Post # 1
So after trying about 20 dresses on I’ve decided to have my dress made by Jasmines Bridal Shop. I’ve emailed them back and forth ALOT, and have received fabric samples, so the next step is measurements.
James sent me the measurements worksheet, and I am wondering if anyone out there that ordered from Jasmine’s just did the measurements themselves. They suggest to have a professional do it, but I really don’t know anyone. I realize that the dress may not fit me perfectly and I might have to find someone but I figured I’d cross that bridge when I come to it.
I’m a pretty standard size 2 in street clothes, but when trying on dresses at David’s Bridal I was a 4. Trying on designer wedding gowns, I was a 6 or 8 depending on the designer.
So I guess my questions are: Did anyone do the measurements themselves and have the dress made close to their measurements?
and, Did anyone order a standard size dress and have it fit well? Did you order your street size, or your bridal size?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
@sparkle621: You might have more luck if you post your question here:
I measured myself and compared it to their size chart to see if it correlated with my actual size. I haven’t got my dress yet so I can’t say if my measurements were correct. I just did my final payment 2 days ago so I should receive it this week. If you can wait, I can let you know how off i was in my measurements.
Post # 4
@babecake: Thank you for your suggestion! I would love to know how your dress fits, and what you think of it! I’m obsessed with Jasmine’s Bridal Shop dresses!
Post # 5
At the very least have a friend help you measure. Its hard to keep the tape measure smooth and flat around yourself and get an accurate measurement. But honestly you should be able to pick just about any alterations place in the phone book, stop by or make an appointment and it will take about 10 minutes to get the measurements done. The lady who did my alterations would do measurements for $5.00. Then you have a little more peace of mind that the size will be right.
Post # 6
I would definitely go to a seamstress. A standard size dress is different with every designer, so it’s pretty risky to get a dress done like that if you haven’t tried it on if you don’t know if the company runs smaller or larger, unless you’re relying on alterations. If you’re on the shorter side, it would be good to do custom measurements so that the dress is designed with your height in mind, or if you’re bigger or smaller in the bust area, it should improve the fit.
Post # 7
I can’t remember who but there was a bee who had her dress and bm dresses measured by a professional seamstress. The shop was busy when they went and The seamstress measured them all incorrectly – and the dresses ended up too small. Her advice was- make sure the seamstress is not busy and can concentrate on the job.
Post # 8
That was me. Luckily though Jasmine does give you a substantial about of extra material in the seams so the seamstress let the dress out for me. Obviously didn’t charge me any extra, just as well.
Following this, I was fearful that my daughter’s wedding dress would be too small, it is different to let out a wedding dress, because the marks would show on her satin fabric. I made it a bit big. I figure, I have to pay for alterations anyway, so that is the way I went.
However, there is another Bee on here, she has considerable sewing knowledge, and took her daughter’s measurements herself, and got a 100% accurate fit.
Don’t do it yourself, go to a seamstress and make sure she is concentrating. Regardless, if you pay $s at a bridal shop you have to alter, so you are still miles ahead.
Good luck and post on the Jasmines thread so we can monitor your progress. Lots of help on there.
Post # 9
My mom measured me. My dress hasn’t come yet, but she has been sewing all her life and does an amazing job. I just wanted to point out though that she did actually call first and talk to James who confirmed to her that the measurements we send are indeed exactly how they size the dress. What I’m saying is if you have a very form fitted dress, to be safe I’d throw an extra half inch on or hold the measuring tape looser to ensure you can get the dress on. It can always be taken in. Or consider a lace up back (if the original dress doesn’t already have one) and then you have even more flexibility.
Post # 10
Thanks for the suggestions ladies, I actually went to get measured tonight and I don’t think they are right. Normally I’m a standard size 2 in street clothes, but have recently put on about 8 pounds which I will lose and I know will make a difference in the fit of the dress.
When I measured myself, I had my waist measurement at 27.5, and my hip measurement at 35.5. When getting measured today, she measured my waist at 31 and my hips at 39! WHAT??? When I got home, I made my fiance measure my waist, and he got 28 being generous. When she was measuring my waist & hips there was so much space I could see the floor inbetween my body and the measuring tape. When she did my hips, the measuring tape was at an angle, not even straight.
I am definitely not going to give the tailors measurements for those. I’m so confused right now.
My dress is going to be a ballgown style, with a tight upper body and loose bottom, so I’m not really concerned with the hip measurement, but the waist one is really concerning.
Those tailors sure know how to make a girl feel bad!
Post # 11
@sparkle621: I submitted my measurements in cms rather than inches so that it’s more exact. I’m an Australian size 8 which corresponds to a US size 4:
My waist is 67.5cm =26.5 inches
My hip is 92cm = 36 inches
I’ve cross checked my measurements with size charts of clothing brands I wear and they correlate. If you’re a street size 2, I think the tailor def has got it wrong. I would get another person to measure you just to be sure.
FYI, I’ve had a china dress made from a different supplier a few years back and gave measurements of waist- 66cm and hip-91.5cm. I tried it on the other day and could still zip the dress up but it was a little too tight in the waist area for my liking (really difficult to sit down in), which was why I gave Jasmine larger measurements this time around.
Post # 12
@babecake: Well according to size charts, I should be a US size 4, bordering a US size 6 which isn’t what size I wear when buying clothes or dresses.
I figure that I’m going to go with 28, and if I need to take it in a bit I will. But like you said with the addition/subtraction of a cm or 2, it will still fit.
Thanks for your help!