Monthly Archives: March 2012

Mayoral: Spring 2012

Mayoral is well known for its sweet and charming apparel that is perfect for our little princesses. Our little princesses look innocent, young, sweet, and adorable in their beautiful and little girl inspired looks. This spring they have succeeded once more in creating a line of beautiful and sweet looks for our little girls and Everything But The Princess has the looks you and your little girl will want for spring and summer. This season’s inspiration is a good old fashioned country western, down home feel. The look is all about the abc’s of country, affordable, beautiful, and comfortable.

Mayoral 2 pc Set White with Girls/Beach Umbrella Tee and Red/White Stripe ShortsMayoral 2 pc Set White with Girls Beach Umbrella Tee and Red/white Stripe Shorts: this white and red set comes with a tee that features some girls and a beach umbrella on the front and back. The red and white stripe shorts are adorable and comfortable and the whole outfit is perfect for a spring or summer outing to the beach or even just at home.

Mayoral Red/White Gingham ShortsMayoral Red/White Gingham Shorts: These red gingham shorts are where country meets the city. They have a more modern cut and style but the red gingham is totally country. Pair them with the cute kitty in the city tee for a country meets city themed look.

Mayoral Red/White Gingham RomperMayoral Red/White Kitty In The City Tank: this adorable tank is perfect for spring and summer with its sleeveless look. It goes well with anything but looks incredibly cute with the red gingham shorts creating a country meets city look that is going to be one of your little princess’ favorite looks this season.

Mayoral Red/White Gingham Romper:  Rompers are perfect for spring and summer when your little princess wants to run wild and free and have fun at all times. Rompers are easy to wear and play in and they look adorable to boot! This great romper is in a large gingham checked pattern and features a belted waist. It is perfect for those fun spring and summer days when all you want to is have fun as long as you can.

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How to measure girls for special occasion dresses

With Spring and Summer come all the very special occasions that mark milestones in our lives.  Weddings, Communion, Baptisms, Graduations, Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations and all manner of parties dot our calendars.  And of course you want the entire family to look their absolute best!  Getting a proper fit is so important, for comfort and appearance, and it only takes a little effort to ensure a great fitting dress. Measuring children for clothing

Special Occasion dresses are fully constructed garments and may fit differently from casual clothing.  Additionally, most are made of beautiful, traditional fabrics that stretch very little, if at all, so a good fit is important for comfort.  Everyone looks better in clothes that fit!  If you are ordering online, it pays to have your girl’s measurements in hand when comparing with size charts and guides.  A size chart is different from a size guide in that a size chart is a measure of the garment itself, while a size guide is a general guideline of sizing based on height and weight or general measurements of the child.  If you are using a size chart, you will add ½-1 inch to the measurement of the child to get the measurement of the dress.

ImageMeasuring can be tedious for some children, and they will want to squirm and play around while you are trying to get a good measurement.  Be prepared with your measuring tape and paper & pencil to write down the numbers so that you can be as efficient as possible.  If you do not have a flexible measuring tape, you can simply take the measurement with a string and then measure the string next to a yardstick.  It’s also a good idea to take each measurement twice to ensure accuracy.  If the child is slouching, sucking in her tummy or moving, you may not get a good measurement.  Make sure to place the tape gently and not pull it tightly around or leave it loose.

To start, the child should be dressed in undergarments or tight-fitting clothing and standing straight.  If she is old enough to wear a bra, make sure it is unpadded.  If she will be wearing a padded or specialty brassiere with the dress, then ideally measure her while wearing the item.  But keep in mind that her measurements will be different without it.  Bulky clothing will cause inaccuracies in your measurements, so if she must be dressed, tight-fitting clothing is best.  (Imagine if you were trying on clothes while already fully dressed!)  She should also remove her shoes if a length, inseam or outseam measurement will be taken.

The following is a list of measurements to have on hand, starting with the basics, and last a few additional measurements that may be useful.Size Charts & Guides for fitting flower girl dresses

  1. Chest/Bust:  The bust measurement is the distance around her chest right under the armpits and around the shoulder blades, parallel to the floor.
  2. Waist:  The waist measurement should be taken around her middle at the natural waist, or where she would comfortably wear a belt.  For most children, this is right at the navel, or the smallest point of her waist and just above the hip bones.  Many younger children have a “chocolate milk tummy,” so make sure you get the largest point around her middle if she has a poochy belly.
  3. Hips:  Measure the child around the widest part of her hips & bottom.  It’s important to have enough room here for comfortable movement.  Many dresses will have a full skirt, so some may not need this measurement.

