Buying and Measuring Guide

Buying a First Communion dress is not the same as buying normal clothes on the High Street.  The dresses are for the most part fairly fitted and you don't want to be buying a dress "to grow into" (beyond the date of the service itself) or one that will trail on the floor because it is too long so for that reason it is important to get a dress that fits well. We recommend that you come and visit us on one of our special Saturday showroom openings with an appointment to try several dresses on as that is the best way to find the perfect dress, not only in terms of fit but also to see which style suits your child.

If you live too far away and wish to buy online then it is essential that you measure the child in question and follow the measuring guidelines before ordering. Please check which make of dress you are interested in and then follow these steps:

Measuring Guide for Linzi Jay and the White Collection communion dresses

1. with the child standing in bare feet against the wall, measure from the nape of the child's neck to the floor in inches.  This gives you the dress length.

2. using the dress length at this stage only, look across the chart to determine which size dress you need by seeing which row the dress length falls along.  The dress lengths are down the left hand side of the chart below.

3. once you have determined the size by dress length alone, look for your child's chest measurement in the headings of the columns across the top of the chart.  Follow the chest measurement down to where it meets the dress length and the recommended size dress will be shown.

4. Linzi Jay dresses have a waist measurement that is 2 inches less than the chest measurement.  If your daughter's waist measures the same as or more than her chest measurement, please contact us for further assistance before ordering.

 

Chest measurement of Child in inches

 Chest in inches

 23 23.5  24  24.5  25  25.5  26 26.5 27 27.5 28 28.5 29 29.5 30 30.5 31 31.5 32 32.5 33 33.5

Dress length

                                           
40   6  6  6-6X  6X  6X 6X  6X-6XX 6XX 6XX 6XX 6XX-6XXX 6XXX 6XXX 6XXX N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
42  6  7  7 7-7X   7X 7X 7X 7X-7XX 7XX 7XX 7XX 7XX-7XXX 7XXX 7XXX 7XXX N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
43  8  8 8-8X 8X 8X 8X 8X-8XX 8XX 8XX 8XX 8XX-8XXX 8XXX 8XXX 8XXX 8XXX-8XXXX 8XXXX 8XXXX 8XXXX
45   N/A N/A  8  9 9 9 9-9X 9X 9X 9X 9X-9XX 9XX 9XX 9XX 9XX-9XXX 9XXX 9XXX 9XXX 9XXX-9XXXX 9XXXX
46   N/A  N/A N/A   N/A  9 9 10 10 10 10-10X 10X 10X 10X 10X-10XX 10XX 10XX 10XX 10XX-10XXX 10XXX 10XXX 10XXX
47.5   N/A  N/A  N/A N/A   N/A N/A  10 10 10 11 11 11 11-11X 11X 11X 11X 11X-11XX 11XX 11XX 11XX 11XX-11XXX 11XXX 
49 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 11 11 11 12 12 12 12-12X 12X 12X 12X 12X-12XX 12XX 12XX 12XX 12XX-12XXX

Measuring Guide for Sarah Louise Communion Dresses

Sarah Louise dresses come only in standard sizes and plus sizes are not available.

To get the correct size please measure the height of the child without shoes from head to toe.  

Please then order according to the following chart:

111-116cms      6 years

117-122cms      7 years

123-128cms      8 years

129-134cms      9 years 

135-140cms      10 years

The best fit is at the upper end of the height range for each size so for very slim children you would benefit from going down a size.

If you have any concerns about the chest measurement please email us for exact measurements of the dress you are interested in.

Measuring Guide for Emmerling Communion Dresses 

Please measure the height of the child in cms.  Then look in the Height of Child column below and select the dress size according to height alone.  then measure the child's chest and find the best size within the same height range for the chest making sure that the chest of the child is at least 2cms less than the chest of the dress. If the chest of the child is more than 5cms less than the chest of the child, then please go down a size. If the chest of the child is within 2cms less or equal to or more than the chest of the dress, then look down the chart to see if there is a larger chest size (denoted by the L, XL and XLL sizes).  If so, then please order that size, if not, then do not go up a size for Height but look at the Linzi Jay dresses instead which offer a wider range of plus sized dresses.

Size  Height of Child length of dress  Chest of dress  Waist of dress
 6y  116cms  94.5  63  59
 7y  122cms  100  65  60
 8y  128cms  105.5  67  61
 9y  134cms  111  69  62
 9L  134cms  111  75  68
 9XL  134cms  111  81  74
 10  140cms  117  71  63
 10L  140cms  117  77  69
 10XL  140cms  117  83  75
 11  146cms  123  75  66
 11L  146cms  123  81  72
 11XL  146cms  123  87  78
 11XXL  146cms  123  93  84
 12  152cms  129  79  68
 12L  152cms  129  85  74
 12XL  152cms  129  91  80
 12XLL  152cms  129  97  86

Measuring Guide for Bonnie Jean Communion Dresses

Bonnie Jean dresses come only in standard sizes and plus sizes are not available.

To get the correct size please measure the height of the child without shoes from head to toe.  

Please then order according to the following chart:

117-122cms      7 years

123-128cms      8 years

129-140cms      10 years

141-147cms      12 years

These dresses are quite wide so the best fit is at the upper end of the height range for each size. For very slim children you would benefit from going down a size.

If you have any concerns about the chest measurement please email us for exact measurements of the dress you are interested in.

Measuring Guide for Isabella Collection & Koko Communion Dresses

The sizing of these is fairly generous (up to 2 sizes bigger than labelled) so please measure carefully.  First, check which dress length you need by measuring from the nape of the neck to the floor.  If the child is planning to wear shoes with more than half an inch of heel, please add the heel height to the dress length.  Then look to see which size you need according to the dress length.  Then check the chest for the relevant size and make sure it is between 1 and 3 inches less than the dress measurement.  Please note that it is important to make sure the dress is not too long because the dresses have satin edging at the bottom and therefore are not so easy to take up.

 

 

 

 

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