Just wanted to update anyone following this on where I am at with my dress. It arrived a week ago, well ahead of schedule and almost 7 months before my wedding, which it turns out is super lucky.
So I adored the sketch that they made, I loved the lace I picked out etc. and the progress photos from the workshop were looking great though I did bring up several concerns that it didn’t match the sketch and I was worried about it looking matronly when it was supposed to look young and sexy.
The first issue was when the box arrived and I had to pay $65 in customs, which they had told me they would take care of. They did reimburse me for this as apparently it wasn’t supposed to happen, but it did catch me off guard. The packaging is gorgeous and everything is well protected for the trip, but I was taken aback that after four months of back and forth emails and phone calls they had spelled my name wrong on the inside card.
I only opened the veil box at first since I didn’t have anyone around to help me try on the dress and I live with my fiance. The veil, which was meant to be a cathedral length drape veil is just a piece of tulle with piping on the bottom edge, no combs etc, so beware of that since they did not tell that to me during the ordering process. Unfortunately, the piping on one end was cut an inch longer than the tulle and not trimmed to match, and on the other side the stitching was coming out. I wrote to them immediately and they said it must have happened in shipping that it was perfect when it was packed. They also said that they would reimburse the fee from the seamstress to fix it. I was annoyed because this seemed like a pretty big thing to miss, the fabric doesn’t cut itself in the mail, but decided to move on.
I only was just able to have someone come over and help me try on the dress itself yesterday. I wanted to love this dress so much, the sketch is everything I wanted, the lace is unique and great and the colour was also supposed to be perfect. It was all so so wrong.
Despite making this dress “to my measurements” it fit so terribly. The top is not at all like the sketch, it also is very tight with underwire and cups that do not at all fit the measurements I gave them. In fact, I have lost an inch and a half on my chest measurements since they were sent in. The illusion cutouts on the side are gaping despite the main part of the dress being too tight, and one side has invisible thread hem on the top while the other has an inch of hem and then nothing but a dangling thread. The back is higher than i was told it would be, and the cut of the front is not what it was supposed to be and ends up just making it looks like a really bad nursing top.
As for the midsection, well it is hugely too big. My wedding planner was able to take an entire fistful of fabric and it still wasn’t the right fit for me. Yes, I have lost 2 inches on this measurement since I sent them in, but it is more like 6-7 inches of extra fabric. There is also something weird going on where the lace overlay seems to be bigger than the lining and weird puckering/buckling/bubbles are happening everywhere making it all look so much worse. Then at the thigh area where the flare should start the dress is too tight, again I have lost 2 inches off my original measurement so I am baffled.
The colour is also an issue, they chose to put a nude/biege tulle over the lilac lining I had picked so the dress just looks dirty instead of the lavender/silver my original sample looked like. Then there are other construction issues throughout like very bad princess seams on the chest that throw the whole look off and seams coming out in several places as well as loose threads between the two layers of the dress and an improperly tacked train. I am devestated. I wrote to them with extensive pictures and detailing the issues as I saw them, especially that the entire top would need to be rebuilt, and there was response was that they thought it was all very small fixes and that we should have a call later today.
I have already made appointments to start looking for a new dress as I am 99% certain that this one is getting returned, but I am so sad because I see so many dresses that they knock out of the park and I just don’t understand what happened to mine.
And for reference, this is how a size 8 sample Allure Dress fit me when I was 2 inches bigger everywhere than I am now.