Post # 1
Hi all, I made an account after forever lurking because my Maggie Sottero Esme dress in the gold/ivory came, and I didn’t love it like I did the sample. I couldn’t put my finger on why and thought it was just in my head, until I had the idea to put the photos side by side and now I think it’s pretty obvious – the bodice seems much shorter, and the tulle totally different – not the soft luxurious feeling one I tried, but this stiffer, whiter, cheaper version? I know the bodice might be because the sample was in a bigger size (still, this shouldnt affect the length that much should it?)
so a) do you see what I see, or am I nuts? b) should I contact the store about this or will they just laugh it off? c) I have exactly 7 months to go…and I don’t love my dress anymore. Should I go back to the drawing board?!
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Post # 2
The tulle on the sample is probably softer and off-white because of the amount it’s been tried on. The bodice certainly looks shorter and I don’t know why that might be (photo angle?) but it looks great in you.
Post # 4
It definitely does look different. It’s possible they started using a different fabric at some point? The one on the right almost looks more like netting than tulle. The bodice is definitely much shorter. I think you still look great but I do see your point.
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2016 - 1950s themed bar
They do look a little different and the picture on the right looks a little nicer…in saying that they don’t look so different that it looks like a whole different dress, and it still looks stunning! You should contact the store and maybe even take your dress in to compare the two in real life (if possible?). If you’re suspicious or feel ripped off then they should do something about it.
Overall I think you need to be happy with the product you received and should make a query/complaint because you’re not, but it is still a gorgeous dress and you look amazing in it!
Post # 6
I agree with PP who said it’s probably because the sample has been tried on a bunch–that must’ve softened the tulle.
As for the larger size being longer.. yeah that sounds believeable. How big is the size difference?
Post # 7
thanks for all your replies, very helpful already. The size difference was a lot, from about 10 to a 2. I guess I just wish they would have told me that would happen since it’s not something you might automatically accept (the bodice length). I can’t take it in personally since I bought it in Canada (1700 instead of 3000 here in Sydney, and my mum shipped it over. The tulle explanation makes sense too, but is there any way to make it more like the sample, would steaming it heaps help?
Is this quite common, dresses coming in so different to samples/ or should I say expectations?
Post # 8
it’s definitely common enough that the actual is whiter and stiffer than the sample and the bride is a bit upset about that. You’d need to google what to do about it, as I’m not sure. I know that if the color is the issue dying your dress to more of a cream/ivory might be an option.
Yeah.. I hadn’t heard about length compressing being an issue in bridal, but I know I’ve noticed that in regular clothing before. I guess they make their clothing with a certain proportionality in mind.
Post # 9
thank you so much, I’ll look further into it. I suppose at the very least I now know I’m not totaaaallly insane 🙂
Post # 10
Has the dress been steamed yet? I’ve read that helps soften it and get rid of some of the stiffness.
Post # 11
Its way different… I would complain that they didnt tell me it was going to be so much shorter in the bodice. Thats crazy!
Post # 12
yeah, there is quite a difference, but as someone who sews and make patterns a lot of what the other ladie have said would apply, 10-2 is a huge sizing difference, and then a fresh dress is also a little stiffer than a steamed/worn a few times dress… My dress is similar to your but with sleeves but I have been steaming it every few weeks to soften up my tulle skirt and its changing the shape to a beautiful flowly skirt… You have 7 months, which i think is a lot of time to get it steamed… Either way I think it looks beautiful on you!
Post # 13
Tulle is stiffer because it’s new.. will soften up when u keep trying it in before the wedding.
The top of you dress appears longer yes.. but you can easily have that altered I’ve seen many brides do it.. very simple task for the seamstress. .
You look absolutely gorgeous!! Once you buy a dress doubt naturally comes in if you’ve made the right decision or not.. let me tell u.. you’ll get this feeling whichever dress you buy!! Don’t think too much and just remember that ‘wow’ feeling that made you buy it in the first place!
Post # 14
well I think the one on the left with the shorter bodice looks easily the better of the two.Is that your actual dress? It’s beautiful.
Post # 15
My dress consultant forwarned me that when my dress comes in it will be whiter (because the sample gets dirty over time), stiffer since people haven’t tried it on a bajillion times, and fuller because it hasn’t been cramped in a bag for however many months or years or in between other dresses on a rack.