(Closed) does half an inch make that much of a difference?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think I would trust her. I don’t know much about alterations, but half an inch is tiny, most people lose weight before their wedding, and it sounds like the size 6 will = less alterations = less $$$, right?

Fyi, I’m in the same boat – between sizes 6 and 8! I bought a size 8 sample that will have to be taken in quite a bit, but I’ll worry about that in May.

Post # 4
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Newbee

i’m not sure but it looks like they could have a heck of a time with the top if there is a ton of extra material floating around.  Does the seamstress have alot of experience, she may know what she’s talking about.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

i ordered a size 6 too, but normally i would be an 8. and it was the same thing as you – the waist was half an inch too small.  i totally agreed with her because the bust was already way to big and i couldnt even imagine what the 8 would be. i got to try on the six because that was the sample, so i know it fits good. i might have to take out the corset flap thing in the back an inch and then it will be perfect. and from looking at your dress, its shape is a little similar to mine too. sounds like we have similar body types too, so i would just stick with the 6. i am not at all worried about mine

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

If they didn’t think it would work, they would try to push you for the larger size.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i had a similar situation.  i was a size 2 in chest and in between size 4 and 6 for both hips and waist.  i was only half inch off from the size 4, so they advised i go with the smaller size, especially since it’s a corset back.  i even e-mailed another bridal shop to see what they would have done, and they agreed to go with the 4.  i think your dress will be fine!  does it have a corset back or zipper?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

you’ll be good to go.  there is always some material they can let out if it’s a bit too tight but seriously a half inch is nothing 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I work in the garment industry so I am very familiar with the fit & construction of garments.  She is saying that she can let the waist out because the gown has a seam allowance. Which means that the dress will be made with extra fabric sewn into the seams. Seam allowances of 1/2″ are VERY common and more so in wedding gowns where they are meant to be custom fit.  Don’t worry, she knows what she is talking about.   

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think she did the right thing, half an inch around the waist is nothing. If the bust is too big it just ruins the dress I think. By The Way your dress is gorgeous! I’m sure you will look amazing!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I was the same way except it was in my hips (size 4 in the bust and the waist and between an 8 and a 10 in the hips…I never knew I was so hippy!) and they said that they could definitely take it out a half an inch so I ordered the 8.  I ordered mine from a store that didn’t actually have a sample of the dress.  I had tried it on elsewhere and I couldn’t remember what size the sample I had tried on was and I definitely worried.  I went to retry on the sample and to see what size it was and it was an 8 and too big in the hips so I wouldn’t worry, the sizing chart may allow for extra room anyway!  And they really will push for you to order up if they won’t be able to make the alterations. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I was the same way, but in the hips! I was about an 8 in the hips, but everywhere else I was between 4 and 6. I ordered the 6 and I’m not worried about it at all! A half an inch is nothing. I think this is one of those situations where it is better to let it out a little bit than to take it in a lot!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

With the dress I got, our seamstress said it had such large seam allowances that it could have been let out up to three inches.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I find that most wedding/bridesmaids dresses are actually a little larger than the measurements say they should be.  One of my bridesmaids was a size 12 in the hip according to measurements, but tried on a sample 6 and it was too big.  

 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Listen to your consultant.  Mine was waaaaay too big in the boobies and the seamstress doing my alterations couldn’t get the bust to lay flat on my chest.  There was no way for her to fix it unless she took the whole top apart, which would mean redoing the boning, rebuilding the internal corset and rebeading everything.  It was too much work so I had to live with some extra space in there.

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