Post # 1
As promised, here is my update on my SaBelle Replica from Jeff Liu (read all about the process here http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/jeff-liu-major-dissapointment )
My dress arrived via DHL (he provided me a tracking number so I knew when it would arrive) and of course it came in that little tiny package! But thanks to the bee, I knew to expect that. Anyways I opened it up and I was really happy with it. He had sent me some photos before he mailed it (I did have to request that) so I had a pretty good idea of what it looked like.
Here are the photos he sent me:
And here are some of my photos I took of the dress:
So now my thoughts…
The material is a lot cheaper feeling than the real thing, but I expected that since I paid 1/8 of the price. And you can’t really tell in pictures anyways.
In the photos he sent, it was a lot fuller so I thought there would be tulle layers underneath like in the real one, but there weren’t. But nothing a crinoline can’t fix!
As most of you know, in the Maggie dresses that have the ruching, they make you look soooo skinny (which was something I LOVED) and this one doesn’t really do that. In fact, there was a part of the ruching (and you can kind of see in the 2nd photo of mine) that hits right where my poochy stomach is and it makes it look even bigger.
All in all, I would recommend Jeff Liu, just communicate with him ALOT. And I would only go this route if you have a few months before your wedding. I ordered my dress on January 17th and I didn’t receive it until March 24th. So a little over 2 months. Luckily my weddings not til August so I had time to spare.
If anyone has any questions, let me know!
Post # 3
i’m glad everything worked out! getchoself a crinoline and rock it out! :]
Post # 4
Nice! Definitely glad it all worked out for you! Thanks for sharing!
Post # 5
So glad you followed up with us & that you’re happy! Yay! I think when you add the crinoline the bottom will flare out as needed & give you the tiny waist look by contast 🙂 And possibly get it altered alittle in the middle to be more snug? Does it fit perfectly, or will you need alterations?
Post # 6
@CaptainSpaulding: its a little bit too big, but that was because i’ve lost some weight in between the time I sent him my measurements and now. But he made it exactly to the measurements I sent him!
Post # 7
@Future Mrs Morison: Shouldn’t be hard to alter. Hopefully you can find an inexpensive local seamstress to do it 🙂 Congrats on the weight loss!
Post # 8
Your replica looks much better the second time. I really love how close it resembles the original. Congrats!
Post # 9
Congrats!!! I read your first post nervously cause I’m thinking of having the same dress made by Liu!! I’m so glad it turned out pretty well – you are right – no one can tell the fabric from the photo. It looks expensive & gorgeous on you!! A few questions – how tall are you? Is the back lace-up or zipper/button? cause original dress is lace up… How much did he charge you if you don’t mind me asking? I fell in love with Sabelle like a year ago when I first saw it online. I didn’t know what it was until I got on this board. That ad is just so dreamy looking… So happy for you!!!!!
Post # 10
glad everything worked out for the best and that you are happy!
Post # 11
@elzny: aww thank you 🙂 i’m 5’7″ but i told him 5’10” because I’m wearing 3″ heels. he made it exactly to the measurements too. the back is lace up. i wanted it as close to the original as possible. one difference is there isn’t beading or anything down the corset back, like the original on has. and he charged $219 for it, i think…i’ll go check my emails and see but I think thats right 🙂
Post # 12
Wow! looks really great 🙂
Post # 13
@Future Mrs Morison: Thanks for letting me know! I went to a store today to try the Sabelle on, I’m a 6 but they only had a 10. THe rouching part is flat on the Maggie gown, I tried to pull it (haha) to see if it’d come out, but it didn’t. hmmmm, That’s when I realized the top & bottom are somewhat separated. I don’t think Liu’s gown is, from the picture it seems to be one piece of fabric top to bottom. But I think if you iron it – it will stay flat. Even if it doesn’t, just ask your photographer to shoot from an angle. No one can tell! 😀 You know what I also realized? the cheap/lighter fabric will actually do us benefit cause the original gown is like 30lbs!! I’m 5’9 in bare feet & I had a hard time dragging it around. I admire the 4’11 & 5’1 brides who wore this gown – original one too… at their weddings!!!
Post # 14
Yeah I hear the original dresses can be heavy. I haven’t had a chance to try on many store dresses. It must be because of the layers of fabric.
@Future Mrs Morison:
How many layers did you dress have? Where did you buy your veil? I love the look!
Post # 15
@Future Mrs Morison: it was $291 + shipping! just checked my paypal 🙂
Post # 16
VERY lovely!! I have the same problem with my sabelle copy. Very little tulle underneath. I added a hoop skirt to see and poof its huge and my waist looks tiny. You will look even more stunning with a crinoline!!