(Closed) Will be 8 months at my sisters wedding, what size dress to order?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

I’m 33 weeks right now, have gained about 18 pounds (which is well within the recommended range for this point), and can’t really imagine just wearing a bigger size in a regular dress. Everyone is different, and alterations would probably help…. but your dimensions as a third trimester pregnant person are just SO different than those of someone who is a proportional bigger size than you, that I’d guess it would probably be easier to make a dress from scratch than to take, say, a size 16 and alter it to fit you. One of my bridesmaids was 7 months pregnant at my wedding and I thought we’d be able to do this, but when it came closer to the wedding we realized there was no way it was going to work, so I asked her just to wear a maternity dress in some kind of complementary color to what the other girls were wearing (and she’s a small person who wasn’t carrying particularly big).

Maybe talk to the dress shop that you’re ordering from and ask if they have any ideas? It may work for you, but it’s SO hard to tell in advance how much weight you’ll gain and how you’ll carry, that I’d make sure to have a backup plan just in case.

Post # 4
43 posts

my suggestion is to go to store near you that carries that brand of dress, do your measurements and talk to them – every brand does their sizing differently, so it really depends on the brand and style. i’m in 2 weddings while pregnant and a Maid/Matron of Honor 1 month after my due date. the ladies in the stores were super helpful in assisting me to order (hopefully) the right size. for the one a month after, i actually order extra fabric as well, so i have some flexibility if i need it (i also ordered a size up for a flowy chiffon dress and 2 sizes up for a taffeta fitted dress.) just remember that it is far easier to take a dress in then to let it out.

also some lines (like amsale) have maternity versions of their Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, so it might be worth looking at that. good luck!


Post # 5
1813 posts
Buzzing bee

If they don’t make maternity dresses, then I would order up 1-2 sizes (probably 2) + order extra fabric from the dye lot.  Your ribs and chest will be expanding, too, so hopefully there is a way to alter that top.  I’m not sure that dress shape will work, but you could always have a special panel in the back and just avoid having pics of your back or have a bow or something to cover the alterations.

Post # 6
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Sorry, but I doubt that dress in *any* size will work. I was a size 6 before pregnancy, and I went to Macy’s to buy a Christmas dress when I was 8 months pregnant. I didn’t like any of the maternity dress options, so I went to the regular dress department and tried on a bunch that looked like they would fit, in sizes 8-14. NONE of them would even begin to zip and I realized that I was insane for even trying. Can you find a maternity option in the same color?

Post # 7
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - St. Catherine of Genoa, Jin Asian Cuisine Restaurant

This happened to a coworker of mine last summer. I think she ordered the long version (for the extra fabric in the front) of the dress, and then closer to the wedding she had it hemmed shorter to match the other girls and to fit her belly. Is there a longer version of the dress you could order?

If so, order the long version of the dress in the dress size that will fit your chest (and be conservative, your chest will probably continue to grow!), and then you can have it hemmed up to the proper length. This will give you enough fabric in the front so that your hem line won’t be much higher than the back!

Post # 8
2820 posts
Sugar bee

It’s going to depend where your bump is too.  I’d go to the shop and ask them.  Order the bigger of the two sizes they tell you.  A good seamstress can alter the dress down with little problems while you can’t make fabric appear from nowhere if you get a size too small.  No matter what you’ll have to get the dress altered, pregnancy bodies are just different than non-pregnant bodies and everyone’s pregnant body is different.  But also take in to account that usually it’s not just your bump that grows it’s also your boobs.  I think most people gain 2 cup sizes and a band size so you need to have more room not just in the tummy area but also in the boobs. 

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