How to Measure for your PLUS SIZE Dress - Instructions
Every dress we make can be done as a special fit or plus size dress.
**Plus Size Girls get what we call a bodice fit in the mail. The charge for this is $30. You will provide to us the CHEST, HEIGHT, WAIST & HIPS - we make the dress to fit your child.
Because we strive not to be too "word-y" on our website we think we may not have made this clear enough:
Perhaps there are one or two styles that we say Jr. Bridesmaids Size only and are not available in Plus Size but all the rest are. Special Fit dresses are for children who are thin and Plus Sizing is for girls who are fuller. Our Plus Size dresses go to a 45" chest. Special Fits can also be done on a child who is short but full. We combine sizes and patterns for you and are good at what we do!
SPECIAL FIT is for girls who are just too hard to fit - sometimes they are very thin and others are stocky. The charge is $20 (or $30 for chest sizes over 34 1/2") and covers all the adjustments that we need to make. You can choose these options by choosing, as you go to order, the pulldown menu for SPECIAL SIZING. We need the height, chest, waist and hips when you go to check out. It will appear as a BF on the menu so you may need a 14 for the size and a 16-BF for the top.
MUSLIN FIT FOR PLUS SIZES means we will send a Bodice in the mail which is made out of a muslin material to check the sizing because not all plus size kids are shaped alike. This ensures accurate sizing.
IF YOU ARE STILL WORRIED ABOUT HOW WE DO IT - READ A RECENT PRESS RELEASE AND EDITORIAL CLIPS:
For PLUS SIZES we will send a Bodice in the mail which is made out of a muslin material. You will try on this pattern/muslin and get back to us with any further fit issues. Be sure to have a digital camera ready when it arrives. After the fit is finalized, we use our copy of the same muslin here and proceed to make your dress.
"My staff and I are really good at spotting the problems. Once the digital pictures are sent back to us experience and a little programing magic, produces the changes that need to be made to the pattern. I really scare my kids sometimes when talking on the phone to customers. After they give me the height and measurements, I usually guess their weight within a pound or two. It amazes my kids but reassures the customer that we know what we are doing! I was especially happy when a recent customer said to me 'ITS LIKE MAGIC IN A BOX' and that pretty much says it right there."
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ORDERING: When you place your order there are two pull downs we want you to choose. For the first menu where it says choose size, pull the top menu for her height. For the BODICE FIT menu choose the one that best fits the child's chest OR choose the PLUS SIZE menu for chest sizes 34" and over.
If we recomend that your dress is to be made as a special fit and you decide not to go ahead with that option, it voids our Sizing Guarantee. Refer back to the Sizing Chart BELOW for height requirements so that if your child is 53 in height and has a 36" chest you would order the size 8R in the first menus and the PLUS 3 in the plus size menu. This way we don't say a child wears a 16 1/2 or a 33 but a size 8 Plus 3. We think it makes the child feel less stress.
GIRLS SIZE 7-16 Chart (in inches) below - Nutcracker Dresses are 8" shorter
SPECIAL SIZING FOR PLUS SIZES in inches" (below)
PLUS SIZE GIRLS will get a BODICE FIT in the mail. To determine how to put this information on your order, choose the coresponding size akin to her height. Choose the HEIGHT size for her (ie, if 61" choose size 16), then add the BODICE PLUS # for her chest size, ie, if she is 38½ in the chest, choose Plus 3. We do not like to give girls a Half Size, what is a Half Kid anyway? So instead we use size 16 Plus 3 to indicate her size. Full measurements will be required on checkout or within 7 days of placing your order unless we determine your event is more than 12 weeks out, then we will request a re-measure.
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