Post # 1
So I posted before about ordering a copy of an Allure gown on eBay from a Chinese dress shop. Yes, I have balls, I know 😉
(See original thread here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/its-starting-to-feel-realcause-i-just-ordered-my-dress-pics#axzz2NUySNmH7)
Well, it came today :). I was super excited when I saw that DHL package in my box!!! When I initially opened it, I loved it. The lace, the train, the sweetheart neckline….:)
But as I looked it over some more, there was just something I disliked…I couldn’t quite put my finger on what exactly was making me dislike it so much. I noticed the band was low from the get-go…but I didn’t think that it could skew my opinion that much. It is well made. I can’t complain too much there. Stitching is good, even, and the materials aren’t all that bad. Not 100% of the original, but it really is as close as I can expect for $150. Then I realized what was throwing the entire thing off: the band on the bodice. So I fiddled…and fiddled some more, and I think that I have finally reached a solution. If I got the band raised to just below the bust, and took in the bottom of the band, I think it would be perfect.
What do you ladies think? Easy fix or should I run for the hills?
Post # 3
Hmmm… Appears to be an easy fix… Take it to a seamstress and see!
Looks beautiful, by the way.
Post # 4
@missaliam: Have you tried the dress on? Maybe a picture of you in it (face visible or not) may help determine if it needs tweaking. Height/shape helps in that aspect.
Post # 5
Great buy! It looks like you need to experiment with the waistband a bit to see where the most flattering placement is. I’m sure it will be an easy alteration though!
Post # 6
Have you tried it on? A pic of you in it would be more helpful for us to give advice. 🙂
Post # 7
try it on and see which way you like it better, it won’t cost much to get it changed locally!!
Post # 8
I would try it on and go from there!
Post # 9
How is the over all fit and comparison to the original dress?
Post # 10
$150 is a great deal for that dress! I recommend taking it to an experienced seamstress to go over options for alterations – they can work wonders!
Post # 11
I tried it on with my mom for the first time when they were in town Friday. 🙂 It was super special to be able to try on my first (and last) dress with my mama and little sister!!! We came to the conclusion that the issue would probably be fixed by raising the band, and taking it in a bit (especially after I go and get HOT for the wedding ;)!!!). I was mostly worried that it would be a complicated alteration, but with y’alls/mom’s reassurance, I feel more confident that it won’t be. I will post pics with me in the dress once I get the crinoline and proper undergarments to go underneath it. The pics we took without it are a little lackluster…we poofed it out the best we could and imagined what it would look like with the crinoline. Can’t do it as well in the pics for some reason lol. I’ll keep ya’ll posted!
Post # 12
I decided to post the pics anyway. Warning: These are the most attrocious pictures of me ever. Please ignore whatever the heck I was doing with my face (I was struggling to not be emotional–Senior Recital and trying on my dress with my mom all in one night, yeah.) I look like a bafoon. And my dorm room is a mess (Again, Senior Recital….I just decided it was one detail in my life I didn’t care about haha :)).
But it’s whatever.
This is the dress on me, sans any attempted fiddling:
And this…this is my attempt at raising the band while wearing it. Not such a great attempt, buttt I can tell there’s a difference. Even though I look highly uncomf, I can assure you that it was mostly because I was sticking out my gut in a failed attempt at holding up the waistband. It needs to be just a tad higher. And the veil is a touch too long, but that can be fixed.
The lovely young lady to my right is my little sister, By The Way. 🙂
But we will see what happens when I get the crinoline. I think that the crinoline addition will be the BAM moment. Thoughts?
Post # 13
I think it’s a beautiful dress but the waist band is a little low and a little long. It’s a great foundation to start from though, and better to have too much dress than not enough to work with!
Post # 14
@missaliam: nice dress! I agree that the band at the waist seems to be a little too low, and definitely a crinoline would work wonders on the skirt!
Side note- you mentioned a senior recital. Are you a music student? I’m a piano teacher now, but went to school for Bridesmaid or Best Man, mm, and DMA in piano perf!
Post # 15
@missaliam: Yep, with the pics, I’d say definitely get the waistband shortened, even more than you did in the second one. Otherwise it looks great! As a pp said, a crinoline might give it some lovely oomph if you wanted it.
Post # 16
@missaliam: Agree with @arabbel: on this. Definitely can be tweaked with the crinoline added and the waist shortened (you could shorten it by almost half the length of that section and probably still be ok). Otherwise, it’s a beautiful dress! 🙂