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Guessing approx. waist size for surpirise jersey maxis for bridesmaids based on rtw size
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Date: 6/29/14 9:55 AM

My girlfriends have always halfway-jokingly asked me to guesstimate & sew something for them and ship it to them (we live around the country). I've explained that sewing doesn't work that way, but now that I'm getting married and they're my bridesmaids, I have a great idea for getting ready outfits that I could really use your help with. I'm surprising them each with a jersey maxi dress with tube type top (also works as a long skirt with yoga type waist band) as described in some of these links. (simplest maxi skirt tutorial;maxi skirt w yoga waist band; maxi skirt tutorial w yoga waist)

The good thing is that the stretch fabric, ease of not having to hem the fabric (I can always recut to a length they prefer), and ability to wear it as a dress or a skirt and wear it high or low on waist, with yoga waist/tube top folded over or extended- those features all make these easily wearable even though I can't fit them to the girls or ask for their exact measurements (trying to surprise them).

But I need help guessing the range of low waist measurement that might work the best for each girl. I'm a 6 or 8 in rtw usually, my actual waist is 29 1/4 inches. My low waist measurement where I like my jersey skirts to sit is 36 inches. The diy instructions all say that I should cut my skirt waist to be 18inches (folded in half), but, because of the stretch, the skirt works for me if I cut the waist to be 16 inches folded in half (for a 32 in circumference).

I have bridesmaids who are rtw sizes: 2, 4, 12, 14. Does anybody have a guess of what low waist size I could try to work for girls who fit each of those different rtw sizes or how much I should vary the waist size of the skirt in inches from my own as I go up or down sizes?

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Date: 6/29/14 10:41 AM

I don't know that you can guess based on RTW, unless you all get them in the exact same style, cut, and brand of something RTW and get the sizes.

When I worked retail, generally a 0 was a 20 inch waist, and a 10 a 30 inch waist. But as you can see from your own measurements, that's no longer true.

I once wore a 14 in most of my clothes, but a 6 in a Calvin Klein coat.

Right now my RTW spans 4 sizes on any given day.

It's a knit, you MAY be able to get away by guessing, but really, I think getting their measurements is the best way.

Are they ordering bridesmaids dresses? Can you figure out a size based on that?

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Date: 6/29/14 10:48 AM

You can use the Neiman's "modern" size guide as a reference... pretty much using the formula you did for youself



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Date: 6/29/14 1:23 PM

Nope, they aren't ordering bridesmaids dresses. To keep their costs low and minimize waste, I'm letting them wear any dress in a certain color whether they own it already, rent it, or buy it.
I can't ask for their measurements because that would fully give it away (and they'd probably not send them or know how to get proper measurements anyway). I'd rather estimate and take a chance to have it be a full surprise. That's why I picked this type of skirt- I've made it in a range of waist sizes for myself to make sure that they're wearable even if the waist measurement isn't perfect. As long as it isn't too big to stay on, it generally works. I do know all of their rtw # sizes and s, m, l type sizes and I know their body types pretty well so I think it's enough to go off of compared with the chart posted.

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Date: 6/29/14 1:33 PM

Thank you for the congrats and for the chart. That seems perfect and it'll help me to figure out numbers for each girl in between their waist and hips.
The skirts/dresses are also really comfortable and cute (my FI started complimenting it without even realizing I made it)- they're just body conscious enough to show some curves in a good way.

Since the girls will be mismatched in all formal pics, I figured it'd be nice to have everybody in the same thing for getting ready pics. I'm making them in a color specific to each bridesmaid and they'll be able to wear them as a long tube dress (low or high waisted) or as a skirt with a separate top. Much cheaper and more rewearable than matching "bridesmaid" shirts or something like that. The cost is only 1.5-2 yds fabric per skirt/dress and matching thread (so can be under $15 each)
I'll come back and let ppl know how it works out.

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Date: 6/29/14 1:53 PM

Here's a free pattern that uses RTW sizing (guesses) instead of actual measurements. My suspicion is that the skirt she copied was from a store like H&M..... Nancy dress

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Date: 6/29/14 7:23 PM

I'm already finished with half of the dresses/skirts- this is such a quick, cute, no-pattern skirt/dress. I might just be able to finish them all today!

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Date: 6/29/14 9:20 PM

And Neiman Marcus runs small...every where else (Macy's, Dillard's) I wear a 14. There I wear a 20.

I find generally 14 fits a 37" waist, 16 is more comfortable.

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Date: 6/30/14 0:36 AM

Ohhhh. Good to know. Just in time probably because I'm going to make the size 14 dress next. Thanks.

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Date: 6/30/14 12:38 PM

RTW, I get a 16 or, sometimes, a 14. 37 inch waist (I carry more weight in front) and about 43 inch hips. Hope that helps some.

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