(Closed) LITB dress review

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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217 posts
Helper bee

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Excellent advice.  LITB has really been trying hard to improve their quality recently, and it shows ๐Ÿ™‚  The reason for the problems people have faced is probably because they contract lots of small factories to make their dresses and it is hard to control the quality across the board. 

I would suggest to show them that you have some professional knowledge about dress making and they will more likely give your order to their “better-quality” factories to make. 

Do things like:

1. If you have a good command of the dress-making terminologies, use them when giving the order requirements.  According to my observation, workers in China tend to be a bit more careless and less patient than the western counterparts, maybe due to the culture.  So remind them about the key aspects of the dress – this would definitely help.  For their designers to design your dress according to designer photos, if it is a new style to them, it would be like learning to drive a car for the first time – a lot of aspects to worry about ๐Ÿ™‚  LITB would also appreciate the reminders as it will increase the success of their orders.

2. Request beading that is made with glass (higher quality than acrylic & plastic beading), which can turn into powder when you hammer it gently.  Tell them that you will test the quality of the beading, and they might get you high quality beading, else the beading you get will most likely turn color after 6 months. 

3. Tell them you want lace that is corded (usually more expensive), and you want Alencon or Chantilly lace instead of the cheap lace in the Chinese fabric markets.  If a dress has lace appliques, tell them that you don’t want any burnt marks along the edges of the lace appliques, and you want the lace appliques to cut closely to the pattern (not a big piece of tulle/organza hanging out).   It costs more labor hours & skills to cut and paste the lace delicately closely to shape and without any burnt marks.

4. If you are ordering a lace dress where you cannot really see the satin layer under the lace, tell them to make sure there is at least 1 layer of organza and 6 layers of tulle between the satin layer and the lace layer.  This way the satin layer will be almost completely hidden.  This is an extremely common mistake among Chinese bridal factories, and maybe an intentional mistake as these 7 layers will save a lot of fabric, labor, and shipping cost.

Things like these will help your order to move up their “technical expertise” list, and you will more likely get a better quality dress ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 4
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Thank you for writing this review! i have been searching for information about buying a wedding dress online-this really helps ๐Ÿ™‚

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