the 8.
Post # 10
Order down. THis happen to me, I ordered up and then I lost 5 pounds and the bigger size was way to big for me anyways. Now I have the bigger size when the smaller would fit perfect. I will have to find a seamstress now.
Post # 11
I’d go for the 8… especially if the seamstress said so. It would probably be similar pricing because if you have to take in a dress too much it can cost more as well. If letting the dress out is easier, chances are that that would be the cheaper option. You can always ask the seamstress for a price quote for both too, though?
Post # 12
Thanks everyone for your comments! I went back to the store and tried on the 10 and realized the 8 is really best. Thanks again!