Additional measurements that may be useful for particular types of dresses, pants or other clothing:

  1. Inseam:  The inseam is measured from the crotch (where the seams of her pants would come together) to the bottom of the ankle.  Inseam  measurement is usually rounded to the next half inch.  If the child can’t sit still for this one, you can also measure a pair of pants that fit her well.
  2. Outseam/Leg:  Measure from the waist to the bottom of the ankle.
  3. Arm:  There are several arm measurements:  upper arm/biceps and wrist circumference, and arm length from the top of the shoulder, down to the bent elbow bone, and then to the wrist bone.
  4. Shoulder Width:  Measure the widest part of the girls shoulders, straight across the back.
  5. Torso/Back:  Start measuring at the seventh vertebra (the most prominent bone at the base of the neck) and continue down the spine to the top of the hip bones.
  6. Alternate Torso Measurement:  For swimwear or leotards, a diagonal measurement is taken starting at the top of the shoulder, down the front over the largest part of the bust and through the crotch and then back around to the top of the shoulder.
  7. Dress Length:  Measure from the top of the shoulder to the ankle (or other hem length).
how to measure for a dress fitting

Ballet Length

Special considerations for body type

For the thin or tall girl:  If your girl is tall and slender, probably size charts won’t show any combination that will fit her.  Choose a style that looks good on a thin girl from a manufacturer with a more slender fit.  Brands differ, and your dress shop or retailer should be able to make recommendations.  Styles that have mid-length (such as tea length or ballet length), fuller skirts are more forgiving, since the only part of the dress that is fitted right to the body is the bodice.  These middle lengths won’t be too short in the smaller sizes.  A shorter dress or floor-length dress should be ordered based on her height and altered to fit her chest and waist.

For the big girl:  If your girl is a little bit big, you will have similar problems with size charts not representing her.  Choose a style that will flatter her body type.  Bodices with a little stretch (such as smocking, bias cut fabric or slightly stretchy fabric) will give her room to move, but beware bodices that look “stretched” or tight.  Longer bodice styles may be too long in the torso.   The chest is the most important measurement, since she will feel uncomfortable if the back is tight and you may have trouble with the zipper.  Choose your size based on the chest measurement and have the skirt hemmed to the desired length and waist altered if necessary.

Armed with her measurements, you are ready to shop!  Always allow plenty of time for delivery and read item descriptions and delivery times carefully.  When in doubt, call customer service for advice.  A good dress shop will cheerfully answer your questions.  Starting out with the right size and ending with enough time to make any needed alterations will ensure a beautifully fitting dress on your special day.

Everything But The Princess has a huge selection of Special Occasion, Party and First Communion dresses.

How to measure girls for special occasion dresses

With Spring and Summer come all the very special occasions that mark milestones in our lives.  Weddings, Communion, Baptisms, Graduations, Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations and all manner of parties dot our calendars.  And of course you want the entire family to look their absolute best!  Getting a proper fit is so important, for comfort and appearance, and it only takes a little effort to ensure a great fitting dress. Measuring children for clothing

Special Occasion dresses are fully constructed garments and may fit differently from casual clothing.  Additionally, most are made of beautiful, traditional fabrics that stretch very little, if at all, so a good fit is important for comfort.  Everyone looks better in clothes that fit!  If you are ordering online, it pays to have your girl’s measurements in hand when comparing with size charts and guides.  A size chart is different from a size guide in that a size chart is a measure of the garment itself, while a size guide is a general guideline of sizing based on height and weight or general measurements of the child.  If you are using a size chart, you will add ½-1 inch to the measurement of the child to get the measurement of the dress.

