I bought my dress back in April. It is an Essense of Australia gown. While I was there, the sales associate that was working with me was great. When I decided it was "the one," she advised I was between a size 14 and 16 and that the shop recommends that brides order up in this case. I did not disagree.
She brought the seamstress over who took my measurements. The seamstress suggested I order a custom length, as I will be wearing flat shoes, to help with the cost of hemming (she said I would save approximately $300 doing it this way), so of course I agreed.
Well, my dress came in and I went on Sunday with my mom, my FMIL and my two MOH's to see it for the first time. I put the dress on in the dressing room and when the sales associate came in (a woman I have never dealt with before), she pulled on the zipper and said "oh something must have changed. Did you gain weight?" Cont. in comments...