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Hey All -


First I want to say this thread has been a godsend for me. To make a long story short, I found the dress I loved, which is a Sophia Tolli (attached), but of course it's out of my budget. Frankly, lots of dresses are because I just can't see spending a grand on something I will wear once. I would much rather put that towards other important things at our wedding. Like booze and food.


Based on everyone's experiences, I have emailed gianinar, duosheng, jasmine, shades of pale and kaersan with a photo of the dress.


Kaesarn and Jasmine flat out told me they couldn't do the dress. They said it was too complicated and they do not have the proper light black lace. I really appreciated that honesty and professionalism. For that alone, I would recommend them.

Gianinar wasn't specific - just said yes they can do it, and gave me their cheap price of 200. That didn't sit too well with me.


Shades of Pale gave me three price points - highest accuracy, high accuracy and good accuracy. Then the price also depends on Chinese Fabrics VS. imported fabrics from Japan and Europe. I asked for the high accuracy, imported fabric quote and am waiting to hear back.


Duosheng I've have the most contact with. They acknowledged the issue with the lighter black lace, and she offered several ways to solve it. She said "In fact,we will make this dress for the embroidery is dark and for the darker part will add more beading ,so it will be  darker than other part,so on the dress there will be one lighter and one darker,is that ok?" I am not a dressmaker so honestly I don't know what's best, but I defer to them. They, too, gave me different price points - standard quality and high quality.


At this point I'm wrestling between Duosheng and Shades of Pale. My head is swimming with this thread, so forgive me if I don't remember all 400+ posts :).


Thoughts, anyone?




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Cazzmataz, You picked a very lovely dress! I too respect Dressilyme and Jasmine's bridal shop for telling you that they couldn't do the dress. Honesty goes along way. I think any company will only be able do the dress around 93% because it is so unique. if you can live with that than go for it. Have to tried to see if you can get a sample or something? i wouldn't want you to be dissappointed. if you decide to go with any company you might want to pick the mid-range price because of quality issues. Also ask to see pictures of lace and embroidery thread they plan on using. Communication is very key here and either way it is a risk because it is not going to be the exact same. Both duosheng and shades of pale have good reputations. Duosheng hasn't been on this thread in a long time so you might not find a bride to talk to on here. However, there are girls on here that have used shades of pale recently so maybe you should ask them if they have seen any creations that are close to your design. I have never read anything on that Kaerstan company on here or others boards but I could have missed it.  Ask the company to show you pictures of their work that is similar to the lace you want. Good luck and order very soon so if there is problems you can get another dress or sort out the issues with seamstress. Sorry I'm not much help because I just recently used dressilyme and I was very happy with my dress. My dress does not have any lace, colour or embroidery on it so I had no issues.

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Looks great!  I'm considering Shades of Pale for my dress so thank you for posting pics!

Originally Posted by Lindy S View Post

My Shades of Pale Allure c166 replica has arrived! I just received my dress today! Overall I am very, very happy with it and it is very close to the original! I had some changes made to the original design. I had the one shoulder changed to a strapless sweetheart and I added two different interchangable sashes. One is a crystal sash and one is a satin sash with flowers and crystals. I didn't get a chance to take a photo of the floral sash. Let me know your thoughts. I had the dress made into a corset back instead of buttons (due to my large rib cage...lol). I wasn't able to tighten the corset up like it needs to be in order to have the dress fit me like a glove. I know it will look much better once I'm cinched into it! I just didn't have anyone here to help me besides my fiance...I had to lock the doors so he wouldn't sneak a peek!








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Jasmines just sent me pics of my dress after they finished sewing it. I love it ! There are pics in my profile. It won't let me pit them in the post. The only thing I am having them correct is to tack down some of the ruching better.

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