(Closed) huge difference in waist/booty: will the dress end up okay?! (+general anxiety)

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Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Athol Hall, Mosman

Don’t worry too much, that type of altering should be super common for pear shaped brides. I’d be in the same situation if I hadn’t chosen a ballgown for myself (18/20 on top and 24 on the bottom). In my case only the top measurements really matter. As long as your bridal salon has a good rep, you should be fine. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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lkr2015:  I had to order a larger size because of my hips, too. I think it’s very common. Alterations work wonders ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

I don’t have advice, but I have to say this: you don’t have a weirdo frame at all!! I think you look amazing.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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lkr2015:  Like the consultant told me last weekend, having a butt is not a bad thing and some people would kill for curves (This is what she told me when we tried to unsucessfully fit my behind in a size 4 dress and I got stuck)… I am a petite sized woman. I have a very small top- xs in shirts, small waist, but my hips put me in  size 8/9 jeans and I am 5’0. I am going to have that same issue, I would need a larger size dress and need the top taken in drastically to be able to fit my proportions. So do not feel alone. ๐Ÿ™‚

Just make sure that you find a great person to do the alterations who knows what they are doing and who is able to make sure the dress fits in the best possible way without loosing its appeal ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I am an 8/10 and curvy, like you. I expect this is par for the course for a form fitted dress. Sorry you are feeling stressed, bee!

Post # 8
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Busy bee

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lkr2015:  I also had to size up in order to accomodate my butt and then have A LOT taken in on top. My dress looked totally different from yours, but the seamstress did a great job and you could not even tell the top had been altered so much.

As a sidenote, can you not just buy that sample you are wearing in the store? Or order that size? Just from these pictures, it looks fantastic on you and fits like a glove!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I agree with

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cucumberroll:  – even if the sample is stretched some, which is likely, you should be good to go in a 12 at least.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My hips were THE ONLY place that my alterations had to be done, and nowhere else! She did have to adjust some of the top (I had a v-neck after they were taken out, but it wasn’t too much more work.

I did order the size that I tried on in the store (10), and the hip area was a little stretched out from trying on, so I figured it’d be OK. When it arrived, it was pretty tight in that area, but not horrible. The gal that did my alterations did a great job making everything even out, even with the hip situation.

My dress was mermaid-ish and it all worked out! Whoever does your alterations will know exactly what to do.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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Mine is sheath.  This was a sample size 8 which is too small.  I ordered the 12 and lost weight.  The twelve is too big in the hips and way too big at top.  A size 16 sample seems a bit extreme to me!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I am another with much larger hips than waist or bust. You aren’t a weirdo by any means!  It was a moot point for me when I was buying a wedding dress though, as I bought an A-line dress, which fit at the waist. My consultant didn’t even measure my hips because it was irrelevant to the sizing. 

I would NOT order this dress in a size 16 though if I were you! You fit into a size 8 zipped, even if it was stretched from being a sample there is no way that you need a size 16. I would say a size 10 or maybe a 12, depending how much wiggle room you want. I would go back and ask them to measure you again, and explain your concerns. It is easy to take the top in 1 to 2 sizes, but if you order a size 16 and it’s too big all over it might be more difficult for the alterations to be done properly.

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