Q:What are some important things to keep in mind when measuring? A: Don't guess your size! Measure first then determine your size from the size charts that are provided on the product page. Order the size that comes closest to your measurements. If between sizes, choose the larger size as it is always easier to alter the dress down than to let it out. Remember, the size will not be displayed on the dress when you are wearing it, so don't get hung up on numbers.
In most dresses the waist and bust measurements are the most important, but if your dress is fitted through the hips (mermaid or straight skirt), you'll need all three. It's easy to add cups or a bra to make the bust measurement fit correctly, so don't worry if you have to go up in size to accommodate your waist measurement. Look for dresses with lace-up backs or sides to avoid problems with the dress fitting in the bust (and waist). Lace-ups allow for a more flexible fit. If you have a generous A-line, full, or ball gown skirt don't worry about your hip measurement... these skirts are easy to fit and hide everything!
Q: How Do I Measure? A: Measure over undergarments, use a cloth measuring tape, keep measuring tape level and pull it snug, but not tight. (If you will be wearing special undergarments with your dress, measure over those.)
1. BUST: Measure over unpadded bra or the bra you will wear with your garment, at fullest part.
2. WAIST: Measure at natural waist (or smallest part - usually about 1-2” above the belly button)
3. HIPS: Measure around fullest part of hips, keeping tape level all around (usually 8 inches below your waist)
Gowns can also be taken it at the sides, back and front seams and straps can be shortened. Many gowns do not fit in the bust and seem too large until the straps are taken up. This moves the gown up to the point where it's supposed to fit the body. You can add bra cups (or remove them) to avoid alterations to the dress bodice. This is easy and can really improve the look and fit of the dress!
Q: What if the dress I order doesn't fit me? A: We can’t stress enough how important it is to measure carefully and make sure you are looking at the correct size chart before you order! However, every body is different and many of our customers need alterations even after following the measuring and size chart guidelines. Don’t worry though because there are a lot of options to make your dress work for you!
As for the length, every gown we sell can be shortened somehow (even the beaded ones)... and most girls will need this done as the dresses are made to fit girls about 5’7”-5’9”.
Q: Do you have a seamstress? A: We do have a seamstress during prom season. She is available Wednesdays at our Hammonton location and Fridays at our Washington Township location, by appointment only.