This dress was the first one I tried on and I bought it on the spot after putting on only one other one. After countless hours of online searching, I stumbled on the Bernadette and from then on went on a four-week hunt for a local vendor who had a sample in stock.
Once I found that vendor (and there was only 1 here in Phoenix, to my surprise), I was nervous b/c everyone constantly told me to not get my hopes up b/c of how different dresses look in person…..and as much as I LOVE this dress, they were right.
Tomorrow, I go in for my 2nd fitting and am nervous b/c they’ve done a LOT of work to it. Here’s why:
-If you have wide hips and a smaller bust like me, then this dress is challenging. I’m 5’7 and a size 4 everywhere else but my hips, so they had to order a size 6…to my surprise, the size 6 fits my hips perfectly, however I’m very petite from the waist up so the top is HUGE. Lesson #1: this dress is NOT designed for women with wide hips.
-Even if I were to have it altered just to fit my size, the original shape of the front-top half is NOT flattering to a small-chested woman. In fact, the better word is “bulky.” So the seamstress is making a deeper v-neck and lowering the sweetheart neckline under the lace to take away that bulkiness.
-Because of the open back, thickness of the fabric and bulkiness up top, I highly recommend having your seamstress sew in some thick bra cups — regardless of your chest size! Otherwise, you’ll look flat. Trust me.
-I was also really really surprise by how much of a mermaid shape this dress was…personally, I think mermaid shapes are for women without hips. And b/c i have very wide hips and a small chest, I felt like the dress made me look … disproportionate.
-also, the dress is very very very thick and heavy! Great quality, but just heavy and thick, which makes the mermaid shape even more uncomfortable b/c it feels very restricting.
-soooo….the seamstress is also taking out the mermaid shape, so the fabric will instead fall naturally off my hips instead of hugging them almost down to my knees….
Hope this helps….