Originally Posted by FutureMrsLewis
Those first two Julietta gowns are definitely new! My inspiration gown was a Julietta too, 3052. I loved the original, but unfortunately my knock-off was not quite as fabulous. It's a whole lot of pages back. So from ordering my own Julietta knock-off, I have a couple of pieces of advice:
1. Do NOT, under ANY circumstances, order from fushopping.com. Ever. Unless you want to open your gown and cry for three weeks because your wedding day is ruined and eat every brownie that looks at you funny.
2. Find a company that has a bit of experience in plus-sized gowns. You can see 5,000 pictures of a size two gown that came out beautifully, but if they are not familiar with how a plus-sized gown is different from a tiny gown, then you may have a problem. Ask to see pictures of some "curvacious" dresses they've made in the past.
3. Don't give them all of your money before the gown has even been started! A few companies that the ladies on here have used have allowed you to pay a deposit (something like half the price) and then pay the rest once you've seen pictures and you're happy with it.
4. Ask for LOTS of pictures! And not on a hanger, ask for it to be put on a model if at all possible, even if the models they have are too big or too small, it will at least give you a bit of an idea than just hung on a hanger.
5. If there's anything you question and would like more pictures or detailed pictures, GET THEM BEFORE IT LEAVES THEIR STORE/FACTORY! I questioned the "belly" of my dress but thought "Nah, that looks okay" and was in tears when I saw it in person. It cost me over $300 to repair once it got here!
I think that's it. If anyone else has any points to add, feel free, or correct me on some if need be
I forgot two points! Darn Christmas brain!!!
6. Have your measurements taken by a good seamstress, preferably someone with experience in dress making. Mine were taken by a dress maker and they were spot on!
7. A corset back is much more forgiving! Not everyone likes the corset back, but if you do like the look of a corset, it can be much more forgiving in the case that your measurements are slightly off. My dress had a zipper back, and although my dress fit perfectly when it arrived, we had more pictures taken a month after the wedding (waiting for good weather in Newfoundland takes FOREVER!) and by then I had lost about 10 pounds. Not a big deal, but it made the dress a little baggy, especially in the bust area, and if it was a strapless dress (thankfully it wasn't) then it would have been a disaster!