Quinceanera and Sweet 16 Dresses
is very important to take your measurements to determine the right fit
when choosing your gown size. We suggest having a professional
seamstress/tailor take your measurements, but if this is not possible,
have someone besides yourself take the measurements.
What You Need
A cloth tape measure. If you do not have a cloth tape measure, you can
use string to measure around the body and a ruler to measure the
Take the measurements
undressed or in lightweight clothes. Even better, use the undergarments
that you will be wearing with your gown. Pull your tape measure snug,
but not too tight. Stand up straight and tall.
Where You Measure
Wrap the tape measure around the back, under the armpits and bring
forward to the fullest part of the bust.
Place your hands at your natural waistline. The tape should be placed
here, and the measurement taken. Don’t hold your tummy in.
Measurement is at the fullest part of the hip (usually about 7-9 inches below the waist).
This measurement is taken from the depression at the base of the neck
just above the collarbone to the hem.
What You Do
1. The most critical measurements are the Bust and the Waist. Our gowns
have very full skirts, so the hip measurement is not as significant.
2. Compare your measurements to those of the dress style that you are
interested in. Please note that designers cut differently from normal
street clothes, so you may measure into a size you normally do not
3. When choosing a dress size, be sure that all of the dress measurements are the same or higher
than yours. For example, if your waist measurement is 33", make sure
the dress size you choose has a waist of 33" or higher. It is easier
for a tailor to take a dress in than to let it out.
4. Keep in mind that most formal wear requires some alterations for a perfect fit.