Post # 1
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
Hello! I haven’t really found a thread about this, so I thought I would start one. I am petite (I am not talking about thin, though you could be – I am talking about porportionally smaller in every way from height to arm length to arm holes, etc.). I was wondering if any of you lovely Bees knew of any designers or stores that cater toward petite? The reason I am asking is after getting pants hemmed they generally look off (so I try to get petite) and when I was a bridesmaid last year wearing a long gown they had to pull the dress up a good six inches which cost a lot and made the dress look different than the other girls – the skirt had gathers to a certain point – (I am kind of afraid of trying on a regular sized gown, loving it and it looking awful after getting it completely remade for my height, or not going for a dress that would otherwise be great because I have no clue how it actually would look). I also don’t want to pay a small fortune on a seamstress essentially remaking an entire dress after paying. I know David’s Bridal carries a petite line, but any others?
Post # 3
@laceydoilies: Maggie Sottero and Alfred Angelo have the option of ordering the dress 3 inches shorter. They told me that the shorter dresses are pattern changes, so it’s not just 3 inches off of the bottom. The dress is 3 inches shorter proportionally.
Post # 4
Even if designers don’t offer petite sizes, many offer “hollow to hem” which means that when you order you dress they measure your length, saving you $ on alterations.
Post # 5
I got my gown at Alfred Angelo with the short option. With my 4 inche heels, my dress is perfect. No hemming needed at all. Allure also offers hollow to hem so make sure you bring your shoes or the shoe height you will be wearing and that should work just as well too.
Post # 6
Davids Bridal also has certain dresses that come in regular and petite. I have the same problem though, I am only 4’11 but also a size 12, so I can never get a good sense of the dresses I try on because everything is so damn long! Even when you do a routine google search for petite wedding dresses nothing much turns up. Good Luck!
Post # 7
I ordered mine from davinci and they do hem to hollow… I’m 4’11”
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2014 - Philadelphia, PA
Replying to follow this post since I am also a petite bride. 🙂
Post # 9
Commenting to follow. I am having a tough time with this, I’m obsessed with not ending up with a too long midsection!
Post # 10
I am petite and I will have my Maggie dress made 5″ shorter by the designer. they will do 3″ shorter at no cost, and 5″ shorter for a small charge (cost depends on the dress, mine is lace and it’s $40). I felt like th $40 was well worth it since i won’t be relying on a seamstress which could cost me hundreds with the lace.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
Thanks for the responses, ladies! I will definitely have to keep in mind to ask about paying a bit more for a different length! 😀 Anyone know of any designers that don’t allow you to do that?
Post # 12
@laceydoilies: I’m not sure about petite lines specifically. However, I’m 5’2″ and I can tell you out of all the dresses I tried on, Kitty Chen, Watters, Wtoo, and Modern Trousseau were the best fit for me. Kitty Chen and Watters are both Asian designers. I’m not sure if they design gowns on the small side for that reason but most of their gowns were flattering on me. I’m pretty much straight up down, as well, 33, 26, 33. Modern Trousseau is a bit more expensive but they’ll custom make the gown to you and they are made out of Charleston, SC.
Mermaid gowns did not work on me at all as much as I wanted one too. I also found that gowns with a lot of pattern or ruffles didn’t flatter me much either. You’ll likely find that trumpet, fit to flare, and ballgown suit you the most.
Good luck! Let us know what you end up with!