(Closed) Sample Sizes vs Measurments… What size to choose

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

The size is going depend on the brand and normally I would say go with what the shop suggests – BUT I just heard a horror story the other day that a bride was told to order 2 sizes to big… then the shop charged her major for alterations.  But on the other hand it is true what she said about the sample being stretched.

Can you go to another salon that offers the same dress and get a second opinion?  I’m not sure how else you could resolve this.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

When I bought my dress, they recommended that I order up to a 12 even though the sample 10 zipped, for the same reason that the sample was stretched. Well, the 12 was too large for me, so then it had to be altered down, and the seamstress never got it as tight as I would have liked. So, in hindsight, I wish I would have just ordered the 10 knowing that I could lose a little weight if it was legitimately too small. My dress was a ballgown though, so I only had to deal with the fit in the bust, but I think I would still only go with a 14 if I were you. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@ChocoTaco7568:  Or you could call the salon, give them your measurements and ask what size they’d recommend for you.  Or better yet, can you call the manufacturer itself?  Or could you have the zip closure turned into a corset to fix the bust and size problem (if one occurs)?

Just thinking out loud here… 🙂

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would go with your gut on this one. While what she said is correct, samples sit on racks for months, getting tried on my hundreds of people. The sample could easilly get very stretched if they often make the effort to try to get it done up. How many samples do they carry? Do they just have each dress in one sample size? if they do then it’s more stretched then you would think. if they carry multiple sample sizes of each dress then it wouldn’t have stretched too much. 

I agree with a previous poster, try that same dress on elsewhere, you may even be able to find a shop that has a sample in the correct size, or even the 16 their suggesting you order, then you could try it on and see how huge it is, or isn’t.

I think some salons hope to make money off alterations, and others just assume that most brides gain weight over the engagement.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I always thought they order larger on purpose just to generate revenue from alterations, but I tend  toward the conspiracy theory. 

I had a bridal shop lady tell me that’s not the case, and that they order larger because it’s better to alter down sizes than up, because the seams let out can show the holes from the previous stitching.  

Basically they go by your measurements and the manufacturer’s size chart.  They have to order the largest size that any of your measurements fit – for example, my hips are a little larger in proportion, so the size my hip measurement falls into is one or two sizes above the size my waist measurement or bust measurement would fall into.

Although, I was thinking if the dress is a ball gown with a natural or empire waist then I would think the hip measurement wouldn’t necessarily have to do that, since the fitted part of the gown would be the bust and waist.

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Samples do get stretched, but not as much as you were told. If the size 12 was zipped up, I would get the size 14 and not any larger. 

With my dress, the salon told me to order it too big and I had to pay quite a bit in alterations. Unfortunately, I think some shops do that on purpose 🙁

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

i bought my dress off the rack since the sample fit me and it has recently arrived so it was nice and clean and fresh and with a great discount since they want those babies rotating. but when we ordered an evening dress for my mom she looked like shed need to go up one size from the sample, the lady measured her and suggested she needs two sizes up…the dress came and was way too big and had to be taken in…at additional cost ofcourse

but its always a gamble i guess too big is better than too small

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

another option is getting the 14 and asking for a corset back, that lets the size be a little more flexible you can always adjust how tight/loose you want it

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

You should go with the measurements. The dresses do stretch out and you’ll be paying for alterations either way. How much alterations cost depends on the number of seams opened, not how much those seams come in, so unless the dress is coming in multiple sizes (like you bought a sample sale dress at a 12 and woud’ve orderd at 4), it’s not going to change the alterations cost. You do not need to order above the size that accommodates your largest measurement though, so there’s no reason you should be told to order a 16 or 18. If the 16 fits all your measurements, you should get the 16.

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