Post # 1
I am trying to find a unique but fun dress for my bridesmaids to where. They are all different sizes, shapes, and even ages. My sisters and Future Sister-In-Law are 40ish and the rest range from 27 – 32. I was going to tell them to just get whatever dress from David’s Bridal they liked in Navy or Marine color but since my FI’s nephew is getting married 1 month before us (his nephew is actually only a few year younger) and they went with the same navy color I wanted to maybe think about something else. So I found an Etsy dealer and tons of pictures of girls wearing the convertible dress. I am just nervous about ordering them online and not seeing them until they arrive. She has excellent reviews on here and on etsy, but I am wondering if any other brides had the same worry. Most of my BMs would wear a paper bag if I asked them so I need some honest opinions.
Post # 3
I’ve had very good experience with Etsy. With that being said, however, you always have to be wary of online retailers, period. The positive reviews are helpful, but even very reputable retailers have disappointed me before (Victoria’s Secret for example). While ordering online is generally fine, you have to take extra precautions when the thing being ordered is such a big part of your wedding.
Here’s my advice. First of all, make sure you measure everyone correctly, since it is my assumption that your girls can’t get measured in person by this seamstress. There are several youtube videos and online charts that can help you with this. Send the measuring video or chart that you used to the seamstress so that she can be sure to do her own measurements the same way you did yours.
Second, order as far in advance as you possibly can. This will provide you time to “fix” things if something goes wrong. If the seamstress goes out of business, moves to Canada, messes up the measurement, or just does a bad job, then you have time to send it back to be fixed, get alterations, or find new dresses.
Finally, pay her for one dress, have her make it, and then have her ship it to you. When you get it, try it on the girl to ensure her sizing is correct, look at the quality, and see how long it takes the seamstress to produce this dress. If you get the dress and something is wrong, you can speak with the seamstress and fix things before she messes up ALL the dresses 🙂