Post # 1
So I found a Nicole Miller dress I just loved, and was measured for it once I realized how much I adored it. The size 8 sample was tight, but not awful, they have that lovely stretchy fabric, and it was pretty form fitting and beautiful.
So once I’m being measured for it, they tell me my measurements on the bottom are a size 16, and my top is a 6. So we’d have to purchase the size 16, and take in the top. I was surprised, as my street size in jeans is an 8 and NM is pretty normal sized when it comes to the weird wedding dress sizing, and then became concerned about the ability to keep the beautiful structure of the dress when taking the top in so drastically (for this dress or any other dress!).
Does anyone have any experience with this kind of alterations? I think no matter where I go, I’m going to end up needing to do intense alterations if I keep liking the style I like (in the picture below), and I just am NERVOUS because I have never had anything altered.
Also, wedding dress shopping has been much more stressful than I expected 🙁 as someone who had an eating disorder for most of my childhood, trying to squeeze my now-healthy body into these sample sizes is just so frustrating and sad at times. Sometimes the butt just won’t fit, or the butt fits, but the top then is big so I just can’t get an idea? And I just can’t imagine what the dress will ACTUALLY look like, given how disporportionate the dresses are on my weirdo frame. Am I all alone in this kind of stressful experience of the dress process??
Post # 2
- 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 # 3
Ah, that makes me feel better. Such a strange experience! I may have to try some different styles too 🙂
Post # 4
I had to order a larger size because of my hips, too. I think it’s very common. Alterations work wonders 🙂
Post # 5
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
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. 🙂
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 🙂
Post # 7
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
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
I agree with cucumberroll:
– even if the sample is stretched some, which is likely, you should be good to go in a 12 at least.
Post # 10
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
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
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.