(Closed) Petite Brides

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

There was a good thread that showed petite girls and their dresses:

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/petite-brides-show-us-your-dresses

I’m the same size as you but one inch taller.  I thought simple dresses looked best on me because too much beading and bling overwhelmed me.  I also think trumpet and mermaid dresses are great silhouttes for our frame.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Jcrew wedding dresses all come in petite sizing too!

Post # 5
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Newbee

I have found that going to trunk shows is super helpful!  I was able to talk to the designer’s rep and they were willing to remake the pattern and adjust it to my petite frame.  So if you find a dress you love (esp if it has a lot of detailing), ask!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m 5″2 and 105 lbs, I feel your pain!  I went with a simple a-line dress so it would not overwhelm me, and then when I ordered it I did a custom hollow-to-hem measurement (this is a measurement from the “hollow” between your collar bones to your natural waist and then from your natural waist to the floor – they check it by taking a hollow-floor measurement as well).  This means the dress is being specifically sewn to my height and measurements, so that the dress will be proportional to my height and it should not need to be hemmed when it comes in. I did have to have my shoes before ordering my dress because of this and the dress will take longer to make because they have to create a custom pattern, and it had a small cost associated with it (but that charge will be mostly offset by not needing to have alterations done after it is made).  So, all in all, the custom hollow-to-hem route worked great for me!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m 5’2 and 107 pounds.  I bought my dress from David’s Bridals petite line.  It fits great!  I ended up with an A-line gown with a chapel train.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Uhhh I know what you mean.

Which designers do hollow to hem?  I know not all of them do.  Unfortunately the Maggie Sottero dresses don’t. You can order them just three inches shorter than regular but I’m going to have to have it hemmed more that!  I would love a dress that has a beautiful detail on the train or a lace dress but unfortunately hemming those dresses would up the cost tremendously.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am your exact height and weight and a full C cup with 36 inch hips. So imagine my frustration! I found that going to trunkshows helped like one other poster mentioned b/c they are usually willing to redo the design based on your measurements. You can also have a muslin made or order from a shop or designer who offers petites. Trumpet/mermaid hands down is the best way to go for our size. Otherwise you get lost in all the detail and fabric.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I purchased a trumpet style dress from Casablanca… they also do the hollow to hem. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures yet.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@pinkginger – my dress is by anne barge, so she does at least.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I purchased my dress with a hollow to hem measurement from Casablanca.  I am right at 5’0, and weigh about 100 pounds.

It is a trumpet style dress.  I ordered July 11, and it came in November 10.  Fits great, still needs to be taken in a little, but I have year.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

I ordered a Stephen Yearick design and he does all his dresses as custom measurements. Including the hollow to hem one.

I’m jealous of all you tiny, fine boned ladies, lets just say I’ve got a few too many curves, that  I’d happily get rid of.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My suggestion would be to avoid dropped waist as it’ll elongate your torso and shorten your legs.  Also, the styles I found most flattering on me is A-line (flattering all around) and fit-and-flare (would look awesome if you have hourglass figure).  Sheath would look good, too, if you are skinny (seems like you are!).

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m 5′ and 100 lbs (flat as the walls w/ wanna be hips) and I think denverbirdlet has great info. 

I have had my mind set on a ‘drop waist’ dress to make it look like I have hips!!! Truth be told the dresses that have looked the best are A-line or Empire waist! 

Have you thought about a floor length dress & then having a longer veil to act as a train (examples below?)

If a dress catches your eye regardless of what or how you think it will look on your frame – try it on. Tailors and seamstresses have magical ideas that lead to magic fingers that create magical results.

I have attached a picture of what I have had my mind set on (dropped waist floor length) that isn’t going to work for me – – – however that doesn’t mean it won’t work for you or other petites in our quest for the perfect dress!!!!  [attachment=531258,69750] [attachment=531258,69751]

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

I’m 5’1 and 105 lbs as well and had a terrible time finding a wedding dress.  You should consider looking at Casablanca dresses because they’re made in China and are designed specifically for petite figures.  I ended up wearing the Casablanca 1948 on the day of the wedding.  (By the way, they also custom make dresses according to your measurements.  Mine was just an extra $50 on top of the cost of the dress).

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