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How to measure

Measurement guide

How to Measure
Is the number size in a bridal dress as important to its actual size as its color is? No, it is not. You’ve been dieting, eating better and working out. You’ve lost 10 pounds and we actually expect you to order a size 12 gown? If the chart says so, yes we do. Here’s another area we differ from the so-called full-service salons. When you place your order, we show you the size charts from the manufacturer. They’re based on your measurements. If you’re right on the edge of two sizes, order the larger. 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. Gown sizes may be, and often are, very different than regular clothing. I’ll tell you the same thing my mother told me when I found out my gown was going to have a “Size 12″ tag in it: “Cut the damn 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!

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 BE WRONG! Use a vinyl tape-measure; fabric ones tend to stretch over time and your dress will be ordered too small. When you measure, 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. Measure the following:

Bust
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.
Natural Waist/Waist
This is the smallest part of your waist. Typically it’s an inch or so above your belly button.
Hips
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.
Low Hip
Find your Natural Waist and then measure around your hips 7 inches below that.
Inside Sleeve
Start the tape in your armpit and measure your straight arm to the wrist.
Arm Girth
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.