Post # 241
I’m really sorry to put a downer on it but I’m not sure I would risk it. The shop do amazing work but with a complicated dress there is more room for error and the process is anxiety provoking enough without the stress of no photos and a tight timescale. The trouble is that their communication can be frustrating and although their dresses are amazing they don’t like what they call ‘picky brides’. I’m not saying you would be one but if you start putting on any pressure I think that’s how they see you! I’m definitely seen as impatient lol and I think it affects how you are communicated with. Also if you decide you don’t like the dress in the end you don’t have a lot of time to buy a new dress and have it fitted etc.
I hope I haven’t spoken out of turn as I’m very happy with my dress (yet to be shipped….) and they do great work and there is a very good chance you will be happy at the end. Good luck whatever you choose to do x
Post # 242
They’ve an incredible job and you’ve probably paid less for this dress than buying the cost of the materials alone at home. For me the white mesh would be no big deal at all and I certainly wouldn’t be putting anything like tea (that might well stain other parts of your pristine gown) anywhere near the dress. Don’t you think you could just wear this fabulous dress and front up on the day and marry the man you love with the mesh at the back a touch paler than you anticipated?
Post # 243
Would some PM me the name of the shop? There’s one place I’m thinking about maaaybe possibly order from if I feel brave enough, and I want to know if it’s the same place!
I just can’t find a perfect dress for me in bridal shops so I’m thinking of maybe having a frankendress made, but it’s a little scary. I want a lot of lace on my dress (especially on the hem) is that hard to replicate? And is easy to mess up the measurements when measuring yourself? Should I go to a local seamstress to get measured (will they even do that?) if I choose to go this route? <br />Oh and do they make corsets/boning and bra cups inside the dresses? (Sorry, not familiar with bridal gown lingo 🙂 ) I’m pretty flat so I need a dress that sits really tight so it doesn’t fall off. Not sure if that’s hard to make.
I’m still reeeeally unsure, but I think I have to order soon to give myself some time to buy an emergency dress if everything goes wrong. Either way, I’ll keep watching this treads, all your dresses are so gorgeous!
Post # 244
- Wedding: June 2015 - Redondo Beach Historic Library
My dress (made by the same shop that most of us are referring to) was all-over lace and it came out beautifully, although I didn’t ask them to match a specific type of lace. Other bees here have more experience trying to match a specific lace pattern. My dress has plenty of boning, bra cups, and even a bra strap attached to the inside in addition to the corset back. Overall it’s very well made and supporting. My fiance (who has no experience with this) did my measurements and the size came out just fine. We measured twice just to be sure.
edit: just PM’d you
Post # 245
Thanks for the advice. Lol – yeah based on the email I get a sense my consultant thinks I am a picky bride. I am really not – I just feel really uncomfortable buying a dress sight unseen, so I am struggling with this no photo service business.
I understand that they can’t guarantee the timeline with revisions, but they have made hundreds of dresses, so based on their past experience, they should be able to say an extra __ weeks will likely get you your dress on time, even if they don’t guarantee it. As it stands, I am completely in the dark. That is very frustrating.
Post # 246
Your dress is gorgeous! I am brand new (just got engaged 2 weeks ago) but could you PM me the info for the shop? I feel like I should start planning.
Post # 247
Bees…YOUR KIND WORDS MEAN A LOT TO ME…THANK YOU for your support!!!
made my decision thanks to ALL of you 🙂
Post # 248
Bees…YOUR KIND WORDS MEAN A LOT TO ME…THANK YOU for your support!!!
Thank yuo very much, I think it is lovely 🙂
Thanka! I love the detail too….Chinese new year is a huge concern 🙁
It might not be a simple fix…but I try 🙂 and I will post pics of me and that form I have not done yet lol and I love…
🙂 thanks a lot…I was “luckY’ to avoid surprises and got to know now 🙂 I agree they do an amazing job
you made a good point, another change might not be the right color either..thanks for your words 🙂
You are the one who actually inspired me to order this dress, because my first choice was Fiona but after I saw yours I fell in love,,,with that being said…Let’s both (you and I ) be pretty brides and look gorgeous on our wedding day 🙂 and live with it !!! Thanks SO much for your kind words. it means a lot 🙂
Thanks for your picture 🙂 you and your dress are no words…you look gorgeous 🙂
I have an olive skin color (I think lol I dont know) so I hope this can be ok on my skin…yesterday this was killing me.
Thank you dear 🙂 Yes we had seeral convos about this, the back and forth can take its time. The mannequin color threw me off big time…I hope for the best…I will post once I have it with me..what happened to your decision??? did you go witht he shop or got the original????
Post # 249
Ha ha!! my co worker told me ” are you crazy?” lol I used to pain with with oil base paint on canvas and I recently purchased a mannequin form…so I was thinking to put the dress on my mannquing and paint with with a brush using tea water hahaha!!! I might be crazy but it was a thought…
Its true no one might even realize about the tulle…the more you know the worse it gets…it really comes down to this 🙂 you are absolutely right!!
Post # 250
Thank you!! and CONGRATS o your engagement!! Welcome to the board, we are all very helpful here 🙂
Absolutely..I will PM you and do not let your plans/dress for the last minute…I kind of started my “dress shoping” late…I wish I had done it earlier.
Post # 251
It is not being “picky” and I dont like when they say that, every bride is allowed to select and decide on what she wants, (with moderation of course, some brides can be really demanding)…if seeing the photo is a concern of yours, that is undersandable.
Its all about customer service…BIG thing here in America and the reason for success in business!
Post # 252
CONTRI: I made my decision! I decided to go the replica route considering I don’t have so much time and the original takes longer to make. I also think that with the replica being 1/3 of the price of the original, I’ll still have money to find a backup dress if anything goes wrong. I haven’t tried on the original, just similar styles. I did not go with THE SHOP though. They do utterly beautiful work but I needed to be reassured and I felt they wanted to do anything but reassure me. I realised my doubts weren’t about replica dresses or my pickines, it was the off-putting customer service I was getting from THE SHOP… In the end I placed an order with the Chicago shop that Unfathomably used less than 24hrs after contacting them, so far it’s going well. Will keep you posted 🙂
Post # 253
CONTRI: That crazy idea might actually work. I actually do mixed media art, and I see where you are going. If you use a really fine brush and take painstaking care – you might be on to something here.
I would do a trial though. Determine if you want to try it on your real dress based on the results of the trial.
Buy white tulle of a similar quality, cut it into many pieces, try different strengths/types of tea on the tulle until you get the color right.
Once you have the color right, make a mock dress – just glue some lace appliques on white tulle (you can use iron on glue like stitch witchery). Wrap the mockup dress around the mannequin, and then paint the mock dress. Maybe just dab the color using the tip of an almost dry brush. See how much the color spreads when you apply it – this will guide you in trying to avoid the beading or lace.
My biggest concern would be blotchy color. So risky though.
Larik: if you are totally abandoning your dress – maybe this is an option for you. You have nothing to lose.
Post # 254
Can someone please PM details for THE SHOP. Also, if anyone can help me, I’ve been told a bee had this inspiration dress made by THE SHOP but have trolled previous threads & can’t seem to find it. Anyone know which thread it was in?
Post # 255
Contri, if you have tulle they sent you for swatches, you can easily take a piece of it and “test run” it with the dip-dye tea stain.
I’ve stained clothes using this method, but you’d have to be REALLY careful with a wedding dress, and use a really fine brush and make sure the paintbrush is barely wet.