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How Do You Measure Up?

To make sure you get the right dress size, you first have to make sure you measure yourself properly. Then you have to make sure you refer to the right size chart for the designer of your dress.

Here’s how to measure.

Remember that dress sizes are standardized but bodies are not!  It’s important that the dress fit comfortably throughout the middle of your body.  Everything can be adjusted accordingly.  Wear the type of undergarments you plan to wear with your new dress, or comfortably fitting clothes.  Measuring may be easier if you have someone else help you, or perhaps get sized by a professional seamstress. Don't hesitate to contact us if we can help you out. That's what we're here for!

Measuring is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3.

1.  Bust
Measure around the fullest part of your bust line, arms to your side.  Be sure the measuring tape is comfortable and not too tight.
2.  Waist
Measure around your natural waistline, generally about one inch above your naval.  Not too tight – you should be able to put your finger between the tape and your body.
3.  Hips
Measure around the fullest part of your hips.  Keep your legs together and the tape comfortably loose.
Now, refer to the size chart for the designer of your dress, and select the appropriate size.  Sizes can vary significantly from designer to designer, so make sure you use the correct chart.
Expect alterations!  Since dress sizes are standardized it’s not unusual that it will need to be fitted to your individual body after delivery.  Skirt length, bust adjustments and strap length are common alterations.
If in doubt, go large!  It’s easier to take a dress in than it is to let it out.
You might also consider consulting with an experienced seamstress in your area.
If still in doubt or if you have any questions contact us.  We’d be happy to give you a hand!
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