ImageMeasuring can be tedious for some children, and they will want to squirm and play around while you are trying to get a good measurement.  Be prepared with your measuring tape and paper & pencil to write down the numbers so that you can be as efficient as possible.  If you do not have a flexible measuring tape, you can simply take the measurement with a string and then measure the string next to a yardstick.  It’s also a good idea to take each measurement twice to ensure accuracy.  If the child is slouching, sucking in her tummy or moving, you may not get a good measurement.  Make sure to place the tape gently and not pull it tightly around or leave it loose.

To start, the child should be dressed in undergarments or tight-fitting clothing and standing straight.  If she is old enough to wear a bra, make sure it is unpadded.  If she will be wearing a padded or specialty brassiere with the dress, then ideally measure her while wearing the item.  But keep in mind that her measurements will be different without it.  Bulky clothing will cause inaccuracies in your measurements, so if she must be dressed, tight-fitting clothing is best.  (Imagine if you were trying on clothes while already fully dressed!)  She should also remove her shoes if a length, inseam or outseam measurement will be taken.

The following is a list of measurements to have on hand, starting with the basics, and last a few additional measurements that may be useful.Size Charts & Guides for fitting flower girl dresses

  1. Chest/Bust:  The bust measurement is the distance around her chest right under the armpits and around the shoulder blades, parallel to the floor.
  2. Waist:  The waist measurement should be taken around her middle at the natural waist, or where she would comfortably wear a belt.  For most children, this is right at the navel, or the smallest point of her waist and just above the hip bones.  Many younger children have a “chocolate milk tummy,” so make sure you get the largest point around her middle if she has a poochy belly.
  3. Hips:  Measure the child around the widest part of her hips & bottom.  It’s important to have enough room here for comfortable movement.  Many dresses will have a full skirt, so some may not need this measurement.

Additional measurements that may be useful for particular types of dresses, pants or other clothing:

  1. Inseam:  The inseam is measured from the crotch (where the seams of her pants would come together) to the bottom of the ankle.  Inseam  measurement is usually rounded to the next half inch.  If the child can’t sit still for this one, you can also measure a pair of pants that fit her well.
  2. Outseam/Leg:  Measure from the waist to the bottom of the ankle.
  3. Arm:  There are several arm measurements:  upper arm/biceps and wrist circumference, and arm length from the top of the shoulder, down to the bent elbow bone, and then to the wrist bone.
  4. Shoulder Width:  Measure the widest part of the girls shoulders, straight across the back.
  5. Torso/Back:  Start measuring at the seventh vertebra (the most prominent bone at the base of the neck) and continue down the spine to the top of the hip bones.
  6. Alternate Torso Measurement:  For swimwear or leotards, a diagonal measurement is taken starting at the top of the shoulder, down the front over the largest part of the bust and through the crotch and then back around to the top of the shoulder.
  7. Dress Length:  Measure from the top of the shoulder to the ankle (or other hem length).
how to measure for a dress fitting

Ballet Length

Special considerations for body type

For the tall girl:  If your girl is tall and slender, probably size charts won’t show any combination that will fit her.  Choose a style that looks good on a thin girl from a manufacturer with a more slender fit.  Brands differ, and your dress shop or retailer should be able to make recommendations.  Styles that have mid-length (such as tea length or ballet length), fuller skirts are more forgiving, since the only part of the dress that is fitted right to the body is the bodice.  These middle lengths won’t be too short in the smaller sizes.  A shorter dress or floor-length dress should be ordered based on her height and altered to fit her chest and waist.

For the big girl:  If your girl is a little bit big, you will have similar problems with size charts not representing her.  Choose a style that will flatter her body type.  Bodices with a little stretch (such as smocking, bias cut fabric or slightly stretchy fabric) will give her room to move, but beware bodices that look “stretched” or tight.  Longer bodice styles may be too long in the torso.   The chest is the most important measurement, since she will feel uncomfortable if the back is tight and you may have trouble with the zipper.  Choose your size based on the chest measurement and have the skirt hemmed to the desired length and waist altered if necessary.

Armed with her measurements, you are ready to shop!  Always allow plenty of time for delivery and read item descriptions and delivery times carefully.  When in doubt, call customer service for advice.  A good dress shop will cheerfully answer your questions.  Starting out with the right size and ending with enough time to make any needed alterations will ensure a beautifully fitting dress on your special day.

Everything But The Princess has a huge selection of Special Occasion, Party and First Communion dresses.

