Measurements: What You Need To Know
You've been dieting, eating better and working out. You've lost 10 pounds, and we still actually expect you to order a size 12 gown? If the chart says so, yes we do -- and I'll tell you the same thing my mother told me when I found out my gown was going to have a "Size 14" tag in it: "Cut the thing out!" Remember, it's easier to cut a dress down than to try to lose that last inch, especially with all the goodies at the teas and showers!
Always remember that gown sizes may be, and often are, very different than regular clothing. You order your gown to fit your largest measurement size. So if your bust equals a size 14, your waist a size 12 and your hips a 12, you would order the 14. When you place your order, we show you the size charts from the manufacturer and discuss with you where your specific measurements place you on the chart -- but ultimately, the choice of what size to order is always yours. We do recommend, however, that if you're right on the edge of two sizes, order the larger.
So, how do you take your measurements? We recommend you have the professional seamstress who will alter your gown take your measurements for you. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TAKE YOUR OWN MEASUREMENTS - THEY WILL MOST LIKELY BE WRONG!
When you're measured, wear shoes with a heel height similar to what you plan to wear on your wedding day, wear a similar bra or bustier and, if you have one laying around, wear a similar petticoat. If you need help or have any questions, call us toll-free at 1-877-274-3321.
Your dress manufacturer may not need all these measurements, but it's good to have them all, just in case. Get measured for the following:
Not your bra size! Take the tape around your back and bring it across your nipple line (typically the fullest part of the breast). Your arms should be relaxed, down at your sides.
This is the smallest part of your waist. Typically it's an inch or so above your belly button.
This is the widest part of your hips, across the hip bone.
Hollow to Hem
This is a standard industry term. Start the tape at the hollow at the base of your neck and measure down to where you want the hem. If your skirt will be full, be sure to measure out at an angle to allow for the fullness. Also, be sure you're wearing the same height heel you'll wear on your wedding day.
Find your Natural Waist and then measure around your hips 7 inches below that.
Start the tape in your armpit and measure your straight arm to the wrist.
Relax your arm and measure around the largest part of the upper arm.
Center Back Width
This is the measurement from shoulder blade to shoulder blade.
Waist to Hem
Measure from your Natural Waist to where you want the hem to be. Be sure you're wearing the same height heel you'll wear on your wedding day.
Nape to Waist
Measure from the base of the neck at the back to the Natural Waist.
A "Gown Only" measurement is needed for strapless gowns. Take this measurement at the lowest center point of the front neckline and measure down to the lowest center point of the hemline. Also referred to as "Top of Gown to Hem".