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post #1 of 37
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Okay, not quite. But I am having the hardest time finding a dress! It's out of my budget to have something custom made, and I can't find anyplace that sells pretty ready-to-wear in petite sizes. It doesn't even need to be a wedding dress! I'd get married in a champagne or pale pink evening dress if I could find one. This is making me nuts.
post #2 of 37
Wow, how petite are you?

I'm sure you'll find something fabulous!
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post #4 of 37
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Originally Posted by pinkdaisy226
Wow, how petite are you?
Well, the last time I went to try on dresses, I felt like a gnome compared to the other women there. A short-torsoed, high-waisted, flat chested gnome. With big hips. Attractive, no?
post #5 of 37
That's hot! Eh I'm probably the same, I just don't like to think about it!
post #6 of 37
When I was planning my wedding, I shocked my friends when I told them I'd just wear my "dressy pink outfit" and "black heels". They dragged me out to look at new clothes, and finally talked me into buying a new dress (aqua; worn twice, so a very bad purchase) and new sandals (white: that was a regrettable purchase, because I only wore them 2 or 3 times). They didn't even attempt to get me to look at wedding dresses. I really would have preferred to wear my comfortable jeans, sweatshirt/fleece top, and sneakers. My husband bought a new suit, and wore it once. I gave it to a guy who'd been burned out of his home a couple of years later. My advice is: be yourself!
post #7 of 37
Stefanie theres some lovely dresses on that link that MA put up!. I'm only 5'1" and i had to buy an evening dress for a function but i always wear heels anyway.

Those dresses on the link are quite a decent price as well
post #8 of 37
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Originally Posted by hissy
Some nice dresses there MA, thanks! I suppose if I got something that didn't have work on the bottom, I could have it taken up.
post #9 of 37
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Originally Posted by rosiemac
Stefanie theres some lovely dresses on that link that MA put up!. I'm only 5'1" and i had to buy an evening dress for a function but i always wear heels anyway.

Those dresses on the link are quite a decent price as well
Yes, I just looked at the dresses there, some are quite nice.

So you understand my problem--I'm 5'2". It's not just the length though--I've always found that regular sizes don't hang quite right on me and they have to take the shoulders up and the bust in.
post #10 of 37
Hmm, make sure they're clean, in case you're in a car wreck.

Good luck!
post #11 of 37
Ohh i know how you fell!
i saw some beautiful wedding dresses! and no im not getting married yet but i am eaves dropping with him and his mother and he has mentioned a few times we dont have a set date or an engagement yet.
BUt i know how you feel. Im too small to wear a normal dress so i always have to get the bottom custom made!
although the dresses i would like to have are 900 euros i presume about the same as US $$$ it is still out of my range for another year!
I mean 900 euros is the average pay here!
My friend in england is getting married this september but they are having a baby in april. They are having some sort of wedding i cant remember what its called but its going to be out in the woods with a big pig thing on fire or something!! i have no idea but i wanted to dress up untill he told me.
COME IN YOUR JEANS WE DONT WANT A FANCY WEDDING i was like :O!
they are going as tees and jeans and Boots to the registry office!!!
But they do have a secret for the family at the feast.... all i can say is that you can get a custom made dress on ebay for cheap! Thats what they are doing

I HOPE NOONE KNOWS HIM READS THIS!!
post #12 of 37
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Originally Posted by mamacat
Yes, I just looked at the dresses there, some are quite nice.

So you understand my problem--I'm 5'2". It's not just the length though--I've always found that regular sizes don't hang quite right on me and they have to take the shoulders up and the bust in.
im 5'2 also but my body figure is just too weird for a normal dress.
post #13 of 37
was the issue lenght or otherwise? most dresses come styled so they can be hemmed shorter by a seamstress.. (i'm 5 feet tall, but I'm not petite in the other direction.) Promise me though that you will select something that falls down from your hip, though, and not the kind that just keep going out forever *laughs* i hate wedding dresses that make one look like a meringue. they are especially unnatractive on short woment, I feel. it's a good way to make you look shorter.
post #14 of 37
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Originally Posted by turtlecat
was the issue lenght or otherwise? most dresses come styled so they can be hemmed shorter by a seamstress.. (i'm 5 feet tall, but I'm not petite in the other direction.) Promise me though that you will select something that falls down from your hip, though, and not the kind that just keep going out forever *laughs* i hate wedding dresses that make one look like a meringue. they are especially unnatractive on short woment, I feel. it's a good way to make you look shorter.

