Post # 1
My measurements are (bust) 37, (waist) 30, (hips) 39.5
Size 10: 37, 28, 39
Size 12: 38.5, 29.5, 40
The seamstress who measured me recommended Size 10 even with the small waist. My street size is always US 8, never 10.
The size 12 sample gown fit pretty much one whole size too big, and they had to clip it to me, but I’m sure it’s been stretched out. According to the chart, I fit a size 10 just right, except my waist is about 2 inches larger. I’m in pretty good shape and might tone up a bit more in the next 9 months, but I don’t see myself losing 2 inches without giving up a rib!
I know some dresses have extra material sewn in for letting out, but I don’t know how much this particular dress has to work with, and 2 inches sounds like a lot. Plus, it’s beaded lace and could get complicated.
What to do? Any advice would be so helpful!
Post # 3
If you are someone who gains weight when stressed, go with the larger size.
If you lose LOTS of weight when stressed get the smaller size, but its worth noting that most manufacturers use the garment measurements, not the size of the body fitting inside (for example you may need a 27.5 inch waist to fit jn a gown with a 28 inch measurement).
Post # 4
@lil_possum: I’m definitely in the stress-makes-me-gain-weight camp. And you make a good point about measurements–that explains why the seamstress was holding the tape about an inch away from my body when measuring. Thank you!
Post # 5
Go with the 12. You can get the bust taken in.
Post # 6
Hey lady! I just ordered my dress yesterday. I am much much larger than you – I wear a size 18 normally, I was EXACTLY a size 22 in my bridal gown, however, we ordered a 24 just to make sure we have room for alterations.
I hope this helps!
Post # 7
@jenilynevette: Yes, that is helpful! I guess it’s better to be safe than (very, very, incredibly) sorry!
Post # 8
It depends–if your dress has a built-in corset, a 10 should be fine!
But if it doesn’t have a built in corset, the tight fit could cause ugly puckering near the waist!
Post # 9
@BrandNewBride: Yes, there is boning to give the bodice structure, if that’s what you mean by corset.
Post # 10
@Snoopie: That is exactly what I mean–I’d go with the 10!
Post # 11
You can always get the dress taken in. Letting it out is much more challenging, and sometimes impossible. A too-tight dress gets those weird lines and puckering, and it actually makes you look larger than you really are.
Post # 12
@Snoopie: That was my dilemma as well. I’m normally a 7/8 in juniors or 6 in women’s. I was trying to decide on the 10 or the 12. I went with the 12 just because I wanted to make sure my “girls” were appropriately covered. My dress has an actual corset though, so I could cinch it in tighter where I needed to.
Post # 13
FWIW, I have almost the same exact proportions as you (37/31.5/40) and was in between sizes for my dress, with my waist measurement kicking me up to the next size. The dress shop advised me to order up.
Post # 14
I would go bigger. It is much easier for a seamstress to take in a dress than to let one out. And this way if you gain any weight or stay the same, you won’t be freaking out.
Post # 16
@brooklynette: Thanks so much! I’m also from BK, btw!