Post # 1
I need some help. After looking everywhere for months, I can’t find THE dress so I’ve decided I’m going to get Jasmine to make me one with elements from different dresses.
I really like the back of the Galia Lahav Amy:
However, I don’t really like the front as I feel the lace is a little too heavy and I’m not a huge fan of the straps:
Lace wise, I’m a big fan of the Maggie Sottero Emma:
However, I don’t like the shape.
Do you think that Jasmine’s would be able to blend the two toghther? Also, I am looking at the possibility of having no straps and just a sheer nude panel at the front with a sweetheart neckline and then have the lace come down at the back like the original (the back looks bare but it’s all held toghther by a sheer panel that is attached to the straps) or having the straps like on the Galia Lahav Isabella:
And the back straps would have this effect (please ignore the buttons and the shape of the bottom of the back).
Also, last but not least, if you think that the Maggie Sottero wouldn’t work, do you think they could replicate the Galia Lahav Isabella with the Amy back? Do you think it would work? And do think the lace would be ok or still too heave?
Oh, I almost forgot. The Amy has a tulle trian at the back of it (you can see it in the first oicture and in the one below). Do you think I should keep it or loose it?
Sorry for the amount of pics Bees, I wanted to provide you with as much photographic evidence as possible 🙂
Let me know what your thoughts are. All help will be greatly appreciated 🙂
Post # 2
Even though you have a killer body, personally I find your first dress back too low cut but that’s just a taste thing. I don’t mean to be harsh but I really don’t like the nude panel with buttons. They could probably just take the Emma and alter the back to what you want, however, I’m not sure what that would do to the corset. Are you absolutely sure there isn’t a complete dress that’s more what you want? I’ve often seen tops and bottoms of dresses combined but never back and fronts. This seems way more complicated because of it could affect the whole construction of the fit of the gown. I’d consult a seamstress or hopefully there’s one on here 🙂 I’d love to see you post your final dress! Good luck 🙂
Post # 3
Personally I dislike off the shoulder straps – it just looks like they’ve fallen down! I would just get the first dress lined in the front, or have them make it so it looks less like a separate bodice and skirt and more like one whole dress (like the front of the Emma). In terms of the train I would try to get the whole train in lace made as part of the dress. Currently it just looks like the tulle train is randomly stuck on the back. But that’s just personal preference.
Post # 4
Just make sure your expectations are in check. The “nude panel” likely wont be as “nude” as your expecting. They will likely use illusion tulle which will still be quite white, are you ok with that?
If your going to do a back that low (perhaps give jbs measurements of exactly how low you want to go, a few inches can be the difference between perfect, and cracktastic), you need straps. the front of the dress would fall right forward off your body if it didnt. Personally i like the straps on the first dress the best.
Post # 5
I think that you have a great vision for a really beautiful dress. I just get nervous with replicas bc I haven’t ever really seen a great quality one 🙁
Post # 6
Peanut-Sue: Jasmine’s Bridal usually make some pretty amazing replicas. I’m planning to upgrade to designer grade everything (seamstress, lace, materials, beading and whatever else I can upgrade!). Do you think it could work?
Post # 7
Sakari87: If you have ample time, I’d say it’s worth a try. That way if it comes back less than gorgeous enough for your wedding, you’ll have time to buy one. I would just make sure that you have a backup plan is all. And you have to post pictures on the bee of course!!!
Post # 8
@Sakari87 Your gown is going to be beautiful! Jasmine does an amazing job with lace. I don’t think you will have any worries especially with all of the upgrades. I am having a J’Aton Couture / Galia Lahav gown made through Jasmines and I cannot wait to receive it. Like you I am going to upgrade everything. Only thing is I’m using two gowns I have already seen her make so I feel pretty confident about my dress. Can’t wait to see what you decide!
