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Measuring for bridal gowns, bridesmaids, prom gowns and flower girls is one of the most important aspects you will need to consider when to order you formal gown online. We recommend that you have this done by a professional seamstress if possible. All bridal and formal wear is measured by 3 parts the bust, waist, and hip. When you are measuring for a maternity bridesmaids gown you will just need the bust measurement. Not every person is a perfect dress size you will need alterations. Whether it is just in the bust or a little in the waist,90% of all customers will need alterations on the gown they purchase.
How To Measure:
Bust: Measure around the fullest part of your bust, under your arms.
Waist: Your waist is measured above the belly button where you bend to the side. This is your natural waistline.
Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your body, placing the tape around midway below your belly button and above your upper leg.
Tip 1. Having a professional seamstress will ensure you have the most accurate measurements.
Tip 2. If you do not have a flexible measuring tape, use a piece of string and a ruler.
Tip 3. Remember to keep the measuring tape comfortably loose.
Tip 4. It is always better to order the size that is closest to the biggest part of your body. (A-line gowns can exclude Hips)
Matching Measurements to Size:
Once you have taken your measurements, see the corresponding designer’s size chart. These charts show how measurements are mapped to the designer sizes.
These measurements are taken to determine the closest size to be ordered. The bridal gown or bridesmaid dress or any gown for that matter is not custom made to exact measurements. If your measurements indicate one size for the “bust” and a different size for the “waist and or hips”, we suggest ordering according to the largest measurement.
Bridal gowns, Bridesmaids, and formal dresses can easily be taken in if they are too large. A skilled tailor or professional seamstress will be able to help you get the perfect dress with alterations.