Help: Galia Lahav and Maggie Sottero replica. Very pic heavy!!!

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What should I do with this dress?
    Keep the Amy back, have the Emma lace and Isabella straps : (2 votes)
    18 %
    Get the Isabella with Amy back and forget about the Emma! : (4 votes)
    36 %
    Get the Isabella with Amy back but no straps and have the Emma sweetheart neckline : (3 votes)
    27 %
    None of the above: I have a better idea! (please post) :) : (2 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 2
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Even though you have a killer body, personally I find your first dress back too low cut but that’s just a taste thing. I don’t mean to be harsh but I really don’t like the nude panel with buttons. They could probably just take the Emma and alter the back to what you want, however, I’m not sure what that would do to the corset. Are you absolutely sure there isn’t a complete dress that’s more what you want? I’ve often seen tops and bottoms of dresses combined but never back and fronts. This seems way more complicated because of it could affect the whole construction of the fit of the gown. I’d consult a seamstress or hopefully there’s one on here 🙂 I’d love to see you post your final dress! Good luck 🙂

    Post # 3
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    297 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Personally I dislike off the shoulder straps – it just looks like they’ve fallen down! I would just get the first dress lined in the front, or have them make it so it looks less like a separate bodice and skirt and more like one whole dress (like the front of the Emma). In terms of the train I would try to get the whole train in lace made as part of the dress. Currently it just looks like the tulle train is randomly stuck on the back. But that’s just personal preference.

    Post # 4
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    1043 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Just make sure your expectations are in check. The “nude panel” likely wont be as “nude” as your expecting. They will likely use illusion tulle which will still be quite white, are you ok with that? 

    If your going to do a back that low (perhaps give jbs measurements of exactly how low you want to go, a few inches can be the difference between perfect, and cracktastic), you need straps. the front of the dress would fall right forward off your body if it didnt. Personally i like the straps on the first dress the best. 

     

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by  dv3849.
    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I think that you have a great vision for a really beautiful dress. I just get nervous with replicas bc I haven’t ever really seen a great quality one 🙁

    Post # 7
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    2763 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Sakari87:  If you have ample time,  I’d say it’s worth a try. That way if it comes back less than gorgeous enough for your wedding,  you’ll have time to buy one. I would just make sure that you have a backup plan is all.  And you have to post pictures on the bee of course!!!

    Post # 8
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    1964 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2016 - Belmont Manor

    @Sakari87 Your gown is going to be beautiful! Jasmine does an amazing job with lace. I don’t think you will have any worries especially with all of the upgrades. I am having a J’Aton Couture / Galia Lahav gown made through Jasmines and I cannot wait to receive it. Like you I am going to upgrade everything. Only thing is I’m using two gowns I have already seen her make so I feel pretty confident about my dress. Can’t wait to see what you decide! 

    Post # 9
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    339 posts
    Helper bee

    Sakari87:  For all of the different elements you want in a dress, i think you would be running a risk with Jasmine’s. Reading through your post twice I still had a hard time piecing your dress together. I would just be nervous that I would get a dress that is nothing like I invisioned and therefore I would recommend a back-up dress in case things dont work out… which may be likely when combine 3 very different dresses.

    Maybe you should try finding a local seamstress who can do this sort of thing that way you can work through the process together in person instead of through emails and photos (which often times are not accurate portrayals.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Sakari87:  you’re getting very specific about your wants… Piecing together 3 dresses is already a huge undertaking for them, i would honestly leave the lace and beading choices up to them and just say “as close as possible”. Otherwise i think youre setting yourself up for dissapointment.

    i would also be prepared for the shape to be a little different then what youre asking for. The original has a very complex pattern, and jbs will likely use normal princess seams which only allows for so much flare, and will likely show some evidence of seams down along the front.

    Please be realistic with your expectations. There have been alot of dissapointed brides that have ordered with jbs lately because their expectations were way out of proportion to their wallets And jbs’ capabilities.

    Post # 13
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    1964 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2016 - Belmont Manor

    @Sakari87 

    I don’t think Jasmine will have issues making this count. I do agree with the other bee that you should let them decide the closest thing they have to replicate the lace. I read back over what you want and you have simplified it. Are there any dresses jasmine has made where you like most of the work and get the straps added to it, modify the back, and train. This may be a easier start…just a suggestion. Take a look at her blog and see if there is anything she has made that has elements you are looking for. http://www.jasminesbridalshop.com/blog/

    For a heavily modified gown this seemed to work best for me. 

    For example could the bodice of this dress represent the bodice you want and have modifications made to this gown? 

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