@audylee: I had a dress custom made by Wonderxue! I gave her photos of what I wanted (photos of the bodice, skirt, silhouette) and she got on it right away. She asked for $325 including shipping. I got the dress about one month after ordering.
I asked for a tea-length wedding dress with a french lace-overlayed bodice, lace back with covered buttons, cap sleeves, and a tulle skirt.
Here is the image I sent to her:
And these are the photos she showed me mid-production: (I ended up asking for more tulle–she added 3 more layers, then sent the completed dress to me without taking photos of the final product)
What it looked like in person:
OVERALL THOUGHTS:– The dress was very well made and the style closely matched my photos/diagrams.
–The production time was surprisingly quick!
–She doesn’t speak English that well so you have to be very very clear and simple in your correspondence with her
–The measurements she requested were a bit of a challenge and required some googling (I wasn’t familiar with all of the seamstress terms she used e.g. “hollow to hem”
–The fit was not perfect on me (not sure if this is due to an error in my own measurements –even if i double-checked at least a hundred times–or if it was just a mistake on her part), the back lace was loose and sagged a bit awkwardly
— She communicates with you frequently which was really helpful, and shows you photos of the fabrics before she starts (I asked for them)
SO overall would I recommend her?
—-While she clearly has a lot of experience in dressmaking, I would only order from her if you are 100% positive that the dress you order will flatter your body type. In other words, try on dresses at shops until you find one that you absolutely LOVE. take photos of it and then use that as your model for showing her. I made the mistake of not trying a similar dress on my own body; I ended up deciding that I will NOT wear this dress on my wedding day because I changed my mind about wearing tea length (actually I’m selling it on the classifieds board now). I thought the dress made me look short, fat and stubby (I’m 5’3″ / 33-25-34). This was my fault though because I was overconfident that this style of dress would suit me!! D’oh.
—-Also, be ready for the possibility of having to do alterations after you receive it because it might not fit perfectly. (I was sure I gave exact measurements, and it still was not quite right)
Anyway, this is just one girl’s experience with the shop! I’m sure other people have had different experiences with her. 🙂
I hope this helps!
Good luck on your decision!!