Problem with dress sizing for my sister's BM dress?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Well…. these sizes you’re speaking of, they’re regular sizes, right, not kids’ sizes?  I don’t think you can put her in a dress made for a woman because those dresses have curves (bust, waist, hips) and it sounds like your sister has none whatsoever.  If you go by the rule, (order by the largest measurement) you’ll be buying an 11 year old a size 16 dress and it will just be too difficult to alter down.  Do they make junior bridesmaid dresses big enough for her?  If not, you may need to have something custom made.  Depending on who you go to, that could take more than 2.5 months.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Definitely look into a junior bridesmaids.   That seems ridiculous to put a 11 year old in a size 16 womans dress

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

It’s SO hard to find clothes when your measurements aren’t perfect.  I’m a US sz 18 on top because of a very large bust, my waist measures a US 12-14 and my hips are a US 8-10.  I spend a lot of my time in sweatpants and tanks…lol

Post # 6
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Newbee

A junior Bridesmaid style might be tough looking at the measurements, some bridesmaid companies offer custom sizing on their gowns.  You will have to talk to a bridal shop for info on which companies do this, if she has a bigger waist what you can do is order the size 16 but customize the bust measurement, also you can sometimes get a shorter skirt as well depending on how tall your sister is.  I know all Jasmine’s B2 & Belsoie gowns are all offered in Junior sizing I’m not sure how big they go up but that might be an option.  Good luck!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

So are you ordering the dress from a bridal salon?  I know you’re feeling pressure from them to buy the dress but can I suggest that maybe they’re also doing this so they can give you better advice on what size to order?  A lot of the companies that they buy the dresses from have their own size charts.  When we were looking at dresses for my BM’s, the sizes varied about 3 up or down depending on the brand. 

By the sounds of the proportions, you’ll have to get alterations done but usually they recommend to order in the size at the largest part because its much easier to take it in, than take it out.

Also, just to comment on what another person said before about having to take it in too much….it all depends on the type of dress.  I had a pregnant BM who had her baby about two months before the wedding so we had no idea what her size was going to be in the end.  At the advice of the dress shop owner (who was very experienced), we ordered large.  We ended up having to take it in a lot but it was totally fine.

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