Post # 1
I’m so close to buying a pre-loved dress online, but I’m so afraid that it may not fit. I know every designer would be different, but wanted to ask opinions here.
The seller & I are both street size 4.
The dress is size 6.
She has a 25 inch waist and I have a 27 inch waist. She wears 34C, I’m 32D. It’s a ball gown so I’m not worried about hips.
She had the dress taken in at the waist, I’m waiting to find out how much and whether the fabric was trimmed.
I’m concerned now whether size 6 may be too small.
Any brides out there with a 27 inch waist? What size did you order?
Post # 2
My dress was a casablanca size 6 and my waist is a 25.5 and there was not a drop to spare in the waist. Every designer is different so it maybe different for that particular designer and dress style. I would also consider the cup size difference between you and the previous owner.
Post # 3
ajmauro: I used to work as a purchasing manager for a huge bridal shop in Northern California. The problems with buying a dress “pre-loved” is exactly what you’re running into. So unless you’ve tried on the dress OR had a qualified bridal seamstress (not just good ole mom) open up the side seams of the dress to find out A) if there is ANY material left ?
and B) what condition is the that material in?
because 9 out of 10 times the material scars and is ugly from all the pinning, sewing, pressing, and altering again that then the sides of your dress if you let it out look like a battlezone of tattered material.
Especially for the fact that the bust was altered and you are a bigger bust size- that alteration will be right in front and could stick out like a sore thumb.
The safe route is of course to ALWAYS try on and see with your own eyes (and trained eyes!) what the condition is. And if you have to go with pre-loved get a size too big. You can ALWAYS take in but not ALWAYS Let Out.
Sorry for for the long reply!! Best wishes! Xox
Post # 4
Gabrielle713: thank you so much. This is absolutely the kind of information I was looking for. I never thought about the condition of the remaining fabric. Unfortunately the dress is on the other side of the country from me, so I can’t check it out.
If it’s too good to be true, it probably is!
Post # 5
ajmauro: I’m so glad I could help! Please let me know if you have any other questions!!
unfortunatley, I can’t tell you the number of times we had brides walk in devastated, trying to find a dress quickly because of these sorts of things!
Post # 6
SparkleBee11: 34C and 32D are “sister” cup sizes. So someone who is a 34C could actually fit into a 32D as well.
Post # 7
FoxyBride14: I know many people who *think* they are a specifc cup size when they are actually a completely different size, which is why I would question the cup size. 🙂 I do know exactly what you mean.
Post # 8
SparkleBee11: Yea, that is true.