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Purchasing a dress on etsy.com?

Hello Knotties,

I am smitten by Amsale's ELLA dress and am thinking of working with a dressmaker I found on etsy.com to keep it affordable. My plan is to try the dress on (I live in NY and already located several stores that carry it), have a tailor take my measurements, and send the measurements to the dressmaker. Since it will be a custom-made knock-off the dress obviously won't be exactly like the original, and I'm hoping this allows me to make some changes (like lose the train and add a color ribbon to the waist!), but I'm a little nervous. Does anyone have any experience with purchasing a wedding online?

Here's the dress - http://www.amsale.com/bridal/bluelabel/080211/080211590.shtml


I am in the early stages of planning and this is my first post. Thanks for your feedback!

Re: Purchasing a dress on etsy.com?

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    I LOVE that dress...it was actually one of my finalists. I love the lace bodice.

    I would guess that this dress because it is fairly simple...could be recreated without too much trouble.........if you have a great seamstress. I haven't purchased a dress online, but I would ask for SEVERAL sample pieces from the etsy dressmaker. 

    Personally, with something as important as your wedding dress...I would find a seamstress that you can meet with in person...but that is just my opinion.

    Good luck!
    BabyFruit Ticker
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    My suggestion would be to find a local dressmaker. You'll get the best fit if you can meet with them on a regular basis. Plus, you'll be supporting a local business!
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    If you haven't already spoken to the person on Etsy about recreating this, don't just assume that anyone who makes dresses on Etsy will do this for you. I have a shop on Etsy (not making dresses), but many people in forums get very peeved by people who assume they can ask for something else they've found at a cheaper price. People on Etsy are artists at their trade & ripping off someone elses designs isn't always something they are willing to do. You may find some dressmakers who will do it for you, but I just want to prepare you incase someone finds your request offensive.

    Always check out the seller's feedback, also. And always ask if they've done something similar before - don't want them experiementing sewing techniques on your wedding dress.
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    Thanks, everyone, for your advice. I've been in touch with the dressmaker on etsy. In fact, she is promoting her own variation of the dress. As for feedback about her work - she joined etsy in the fall and only has a few reviews (probably b/c it takes several months to ocmplete each dress) and they are all positive. And then again, I can always think about using a local dressmaker. Perhaps my next post will be about locating a good dressmaker in the area! Thanks!

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