Need help with dress alterations?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

whitney.fletcher1:  I find it too hard to get an accurate impression from a pic. I like the illusion neckline though.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I think it could be just the photo, on the dress form is much different than on a (very tiny) model.

if anything, it looks like the original has a wider skirt, like.. it has more fabric making it have a more flowing appearance.. but again, that could just be the pic.

and obviously the sash is missing so that in itself makes it visually very different.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Of course with all the replica stores, you will not get the higher quality fabrics and lace, hence it looking heavier.

What I do think is the issue is the gathering along the waist. If you look at the spacing it is wider on the replica. I think if they added more gathers 1/2 the width as it is, it would add to the fuller look as on the original. Also I think the neckline is slightly lower with the original.

I don’t think it’s additional boning. It just seems that it’s a princess seam on the bodice that is more visible since you had it fully lined where you can barely see on the original but you can tell it’s there. 

With that and adding the sash it looks pretty dead on for a replica. They did a good job.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I think they did a pretty good job. The loss of illusion neckline probably has the biggest impact on the loss of the “light” feeling. I think the original sleeves look “softer” but you lose that when you line them. The neckline also looks a little high on the replica.

I agree with you that there is boning in the replica that’s not in the original; can you ask them to take it out? The original looks very fitted on the waist though… I think overall it’s looking very close once the belt is added.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

The bodice is constructed a little bit differently, but I think the biggest difference is that the Alencon lace of the original (Leanne Marshall, I think?) is very unique and soft, with a bit of transparency around a heavier applique, while the replica’s lace is a bit heavier, whiter, and more “standard.” The downside of getting a replica is that the lace won’t be quite as unique. The sleeves, for instance, look quite different. 

I think I’ve tried the original version of that dress on, and it’s a two piece (with a thin silk dress beneath), which is why it has that romantic, floaty quality to it. It’s very light.

That being said, it’s not a bad replica whatsoever.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  maydeco.
Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

whitney.fletcher1:  I agree with some of the PPs. I also think it’s hard to compare because there is a model wearing the original and yours is a picture of just the dress. Overall, I do think they did a decent job. I’d just be curious to see what it looks like on.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  citysparkle.
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