- 4 years ago
Hi, I decided to contact a replica producer for a quote of my faveourite dress (which would have cost be around $6000aud) with some small alterations as I am no model! so need a little more aline and a higher back so i can wear a torsollette
The communication was wonderful, within 3 days I had usually heard back from my consultant who would talk to the production team. I was very specific with what I wanted and had a page with the original deatail and the shape and arrows and text describing in simple sentances what I wanted. the initial quote was $320US
I also ordered 2 sets of fabric and bead samples and went for the 30% extra for the higher fabric cost, what I didnt realise though on my first order of samples was that the production team would match the dress fabric to the best of their ability and send you samples when asked, so I wasted around $50aud ordering samples I thought would match the dress from a computer screen! the ones they sent me were spot on and I ended up with a soft satin.
I was also very clear that I didnt want cups in my dress as I have very large boobs, which they respected, they did however put structure in the dress which I wasnt expecting so my underwear choice has to be changed now, I think this is a benefit having structure in the dress, the original one didnt… and hey its another excuse to buy more undies!
I added a long veil, and fur wrap to my order and got stung with the 10% surcharge for having a chest measurement of larger than 115cm so overall it was roughly $600US they did change the quote a little as we went as I got more specific, but hey $6000 to $600 whos complaining and this was nicely under my $1000 budget.
I got sent 3 sets of photos, 1st was the main structure of the dress with lace pinned where beading was going to go. the second set was apparently the “final” dress and I had to write back with lots of things they had missed, so watch out for this but less than a week later they had made the changes (again be very specific) and it looked wonderful! so i asked them to send it to me when ready, and within 2 weeks it was at my door step. (I stated talking to my consultant in Janurary this year and now its June this is super quick- I though it’d be here maybe August)
The quality is outstanding, much better than some I had tried on in dress shops for quadruple the price, it needs a good steam, and it was a little tight because I had the extra underwear on but nothing a better diet and some movement and new undies shouldnt fix, but if I do need to get it taken out I had asked for extra beads to be sent with it so a seamstress can match if needs be.
have fun getting your won dress custom made!