Post # 1
So I fell in love with a dress i found online by a South African designer, Hendrik Vermeulen. The problem is that there is only one stockist in Australia, so I can’t get to to try it on without a looooong and very expensive plane ride. So I’ve decided to have it made! My thought pattern is – it will cost me $400. If I hate it, I can always sell it on and still come out further ahead than if I flew to the dress shop to try it on and hated it then!
I did a lot of research about online, offshore replica dress makers, and narrowed it down to Jasmines and Dressilyme. I decided Jasmines Bridal Shop and they have been fantastic so far.
I have been dealing with Lisa, and she has been great in getting back to me and asking all sort of questions that I hadn’t really thought about – including diagrams and pictures so that its very clear and easy to understand.
I think the biggest decision I got stuck on is – what do I want to do for the lining of the dress? My favourite part of it is that the lining being sheer/opaque and a skin tone makes the beautiful lace stand out, and its a bit different to the standard wedding dress. Should I have it lined in white and be safe? Or risk a flesh tone that could look horribly different to my skin tone?
I ended up narrowing down two colours close to my skin tone, and Lisa will send me a photo of the lining under the lace for me to decide before they sew it.
I was really happy that she was willing to answer my million and one questions and respond within 12 hours to any email even before I had put down my deposit.
As far as payment, they accept Western Union (heard bad things about that as far as fraud), wire transfer (too hard basket) and credit card. My only option was credit card, but to ease my paranoia I bought a pre-pay load and go credit card. I only put the amount they were deducting onto it. I feel MUCH better!
I sent my measurements off last night, I’ll keep updating this thread with the pictures as it nfolds!
Post # 3
It’s a beautiful dress! I can’t wait to see how it turns out!
Post # 4
I ordered a lace bolero from Jasmines and couldn’t be happier with the experience. The assigned rep, Candy, asked all the right questions, verified a few of my measurements when they didn’t sound “right” to her (and as it turns out, I suck at measuring!), sent plenty of status updates and photos, and delivered a lot faster than I’d imagined. I’d already ordered my dress from a local shop but kind of regret not having had Jasmines’ do it because I would have saved a ton of money.
Post # 5
- Wedding: December 2012 - Hacienda los Agaves
I can totally see why you love it.
I hope it turns out o be amazing, I’ve read so many good reviews from Jasmines, the only reason I didn’t go with them was that getting a custome made gown locally was cheaper, but looking at their work online I’m confident they can make a great job.
Post # 6
Ok, I wanted to put these pics up last night as part of my initial ‘experience so far’ re-cap, but they were on my work computer! These are the options I have chosen so far:
Neckline: I had the option of having it cut straight or having lace lashes – I chose the lace lashes.
Neckline – Now how deep do I want it to go? Being fairly well endowed, I have a slight paranoia about looking too ‘boob-ey’ on my wedding day. Considering we’re getting married in the church – not a good idea. Once I advised Lisa I wanted to raise the neckline, she sent me through this picture:
I’ve chosen for the neckline to be made according to the green line. If it’s too high, I can always have it altered!
Then I had to chose what I call the ‘hem of the bodice’. Options were as follows:
I had trouble with this one. I was all ready to tell her to make it that the back is cut straight, but the front keeps that little swoop up. But then talking to my mum, she said it was hard to tell what they are intending to do with the pictures – I may end up with a dress with a ‘peplum’ sp??
SO again, we decided to go cut straight across the front and back, and she can fiddle with it when it gets here if I want it changed. Lucky she’s so handy with a needle!
Post # 7
Lisa suggested the skirt would be made of taffeta and sent me pictures of swatches of fabrics. I chose an off-white colour.
Then it was time for the lining of the bodice. Already something I was really worried about! To me it can either make or break the dress!
She asked me for a head shot of myself so she could match to fabrics.
I ended up sending a photo I had cropped so you could see my neck, upper chest and shoulders and she sent back suggestions.
I put myself together the below sheet. I’ve narrowed it down to two options, but my skin has a really pink undertone that none of these fabrics show. Lisa will send me photos of the two lining colours I narrowed it down to, underneath the lace before it is sewn so I can chose.
Post # 8
It is awesome that they have worked so hard to make your dress perfect for you!
Post # 9
One more thing for today, and then I’m up to speed with everything that’s happened so far.
I woke up to an email this morning expressing concern over the measurements I had sent being accurate.
1.The difference usually between Height and Hollow to Hem is about 9.5-12.5 inches (25-32 cm ) while yours is 24 cm if we take height as 175 cm, please confirm 2 measurements again to make sure wearing shoes for wedding. Please refer to Measurement Guide No.1 & No.12:http://www.jasminesbridalshop.com/index.php?task=guide
2.Please make sure crossing nipple when take fore circumference measurement. No.8 http://www.jasminesbridalshop.com/index.php?task=guide
3. Usually measurement of hip is a little larger than bust, please confirm your measurements again, if correct , it is ok.
The first point is my fault, ha ha. I wanted them to make the skirt a little longer than needed, so I tacked on a few centimeters to one of the height measurements, and then the height and the hollow to hem measurements were way out! It’s very reassuring that they are double and triple checking the measurements though, rather than just blindly sewing!
Post # 10
The dress is going to be gorgeous 🙂 Can’t wait to see pics.
I think you are wise going with a higher neckline as you can always go lower later on, but can’t make it higher.
Post # 11
@Mrs.Mods: Jasmines has been very honest with me. They made a sample dress for me (I was testing them) and are now almost ready to send my daughter’s wedding dress. I used my credit card – Amex. Have had no concerns at all.
You have a beautiful dress. I am sure Jasmines will be a great job. Keep posting as it is always great to have more reviews to read.
Post # 12
I’m going to order a dress from Jasmine’s Bridal Shop, too. I’m wondering whether any of you actually went to a professional tailor to measure your size. If so, did you pay for the “measurement” service? Or did you just ask a family member or friend to help you?
I consider myself as a very average type of body figure because I never have any fitting problems with dresses of fast fashion brands, such as H&M, Zara, etc.
Post # 13
Such a beautiful & romantic dress! I can’t wait to see pics when you receive it.
Post # 14
@Ringer101: Getting measured is very important. I went to a professional, who unfortunately at the time was very busy with other dress alterations for bridesmaids and bride. I paid for the measurements. Had the dress made, and then it was too small. I took it back to the dressmaker here in Australia who admitted to taking incorrect measurements. My waist was out by 5cm!!!
Check and double check and make sure you go when the dressmaker has plenty of time to concentrate on she is doing.
Luckily Jasmines had plenty of fabric in the seams and the dress was let out easily and fits me perfectly. I also didn’t pay for the alterations because it was the fault of the dressmaker taking incorrect measurements.
I went to another dressmaker to double check my daughter’s measurements before I ordered her wedding dress….. Her measurements were also incorrect.
Post # 15
Thank you for the compliment on my JBS dress. I can’t wait to see yours, I’m sure you will look amazing!
Post # 16
Please keep updating this thread. The dress is going to be GORGEOUS!