(Closed) Etsy Alchemy Question

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
Bee
12097 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

I can only see the green ones!

Post # 4
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4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

I’m assuming the first picture is the one that’s your dress. I think it looks pretty good! The color is a little off, and there are some subtle differences, but I think it would be extremely difficult/expensive to get an exact replica of the dress. I think that the dress is a very good imitation.

EDIT: I think I was confused. Is your dress pictured there, or is it a different color?

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

How much did you pay for it? What were the terms of your agreement? Honestly, that’s a complicated dress to make, and unless you’re going to a talented seamstress (and even then) you’re going to have a hard time replicating it. There’s a lot more that goes into couture and designer dresses than most people think!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Did you attach a pic of the finished dress? I can’t see it..

Either way, I’d definitely wait to see the dress in person before making any seriously decisions. Photos don’t always do a garment justice; wait and see, talk to the artist, see if they will make necessary alterations or reimburse some of your payment to have it altered yourself. These are not unreasonable requests, and if the person is a reliable and experienced seller, they shouldn’t have a problem with them.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

I agree that the dress looks a little baggy on that model, but was the dress made to fit you? I would wait until you receive it and see it on yourself – it looks like a pretty good replica to me, it just doesn’t fit the model properly.

Post # 9
Bee
12097 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

OK, now that I have seen the dress, I don’t think the skirt is right at all.  It’s a lot poufier than the original, and it doesn’t seem to have the same type of pleating. 

But maybe you should try it on and see how it looks on you?  Maybe it will blow you away!  I think it’s a pretty kick-ass dress.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

If I understand correctly, the white dress is a picture you received, not you wearing it, correct?  The reason I ask is because the dress will fit you differently (hopefully better) than the model.  I would wait to receive it and try it on to see how it fits.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think the skirt is really poofy and the neckline is high, but I agree with the others-see how it fits!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Oh, I see what you mean about the skirt. What were the terms of your agreement? Have you expressed your concerns with her? 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Alright, I see it now and I see what you mean, but I still think you should see it on yourself first. Chances are, you sent the seller your measurements and it was made to fit you, not this model, so I wouldn’t be concerned about that yet. The skirt is different, but can likely be adjusted just by squishing it up a bit and moving the material inside (tulle, probably?). The bow on the strap is closer to the top than the front, but that is likely a very easy fix, and if that concerns you, you should ask the seller to remove it and move it more to the front of the strap.

It is a VERY unique dress, but don’t stress out before you need to! Tell the seller your concerns, see what he/she says, get them to ship it, try it on, and discuss it with the seller again. Custom orders do not end once the item is shipped! The seller should be willing to work with you to get it to look how you want it to.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

That really stinks if she’s not willing to work with you to make it what you want. Perhaps you need to change your approach a little – instead of telling her it doesn’t look like the photo, tell her specifically what you would like to be different, ie. “Would it be possible to adjust the skirt and lining to make it look a little less smooth and a little more crinkly and pleated” and “Do you think the bow on the strap could be moved closer to the front of the shoulder, rather than sitting on top?” It will be a lot less easy for her to brush you off and say “Well, it’s the same.” Let her know that you want the dress to work, but you want it to be what you asked for (in a kind way, of course).

Also, what material is it made of? The original photos of the green dress look like taffeta whereas the white dress looks a bit more like satin to me. Taffeta and tulle would give you the more crinkly look that I think you’re going for.

I believe the reason the neckline looks high is the frame of the model, which is obviously different from Blake Lively’s in the photo, and most likely different from yours also.

I totally understand the financial constraints, I’m a student too, but I think even if you pay for an receive it and it’s not perfect, it’s not the end of the world. There are many a seamstress in the world who can alter the bodice if it does not fit perfectly.

Anywaay.. why is the model doing such a strange pose? Lol, I know that’s not the issue, but it cracks me up every time I look at it!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

yeah, i would agree with kirabee – you need to be more assertive when telling her what you like and don’t like about it. just saying that it doesn’t look like the one you showed her will ultimately get her pissed off, because she’s happy with her work and she thinks it looks good. if you decide in the end just to buy it and see how it looks on you (which i’m guessing is VERY different from the model), just take it to another seamstress around you to have it fixed the way you like it. it’s much harder to tell someone by email how something should look, than going to the seamstress and showing her how you want something (like the placement of the bow and the pickups on the dress). it might cost you a few extra bucks, but you’ll be happier with the end result.

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