(Closed) Ball gown dress for petite frame

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

My SIL really wanted a ball gown. She is 4’11” and 88lbs, so similar in size to you. She probably tried on 20, but nothing ever seemed right. She ended up going with a slip style wedding gown. I know this isn’t the answer you’re looking for, but I always thought she gave up too soon.

Post # 4
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You really need to try them on. I really liked with this one, its a massive cinderella dress, so stunning and wouldn’t disappoint any princess bride, I didn’t buy it but I thought about doing so for over 8 months. The train on this is almost 2.5 metres long, its incredible.


Post # 5
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m definitely not as slim and petite as you are, but I did order a petite size in my ballgown. I’m 5’4″ and pear shaped – not much going on top, but in a ballgown that’s the only place people see that you LOOK petite! The petite sizing was good for me because not only did it take off length of the skirt, it took length off the bodice above the waist of the gown. It made a HUGE difference, seeing myself in the petite I ordered versus the regular length one I tried on. Proportions will be key for you – not just whether a skirt is too long or floofy, but how the length of the bodice fits on your body, especially to your natural waist and bustline.

I’ve chosen a narrower crinoline to wear under my ballgown, although it could accommodate a bigger, wider one. This also helped me, I think it balanced the overall look for me. I got the shaping and the “poof” of the ballgown skirt without making it overwhelming. Some ballgowns shown in ads are really amped up with huge crinolines. If you like the shape and style of a gown, try it on with different fullness crinolines. It’s another way to tone down the overall bigness of the look without losing the princess factor.

Good luck!!!

Post # 8
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@amyharper: I think it is possible and all a matter of proportion. Try them on and go for it. I am 5’2″ and bought a Benjamin Roberts/Anjolique dress that carry a petite line! You should look into them. 🙂 My dress was a fit and flare, but I bet they have ball gowns.

Post # 10
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I am 5′ and bought Maggie Sottero Ambrosia. I love it. Try them on and see what you think! I also thought I wouldn’t be able to do a more poofy dress but I was wrong!

Post # 11
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012


This is me in the SAMPLE of my dress. It’s an 8 regular. 

Based on the measurements, I ordered a 6 Petite. It took everything in a little bit from the sample 8, and the skirt is three or four inches shorter (totally standing on a box there). The key to me is that the bodice is about 1.5-2 inches shorter. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but I think  the 6P looks so much better on me because of it. The beading is up a little higher, the transition between the fabric styles is higher – it just works so much better overall. I’m very short-waisted.

I don’t have pictures of me in my actual size, unfortunately. But it sits much better on my natural waist and bustline – so well that I really don’t need ANY alterations up top besides cups! 

The pictures above show the dress with no crinoline at all. I’m going to wear an A-line one, just to hold the dress out from my legs and make movement more comfortable. With a fuller crinoline, this can be a super-poofy ballgown. It wasn’t my style, but the shape was gorgeous. I think I’m making the best of both worlds.

This is David’s Bridal Galina Signature SWG9902. On their website the model is wearing it with more crinoline, and in some of the reviewers’ photos I think they are too. It just goes to show you really have a lot of flexibility with some ballgown skirts – you can make them work for you! Just remember that proportion is what it will come down to in the end.

Post # 12
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m 5′ and around 100 pounds. I wore Casablanca 1992 (no crinoline in this picture)


Post # 13
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My suggestion is to buy some really high heels and try on the dresses with thise. I am 5’2″and my taller friends are jealous because I can wear some mega girly heels with my dress and not be taller than my Fiance. I have almost 4″ Benjamin Adams heels that will make me 5’6″ and it helps make my poofy dress look better. 

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