Post # 9
Sakari87: For all of the different elements you want in a dress, i think you would be running a risk with Jasmine’s. Reading through your post twice I still had a hard time piecing your dress together. I would just be nervous that I would get a dress that is nothing like I invisioned and therefore I would recommend a back-up dress in case things dont work out… which may be likely when combine 3 very different dresses.
Maybe you should try finding a local seamstress who can do this sort of thing that way you can work through the process together in person instead of through emails and photos (which often times are not accurate portrayals.
Post # 10
Peanut-Sue: The wedding isn’t until March and I’m planning on putting the order in by mid June. That should give them enough time to do it, send it to me and get extra alterations done (I know I’ll need alterations as A-I’m planning on loosing some extra weight and B-it doesn’t matter how good Jasmine’s is, it’s still a dress from China and I know I will need some alterations done to it 🙂
And if when I receive it it’s a disaster, I will still have time to go find one in a store 🙂
beautyofdreams: Which dresses are you going for?! I’m so excited about mine, I’m making some changes so to simplify the whole thing (I will post everything once I’m done so that you bees can see) for them to understand better. Who’s your consultant? How’s the whole thing going so far?
mrsaxachef: I’d love to have a local seamstress do it for me but it will blow my budget 🙁 As stated above I’m trying to simplify the whole thing and will repost onvce I’ve got it all together; that way you bees can tell me if it makes sense and what your opinions are 🙂 But I’m defenetly going to allow myself enough time so that I can get alterations done or worst case scenario buy another dress (I have an “dress emergency” fund away but I would rather spend it on the photographer rather than the dress so I’m holding on to it 🙂 ).
Post # 11
Thank you so much for all of your help and opinios bees 🙂
So, I gather that all of you think that my idea might be a little too complicated so I’ve decided to simplify the whole thing.
I will be asking for the Isabella replica but with the Amy back and no seams under the bra cups.
I will ask them to remove the cup seams (that should be easy enough 🙂 ):
As mentioned though, I will ask them to remove the buttons and make the shape like this:
Does this make sense?
And with regards to the train I will keep it as it is:
Does all of this make sense so far?
Now, my last “problem” is that I can’t decide on a lace type so I think I need your advice again 🙂 I do know that Jasmine’s won’t be able to replicate the exact same lace but they can probably get close to all 3 options:
My favourite is option 1 but I’m concerned that it might be too “heavy” or busy/complicated/ Is it only in my head or do you agree?
Colourwise I’m thinking about having everything in either Ivory or Off White (including the underlay). Any thoughts?
Also, regardless of which lace I choose, I will ask for clear sequins and white and clear beading (and maybe also perls) on the entire dress.
What do you bees think? Does this make more sense? Will it be easier to understand? And what lace should I go for?
Thanks for your help girls, you’re all superstars 🙂 🙂 🙂
Post # 12
Sakari87: you’re getting very specific about your wants… Piecing together 3 dresses is already a huge undertaking for them, i would honestly leave the lace and beading choices up to them and just say “as close as possible”. Otherwise i think youre setting yourself up for dissapointment.
i would also be prepared for the shape to be a little different then what youre asking for. The original has a very complex pattern, and jbs will likely use normal princess seams which only allows for so much flare, and will likely show some evidence of seams down along the front.
Please be realistic with your expectations. There have been alot of dissapointed brides that have ordered with jbs lately because their expectations were way out of proportion to their wallets And jbs’ capabilities.
Post # 13
I don’t think Jasmine will have issues making this count. I do agree with the other bee that you should let them decide the closest thing they have to replicate the lace. I read back over what you want and you have simplified it. Are there any dresses jasmine has made where you like most of the work and get the straps added to it, modify the back, and train. This may be a easier start…just a suggestion. Take a look at her blog and see if there is anything she has made that has elements you are looking for. http://www.jasminesbridalshop.com/blog/
For a heavily modified gown this seemed to work best for me.
For example could the bodice of this dress represent the bodice you want and have modifications made to this gown?