Ooh, no meringue dresses! I told everyone--I do not want a dress that makes me look like a birthday cake! My problem is all directions really. Of course everything is too long. But then, not that I'm so skinny, but regular sizes just seem to have the wrong proportions for me--the waist falls in the wrong place, the straps are too long, the bust is WAY too big. I find that if I buy a petite size, then they have to hack less out of the dress, which is important if there's work on the bodice or anything like that.
post #15 of 37
My evening dress had bones in the top half so it gave a better shape.

Mine was something similar to the cream dress at the bottom of the picture in MA's first link.

The shop where i bought it from told me to stay away from the long skirts with those bustier tops because of me being so small.

I wouldn't care but i liked them as well!
post #16 of 37
Stefanie, are you doing a formal wedding or are you open to other ideas?

My sister's second wedding was a semi-formal affair on her in-law's very large back porch in the mountains. Beautiful, really. Sam didn't want the whole big wedding dress and spending a ton of money on a dress she could only wear once, so she and Mom went to Nieman Marcus on a search. They found a really beautiful piece of lingerie, yes really - lingerie. It was a cream satin, above the knee piece with beautiful (and covering) lace for the bodice. She just found some matching lact to applique to make the back less plunging. She looked lovely, and no one had any idea it was supposed to be worn in the bedroom.
post #17 of 37
Gee, I wish I had this problem. I'm 5'1" so I understand the problem there, but I am disproportional... I have no hips, and a large large large bust. My problem is designers make pants for either short skinny people or tall skinny people. No short and medium waisted people... and lets not even discuss shirts! GR. I have decided when I get married, I'm wearing a potato sack and saving myself the trouble.

On a happier note.... I hope you find something beautiful and congrats!
post #18 of 37
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Originally Posted by valanhb
Stefanie, are you doing a formal wedding or are you open to other ideas?

My sister's second wedding was a semi-formal affair on her in-law's very large back porch in the mountains. Beautiful, really. Sam didn't want the whole big wedding dress and spending a ton of money on a dress she could only wear once, so she and Mom went to Nieman Marcus on a search. They found a really beautiful piece of lingerie, yes really - lingerie. It was a cream satin, above the knee piece with beautiful (and covering) lace for the bodice. She just found some matching lact to applique to make the back less plunging. She looked lovely, and no one had any idea it was supposed to be worn in the bedroom.

Wow, how clever! No we're not having a formal wedding--hubby to be is going to wear a suit. I definitely want my dress to be special and pretty, but simple--and I don't want it to cost me thousands of dollars. Like I said, it doesn't even have to be a "wedding" dress...
post #19 of 37
For the build that you describe, I would cgo for almost a slip style cress in cream, or an empire waist.. there are only a couple body types that can pull that off without looking with child, and yours sounds to be one. Alfred angelo I think makes petie gowns, though some of his designs can be expensive... my dress was exceedingly inexpensive (for a wedding dress) but I can't think of the designer... bleh.
post #20 of 37
To be honest, I went to a seamstress highly recommended by friends, who made me a dress custom-made to my figure, that took into account my love of lace and the kind of style I wanted. She was NOT expensive compared to going to any of the bridal shops, and I cut costs by researching and finding the fabric we'd decided upon myself, and finding some of the lace inserts myself.

It was a stunning (imo) dress, and under $1,000.

Just thought I'd toss it out...living in the city/area you do, there must be some exquisitely talented seamstresses, and I'll bet some are very reasonable, same for finding fabric's etc.

best wishes in finding what you want for your special day
post #21 of 37
Ok Stefanie, not advice for you ´cause i "see" is a complicated decision... I´ll be waiting at last for the pic´s, .....deal?
post #22 of 37
EDEN Bridals has always had lovely gowns in my opinion.
www.edenbridals.com
post #23 of 37
have you tried theknot.com? they have tons of links for dresses you could look through!
post #24 of 37
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Originally Posted by turtlecat
For the build that you describe, I would cgo for almost a slip style cress in cream, or an empire waist.. there are only a couple body types that can pull that off without looking with child, and yours sounds to be one. Alfred angelo I think makes petie gowns, though some of his designs can be expensive... my dress was exceedingly inexpensive (for a wedding dress) but I can't think of the designer... bleh.

hi Stef! This is REALLY good advice on the empire waist. It can so flatter you and I am petite so wearing a Big Dress with a traditional waistline can make me look like an umbrella.

