Post # 1
I ordered two junior bridesmaids from an Etsy dressmaker (Serena). I liked her work and her reviews were good.
We agreed on price and a timeline. She said I would receive the dresses in about 20 days after payment. Well, the 20 day mark will be in two days.
I am going to order a flower girl dress, from a different maker, and I needed to make sure the color of the sash matches the junior bridesmaids dresses.
I asked Serena if she could send me mid-production photos of the junior bridesmaids dresses. Her reply: “Hi, the dresses will be done very soon, which means you can check them in person very soon.”
It doesn’t bother me that she won’t be finished as soon as agreed. I’d rather have them done right and wait a little longer, but I just needed photos for matching purposes.
I found it worrying that she won’t send photos, especially because I explained to her why I needed photos. It’s not to check up on her progress, I’m just trying to match colors.
Post # 2
Maybe she misunderstood your first email? also, it will likely be hard to tell by photos on your computer screen whether the colors actually match depending on the lighting used to take the photos, etc. Could you request fabric swatches from the other place that you are planning to get the flower girl dress from? Then you could compare the fabric colors in person.
Post # 3
SerendipityBride: If your wedding date is correct in your profile, I would put it aside for the time being.
Post # 4
emstar168: I don’t need an exact match on colors. I just need to make sure they’re in the same color realm. I need a pink shade that’s going to have more warm tones than cool. Example: I need a more coral pink than, let’s say, a fuschia/bubblegum pink. I explained this to Serena in my first email, but like I said, she said I’ll see it when it gets here. My concern wasn’t about checking up on her progress. I wanted to send the other dress maker a photo saying “Here is what the junior bridesmaids dress color looks like, I need something in that color spectrum.”
It was just a little concerning that she won’t send a photo.
julies1949: Put what aside for the time being?
I need to order my flower girl dress, which is being custom made from an Etsy dressmaker. On her site it states she recommends people order dresses from her 5 months in advance because they’re made from scratch and she gets a lot of orders. So, I actually want to order it now.
Post # 5
SerendipityBride: She probably doesn’t want to send photos because she doesn’t want people copying her design. For all she knows you have multiple bridesmaids and are going to get the rest of your dresses made off her design somewhere cheaper.
Besides that if you didn’t agree to mid-production photos in your contract then she is within her rights not to do it.
Post # 6
j_jaye: Yup, that’s exactly what I was thinking.
SerendipityBride: Maybe you can get her to send you a photo of just a fabric swatch instead of the entire dress.
Post # 7
j_jaye: It’s funny that you say that. I bought my junior bridesmaids dresses originally from lightinthebox, but the color was waaaay off. The colors advertised were supposed to be pink, but they sent me orange dresses. I was sad because the quality and design was so pretty, but they didn’t carry the color I wanted.
I contacted this Etsy dressmaker, Serena, because her designs were very similar. And she had the color I wanted. So, I had her make the dresses to look like the ones from lightinthebox. So I don’t think she’s worried about me “stealing” the desgin if I was the one to present her the design in the first place.
I am, however, kicking myself for not discussing mid-production photos.
I emailed her again, clarifying that I need a color swatch photo, not so much the progress/design play-by-play. I hope she agrees. :/
partyplanner83: I know. That’s the trouble with ordering from someone online. Colors usually turn out different in person.
Post # 8
SerendipityBride: I think that happens a lot. I guess it’s the risk you have to take, esp when ordering from China. I was in my friends wedding (i think we used idreamprom ) and our green dresses ended up being damn near neon green. I was expecting bright, but damn I was glowing. At least it was a mardi gras theme so it didn’t stick out.
Post # 9
Is it possible it’s a language issue? A lot of the low-price dressmakers on Etsy are in China and can have pretty minimal email in English skills. Maybe she didn’t understand that you actually wanted the photographs.