Petite Girl can't find a dress that would fit

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m 5’1 and 100 lbs and I found a sample dress at a boutique that wasn’t too big.  It still needed to be altered but the cost was not too bad.  I think the key is to get a dress that won’t eat you….like an a-line skirt that is not too puffy.  This is my dress:

Post # 4
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498 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@autumnal:  I always thought because im short (5’1″) that it would cost a lot of money to get all the extra materila cut off the bottom. Im short but not too petite (130 lbs). Although the dresses in the stores fit…the length was wayyy too long. I’m actually looking into getting a custom made dress online right now and sending my measurements. The one i’m considering is jenniferbridal.com. The dress I love cost 1200 in the store but on the website I found they could make me a replica for just under 400… A lot of people have success with jasmine bridal as well. i would look into those. Good luck 🙂

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I was in a similar boat to you- I’m 5’2″ and 100 lbs, and most of the samples I tried on were too big.

My advice is to go to a boutique (NOT David’s Bridal-type place) and try on a few samples there. Generally in those kind of places you get better one-on-one attention and the consultants seem to listen to what you’re looking for better and make pertinent suggestions.

The dress I tried on in the salon was a size 14 sample, but the consultant helped to pin it so that I could get an idea of how it would look on me when I ordered it in a 0.

All I can say is that if you *like* yourself in the sample, you’ll LOVE the way you look when it comes in and actually fits. I still had to have the 0 taken in, but I adored it when I first got to try it on in the salon.

Post # 8
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498 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@autumnal:  yea im a little afraid about the size and quality after ordering online but if its a little off you can always take it to a seamstress to get it right

Post # 9
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98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Thanks.  It look me one weekend.  I tried mermaid stiles but I was afraid of how the alterations would make the dress look and I figured the alterations would be more expensive since they had to play with propportions, etc.   I also tried ballgowns but they looked HUGE on me and it looked like the dress was wearing me instead of me wearing the dress, if you know what I mean. 

Post # 10
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161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We’re are on the same boat. I am a size 0, XS and most of tha time XXS. I have always had a hard time looking for a clothes 🙁 I have the same issue when I went on shopping for my wedding dress. Ive thought I won’t be able to find a dress, I thought it would look so silly on me since I am so skinny. I am 5’3 and 98 lbs when I found my dress. I guess I was lucky that the attendant in the store was so very helpfull. I went to pretty small wedding store in my area.

 

I ordered my dress in a size 2 since that’s the smallest size they have it on that dress. It’s still need a little alteration but so far I am very happy with my dress

 

Dont be afraid to try on different style, that will give you an idea of what will look good with your body type. Thats what I did, I tried on more 15 but my dress was the very first dress I tried on and it was 8 sizes too big on me.

 

Post # 12
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317 posts
Helper bee

If it’s within your budget, I would encourage you to try some of the more upscale bridal boutiques because I think that they can often get designers to make special adjustments and they have contacts with rockstar seamstresses. I would say that at the end of the day, you’d be surprised at what a great seamstress can do. i was on the small side when i got married (5’4″, 112 pounds, but short legs with more of my height in my torso). My dress was ordered in a size 6 and had to be taken in quite a lot, but it was done by a very skilled seamstress and it looked great. (As for the fact that the alterations cost $800–well, that hurt! But it was a super-intricate ballgown so I’m sure it took them many hours to alter.)

Post # 13
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161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@autumnal:  Thanks! The lady in the store was very nice and helpful. She pin the dress really tight  so I can see how it will look like once its on my size. They should be able to do that when you go to the store to try on dress. I would suggest to find smaller store they tend to be nicer and more helpful, well at least that’s what I had experienced. 

Post # 14
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1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@autumnal:  Depending on your price point some of the designers and boutiques will actually let you special order a size (length, especially) at a surcharge but I believe the surcharge is typically less than you would pay for the alterations.

I feel for you … I am not sure what I am going to do. Though, did they not have any petite gowns at DB? I thought they advertised having petite dresses. Let me know how it goes for you because I’m not sure what I’m going to do when I have to go in the next two months …

Post # 15
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135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Lea-Ann Belter makes dresses made to measure. I think their flagship store is in toronto! 

Post # 16
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767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am 5’1″ and went with a mori lee dress they come in shorter styles I went with the 55” length and it is perfect doesn;t look like I will have to take off anything if anything a tiny bit.

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