I used to work for a custom haute couture dressmaker in Seattle a couple of years ago when I was in college, so I did her books part time and marketing materials. She moved to the Chicago area to be closer to the mercantile markets where she would get a better start. Her creations are flawless. She has pizazz but not over-the-top, if you know what I mean. She has your exact figure and she was always making things for herself. She even made her own wedding dress (I went, she looked fabulous). So if you are interested, please pop me a PM and I will tell you her name and where to find her. She is one of the most astute designers I have ever met. She works her magic for your figure and color, not necessarily to show of her craft.
post #25 of 37
Try something with princess waist and asymmetrical hemline. This gives you dressy but won't need much alteration. If you're busty, princess seaming, in the bodice and a sweetheart neckline help. Stay away from big, poufy sleeves - cap sleeves or a fluttery ruffle works best.

Too bad, that you're not nearby. Since 1988, I've custom- made approximately 50 wedding, prom, First Communion and evening gowns - no two alike and no complaints.

If you're serious about the underwear, check these out:

http://http://www.corralwest.com/cgi-bin/sgin0101.exe

http://http://www.corralwest.com/cgi-bin/sgin0101.exe

They come in several colors. Naturally, my set is lavender!
post #26 of 37
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Originally Posted by katl8e
Try something with princess waist and asymmetrical hemline. This gives you dressy but won't need much alteration. If you're busty, princess seaming, in the bodice and a sweetheart neckline help. Stay away from big, poufy sleeves - cap sleeves or a fluttery ruffle works best.

Too bad, that you're not nearby. Since 1988, I've custom- made approximately 50 wedding, prom, First Communion and evening gowns - no two alike and no complaints.

If you're serious about the underwear, check these out:

http://http://www.corralwest.com/cgi-bin/sgin0101.exe

http://http://www.corralwest.com/cgi-bin/sgin0101.exe

They come in several colors. Naturally, my set is lavender!
Linkies no worky
post #27 of 37
I'm also pretty short, five feet, but farely averaged sized at size 8. I found quite a few dresses at a local bridal shop. They included alterations. My fiancee's mom made his sister's very beautiful wedding dress for about $150 using designer fabrics and a Vera Wang pattern. Have you tried jcrew.com or David's Bridal? I know David's Bridal has a million dresses, you can buy most right off the rack and they have sizes ranging from 2 to plus sized. They actually have a 99$ sale going on right now and a bunch of dresses for $500 or less. I ended up going for a split front and split back dress with an empire waist, I think that's a good style for us short girls!

Congratulations on your engagement!
post #28 of 37
lol.. BTW, I've been drawing fashion plates for YEARS, starting from bare skin.. As much as I've drawn your figure type, I must say, the less the fabric, the better. THOUGH..
post #29 of 37
Hey Stephanie Do they have a David's Bridal shop in your area? try there and maybe they will have one for You.
post #30 of 37
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Okay, not quite. But I am having the hardest time finding a dress! It's out of my budget to have something custom made, and I can't find anyplace that sells pretty ready-to-wear in petite sizes. It doesn't even need to be a wedding dress! I'd get married in a champagne or pale pink evening dress if I could find one. This is making me nuts.
Hi Stephanie, congrats on your upcoming Marriage!! I too am going through the exact same problem except in a different way. I too cannot afford a custom-made or even afford an altered one!! I swear, NOT ONE single dress designer ever considered that a flat-chested, over-weight in the abdominal area, woman would ever find a man who would marry her, so why bother making dresses in anything other than full-bosom, hour-glass waist design??
My mother's friend's daughter walked into a bridal shop and pulled on off the rack in about 5 minutes and it fit PERFECTLY

My mother is custom making my dress (at 60 yrs-old) and it will be gorgeous
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