Post # 1
Ok, so i’m really, really extremely curvy. I want to wear a mermaid gown, but the lady at the bridal store has to order a really big size for me. I’m a size 8 up top and a size 14 below… no kidding. I have 43 inch hips but a 27 inch waist with a 36 inch chest. It’s so ridiculous. She had me try on a sample size 14 and the top was literally falling off me. I have the same trouble with finding clothes, but at least I can buy the appropriate sizes when I shop since they are separate.
I hate dresses. I don’t get why I have such a freakishly pear shaped body! >=(
EDIT: I forgot to add.. I am trying to lose weight too, but it’s going to be ridiculous when I’m a size 4/6 up top and a 10-12 below. I mean, can a seamstress really take a size 14 dress and then bring the top in to a size 4 if I lose the weight I am trying to lose by my wedding? Isn’t that too drastic? I was told to order the size 14 as it is now…
Post # 3
I’m sort of the same way, I feel like I have the waist of a super model and the hips and chest of a football player! So when I tried on the sexy, body hugging styles I couldn’t get over the way they made me look. My consultant suggested trying something more a-line, and kind of flares off the hips to not make them look so big, and that helped a lot! I ended up liking dropped-waist ballgowns the best because they made my waist look small but balanced out my shoulders with the bigger bottom (also totally hiding my huge hips!) Have you tried other styles of gowns? Maybe see if another style might make you feel more comfortable?
Also, the alterations folks will take care of making your dress fit you even if you do go with the bigger sized mermaid dress. It’s always easier to take in a dress than to let it out, so that’s why they have to order the dress to your biggest measurement (i.e. the size 14).
Post # 4
You and I have the EXACT same measurements. It’s best to order the dress to fit the largest part of your body and have a seamstress work from there. I tried on a few mermaid gowns (no pics, sorry) and I thought they looked awesome. I say flaunt the curves!
Post # 5
absolutely! those alteration ladies/seamstresses are amazing. you need to order the smallest size that will fit the largest part of your body. it is much easier to reduce then expand. as a plus size small chested bride i totally understand.
but always remember to stay positive, remember that any reasonable weight goal you want to reach can be accomplished, and always always always remember that no matter what size you are you are beautiful no matter what. and the people altering your dress want to make your dream dress a reality and will do everything in their power to make that happen. Good Luck!
Post # 6
Could you find a few pics you like and maybe get a seamstress to make you something that’s actually a skirt and top? My friend did that, solely because she liked it, but it was impossible to tell it wasn’t a dress except when she lifted her arms etc. It could work – and then if you go for something v heavy or detailed, the boob area of the dress isn’t bearing the weight of the entire dress, if that makes sense? I’ll root out some pics if I can find any
Post # 7
roughly like this is what I mean, but obv its not a mermaid cut. It does look like a dress, though.
Post # 8
Oh my goodness – yes! I am a size 14/16 on top, and a 22 on bottom. I’ve had to order my wedding dress in a size 22. I tried on a 24 at the store and it was just falling off on top, though it fit me nicely on bottom. Bah, I hate the pear shape!
I’m hoping (and I’ve heard) that a gown with a corset back can be very helpful with our type of body shape. That was #1 in my mind when I was dress shopping! I’m guessing that will mean alterations to the top of the dress don’t have to be AS drastic as if there wasn’t a corset. But I guess we’ll see when mine arrives!
By The Way, this is my dress: http://www.bestbridalprices.com/mori-lee-julietta-wedding-dresses-style-3055-p-51916.html
Good luck on your hunt! 🙂
Post # 9
TOTALLY Understand you!!!! I am small on top and bigger on the bottom (boobs are not that small any more they decided to grow)…I am like a 8/10 onthe top and a 14/16 on the bottom. I ordered the DaVinci 50028 OMG fits curvy women like a glove, makes the waist looks TINY(er), hides the curves on the b ottom just a little but still can see the sexy silhouette, plus it has a corset back!!!
Post # 10
You are not alone! I’m also a few sizes different. I tend to be most comfortable/confident in empire gowns, but ended up with one that’s a little more fitted through the waist.
I had to be clipped like crazy to preview it on me. It just came in, so I need to get over there to see it, but trust me -the seamstresses can work amazing wonders.
Post # 11
Get it made for you? I know a great, inexpensive shop in Canada (NO outsourced work!) Please message for details
Post # 12
I bought that gown too! It looks SO much better on a curvy girl than on the model pic!
Post # 13
I think your shape is what makes a mermaid gown look fabulous on. Honestly, I think the style is gonna look amazing on you. I’m sure a two piece dress would definately be easier to order but I don’t think you’ll have a problem finding a seamstress who could fix the dress for you. I suppose the only concern would be cost if you went with a seamstress, since it would be a large job to take on. Either way, make sure you get the dress you want no matter what. 🙂