Post # 1
I’m seriously considering having this dress (Athena by Sophia Tolli) replicated for me via Jeff Liu on eBay, with some changes to the design. Do you think it’s at all doable, or should I look for something else? Buying the actual dress isn’t an option because a) I’m not in the US, b) we’re on a budget and trying to keep costs low, and c) it doesn’t make sense for me to put money down for a dress that I KNOW I’m not 100% satisfied with as-is.
Details of what I want changed, so you can (hopefully) help me out with this decision:
I do not want the poofy ribbon on the back of the strap, just a plain strap (with maybe the brooch?) – I know the strap is adjustable, but I wouldn’t need quite so much material as I don’t intend to have it in a bow of any sort.
I would also like a less-plunging neckline – FH does not like me flaunting the girls so blatantly in public, and I wouldn’t be comfortable worrying about slippage either! A less severe sweetheart neckline would be nice.
Corset back – I like it, but could do with a zip-up back as well, especially if it helps cut costs!
If anyone has any suggestions with regards to the dress or eBay replicas, I would love to hear it. Thanks in advance for any help/advice/recommendations you ladies can give me! 🙂
Post # 3
I saw do it. Only you know what you like and can afford. Possibly sending pictures of dresses that have been made will give you the ‘quality’ factor that everyone gets upset about. What if it’s worth it and totally beautiful? Anyways, who will tell you your pic. sucks?? It’s your day!!!
Post # 4
I should probably add that I am literate in Mandarin, and there’s always good old FOB Mum to back me up, should I start mixing my idioms, so communicating what I want done isn’t likely to be a major hurdle if I do have it “custom made in China” 🙂
Post # 5
As someone who got a custom dress from someone on etsy I say find someone local. Even with all the back and forth emails i had with my dress maker it still came out way wrong. And all I wanted was the top from one dress put on a stright across strapless dress she had plenty of pictures of the 2 dresses.
You could also get the dress made as is and take it to a local alterations person to have them change the things you done like. Or maybe do that before ordering.
I am now stuck with an extra dress sitting in my closet and had to buy one of the original dresses
Edit- I also got a dress for my Destination Wedding in the Bahamas from a China company and LOVE LOVE it. But I had nothing changed to it and it was a pretty simple dress.
Post # 6
Have you thought about putting in an Etsy alchemy request? It’s a beautiful dress, but I’m wary of the cheap chinese replicas mostly because they use cheap material. Since the dress is simple, the material is very important, it can change the whole look of the gown. The etsy replicas I’ve seen are amazing and you’ll be able to talk to someone through the whole process and get pictures of it as you go.
Post # 7
Keep looking at actual dresses till you find the right one. There’s nothing worse than sinking time and money into an unknown and having it not work out… There are so many gorgeous gowns. I know you’ll find one you love!
Post # 8
I don’t know… I had my Maid/Matron of Honor dress made by an Etsy seller. She sent pictures that I absolutely drooled over, had 100% positive feedback, communicated, sent swatches – and the dress was A. Hot. Mess. I mean unwearable with any amount of salvaging. Poorly fitted, horrible craftmanship, and looked ridiculous on. I still had to pay for it, because she delivered what she said she would, even if it was unusable.
Post # 9
As someone who’s been following several threads regarding replicas made in China….
I say do it. That’s a fairly simple design and a simple request that you’re asking. You may want to check in with Milly Bridal and the various threads on Project wedding here. Milly does a test dress to ensure that what they reproduce is what you want.
You could also check in on a thread on bestdestinationweddings.com here. The majority of the girls there use a shop called Gianinar who also provides pics of the finished dress before sending to you.
Post # 10
I went with jeffliu on ebay and I DEFINITELY recommend it! My dress is amazing and everything I dreamed of! I do have to admit that they messed it up the first time they made it(wrong color embroidery, sent me photos before mailing). They were absolutely happy to remake it and did it fast with GREAT quality!
Your dress is indeed fairly simple in design so it shouldn’t be too hard. I would recommend to make the requests for custom changes to the dress a minimum due to the language barrier. If you can get your requests written in chinese that helps IMMENSELY! I had a friend do that for me after they makde the first mistake.
Also I would not be surprised if they don’t have the brooch on it when you get it, or it won’t be that great. Just get your own brooch on ebay or something and you’ll be fine!
Heres my blog on offbeat bride about my experience with pics if you want more info, but definitely do it IMHO-the pics speak for themselves!
Post # 11
I can say that I didn’t have a good experience with Jeff Liu and there are others. I think is comunication isn’t good and his customer service is horrible. I didn’t receive any of the elements I asked for and at the end of the day my dress changed from and A-line into a mermaid fit.The material wasn’t good. I was miserable.
I had to reorder from antoher company and didn’t receive a full refund and wasn’t allowed to ship it back at my own cost. He ignored my concerns. He offered to remake it but I didn’t trust him by that point and didn’t want to waste my time.
I think there are other companies with higher standards and better customer service. Its too risky to go with Jeff Liu/Aprils Bridal.
Post # 12
For all the strife it would cause (and the potential alterations you would have to make to it post delivery if you were not pleased), I say going retail on this one is the way to do it, even if it is a simple design.