Post # 1
Hi fellow bees 🙂
I am after some help regarding a dress from Dressilyme. I have found a dress I love, but it is an empire waist and I am wanting a more natural a-line. I am not entirely sure how to explain that to them. I sent a couple of pictures of the style I am wanting, along with a picture of the dress I am wanting, and Milly, who I am dealing with, said that both styles appeared to be a natural a-line. I’ll insert some pics and hopefully someone might be able to help. Thank you in advance x
This is the dress I am wanting to buy – love the skirt! But as I said, it is much more an empire line rather than a natural a-line. Really, I am just wanting to narrow the wide ‘belt’ part just under the bust and then drop it down slightly, but agan, I cannot for the life of my think how to explain that ha ha ha
Look forward to hearing from you! Thank you again
Post # 3
These are the pictures I sent of the more a-line style I was wanting.
Sorry the pics are so large – I’m not the most computer savvy person and can’t figure out how to make them smaller 😉
Post # 4
i would have to agree with the dressmaker, that first dress hits the model right on her waist so it is not empire line. You might want a very slightly dropped waist?
Post # 5
Both dresses you posted are considered “natural waist”
Post # 6
I tried on that dress- it actually hits at the natural waist line. One option is for you to measure from the point of the bust cup (top of each sweetheart peak) to your waist, and then tell them you want the bodice to be that length? On the picture, draw a line from the sweetheart peak to the waist and say, “I want this part to be xx inches long.”
Post # 7
Thank you all so much for your responses! It is actually a huge help and relieving to know that you agree it is natural waist. Initially I thought it was natural a-line and then read the description of the dress on the Dressilyme website and it said it was empire line.
Ideally I would like the band around the waist to be slightly narrower so that I can wear a belt (similar to the one in the 2 pictures I posted), so hopefully that will be possible.
Again, thank you so much for your help!
Post # 8
@Starletise: if you’re worried about how to get your point across, the best way is to draw a picture of what you want. Open the image in a simple image editing program, and draw over the image where you want the sash to go. That will help them know exactly what you’re looking for 🙂
Post # 9
Yeah, I think you need to say that you want a longer bodice. I agree with providing them with measurements. I am failry tall and I had a huge problem finding a dress with an appropriate length bodice. Most of them were meant to be a natural waist, but they hit me and inch or two above my waist, which throws off the whole look.
Post # 10
You might tell them you don’t want an empire waist, but a natural waist, so to lengthen the torso and adjust the rest rest accordingly.