Hiring a Chinese Dressmaker

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

short answer- did it- loved it.

long answer- yes, it did take 2 weeks of backwards & forwards emails. yes, the dress is not 100% of what the original was.  but it was worth it. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I wish I’d known about this before buying my gown! Does anyone know any shops that will do MOB gowns? My mom fell in LOVE with one that costs more than my gown at original price, but I’d love to be able to surprise her with a well made copy, if I could get it at a discount.

Meggles, where did you have your gown made? 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I found (3) on ebay- i emailed them all and asked for a quote to make Augusta Jones Isola dress. The dress has (4) layers- the top (2) being english net. I wanted to be 100% sure that they were using english net, not tuelle or chiffon. (2) of the (3) I contacted weren’t able to do that- so that left me with jeff liu- his email is [email protected]

We had about (3) weeks of back forth. I sent him photos of the dress on the designer’s website, as well as me in it. He sent an ordering form with all sorts of measurements. I went to my local tailor and got measured- but I purposely added 1/2 inch to all measurements (except height- where I added 2 inches- b/c I wasn’t sure of the height of the shoes). 

4 weeks later, my dress arrived. it was 85% perfect. There were (2) things I didn’t like:1- The waistband/cummerbund part of the dress was much less wide than the original. Hence, the skirt flared at the absolute worst part for me- making me look like I had big bertha birthing hips.

2- They made the V-neckline sort of sweethearty;- instead of straight down.

I emailed Jeff- explaining both issues and he agreed to change for free. I sent him the dress back.

3 weeks later- I got the dress back – now 95% perfect. It’s still big on me- and I’ll need to get it altered.

Financials-

UK Bridal Shop – GBP 1200 (would have needed extra length)

NJ Local “Full Service” Bridal Shop – USD1800

RK Bridal in the US – USD1200 (again, would have needed extra length)

Chinese Copy – $180 + $30 (to send back) + about $50 alterations = $260

Sure- I could have found a basic white dress for less money, and sure I could have gone with the original and saved a bit of headache- but all in all – I’m thrilled with the process.

Attached is a picture of me in the original dress- I’ll post a pic of me in the copy as soon as its altered.

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Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I ordered a custom gown through Milly Bridal and I was thrilled with the result. I had found a photo of an Essense of Australia gown that was close to what I wanted, but not quite. My mom and I e-mailed the photo to Milly and asked for some adjustments, including buttons/loops instead of a corset back and a straight neckline instead of a sweetheart. We also asked them to add a built-in slip, bra cups and bustle. My mom took my measurements and we submitted them through the website, with some additional back-and-forth via e-mail.

The great thing about Milly is that they e-mail you digital photos for each stage of the process, and you OK everything before they move on to the next step. My mom and I were able to see the basic dress form on the mannequin, then the bodice, then an example of the lace applique, etc etc. We had some problems with the cap sleeves during the final stage and they fixed them within hours – literally hours, with new photos and everything.

The gown took about one month to complete and turned out beautifully – high-quality fabric and flawless fit, no alterations necessary. And it only cost $350 including shipping!

 If you use Milly, be prepared for some occasionally awkward e-mail interaction because English is not their first language. I had the added benefit of having my mom, a fluent Mandarin speaker, call the office and speak to someone in person. But overall, I couldn’t be happier with the process.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Like Meggles I did used jeffliu on Ebay, he had a dress in his Ebay store April Bridal that was almost identical to the dress I tried on, only the one is his store was the much more expensive version of mine (the one I tried on had a flimsy overlay and this one says it has the satin overlay.  I paid 230 total and they are altering it based on my measurements before they ship it.  I should get it next week, but maybe the week after.  He has already said that if it doesn’t fit I can send it back and he will fix it.

He was very easy to deal with, but I’m not sure about the final product yet, but based on what other people have said before I ordered, I’m optimistic.

Post # 9
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Newbee

I’m also thinking about ordering a dress from Milly Bridal. I’ve researched the Chinese dress factories quite a bit, and it seems that Milly Bridal has the most consistently high reviews. I’m going dress shopping here first to find what I like the best.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I didn’t use ebay, but I bought my dress from this website.  They make custom made wedding dresses too.  http://www.mybigfatbeautifulwedding.com

I was prompted to buy my dress here because my cousin actually worked with their designer and got this gorgeous wedding gown that was a combination of several designer dresses and her own ideas.

Her dress cost $459 and it totally looks like a $4,000 or more dress.  She has quite a bit of ancelon lace with Swarovsky Crystals on her gown and it truly was gorgeous.

They don’t send pictures of the progress, but the owner and their designer is really clear about custom alterations and she even sketches things if you want the dress designed from your ideas.

I ordered my ceremony dress from them last week  here it is http://www.mybigfatbeautifulwedding.com/234-chandler  I ordered it in Ivory and I should have it in about 5 weeks.

Today, I ordered my reception dress from them as well http://www.mybigfatbeautifulwedding.com/376.htm even though I went back and forth with 2 dresses, my fiance insisted that I get a mermaid for my second dress because he wants something totally sexy and contemporary for our garden reception.  I ordered this dress in a very pale pink.   Both of my dresses combined cost me $768 which was a little over half of my dress budget.  I feel like I really am getting a good deal and since I am certain of the quality, I had no problem ordering online.

 

Post # 11
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752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

These are such good resources for brides on a budget! I’d love to give my MOB dress a try through one of these companies! Now I just have to choose…

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@driftslikesmoke I should add a caveat to my glowing recommendation of Milly Bridal. I’m not sure if they would be the best choice for a MOB dress. My mom was thinking of ordering her dress through Milly, but they didn’t seem to carry much fabric apart from the white and ivory material used in bridal gowns. I’m sure the quality of the dress and customer service would have been superb, but I don’t think Milly is equipped to produce a wide variety of other types of formal gowns. Perhaps the other Chinese dressmakers are bigger and have more choices. Good luck!

Post # 14
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752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Thanks for the followup info, Panda! I’m sure these companies would still be wonderful for anyone looking to have their gown made for them!

Post # 15
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Newbee

I’m curious to know how the final dresses look from JeffLiu8800.  I’m planning on having him make my dress and I’m afraid…  ha ha.  BUT his cost is WAY less expensive and that’s what I’m looking for.  Feedback with pictures, if possible, please….!

 

Thanks!

Post # 16
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Worker bee

I have to say as someone who’s had to alter one of them: DONT DO IT.

It’s not worth the money since it will probably need work in order to fit you once you receive it, so add another $200-500. on top of the alluring price tag.  And honestly, the fabric quality is really really bad (think Walmart curtain lace), pieces not cut carefully or off-grain so they don’t lay flat, they’re thrown together so fast piecemeal in factories by unskilled workers.  It makes them very very hard to work on and fix!

If I ever see one cross my threshold again, I’m doubling the Alterations fees to cover my headache!

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