Getting a custom Chinese wedding dress in 4 months

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Newbee

My advice would be don’t. Have you ever seen stuff made in China? It’s like plastic shit that’s 10x too small. Nothing is ever “as pictured.” 

If you are skilled enough make your own or buy a bolero or lace topper for the top of the dress. I don’t think it’s impossible to find a modest dress. 

Post # 4
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1527 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Try this thread. Many bee’s have had their dressess custom made and are pretty happy with the results.  This thread was created because of WB’s policy of not promoting those replica dressmakers…..or something like that.

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Post # 5
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Helper bee

Have you looked at the Modest by Mon Cheri line? Not exactly sure their prices but generally Mon Cheri is more on the affordable side.

Rather than replica type dresses in China, I’d suggest you look on Etsy. There are a number of designers from the Mormon and other religions that have strict modesty standard who are actually excellent seamstresses and no doubt would be open to lengthening sleeves, raising neck, etc. if you need it. And Etsy’s reviews make it more transparent.

Also, if you can’t get a dress at that price point, are you open to cutting the budget on other things? Once you get to the $1K-$1.5K range, there are a *ton* of options.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

Also, have you thought of buying lace appliqué in a pattern similar to the lace of your dress (which maybe won’t be that one because it’s itchy :)) and sewing on the appliqué yourself the places you want it? If you know how to hand sew, it’s just a matter of being careful. Try on the dress, pin the appliqué to the dress while wearing it so you know it sits where you want it and then sew the appliqué, stitching all around the outline of the appliqué. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

I’m usually all for the China dresses (mine was and turned out great), but 4 months is cutting it close and you sound a bit picky – nothing wrong with that but if you have to back and do multiple revisions then it will take even longer. You can pay for rush service and maybe get some quotes to see what you’re looking at. Best idea is to have a photo of a dress you want them to replicate rather than vague descriptions. They work well off detailed photos. 

Take a look at the replica thread pp posted. I used ‘the shop’ but there is a wealth of info on that thread! 

Post # 8
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882 posts
Busy bee

I think your ebay dress looks amazing on you. Very flattering. I’d save myself money and extra work and just wear that one.

Post # 9
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469 posts
Helper bee

Don’t do it. Chinese new year in February will cause delay.

Post # 10
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9103 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

With someone who has particular needs and wants in a dress with a wedding 4 months away and the Chinese New Year being in February….. nope.

Post # 11
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518 posts
Busy bee

I agree the eBay dress looks stunning on you! I would wear that one! Honestly it suits you so much! 😊

Post # 12
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2717 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

 anabolina :  Have you tried looking at Etsy? I’m not sure if I’ve missed this, but is there a reason why you specifically want a wedding dress from China? I was also dead set on having sleeves, couldn’t find a thing in stores, and got my dress from an american shop on Etsy for less than $500 US within 2 months. And it was a very hard decision, there were tons of runners up I could have chosen in my price range as well.

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Post # 14
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201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

anabolina :  I have two cheap made in China dresses. One of them I ordered too big by accident. The other is a little too small for me, but that was error on my part. I lost weight to fit into it, and it is actually quite beautiful. There are aspects of it in which you can tell that it was made cheaply (less than 150 dollar dress), but honestly, it’s perfectly nice. 

Post # 15
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1749 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

anabolina :  So here’s the thing. China has 2 festivals in the first part of the year and the entire country shuts down. Then, shipping from China takes a minimum of 1 month. Quality is another major concern. And if the dress makes it in time and if the quality is acceptable, you’ll definitely still need additional  alterations.  You’re cutting it very very close. 

I would either: (1) Check out Etsy or (2) Wear a bolero or (3) DIY sleeves. China would be my last resort. Too much can go wrong. 

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