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The Perfect Wedding Dresses for Plus-Size Brides

Updated on June 1, 2014

Choosing A Dress For Your Figure

The Perfect Wedding Dresses for Plus-Size Brides. Choosing dress to compliment your figure as well a you budget can be a tricky job for any bride. Many brides choose their dress based on emotion rather than how it suits their personality and body type. Brides want to look their best and feel beautiful for their special day. The dress we construct in our mind was formed by the hopes and dream we imagined in childhood and often is not the one we end up wearing.

Finding the dress requires you to make a choice based on reality, rather than emotion. When you go to choose your dress it is something you will look back at in photos and memories

Each of the photos has a real bride, not a model.

Beautiful Fashion

The Wedding Dress
The Wedding Dress

This book helps you figure out what styles to choose.

 

Rules for Pear-Shaped Brides

Pear-Shaped

Pear shape figure rules:

1. Lightly padded shoulders.

2. A line skirts, sheaths, and Empire waistlines.

3. Princess necklines, V necks, sweetheart necks, and strapless.

4. Small self-belts.

Rules for Apple-Shaped Brides

Apple-Shape

The rules for an apple shaped figure:

1. V necks and wrap styles

2. Fullness added to hips, such as bows, flowers or other embellishments.

3. Gathered skirts, and gored-skirts (paneled like a 4-gore skirt and other fussy details on skirts.

Where Will You Wed?

Where do you plan to get mattied?

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Beading is uses to enhance the bustline, avoid beading on the bustline if you are buxom.

Beading is uses to enhance the bustline, avoid beading on the bustline if you are buxom.
Beading is uses to enhance the bustline, avoid beading on the bustline if you are buxom.

A-line dresses draw the eye upward and shrink the waistline

A-line dresses draw the eye upward and shrink the waistline
A-line dresses draw the eye upward and shrink the waistline

Ruching around the hips hides imperfections.

Ruching around the hips hides imperfections.
Ruching around the hips hides imperfections.

Rules for Hour Glass

Hour Glass

Hour glass figure rules include:

1. Skinny belts at the waistline.

2. V necklines

3. Lapels around the neckline in contrasting fabric or colors help to create slimming effects.

4. A line skirts, Empire waists, and sheaths.

A-line dress a good for most figure, they tend to camoflage imperfections

A-line dress a good for most figure, they tend to camoflage imperfections
A-line dress a good for most figure, they tend to camoflage imperfections

Rules for Round Body Type

Round Body Type

The rules for round figures:

1. A dress designed to give the appearance of curves such as a drop waistline with a satin low slung belt. This helps to create long slandering lines.

2. Necklines that ate scoop neck, deep V, princess necklines, and sweetheart style are the best choices.

3. A well defined waist. Using different fabrics, textures or colors at the waistline.

A tiara draws the eyes upward away from imperfections

A tiara draws the eyes upward away from imperfections
A tiara draws the eyes upward away from imperfections

This A-line has an Empire waist hiding budges, thick waist and evening out the symetry between top to bottom.

This A-line has an Empire waist hiding budges, thick waist and evening out the symetry between top to bottom.
This A-line has an Empire waist hiding budges, thick waist and evening out the symetry between top to bottom.

The ruching on this dress distracts from the lack of curves for this type of figure

The ruching on this dress distracts from the lack of curves for this type of figure
The ruching on this dress distracts from the lack of curves for this type of figure

About Me

I have been sewing an making clothing since I was a young child. I learned to sew on a treadle sewing machine at the age of five. My mother let me sew pillowcases that I hand embroidered, it keep me busy and out of trouble.

When I was in college I began making wedding dresses to earn cash for food. I also worked for a mall boutique jogging suit company and created decorative and embellished pre-made sets. My wedding dress creations continue into my retirement, I have specialized my sewing to 2 piece gowns for large sized brides. Most of my work is posted to etsy.

I also collect, clean and reinvigorate vintage gown for sale. I also make christening gowns for children and infants, both from new fabrics and vintage wedding gowns. I love to sew and will continue to do so until I am too old to see. You can see some of my other lenses with sewing projects here on Squidoo.

This is one of the tops that goes to an A lined skirt for one of my clients. It is a size 30 and the style works well for hard to fit figures since there are 2 separate garments for this gown.

A large pattern skirt and the small pattern on the bodice balance an asymetrical figure,

A large pattern skirt and the small pattern on the bodice balance an asymetrical figure,
A large pattern skirt and the small pattern on the bodice balance an asymetrical figure,

Foundation Garments are Essential

Choose your foundation garment before you try on dresses. It will give you a realistic idea of how a particulat dress will look on that special day.

White Solid Satin Underbust Corset, Size 26
White Solid Satin Underbust Corset, Size 26

This traditional corset adjusts with laces providing adjustability in needed areas unlike that of an elastic shaper.

 

Enhance a Small Bustline

The asymmetrical ruffle on this dress creates the illusion of a fuller bust. Ruffles are used to enhance area that need to be filled out. Ruffles on the bodice balance out large hips, they draw the eye across the body and magically give the body a sense of proportion.

What kind of Dress did you or will you wear for your special day? (or your bride wear?)

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    • mihgasper profile image

      Miha Gasper 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Lovely dresses for lovely brides!

    • junkcat profile image

      junkcat 

      5 years ago

      My wife was so beautiful in her wedding gown I can remember the day like it was yesterday.

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