(Closed) To high of expectations?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
29 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

If you go for an online purchase, its better to buy a guaranteed designer dress that has been owned, or even worn once, rather than something that comes from china, and is being custom made for you.  As a seamstress in a bridal salon, I’ve seen everything from zippers that run at an angle instead of vertical,   to bust seams that are so close together they look like its a kids dress, even though the rest of the dress is a size 12… to dresses that were 6 inches shorter in the front than  on the sides – and it was NOT supposed to be a high/low hem!   


Most designers have their gowns manufactured overseas, but they excersise quality control over what goes out to customers with their name on it.  When you order from a chinese maker, it goes by their quality standards which can be quite different…

Post # 5
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

@sunsethoughts:  I’ve found a website that makes dresses exactly to your specifications for very low prices. It has quinceniera, wedding, and prom dresses, all of which would work as a wedding dresss, especially since you can change the color for free. I have like 15 of their dresses in my favorites that I like. And they are all like 100-300 dollars.


One of them is one of the ones in your pictures.




Here’s another. it’s from taylor swift’s love story, and its similar idea I think.






If you decide against the pnina and don’t like the t-swift, there are loads of others on there for you to choose from.


Post # 6
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would actually go the preloved route if couldn’t find a new one in your budget to try on. Like you, I’m very wary of vendors whose work I can’t see many examples of (and who is to say you will get the same seamstress that made their best samples?).


Post # 7
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@sunsethoughts:  I think it would be unrealistic to expect an exact replica of a Pnina gown for $300 from any of the replica places, but I think DressilyMe, Fabulous U, or Jasmine’s Bridal Shop could make you a pretty nice dress for that much money. I feel like those three places have more established reputations than the ebay sellers do. The first dress you posted does not seem all that complicated from a design standpoint and I think you could get a replica that was close enough from one of the three (DressilyMe, Jasmine, or Fab U) for that price. 

Post # 8
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

Aw, I’m so sorry about the falling out with your mother. That sucks you couldn’t get the dress you wanted. 🙁

Another suggestion to throw in the mix was to buy the fabric yourself, get some price-quotes from your (not so) local seamstresses, and then have them sew you a dress.

Or maybe you could buy an inexpensive dress that’s close to what you like, and have a seamstress alter it to your specifications (ex. adding sleeves, etc.). 

OR…you could do what one Bee is doing on here (which is absolutely brilliant): buy separates. She bought a corset on BHLDN and is buying a custom chiffon-tulle skirt on Etsy. 

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