(Closed) Custom-Made Dress from China???

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

That’s a toughie. I also considered purchasing my dress online from a foreign company (vponsale.com) but I panicked because I was afraid the dress wouldn’t fit and then I’d be stuck with it on top of having to find something else. It sounds like you’ve done your homework. Go with your gut instinct. Do any of the companies have a return policy? That might make one more or less attractive.

Post # 4
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Newbee

I have been considering getting a dress custom-made from China too…now I have two more companies to consider! Thanks. Is there a specific design you have in mind? I really want a gown style like those by Pronovias, but I don’t see anything similar to it on either site.

I’m sorry I don’t have experience with either company, so I can’t help you there. But if I were only choosing between these two, I think I might choose jeffliu8000. Like you said, if it ends up going badly, you wouldn’t be out as much money. The overall eBay feedback (%) for jeffliu8000 actually seems to be better than that for Cinderella’s Bridal Shop. Cinderella’s Bridal Shop has 3 negative feedbacks for the past year, while jeffliu8000 has 6, though. On the other hand, jeffliu8000 has 1091 records of positive feedback in the past year, while Cinderella’s Bridal Shop only has 181, so obviously the former is selling a lot more dresses, which could account for the higher number in negative feedback.

Have you heard anything about a site called lightinthebox.com? I only ask because they actually do have a picture up on their site of a gown I want. Thanks! Good luck with the dress hunt! 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am a very luck person in that I have a mother who has sewn truly beautiful garments for me my whole life, and is planning on doing so for my wedding dress as well.

I bring this up only in that I have a lot of experience with custom made clothing. A few things to consider:

The dress itself:

– assuming you have tried the original on, is the cut truly flattering to you (I mean A-line, or V-neck, or mermaid, or scoop, etc.)? You know how some clothing cuts always look good on you, even if the details aren’t great, while sometimes you go for a cut which isn’t normally perfect for you because some other aspect (color, print, details, etc) makes it awesome for you? If it is the right cut for you, proceed with more confidence, because even if a little detail is off, at least the dress will be flattering. If it is the details, like the beading or lace or awesome bustle, that make it for you, be a tad more wary.

– are you going for a standard color? If you want a real white dress, awesome. I have found, though, that champagne has little variations that make a big difference with your skin tone. Probably not as big of a problem for ivory, but it could be for pale pinks or blues as well.

Your budget:

– are you sunk if things don’t work out at $300? I’m thinking there is a decent amount an independent seamstress could do for $130 (difference between the two) to save a dress.

– do you have a little wiggle room for final adjustments? Trust me, no one can cut a dress perfectly with just measurements. You will feel so much better if you budget money for final, on your body adjustments.

– with either group, have you asked if you get things like your button holes reinforced, or enough fabric to let out the bottom or the sides (fingers crossed you won’t need that!)? Will you get an extra button or two, or matching thread for minor repairs? Little things that could make a huge difference.

I don’t think this is a cazy idea. Just think long and hard, make a decision, and then accept and embrace whatever you get.

Post # 7
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Newbee

Hello ladies,

I actually bought a dress from JeffLiu a few weeks ago and paid < $200 with shipping.  I tried a few dresses and I couldn’t fall in love with any of them because I kept wanting to stay in my budet.  Well, I had him make a Lazaro dress 3851, with one twist: I wanted buttons all the way down.  So, what did I think about it?

I received the dress about 3 weeks ago.  The first time I tried it, I didn’t love it.  I tried the dress on with the "boobs" that were sewn in with the dress.  Eek..  My boobs looked like they were almost to the neck.  ha ha.  I tried it again a few days later with the bras I bought and then it looked good. 

The dress is shorter than I expected it to be.  I measured myself with a pair of shoes that were about 3 1/2" high.  I know for sure I won’t be able to wear those shoes without showing my toes.  It’s not a big deal because I wasn’t set on wearing those shoes but I’m making it a big deal because what if those shoes I measured myself with were THE shoes?  Then my toes would be sticking out of them.  Not cool.

My advice: make sure to give extra length to the dress.  And if you can, have yourself professionally measured?

I will need to tailor it because there’s a few areas that need to be adjusted.  I’m hoping these adjustments won’t be more than $300.  I didn’t have it measured professionally.  I’m not sure if it would make a big difference if I did either.

Someone mentioned that if you don’t like the dress, then you can return it to him and he’ll adjust it for you.  I’m not doing that cuz I’m thinking: how would he know to make it PERFECT without him measuring me and seeing me?  Who knows.  I’ll let you know when I take my dress to have it altered to see how much the total dress will end up costing me.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

You girls are the best!  Winterbride10, I was getting on-line to post just what you already posted!  I’m so glad that so many brides have replied already.  That makes the decicion much easier.  I’m headed out to try on my actual dream dress, get professionaly measured (then add a few buffer inches), put in my order for the knock off and then save $100’s!!!

