Sizing Charts/Measuring Guidelines
Once you’ve obtained your measurements (see tips below), you can then use the specific designer’s size charts as a reference to select your size. These charts are directly from the designer and show how they cut their sizes. Keep in mind the designers do cut differently from normal street clothes so you may measure into a size you normally do not wear.
This garment will not be custom made to your exact measurements, and in most cases every wedding gown or bridesmaid dress will require some type of alteration. If your measurements indicate one size for the “bust” and a different size for the “waist and/or hips”, the designer suggests ordering according to the largest measurement. Wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses can be taken in, but due to the modest seam allowance in each garment, there may not be enough fabric to let it out to the size needed.
Measuring Guide - Use a professional!
Accurate measurements can be obtained from a bridal shop, seamstress, or tailor and they are often free. We recommend using a professional because this is the best way to ensure that your measurements are accurate. If using a professional isn’t possible, consult the guidelines below and have a friend/family member measure you. For orders submitted through our Online Order Form, we cannot accept responsibility for incorrect measurements or sizing decisions.
Once your measurements are obtained, select the appropriate size from the designer’s size chart. Alterations are the norm and may still be needed to ensure the proper fit.
Proper Measuring Technique
For accurate results, have the measurements taken in the undergarments you plan to wear under your garment.
- Bust: Heels together and arms down at your side, wrap the tape around and position it so it covers the widest part of the back and the fullest part of the bust. The tape should be laid flat against the body and pulled to. It should not hang loosely, or dig in. Important Note: Make sure the bra you wear during this measurement is the bra you plan to wear with this garment.
- Waist: Position the tape around your natural waistline. This area is usually above the belly button, and not where you wear your pants. Do not hold in your tummy! The tape should be laid flat against the body and pulled to. It should not hang loosely, or dig in.
- Hip: Place your heels together and position the tape around the widest part of the bottom and the widest part of the thigh. The tape should be laid flat against the body and pulled to. It should not hang loosely, or dig in. Please note: though this measurement is called “hips”, it is most often well below the hip bones!
- Hollow To Hem: Hollow-to-Hem is a specific length measurement. This measurement is taken from the depression at the base of the neck just above the collarbone to the hem. The tape should be pulled out according to the fullness of the skirt. You will need to take the measurement with the exact heel height you will be wearing.
Again, remember that different dress styles and body types may alter where to take this measurement. Consult a professional!