(Closed) Am I going nuts… Maggie Esme sample vs my real dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
214 posts
Helper bee

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 # 3
1733 posts
Bumble bee

looks great either way!

Post # 4
1364 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

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
256 posts
Helper bee
  • 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! 

  • This reply was modified 6 years, 3 months ago by natalienz.
Post # 6
8674 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

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 # 8
8674 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

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 # 10
46 posts
  • Wedding: September 2015

Has the dress been steamed yet? I’ve read that helps soften it and get rid of some of the stiffness.

Post # 11
427 posts
Helper bee

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
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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eislc:  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
122 posts
Blushing bee

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
10628 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

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
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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.

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