Ilovegorgeous: Spring 2012

Ilovegorgeous is an elegant girl’s line that features European sophistication with the whimsy of a little girls world. Their fantastic dresses are precious on any little princess with their sweet colors, whimsical cuts, and of course their adorable accessories every little girl will wish she has at least one of the new spring looks for her own closet. Now thanks to Everything But The Princess you can help your little girl complete that simple dream by finding her an absolutely gorgeous frock from Ilovegorgeous for her spring apparel. Just don’t forget the precious accessories!

ilovegorgeous Sea Green Sylvie Gauld DressIlovegorgeous Sea green Sylvie Gauld Dress: Your little girl can look like one of the fairy woodland princesses in this adorable dress. The sea green hued Gauld dress is reminiscent of a look that tinker bell and her woodland friends would flaunt in the beautiful spring nights as they fly to and fro lighting up the forest. Now your little princess can look as mythically beautiful in this beautiful dress this spring. It features soft layers and satin trim in the soft green hue.

ilovegorgeous Warm Pink Funky SundressIlovegorgeous Warm Pink Funky Sundress: This bright beautiful sundress is perfect for spring with its incredibly vibrant colors it simply screams spring and fun. The dress is a fun and funky layered dress in warm pink cotton and features a gold sequin trim across the bodice which also features satin straps. Any little princess will feel fun and fashionable in this incredible frock.

ilovegorgeous Hot Coral/Yellow Pom Pom HeadbandIlovegorgeous Hot Coral/Yellow Pom Pom Headband: This fun and funky headband pairs excellently with the Pink Funky Sundress. The colors are bright and fun just like the dress and any girl that loves the dress will love to dress it up even more with a fun and funky hair accessory.

ilovegorgeous Goa Print Sunset DressIlovegorgeous Goa Print Sunset Dress: A precious chiffon paisley print dress with possible inspirations from the 60’s and 70’s this look is simply spectacular for spring. The wispy appearance of the chiffon fabric makes this dress perfect for warmer weather and the pretty paisley pattern is a great look for spring.

Paper Wings: Spring Collection

Paper Wings remains one of the most popular girl’s lines this spring, and their spring collection has arrived at Everything But The Princess. From adorable dresses to gorgeous jumpsuits and tees you can find all the great new spring looks from Paper Wings now at Everything But The Princess. All the great new spring looks are beautiful and unique and each feature beautiful patterns and colors that will be huge this season. So help your little princess get her spring look in order with a little inspiration from spring itself, stock up on looks featuring butterflies, hearts, flowers, polka dots, and lots of great bright colors. Now she can look as vibrant and beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside!

aper Wings Multi Color Shirred Swing Butterfly DressPaper Wings Multi Color Shirred Swing Butterfly Dress: This fantastic multi-colored shirred swing dress features a shirred bodice and a shirred detachable belt. The dress is adorned with multi-colored butterflies, the perfect pattern for a spectacular spring look, and a gathered skirt perfect for twirling around in the grass on a super special spring day.

Paper Wings Indigo/Cream Polka Dot Shirred PlaysuitPaper Wings Indigo/Cream Polka Dot Shirred Jumpsuit: Jumpsuits are always fashionable, especially on little girls. Now they can have the comfort and style that gives them the freedom to run and play and still look like the precious little princess that they are. This incredible jumpsuit features indigo and cream polka dots for a fun and whimsical look. The legs are gathered and tied at mid thigh for a more youthful and sweet appearance and the bodice is shirred for extra style.

Paper Wings Gray Large Hearts Puff Sleeve TeePaper Wings Gray Large Hearts Puff Sleeve Tee: An adorable tee for spring or even summer. This gray cap puff-sleeved tee features large print gray hearts. It also features drawstring sides for some added style and fun. The tee is long and could pass for a tunic or tee depending on how the drawstring sides are tied. It pairs excellently with some great shorts, a skirt, or a great pair of leggings.

Paper Wings Dark Gray Gathered LeggingPaper Wings Dark Gray Gathered Legging: These gray leggings are perfect for spring and summer. Pair them with anything from skirts to tees for a different and fun look every day. They pair extremely well with the gray hearts puff sleeve tee. The leggings have gathered sides for a fun and stylish look.