Hey Monitajb, other than the length of the dress, how similiar were the details and the fabric?  Also, did you feel that it had a professional finish to it? 

I feel so relieved to have read this post today!  Yahoo!

 Thanks!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have heard a lot of good things about Milly bridal as well. If you go onto their customer service area of testimonials they link to other bridal websites in which other brides have been satisfied with their results.

I think the key is definitely to pay a couple extra bucks for professional measurements and I do believe that they leave 2 inches or so extra for alterations.

I would be interested in seeing the dress you chose versus the dress they make. 🙂

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I just realized I spelled decision wrong….oops.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I ordered mine from a lady on ebay. The design is spot on to a jim hjelm i’ve been eyeballing, but obviously a less expensive material, cheaper lace, etc. But the inspiration is definitely there. I nixed a few things, like the ribbon band around the waist, etc. It fits great….except the hips are a 35" instead of a 38-39" so I can’t even pull it down over my hips if i wanted to. Needles to say, we’re hoping it’s ruched enough for mom to fix. Otherwise we’re going to have to pull some ideas out of our butts. But, it’s just a portrait dress, so worst case scenario my photographer doesn’t get a picture of my butt where there’s a gap in material. We’ll likely fill it with tulle or something like that. If I did this again, I would Have added a few extra inches to the dress all around and then let a profesionall take it in. There is plenty left on the seams for mom to play with though, and my mom is good, so I’m quite lucky!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I just oredered a dress from Little Coral on Friday… It’s the same kind of thing, dresses made in China for Much less! I’ll be getting mine 1 week before my wedding (first week in May)… Needless to say I’m a little panicked. But, I’ll be sure to let you all know how it is when I get it… hopefully (fingers crossed) it will be a thumbs up, not a thumbs down!

If you’ve got plenty of time before your wedding, I say go for it, as long as you’re able to return it if you don’t like it.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I bought mine from Jeffliu and am somewhat happy.  There were a few issues.  My dress was about two inches too long and the waist and was way too big.  There are also a few loose strings, but that’s not a big deal.  I was able to find a seamstresses in the area that would fix it for $70 and he did offered to fix it for free, but I was afraid I wouldn’t have time.  I ordered mine just before Chinese new year, so it took a little longer to get, but once he emailed me to tell me my dress was started, it took 3 weeks.  The dress is identical to one I tried one that was $600-800 and I paid $230 shipped.  I’m just not one of those girls that goes crazy over the dress.  The dress looks really good and he did not use the cheap stuff material wise.  Overall, I would definately do it again.

Post # 14
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Newbee

Hi Ladies,

Does anyone know if jeffliu includes a "corset / boning" inside the dress like Milly’s Bridal?

A majority of dresses, even the thin ones, have an inner corset giving shape, but on the outside, you can’t tell.  Milly’s site has them, but all the dresses are made of satin.

Has anyone come across either person making a "airy" dress?  The type of dress that Jenny Packham or Selia Yang would make?

There is a bee, meggles, who had a dress made by jeffliu, but she hasn’t posted the dress that was made by him.

Thank you.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Do it. I did. I should be getting my dress this week. Here is my reasoning: I really liked this one bridal shop dress, but it was $1000. I was not going to spend that much money and I didn’t love the bottom of that dress. So I went on ebay, found a style very similar with the bottom I was looking for and ordered it for $175. I figure if I get the dress and hate it/doesn’t fit, I will just go to davids bridal and pick something out that is finanacially reasonable. Worst case scenario I spend $175 for the ebay dress and $300 for a new db dress. But if I get it and love it (which I’m anticipating I will), then I got a killer dress for $175. Its worth the risk if you have enough time to shop for dress option number two and are willing to wear a not so fabulous dress if it doesn’t turn out in your favor.

Oh, and might i mention that my ebay seller claims they accept refunds even on their custom dresses like mine (again, haven’t tested out their return since I haven’t received the dress yet.)

Post # 16
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Newbee

Gioavonni’s sounds like a great option! I think $325 is a super deal.

I want a Pronovias gown by Manuel Mota, but there is no way I will ever spend $3000+ on a dress! That is why I am looking at custom-made gowns. Another reason I am looking at Chinese companies is because I’m Chinese (!) and I want a qipao/cheongsam made as well. So hopefully I can save on shipping if I order both dresses from the same company.

Winterbride10, if you get a good vibe from Milly’s, I would say that is definitely the way to go. Good customer service counts for a lot! (I haven’t spoken to anyone from either company, so I really couldn’t say either way.) Please let us know how it turns out!

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