Post # 1
Hi all 🙂
I have found 2 beautiful dresses which I’m still considering…… but I just can’t get a third dress out of my mind.
This third dress is Jim Hjelm 8962 and his main range isn’t stocked anywhere in the UK. I know this dress is 2-3 years old but I’m in love with it.
This dress is out of budget and even some of the preowned ones are. However, I may be able to afford one on the preowned website if I shop around. My max budget would be around $2400 and there are a few out there.
My questions are
1. Who would consider buying a dress from USA (to UK) or vice versa (having never tried on a Jim Hjelm dress. It would use up my entire dress budget.
2. Do you think someone in the US would be willing to ship to the UK? If not I could possibly get a friend in the US to buy it and then post.
3. Is a Jim Hjelm 10 similar to a Maggie Sottero 10?
As according to the Jim Hjelm size charts i would be a Jim Hjelm US 8-10 even though my normal dress size is a UK10-12 on top. However every single preowned advert suggests that people needed 2 sizes bigger than there normal size??? i.e. I would need a UK14-16 (US12-14)?? I have tried on 80+ dresses in the UK and have always been the same size wedding dress as my normal ‘street’ size. So would I be ok with a US10?
i.e. for Maggie Sottero gowns I’ve tried on, a size US8 (UK 10?) has been fine.
Or are Jim Hjelm sizes much smaller?
Sorry for all the questions!
Post # 3
no idea to any of your questions… but i absolutely LOVE that dress!!!
Post # 4
@Kfreckles: I would just be nervous buying a dress that I hadn’t tried on, even if I had tried on dresses by the same designer, but that’s just me. I don’t do too well with uncertainty, especially when it involves that much money. Just my personal opinion.
Post # 5
Beautiful gown! Jim Hjelm actually designed my dress, but under his James Clifford label (his full name is James Clifford Hjelm.) I had to order a gown that was two sizes larger than I normally wear. However, since these lines technically are not the same, I don’t know if my experience would be relevant to your situation or not.
Post # 6
Thank you everyone, I won’t rush into anything yet and interesting to know James Clifford is actually Jim Hjelm! I like reading about how all the designers are interconnected. 🙂
Post # 7
@Kfreckles: I am getting married on 18/05/2012 and have the jim hjelm 8962 dress in ivory with platinum sash. It is a US size 8, UK size 12 however I am a 10 on top and would say it is a small UK 10. I may consider selling it for around £2000 after the wedding.
Let me know if you are interested?
Post # 8
I think my 2nd biggest concern about buying a dress I hadn’t tried on already (besides the designer’s sizing) is if it would still fit after the original owner’s alterations were done.
Post # 9
I don’t think I could ever buy a dress without trying it on first.
I blindly ordered one cheap dress ($150) and it turned out not to be what I was looking for, so I had to go to a real store and buy a dress in person. I just wouldn’t trust myself buying something without seeing it on my body!
But I do know some people who can order clothes online and know exactly how they will look on them? I’m awful at even just buying sundresses online and having them lay right when I try them on.
Post # 10
I am selling this dress in a size 10. It is BRAND NEW WITH TAGS ATTACHED. Bought the dress and changed my mind. Asking $2800 or best reasonable offer.
Post # 11
Only just seen your post twocutecats and assume its now sold.
Nearly a year on and I’m still in love with this dress!
I need at least 5ft 8in dress (or more for shoes), preferably a size 8-10 label (not street size) 🙂
Post # 12
I think you should go for it and not have any ‘what if’s’. Try to find a similar shaped dress and try it on first and see what you think.
Also you could ask them to take exact measurements for you too not just give you a generic size. If all else fails you could even re sell if it didn’t work out?
Post # 13
I can’t help you with some of the more detailed questions, but I can tell you that a UK 10 is NOT a US 8. A UK 10 is a US 6. There is a difference of four sizes, not two… hence a US size 0 is a UK size 4.
Post # 14
I bought a JH wedding dress and it was ordered in a US10 though I typically wear a dress size 4!
Post # 15
After having some dress regret with my first gown I bought my dream dress online without trying it on, and it was actually a Jim Hjelm. I ended up loving it and am very happy I did it! I found a sample online for a great price so I just went for it. I had tried on similar styles, but not the exact dress or even any JH dresses. Its a JH size 12 – i dont think it fits much smaller than the other bridal lines I tried, but I hadn’t tried any Maggie Sotteros so I can’t compare with that. It feels like a street size 8 or 10 to me. I’m like a 4 on top and a 6 or 8 on bottom in street sizes, the bottom is only a bit big and the top is huge on me! Here is a JH size chart I found online: http://www.halfbridal.com/pages.php?pageid=13
Post # 16
I bought a Jim Hjelm Blush dress (one of his other lines). I am generally a US size 00-0 and ordered my dress in a size 4.