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I'm 5' and petite. I went shopping today and I must admit I had a hard time imagining how the dresses would actually look with all the clips... I bought a dress at the Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity (size 4) but I'm definitely having thoughts. Like Murmel said, a good seamstress is essential!

 

 

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Originally Posted by murmel View Post
I am 5'3" and bought a normal dress. My seamstress will just have to alter it to be shorter, but she says it will not be a problem. As for dress shopping it can be hard, but just take your time and be open to trying on things you would normally not think about trying. What I had imagined wearing and what I ended up buying are very different. But I love my dress! (Be note the lovely model wearing the dress is very tall...I am not LOL...unless I stand on a box!)

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Beautiful Dress, I'm sure you will look fab in it wink.gif

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I am a street size 4, and my dress ended up being a 10 because their sizing is so weird! I'm 5'2", but love heels, so I wore 4" heels and STILL had to hem! Good advice though, paying attention to detail- Some of the detail on the bottom of the dress (above the lace) got lost because of the hemming. I actually liked how it looked better though.

 

OH and other advice- I paid 150 or so for the correct 'hollow to hem' measurement from the manufacturer, only to be told AFTER I paid and the dress was ordered, that they don't do it in that size- so I had to pay for hemming twice. Long story, a little drama, but it may be good just to double check if you decide to go with the custom hollow to hem.

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Originally Posted by Pazzesca View Post
I'm 5'3" and I just bought my dress from Group USA yesterday!! It was the 5th place I went to and I was already feeling defeated but I finally found my dress!! I am going to take my dress to a seamstress to get it bustled and fitted (if need be) closer to my date.

Where did you take your dress as I see you are in NJ too!!
Congratulations on finding your dress!

It's a small alterations shop/cleaners in Bayonne.

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Originally Posted by teshy1 View Post
I'm 5'3" and went with a simple chiffon a-line gown from Exclusive by Allure. This designer does not have petite sizes, so I had to order a regular length gown. The seamstress did an awesome job on alterations, and even though I had to have quite a bit hemmed, it did not negatively affect the appearance of the dress.
You may want to consider how hemming a dress would affect it's shape and effect; for example, if there is beading that extends past the waistline down onto the skirt, it may look odd if quite of bit of the skirt is hemmed.
Happy dress shopping!
True. I didn't even think of that when I was trying on dresses. Luckily, my matron of honor is my 4'11" friend I mentioned earlier, and she remembered to ask about hemming when I tried on each dress!

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