Post # 1
I’ll probably get some negative feedback about posting this, but I just can’t help but share my experience in case it helps someone else…I had a wonderful experience – just received my online Chinese dress and it is beautiful. It turned out to be just like the dress I was hoping for.
My experience: I found a dress I loved in the $700-$1000 range. After doing a bit of reserach online, I decided to give it a try with a Chinese dressmaker (gianinarbridal) to see if they could recreate it for less. I had 8 months before my wedding, so I figured if it was a flop it wasn’t a lot of money that I was out and I had enough time to go with Plan B. I ended up combining 2 dresses – adding a lace-up back vs zip back. It felt like a good idea since I ordered it 8 months before my wedding (so who knows if I’ll make my goal of losing a bit of weight in that time) and the fit is so perfect with lace-up.
I sent my the initial $50 payment through paypal, gave them the 10 or so measurements they wanted, sent as many pictures of the 2 dresses to use as I could find and held my breath. The email person was always so prompt, courteous and answered all my questions in detail (I wanted ivory vs white, what was the material going to be, etc).
I received an email about 45 days later (they say 30-45 days till the dress is done) with pictures of it completed. I couldn’t believe how great it looked and how well it resembled the photos. I sent my last $50 for the dress + $60 for shipping through paypal and within 2 weeks it arrived. It’s dead-on to the dress I liked with the extra touch of the lace-up back. So a custom made dress, my exact measurements, in my hands in 2 months for $160. WOW!
I definitely understand the argument of buying American and making sure the dressmakers make money from their designs, but this could be an alternative for the girls out there that just can’t afford even the typical $400 David’s Bridal dress, let alone the $2000-$3000 designer dresses. So I thought it was at least worth sharing my experience. I did my research and felt comfortable enough with this dressmaker and the $50 initial investment. So I’m a happy camper. Feel free to ask questions if this is a route you are interested in. You can also google the dressmaker (they are on ebay as a seller) because there are other girls that have reviews as well.
Post # 3
Congrats! I never found that seller when I was looking into this; I just ran into ones that made me slightly nervous, with not-so-great communication even before I placed the order, so I chickened out. That’s great that you had such a good experience. Was your dress design very complicated? Lots of beading or lace or anything like that?
Would you post pics?
Post # 4
I, too, have a close friend who bought online from China for $10…not custom…but perfectly fit. It cost $90 to ship. It came out great. After wearing, some beading and strings were a bit loose but wow…you can’t even tell. I’ll put pics when she gives it to me. Oh, and she said it came rolled up in a box and unwrinkled itself through the months before and steam from a shower in the bathroom.
Post # 5
I just started my custom dress- its 2 dresses put together as well. I’m glad you had such a great experience. I’m getting a $800 dress for $250 and that includes shipping so I am more than willing to try it out
Post # 6
I bought one on Ebay too!!!!!!! I should have it next week. It’s a "jim hjelm" style with some modifications. I can’t wait to see mine. I was encouraged by a friend who ordered hers on Ebay for $100 and loved it! way to save some dough
Post # 7
So great to hear – I am doing the same thing and will be able to add some of the "must have" elements to my wedding by saving so much on my dress. I’ll be sure to check out that seller when I get ready to order. It’s nice to know when uncertain things work out!
Post # 8
I’m most likely going to do this as well!
ejs4y8, I would love to know who you used for the Jim Hjelm dress, he’s my favorite! And I would love to know how it turns out. Thanks!
Post # 9
Gerbera: I will be posting it (and pics of me in it, etc) as soon as I get it in and shimmy into it. The seller was tiger.0088 and she has been nothing but friendly so far! I got it for about $150
Post # 10
As a recommendation from another bee member, I put an alchemy bid out on etsy to recreate the jcrew lucinda dress for me. I have accepted a bid from a Chicago woman for $375 which includes a muslin mock up of the dress, all fittings, all alterations, material, and labor. I am way excited because the original was going to cost $2500. Eeek!
Post # 11
Sure, I have some pics I can post. I have a couple of the dress I cloned and the dress I got in the mail. I haven’t taken any pics of me in it yet, but I absolutely love it! First 3 pics are the dress I actually got and the last few are the dress I cloned. The last picture is the lace-up I added from a different dress.
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Post # 13
I too had my dress made in China – Augusta Jones "Isola". Pearl’s Place was $1200 (needed extra length) for the POLYESTER silk. Why should I pay that much for a polyester dress. Insane.
I have posted pics of me in the original on another thread.
I had my first proper fitting yesterday- and I’m so excited. Yes, I will be spending the same amount for alterations that I spent on the dress. But I think some of it is my fault, as I purposely ordered big (figuring it was easier to take IN a dress rather than take out).
Post # 15
the dress is gorgeous!
@ejs4y8 i would love to see a pic of your dress when it comes!
Post # 16
Hi roseya, your dress is beautiful! I have pretty much decided that I will order my dress from a company like the one you used. Just wondering, though, did you have to pay any customs fees/duties on the shipment?