Post # 1
hi bees! I recently got engaged (7/16/10) and went to look at dresses for the first time yesterday. I am a street size 12 with Dirty Delete boobies. the 16’s were snug up top, the 18’s were too big, AND NO SELECTION!!
ughhh. i was wondering if anyone had any advice as to where I could go for a better selection? I am in the Dallas area for the next week, but then we are moving to Northern California (a fairly remote part).
My wedding will be in DFW next fall, so i’m not necessarily looking to buy right now, I just wanted to get an idea of what styles look good on me. I will be down here again at christmas and in the spring.
Post # 3
I know how you feel. I tried on 40 dresses before I found the one dress that at least fitted me properly on top. I’m a size 14 street size on top but size 10 on the bottom which made it hard. On top of that, i’m petite and am 5 feet tall so a lot of the dresses were hanging passed my feet.
My advice to you is that you still have quite some time considering your wedding date so take your time to look around and possibly consider having your dress custom made for you so it will fit perfectly. I used to live in Northern Cali and there a tons of bridal stores and a few seamtresses who can custom make dresses for you.
Here’s a link to a seamtress who makes/alter wedding dresses http://www.lanasstudio.com/
Also, there’s this site “etsy.com” where they have creative people who can custom make a dress for your size. Take a look around and see if you can find someone to help you.
I hope I was able to give you some insights.
Post # 4
Thank you for those sites! I have a seamstress here that I was thinking about talking to, I will check out etsy!
Post # 6
You should always go with the larger, and have it altered down, not the other way around.
I doubt many of us fit into any of the sample dresses at the shops. I think out of the 30 or so dresses, that only happened once for me.
I’m a street size 8 or 10 and I had to buy a 14!
Post # 7
I’d make a trip down to the Bay Area. Particularly try Glamour Closet, which is consignment. There are also a ton of bridal stores in the Bay Area. Sacramento’s House of Fashion also has a huge selection. If you find a larger size you like it’s not usually a problem to have it taken in. I’d buy and alter the dress near where you live so you’re not trying to fit it into quick trips back to Dallas.
Post # 8
You should try a Maggie Sottero dress. I wear an 8/10 in street clothes and I’m a Dirty Delete up top and the idea of taking a size 18 gown and altering the hell out of it just made me sad. I ended up with a size 10 in a Maggie dress because it has a corset back (really, any corset back will allow you to do this) in a normal size that allowed for the difference between waist and chest. I highly, highly recommend! Also, they’re very supportive b/c you tie them up anyways, and i didn’t wear a bra with mine (i didn’t want to look bigger, right?) and it stayed up, no problemos. The sample sizes were usually a size 6, but I felt like i could at least get it UP my body (once it’s 100% untied) even if I couldn’t tie it, so I could get an idea of how it looked on me. Maggie makes a lot of really great destination style dresses, too.
Post # 9
Davids Bridal and Alfred Angelo both have a good selection of sizes. You could go there, if for nothing else, to find out what silhouettes and fabrics work for you.
Post # 10
I second that about David’s Bridal and Alfred Angelo’s. They both have a nice selection of dresses for us full figured ladies. The corset back is another great option, since you wouldn’t have to go nearly as big. And don’t let dress sizes get you down! I know it sucks to have to be trying on big sizes (I’m there!), but just remember that wedding dress sizes tend to be pretty whack.
Post # 11
Thank you guys again, I am going to start looking in CA when I get up there next week. I also talked to a seamstress here who is really helpful.
Post # 12
I have to agree with ejs4y8 about corset backs in general and Maggie Sottero dresses in particular. I’m also curvy, with a smallish waist and Dirty Delete chest, and the corset backs were the most comfortable and looked the best (and mine didn’t have to be altered, we can adjust the fit through the ties). And it is one of the only strapless dresses I’ve ever had on that felt like it wasn’t going anywhere. I tried on a bunch of corset backs, and the Maggie ones were the best. My samples were size 10-14, so it depends on the shop.
But my firend ordered a size 20 gown for her wedding and had it altered to a 16 in the waist to fit her, so that is an option too.
Post # 13
I’d reiterate again a vote for looking at Maggie Sottero styles. I’m a 14/16 street size and was extremely worried to go dress shopping. I live in the Sonoma County area of NorCal and wanted to avoid the city if at all possible (I HATE driving down there). There were several stores in my area that I hit- Brides N Maids (Santa Rosa), Gilda’s Bridal Touch (Santa Rosa– though their selection was VERY dated), Wedding Warehouse (Petaluma), and Starlight Bridal (Santa Rosa). I ended up finding my dress- a Maggie Sottero- at a place called Wine Country Bride in Santa Rosa (formerly Galleria Bridal, but now under new ownership).
Good luck finding your dress!
Post # 14
I had never tried on a single wedding dress until I ordered mine online. I had it custom made to my measurements and it fit me perfectly, no alterations or anything. You may have to go the custom-made route.
Post # 15
Try a Maggie Dress and go to trudys in Ccampbell, CA. They have a ton of Maggie dresses in 14-22. I have a Maggie size 16, am a D cup and it works out great.