I found (3) on ebay- i emailed them all and asked for a quote to make Augusta Jones Isola dress. The dress has (4) layers- the top (2) being english net. I wanted to be 100% sure that they were using english net, not tuelle or chiffon. (2) of the (3) I contacted weren’t able to do that- so that left me with jeff liu- his email is [email protected]
We had about (3) weeks of back forth. I sent him photos of the dress on the designer’s website, as well as me in it. He sent an ordering form with all sorts of measurements. I went to my local tailor and got measured- but I purposely added 1/2 inch to all measurements (except height- where I added 2 inches- b/c I wasn’t sure of the height of the shoes).
4 weeks later, my dress arrived. it was 85% perfect. There were (2) things I didn’t like:1- The waistband/cummerbund part of the dress was much less wide than the original. Hence, the skirt flared at the absolute worst part for me- making me look like I had big bertha birthing hips.
2- They made the V-neckline sort of sweethearty;- instead of straight down.
I emailed Jeff- explaining both issues and he agreed to change for free. I sent him the dress back.
3 weeks later- I got the dress back – now 95% perfect. It’s still big on me- and I’ll need to get it altered.
UK Bridal Shop – GBP 1200 (would have needed extra length)
NJ Local “Full Service” Bridal Shop – USD1800
RK Bridal in the US – USD1200 (again, would have needed extra length)
Chinese Copy – $180 + $30 (to send back) + about $50 alterations = $260
Sure- I could have found a basic white dress for less money, and sure I could have gone with the original and saved a bit of headache- but all in all – I’m thrilled with the process.
Attached is a picture of me in the original dress- I’ll post a pic of me in the copy as soon as its altered.