HOW TO PROVIDE MEASUREMENTS OF YOUR WEDDING DRESS TO CONSIGN WITH A&BÉ

For us to sell your dress we need to provide brides with accurate measurements. If your dress has been altered then you can help us by providing measurements and context in a few different ways.

1. To get the most accurate measurements of an altered gown is taking measurements of your body if the dress still fits or providing the measurements of your body from alterations if you still have them.

2. The alternative is to provide measurements of the dress, this is not the most accurate but can help us figure out the correct size when you provide the size you order and discuss how much the dress was taken in or out at your bust, waist and hip at alterations. 

3. If your dress has not been altered or not been altered at the bust, waist or hip then we can use the designer measurements of the size your ordered. 

4. All consignors must provide us with waist to hem measurement regardless of the dress being altered or not. 

 

 HOW TO MEASURE YOUR BODY:

 

 

 

HOW TO MEASURE YOUR DRESS:

 

We hope you find this video helpful but if you want a step-by-step guide on how to measure your dress keep on scrolling. We want to help you find the closest measurements of your dress for the next bride! We believe this will be the most effective way to make sure the purchaser of your gown is getting a dress that will be close to fitting them. So if you have any questions or doubts on the process please contact us before submitting your dress application - shop@aandbebridalshop.com

1. Grab a CLEAN measuring tape (that measures in inches). We recommend a soft or sewing measuring tape if you have one.


2. Lay your dress down on a clean surface and make sure the front of your waistline and back of your waistline line up. Then smooth out the wrinkles the best you can. To provide the most accurate measurements, do not pull or stretch the gown while measuring,


3. First, let’s measure the bust. Feel inside of the bust cups, looking for the largest point of your bust, and once you have a good understanding of where that is, stretch your measuring tape across those bust points keeping the tape horizontally parallel with the waist from one end to the other. (include mesh or illusion tulle if that is part of the dress design.) Please include your bra size at the time your wore the dress.


4. Next, let’s measure the waist. First thing is first, where is your waistline on the dress? If you have a defined line, stretch the measuring tape across the defined waistline from one end to the other. If you do not have a defined waistline, follow the curve of the dress and look for the smallest part of the dress in the waist region. Once you have a good understanding of where that is, go ahead and measure horizontally from one end to the other starting and stopping at the side seams.


5. Then, let’s measure the hip. Do you have an a-line, fitted or sheath silhouette dress?

      • If you have a fitted gown (a gown that hugs your waist throughout your hips), again smooth out any wrinkles in the gown to make sure it is laying flat. Now follow the curve of the dress to the fullest point in the hip region, once you understand where that point is, stretch your measuring tape horizontally parallel with the waist line from one end to the other.
      • If you have a sheath gown (a gown that hugs your waist then loosens up to a straight line or slightly A-line fit, that doesn’t hug your hips tightly) go ahead and smooth out any wrinkles in the gown to make sure its laying flat. Now find the center of the waistline and measure 9 inches down the skirt of the dress. This is a common placement of fullest part of the hip but, doesn’t mean that this will work for every bride. Use your best judgement of the dress shape to find the point and stretch the measuring tape horizontally parallel with the waist line from one end to the other.
      • If you have a ball gown or A-line gown (a gown that is tightest at your waist and moves away from your hips with volume variances to the floor, think about a capital A shape.) First things first, does your dress have a lining? This lining will be the fabric that is closest to your skin while wearing the dress. Typically the lining is smaller and fits closer to your body than the layers of fabric on top of it. First, find the lining and pull the dress up by the lining so all the fabric falls towards the bodice. Then lay the dress down flat on a clean surface. Adjust the dress to make sure the front of the waistline match the back of the waistline and then smooth out any wrinkles in the lining. If the lining is fitted, look for the fullest point in the hip region and measure the dress like a fitted gown and if the dress is not fitted find the waist line and measure 9 inches down the skirt to find the common fullest placement of the hip and measure the dress like a sheath gown. If you do not have a lining, use the closest layer of fabric that comes in contact with your skin and follow the steps outlined above.
      6. Last but not least, let’s measure the length of the dress. Find the center of the waistline (the waistline is the smallest part of the dress in the waist region) and walk the measuring tape down the front of the skirt until you get to the bottom of the dress in a straight line.

      7. Report back to us in your submission form, your Bust, Bra Size, Waist, Hip and Waist to Hem measurements in inches and we will take it from there. Please email us at shop@aandbebridalshop.com or chat with us if you need any assistance!