Post # 1
My family and I found a skirt that we love: Lazaro 3253.
However, the bodice is made of lace with netting and we never really envisioned me wearing lace. Luckily, I am able to order the dress with a different bodice and remove the overlay (so that the neckline is a strapless sweetheart). I am trying to decide between Duchess Satin and Silk Satin Organza for the bodice of the dress. Everyone at the store insists that Duchess Satin is a “richer” fabric and would go beautifully with the skirt, but my concerns about that fabric are: 1) It is very stiff and heavy, and 2) I’ve heard it shows ev-ery-THANG on your body, which makes me feel nervous. In addition, I think I lean more towards a softer, “romantic feel” for a dress, and I am not sure whether Duchess Satin would produce that “soft” effect (but I could be wrong??). I have tried on a Silk Satin Organza dress before and really liked the fabric, the lighter feel of the material and the way it shaped my body. That being said, everyone at the appointment recommended Duchess Satin over Silk Satin Organza, and even suggested that Silk Satin Organza would “cheapen the look of the dress.” Though I am not sure I necessarily agree with that statement, these individuals are professionals and may be seeing something I am not yet able to recognize. Basically, I am still confused about which material to use for the bodice and am hoping you lovely people could help me out 🙂
For reference, my measurements are:
Bust — 33 1/2
Waist — 26
Hip — 37
Height — 5’3″
Thank you oh-so very much!!!!
Post # 3
@rayray17: I think it’s gorgeous actually. But YOU have to love it!! You mentioned family and “we”??
Post # 4
I agree that the silk satin organza would more produce the soft romantic feel, so if you’re going for that then I think it will be lovely. The dress is A-MAAZING and you probably would be fine with either. I have to admit to being partial to the original top though. It’s beautiful… But in fairness I’m especially partial to lace with netting. (That’s what I have for my dress. This is YOUR dress.)
Based on your measurements, you probably don’t have to worry too much about unforgiving fabric. That said, the most important thing is that you feel confident/comfortable wearing the dress.
Post # 5
Ooooo I love that skirt! I tried on a similar dress with the same skirt when I was dress shopping (Lazaro 3213) and that skirt feels like a cloud!
I like the dress as is, but if you don’t like lace then silk satin organza is pretty too!
Post # 6
@Chicagochic: My family and I are close, so it is important that I have their support. Ultimately, the decision is mine, and I have to love the dress – you’re absolutely right. I never saw myself in lace and I was not over-the-moon with the way the original lace bodice looked on me, so I asked if it would be possible to change the bodice. Since this dress would be customized based on the fabric I choose, I truly have no way of knowing what the finished product will look like on me. So I am relying more on the advice of others to help with the decision. The two professionals I spoke with at the store are partial to the Dutchess Satin due to its “rich” look, and my family agreed. That being said, I’m hoping some bees could drop their knowledge on me as well, so I’m not limited to the views from one place.
Post # 7
@rayray17: Ok good 🙂
The satin would give it a total different look and feel, but nonetheless beautiful. It’s weird because I’m not a fan of lace normally but this one just speaks volumes to me!
Post # 8
@rayray17: Duchess satin is thick, soft and very forgiving. Thinner, cheaper satin is what shows “everything.” My daughter loved a Matthew Christopher gown made entirely of duchess satin, but was very concerned about the satin showing every wrinkle, so we really put the sample dress to the test. We did everything we could to wrinkle and crumple it but everytime it bounched back and looked smooth again. And it didn’t cling to her body, so nothing showed that she didn’t want to show!
Her very favorite satin on any of the 140 dresses that she tried on (yes, 140!) was actually the skirt of a Lazaro. She said that it was the softest and most luxurious fabric she had ever worn. So if Lazaro uses that same fabric for your dress you may be for a real treat.
As much as I love the top of your dress as it is, IMO satin would be the better second choice for the top. I’m trying to envision how organza would even be applied. Would it be rusched?
Post # 9
@VeryHappyMom: Thank you for sharing your experience and congratulations to your daughter!! Do you happen to know what kind of satin your daughter loved? I am basically trying to decide between two fabrics, both of which involve satin. For reference, here is a Lazaro dress with a Silk Satin Organza bodice:
Hope that helps!!
Post # 10
@rayray17: It was the skirt on this Lazaro that she said was made of the most luxurious satin she had ever worn. Unfortunately, the description on the web page only says satin and I can’t remember if the bridal shop owner said it was Duchess satin http://www.jlmcouture.com/Lazaro/Bridal/Additional/Style-3105
This is the Matthew Christopher dress that she loved and we tried to wrinkle but it just bounced back. That bridal shop owner did say it was Duchess satin:
The silk satin organza that you posted looks gorgeous! Either way, I think that you’ll have a really beautiful dress.