I tried it on again and below are the pictures. I've decided I want several alterations done. The dress is too big. The corset is pulled all the way shut and I still have room. I measured myself instead of going to a professional, so I'm not going to blame the dressmaker. I'm going to ask a seamstress to shorten it to my size and then pull in the dress and shape it mermaid style, instead of the current A-line (the inspiration dress was mermaid, but I think it was hard to tell from the pictures). I never asked Babyonline to put the dress on a mannequin for the pictures, so I never gave them feedback about the shape. I have no idea what the alterations will cost; but I'm still really happy with the dress. I paid $185 and I know if I had bought the $1000 "real" dress I would still need to pay for alterations - I'm just short and have no boobs (this dress helps conceal that!). Oh and the place I tried on the "real" dress at is closed! I drive by it every day. There was no going out of business signs or anything. Just one day the store and everything in it were gone. Imagine if I had ordered from them. Oh the horror.
Rowe - had did your dress turn out? Boxy like we were worried?
The lace and bead work on my dress is just beautiful! Babyonline did a great job. The communication with them was a little rough. Originally they priced the dress at $135, but when I gave them details of what I wanted and the fabric to use (Organza and swavorski crystals) they increased the price to $185. They did this BEFORE making the dress and before I paid, and I agreed to the amount. I'll post pictures after the alterations - but that might be a few months.