(Closed) How true to size are Maggie Sottero dresses?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
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Newbee

I tried on a Maggie dress (Quinlynn) and it was pretty much true to street size…

Post # 17
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Wannabee

So I’m going to just throw this out here for anyone who may still be looking at this information.  I decided to buy a used maggie sottero (lorie) which has never been altered.  For reference, I wear a size 8 jean at express.  I’m 160lb, full figured.  Not exactly hour glass, but I have big hips and an almost balanced bust (36D).    My hips measure about 42 inches at the widest.  I was basing my sizing on the charlotte’s size chart which others have posted, which put me in between a size 12 and 14.  I just wanted to let you know that the gown that I just bought is easily 42 inches in the hip ( it’s a corset back and/but I had it laced completely together (aka as tight as it goes)  and I had PLENTY of room in it.  I am actually going to need to get it taken in a bit.  It’s a size 10.  TEN!  I think I could easily fit in a size 8 MS, at this point.  Either the dress I bought is stretched A LOT (it was worn for a couple hours previously, but nothing extreme..it looks like new) or there is some sort of designer/salon conspiracy.  

I have heard that salons would prefer to order you a size larger than they KNOW you will need, because 1) it protects them from your dress not fitting… and 2) if they knowingly order a size too big, you will have to get it taken in and they stand to make money on alterations.  I have no idea whether this is true, but fwiw… 

Post # 18
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m usually a size 6, sometimes 8 in street sizes, But I had to order a size 10 in my dress to accomodate my hips.

Post # 19
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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bebro001:  Thank you for sharing.  My hips are measuring at 45 1/2 (which according to the charts puts me in a size 16).  I tried on the size 14 and it was actually too big in the corset area/ bust and fit fine in the hips.  They even had to clip me in the butt area to show what the dress would really fit.  Have you tried to sit in your dress yet?  That is my concern — that everything fits great but that sitting may be an issue with my hips.  I just think if I order a size 16, I will be swimming in it and I definitely will need alterations all over.  What is the point of that?  I think some people are right, that if you order big then you have ot have alterations.  

Post # 20
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Bumble bee

I don’t understand how American sizing works, but I’m an Aussie street size 12-14 and ordered my dress in a 14 to fit my hips. I was very close to a 12, so I’d say they run largish for any Aussie girls!

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I tried on the sample size 8 which was way too small at hIPS and slightly small up top. I ordered the 12 for my hip area so I’ll see when it comes in. I’ve lost weight so should have went with the ten but better to take in!

Post # 22
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Helper bee

I am a street size 8/10 in South African sizes and my Sottero and Midgley fits with zero alterations – I bought a size 8

Post # 23
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

my street size is size 4, and it was also my wedding dress size (I have the maggie sottero Quincy gown). My dress does have a corset back.

Post # 24
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Wannabee

I mean, I can’t speak to everyone’s shape/style etc, but I have more than enough room to sit.  It’s an a-line gown though, so take that with a grain of salt… if you were getting a mermaid or fit/flare or something that doesn’t get progressively wider, YMMV.

If you felt like you were swimming in the sample, I see no reason to order a size up.  The only concern might be if that sample has been so abused as to have been stretched excessively… but I doubt it would stretch so much that they would have to clip you in, and still would expect you to order a size up.

I truly believe that the salon will always council you to order a size too big, because they don’t want the risk of your dress being too small, and because your alterations are a source of profit.

 

 

 

 

Post # 25
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Newbee

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shooting_star5711:  I’m having the same issue with the hip area. How much did they have to take in?  I tried on size 6 and they are tellilng me to get a size 8.

Post # 26
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Street size 6 Sottero dress (craiglist find!) size 4.

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I am usually a street size 2, sometimes a 0. I just got my size 0 MS Adalee in yesterday and it fits. It’s snug in the hips (which I wanted ) and sitting is slightly tricky.

Post # 28
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Helper bee

I have a Sottero and Midgely but it’s true to size for me actually. I am a street size 4 and my dress is a 4 which needs to be taken in! yay! 

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2016

My dress is a 4 (maggie: jacee) and I wear street size 2 or 4 depending on the designer. 

Post # 30
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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stran760:  do you mind sharing your measurements?  I’m  normally a size 0 in the street. My wedding is fast approaching and the style I want it’s only available on size 0. Thanks 

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