Post # 1
Sooo yeah. Title pretty much covers. But this time, instead of poll voting, I have a story. For the Too Long;Didn’t Read version, skip to the bottom.
I bought and paid all $1,300 of the VW351172, and I loved the crap outta it. It was all of the flowery goodness of the Maggie Sotterro Juliette dress I had fallen in love with at a previous bridal shop, but with a more flattering figure and *slightly* more affordable price tag. Picture below of my beautiful VW351172 gown. Notice how pumped I am about my life?
There are, however, some things I would LOVE to change about this dress. Namely, the fact that it’s ivory. I was REALLY hoping for a pink/blush dress. Plus, there’s the weird criss-crossy draping of tulle/organza/whatever on the bodice that I’m not a fan of. I don’t think it flatters me too well. The other huge issue for me is the sweep train. I was hoping for something more dramatic. . . like chapel or even cathedral length. So I’ve shopped some pictures in MSPaint, and I had sent them to Jasmine’s to get a quote.
Jasmine’s is able to replicate the gown in Blush for a decent price; however they aren’t accepting customizations to gowns at this time due to it being busy season. Okay, I’m cool with that. However, if I’m gonna buy this dress again then I am determined to get all the changes I want made. The photos detail three things I’d like: 1.Creating an a-symmetrical waistline by adding a few more flange roses, 2. Changing criss-cross draping to unidirectional horizontal draping, 3. Extending train 2 or so feet changing it from “Sweep train” length to roughly “Chapel” length.
I have searched the interwebs for other replicators willing to do custom work, and have found the Vivian Xu lady. Seen photos of her Gemma replications and though they aren’t exact, I’m a big fan of them. So I’ve sent her an email wondering whether she’s still in the business as her ebay store is empty and she hasn’t posted to the hive more than once.
TL;DR I’m being crazy. Does anyone know of any dress replicators willing to do customizations that are comfortable making the Vera Wang Gemma dress (as that dress is similar in construction/materials to mine)? Has anyone else bought a second dress with no regrets?
Post # 3
Jasmine’s do a Gemma replica thats gorgeous. Go here
Post # 4
@michonne: It’s a bit obvious you didn’t read the whole post.
Have you checked to see if DressilyMe or Lightinthebox do custom replicas?
Post # 5
Why don’t you sell this one and buy yourself the dress you really wanted…if it was only *slightly* more expensive?
Post # 6
Just a thought, but did you try on the Galina Signature SV415? It is taffeta and organza rather than tulle, but it has most of the changes you wanted (more consistent ruching, longer train, asymmetrical waist), and maybe you could see if a shop would custome dye it for you in blush?
Post # 7
@Eckle: the reviews of dressilly make me quite nervous, but I haven’t looked into lighinthebox just yet. I did fumble around dhgate and see gowns of similar general construction, available in blush, if all else does not pan out. Thx for the lightinthebox suggestion!
@MrsP0801: actually, I’ve considered selling this one if jasmine’s can replicate it with changes during slow season. However, I actually like the skirt/flange roses a billionty times better in this dress plus, the other dress also does not come in blush..I tried the Divina by Maggie at that same salon, which is similar to this dress but in blush with ruffles instead of flange… But that dress looked hideous on me.
@lala423: I did try that dress! I LOVED what that waistline did for my bumsie, and the bodice draping is much more attractive, but I prefer these more ethereal flanges than the structured flowers of the Galina. Also, I’m into the halter neckline here. I guess it’d be easy enough to execute on the Galina, nut I’m not willing to compromise on these flowers if I don’t have to. ╮(╯_╰)╭ Wonderful suggestion though, as that dress is cheaper and very similar to this one.
Post # 8
@usagidollie: If you picked it, you must have loved it. I would honestly just stop thinking about it and criticizing every little thing about it that no one will notice anyway. You look great in it and I would not waste money on another dress when you already have a perfectly good one. Dress regret is a concept I never heard of until the bee (which is the case for a lot of things). It will only happen if you let it!
Post # 9
I don’t like the addition of the asymmetrical waist. I think it makes you lookshorter and heavier than the original.
Post # 10
@MrsPanda99: you’re wonderful to say so. That makes me feel really good in my heartplace. So many fuzzyfeels.
@Miss Leopard: really? Hm. I might have to give that some thought then. I’ve been a bit apprehensive about that change as I feel it may not be executed to my likings by prospective seamstresses.looking at the photo closer I think you may be right. Thanks for the tip 0^◇^0)/
Post # 11
I think the dress looks great on you as-is. Before I finished reading your post I thought to myself how much I really like the criss-cross fabric in the bodice.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA
I think it loos perfect the way it is and the changes are so minute you would be wasting your money buying another dress.
Post # 13
So my best route might be to replicate with longer train on blush? I mean, I do really love this dress. But I did have my heart set on dramatic train and pink dress… Edited post with crappy phone pic of the dress if it were pink.
Post # 14
@usagidollie: counterproposal……the train is horribly annoying once you walk down the aisle…why not get a super long dramatic veil? Pink lighting for your venue will give that blush color you want without getting a new dress.
you look amazing in that dress…. Stop cheating on your dress.
I wish I had stopped looking at dresses once I bought mine. Move on to something else. your dress is perfect!! you look perfect in it.
If you do decide to change I would not add flowers in the hip….
Post # 15
I think the original dress is perfect for you. Here is why:
1. A long train would be too heavy in that fabric
2. The assymetrical cut would not be flattering
3. The way you want the rouchign changed is NOT flattering (I tried many like that. The criss-cross draws your eye in making you look even slimmer).
Post # 16
I’m going to be blantantly honest here. I don’t like the dress on you. The original or the doctored up one. It’s too much. You have a very nice figure and this dress hides all that. It just sort of looks like a doll’s dress or something.