Example: If your measurements are 38" bust, 29" waist, and 42" hip, you would select a size 14 according to the above chart for this example designer.
Most gown size 18 and up are considered "extra size" and may be subject to additional fees from the designer. Check when selecting the size before ordering. Extra size fees do not show up on your total in case they are not needed by the designer. The fees are added later when applicable.
Finally, your height is necessary to see if you need "extra length". Extra length may be subject to additional fees from the designer. Most people above 5’8” will need extra length. The extra length is an extra 3” – 5” of more fabric to work with. You use what you need and the rest your seamstress hems off.
You will need measure the point from the hollow of your neck to the hem length you desire. Do this with the shoes you will be wearing with your gown or dress for best results. A full length gown or dress should measure one inch off the floor in the front. A tea length dress is a short dress that fits just below the knee.
Dress Length or Hollow to Hem
Regular Full Length
Regular Tea Length
Full Length with Extra Length
Tea Length with Extra Length
Example: If you measure 58" from hollow to hem and you are getting a full length gown, you will need a need a "Regular Full Length with Extra Length" for this example designers size chart. There is a charge for extra length and varies by designer.
You are welcome to select any size and add extra length as you wish for your order. However, if you gown is too small, you may run into issues if you have to send it back for the proper size due to timing. Wedding Gowns can take up to 24 months and Bridesmaid Dresses up to 16 weeks. Please note that bridal sizes do not match street sizes. The dress sizes are smaller, making you choose a larger size number for a proper fit. Try not to obsess over the size number since bridal sizing is a whole other world. Remember, alterations can easily take a dress down 2-3 sizes. No amount of alterations can add fabric to a dress that is too small.
Special order formal gowns are not expected to fit “off the rack”. It is normal and expected that your gown will be a little roomy and you will need to have your gown altered to fit you perfectly. The extra room you may find in the dress is called "easement" and is designed for the seamstress to have room for proper alterations.
We strongly suggest that you use a qualified seamstress to do your alterations. Do you homework and find someone who has worked with wedding gowns to work with your special dress. Bridesmaid dresses are not as complex, but you still want the most qualified person to work on it. Please note that we are not responsible for faulty alterations or damages to you dress once it is in the hands of a seamstress or tailor.