Post # 1
So I’ve been on a few dress appointments now and I feel that there’s no way I’m going to be able to find an off the rack dress 🙁 Due to religious concerns, it needs to have a high back, not be crazy low cut, and needs cap sleeves, and I don’t want to pay a crazy amount for alterations. Shopping has been fun and I enjoy trying stuff on, but the salespeople don’t seem to understand what I mean by “I want sleeves”. Like this was one I tried on today with a really itchy body suit and not enough lace, although I did like the lace around the bodice 🙁
While it was fun to try on, it’s too itchy and see-through lol. Now they talk about just having a seamstress fix it, but for the cost of alterations plus the time the alterations take, I may as well order a custom one.
Oh course, I have a cheap used eBay dress that would require just a few alteration to work, but it’s not the lacey dress I pictured.
Of course, mom is reminding me that I sew as a hobby and should just make my own, but bridal fabric is expensive and annoying to work with lol.
So here’s the question, has anyone else tried to order a custom Chinese wedding dress within 4 months of the wedding? I’m worried about it taking too long, especially with the Chinese New year.
Or does anyone have advice for working with one if the Chinese seller to modify one if their existing designs?
Post # 2
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 # 3
I see your point about the cheaper ones you see in the YouTube videos, but I’m thinking something more like one of the AliExpress shops that are well reviewed and give you photo updates on the progress of your dress. I’ve been to 3 shops so far and none had anything I could wear 🙁 that’s sort of disheartening. I also asked the three that we’re at the bridal show yesterday and all we’re like, come in we have sleeves or we can make alterations, but then I told them the budget and timeline and that sleeves for me do mean transparent sleeves lol.
I also.jist realized my thread title is inaccurate. I should have titled it, Getting a cheap Chinese made wedding dress in 4 months.
I may end up going the diy route though, it would be fun, it would just take so much time and I’d rather let an expert do it, but also keep to my $500 dress budget lol. I suppose if I’m paying money for a dress, I just want it to be what I want without needing to stick a bolero over it.
Post # 4
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
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
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
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
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
Don’t do it. Chinese new year in February will cause delay.
Post # 10
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
I agree the eBay dress looks stunning on you! I would wear that one! Honestly it suits you so much! 😊
Post # 12
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.
Post # 13
I can’t believe I didn’t think of Etsy, I’ve now found a lot of possibilities that are modest and close enough to my pricerange! Etsy is awesome!!!!!
ty too 🙂
I’m looking at their line now and it looks like they may sell through some local bridal shops
Post # 14
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
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.