Hello Readers (what few I have). So, I made a mistake. It’s not the first time, I’m sure it wont be the last. I saw a beautiful wedding dress online for an affordable price. The site was IZIDress and this was the gown I purchased.
Take note on how full the skirt is, obviously she has crinolines underneath it to fluff it out. Now the sash, I changed to pink because I didn’t care for the “champagne” one that is pictured here. Now, after showing a friend, I was told it is a factory in China that makes these gowns and that is why they are so inexpensive. I ordered a size larger than what I wear, just to be safe. Six weeks or so later, the dress comes in via DHL. I try the dress on and its a train wreck. While the dress is well constructed, it was missing sequined appliques on the bodice, the underskirt was the equivalent to a sheath skirt and not full at all nor would i be capable of putting a descent slip under it let alone the crinolines that the dress above shows.
As you can see in these two pictures, the bodice is missing patches of lace and the skirt in the second pictures is not full enough to match the stretched out over skirt. This dress is supposed to resemble something from the fifties era. Unhappy, I naturally wrote the company. They asked me to send pictures of the problem areas so I sent these and spoke of how the skirt is not as it appears in the pictures on the web site. THey said they would check with the factory and get back to me. After a day or two, this was the response I got:
sorry that we do not reply in time
since when they deal with the appliques, it is asymmetric.
sorry about that
as for the skirt, we often add hard net instead of underskirt.
so after long time transit, it may not that loose
we still hope you keep it. but we must admit since it is handmade dress, it is not 100% exactly like the picture
hope you understand
there are room for amending
and we would give you 10% as a discount if you place new order
Look forward to your reply and have a good one.
Thanks for your kind understanding and cooperation.
Umm, what? They are blaming the shipping on why the skirt was not as wide as the overskirt? Seriously?! I of course, wrote back that shipment had nothing to do with the fact that there is not enough yardage of fabric in the underskirt to match the overskirt, as it is pictured and that I wanted to return it, what did I have to do to do this? Their response was:
Sorry for your waiting.
Here you know we have no stock dress and we all the dress just made by hand and depending on customer order information.
And for difference between the computer monitors,there may be have
little difference between what you see on line and the real item you
But your dress is very beautiful and almost the same like website,so
suggest that you can keep this order and you can re-sale to another
people or send to your friends as gift. hope you can understand .
But your dress is very beautiful and we will refund you 10 dollars as
discount then almost the same like website,so
Almost the same?! Are you fucking kidding me?! If you are ordering a gown based on a picture you see online you expect pretty much exactly what you see online. So, now I have a gown I can’t wear as it doesnt fit in other ways as well (shoulders need shortening, sleeves too big and long, skirt too snug and looks ridiculous with the full overskirt, bare spots on the bodice). Im out near $200.oo dollars for the gown…oh excuse me…190.00, cause they gave me a $10 refund for my troubles and still have no dress to wear. It is very depressing.
It has also killed any of the joy I had to getting married and at this point Id be happy to wear white jean capri pants and some top and get it done at city hall. If it happens at all, but that is another story.
So, the moral of this tale is never buy a dress from an over seas factory (which Im sure youre all shaking your head and saying “DUH! What were you thinking!”).
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.