Post # 1
I am excited to have FINALLY decided on which dress I will wear for my wedding! However, I’m having some trouble deciding what size to order. My measurements put me at a size 8 by Sottero and Midgley’s size chart. The dress I am getting is called Ashleigh, and I have tried it on in both a size 8 and a size 12. The size 8 was perfect size, but I felt restricted in my thighs and a bit uncomfortable walking. Comfort is a big deal for me, so my options would be to either:
1. Order a size 8 and have the dress let out 1 or 2 inches in the hips/thighs (from what I have heard this is supposed to be possible..)
2. Order a size 10 and have the dress taken in along the entire bodice. It would probably need to be taken in quite a bit so that the corset isn’t completely closed.
So which would you all recommend doing? I want to keep my alterations cost as low as possible but am not sure which would be a better option.
Here are photos of me in a size 8:
And here I am in the size 12:
Unfortunately, trying on a size 10 is not an option since none of the stores around me have that size.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Unless the seamstress told you that there is absolutely, 100%, positively enough fabric to let it out enough, I’d order the 10.
Post # 4
I’d order big and size down. It’s easier to take in a dress than it is to let it out.
Also, when I ordered my dress, I was between sizes according to the measurement chart. I got the bigger dress that accomodated my booty and would need to have the bodice taken in, but when it came in–no alterations necessary! I had lost weight, too–if I had ordered the smaller one I’d have been in trouble.
Post # 5
I was in the exact same situation as you with my Allure dress. I ordered the size up and would recommend the same to you. I know the seamstress says it is possible to let the hips out 1-2 inches, but I have always heard that its always possible to take a dress in, but it is much more difficult to let a dress out. I would play it safe and order it big knowing that it is guaranteed to be able to be altered to your size. The last thing you want is to end up with a dress that is too tight and there is nothing you can do about it!
Post # 6
Remember that sample dresses have been tried on a lot and are usually stretched out a bit. You may find that the 10 is pretty comfortable and I’d rather take the dress in than gamble on being able to let it out enough.
Post # 7
It is ALWAYS easier to size down than size up. Go for the size 10.
Post # 8
The 12 doesn’t look that big, so I bet the 10 will be great. It should be easy to take the 10 in a bit as needed.
Post # 10
@BlushingBrideNYC: thank you! i fell in love with the layers of lace 🙂
thanks for the advice, everyone. i was worried about the difficulty of taking in a lace dress so much, but from reading weddingbee, it seems like basically all wedding gowns can be taken in at least 2 sizes. i’m also thinking i may replace the corset with a zipper, so i’ll order the larger size to keep that option open.
Post # 11
My dress is Maggie Sottero Bernadette. The sample was an 8 and fit perfectly in the bodice but was tight in the hips. I ordered a 10 and they will take in the bodice.
Post # 12
Agreed, definitely go up. The bridal salon gave me the same advice. The sample dresses are put on so many times they are often very stretched out from their size.