Post # 1
Just joined the boards because you all seem so knowledgeable about this stuff 🙂
I know this has been asked before but thought I’d ask more specific to my situation – I just found my dress! Maggie Sottero Presca 🙂
I am very petite but pear shaped (29 bust, 23-24 waist, 35 hips, 36 low hips). According to the size chart I’m between a 0 and 2. The bridal consultant wants me to get the 0 because the dress is slim a-line – she said the hip measurement won’t matter. Any advice on what size to go with? I really worry it will be too small in the hip area – sounds like the bust it will still be big and waist I can adjust with the corset.
Thank you in advance for any help!
Post # 3
Hip measurement won’t matter, what on earth does that mean? My hips in most if not all dresses were the difference between a 12 and 14 so I find that hard to believe.
If you are concerned about it then order the size 2 and be at ease. A dress can much more easily be taken in then let out.
Post # 4
I was between a 4 and a 6 for my Maggie, and went with the 4 (what my consultant advised) I had a corset back as well so it fit me like a glove. I believe by the time of the wedding, I would’ve been closer to a true size 4 anyway, so it worked out well. Most consultants know what they’re doing so she probably does, but if you are willing to spend more on alterations (potentially) and want a piece of mind, you could order the 2.
Post # 5
I would think if it’s a slim aline that the hip measurement would matter. I can see maybe with a full aline it wouldn’t because it’s fuller in the hip area but with a slim wouldn’t it be tighter/less full? I would recommend the size 2.
Post # 6
Thanks for the advice, everyone!
Here’s the link to the dress on the site:
And here are pictures of me in the size 8….she pulled it back a ton in the first picture, second picture is of it not held back. It looks very a-line to me, which is why I’m even entertaining the idea of the 0 still.
My bust measurement is 2 inches smaller than the 0, waist measures exactly the 0, hip is 1 inch bigger than the 0 (my hip is exactly the measurement of the 2). Thoughts based on the style of the dress?
Post # 7
After seeing the pics, I think you should get size 2, you can always take in the bust and waist. This dress is a slim A-line, not like a fuller A-line, so it’s a bit fitted through the hips, which is what I really like about her. Presca looks beautiful on you, is this an ivory or white sample?
But, it’s a good thing you’re thinking about your decision before you order. I’m 5’9″ and I debated over and over about getting extra length, but the consultant talked me out of it, saying my shoes are too high. Now, I regret it majorly and it’s too late because my order has been placed…and there is probably nothing the seamstress can do to lengthen the dress if needed.
Post # 8
My dress is also slim a-line. It just came in, and even though my measurements were exact for the size I ordered, the seamstress will have to let it out slightly for my hips. I think I’d trust what your consultant says though. Even if the hips are too tight, they will be able to let it out.
Post # 9
I would be sure you can let it out – I measured between a 6 and 8 in Maggie Sottero and got the 6, and my dress is too tight! Bad news also is there is NO seam allowance so you can not let it out. I doubt that is specific to one style of Maggie Sottero dress and perhaps all her dresses do not have seam allowance to let you take it out.
Post # 10
I would get the size 2 and have it taken in. It’s possible the 0 might fight you fine but I would worry constantly about my dress not fitting. Another option would be to go try on other Maggies in size 0 and 2 if you can find samples and see what fits you best (ignoring what the dress actually looks like).
@Mrs.Snickerdoodle: The reason I wouldn’t “trust” a consultant (although that wording seems unfair) is because they are people too and they can make mistakes. Everyone is different, something that they’ve seen work on other brides before might not work every time in the future. Not that the consultant is at fault or lacks the knowledge, but counting on there being fabric to let out is always a risk.
Post # 11
@leeny: You were in the same predicament I was in.
My bust and waist were a size 12 and my hips a 14 (Loretta, Sottero & Midgley). My consultant recommended the 14 because it is a lot easier to build up the bust and take in the waist then to let out a dress.
Post # 12
I measured in 41 at my hips!! Hahhahahahaha yes I’m a pear shape so I think she said a perfect size 12 but I’m super small from the top 34 its corset so I’m sure they can work something out:) its always best to get a size up if your unsure they can sew it in:)
Post # 13
Thanks, for the advice everyone! I ended up getting the order changed to the bigger size – even if it’s just piece of mind, I think it’s worth it to not worry about whether or not the dress will fit. I appreciate the help 🙂