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#1 Green Gummy Bear

Posted 29 May 2015 - 12:10 PM

So I've found a dress I love.  But it's not stocked anywhere here in Australia, and I've not seen anything even remotely similar to try on.  I can't get it shipped directly from the states (apparently the designer won't allow stores to do that?), but there's a store in Sydney that can order it in and then ship to me in Melbourne.

The problem is, to get it shipped to me I have to pay for the dress upfront, no exchanges if I get it and don't like it, or it doesn't suit me.  I could get a replica made (there's a few floating around on eBay and the likes) but if I do that, it's still a few hundred $ and I really can't afford to risk it in case the dress is awful quality when it gets here.

There's a couple of second hand ones I've seen but they're in teeny tiny sizes.

I have another dress to where, but it just doesn't feel like 'the' dress.  I wish Aus stocked more in the way of shorter dresses.

#2 TinCat๐Ÿฑ

Posted 30 May 2015 - 03:40 PM

I think we need to see the dress ;)

#3 Apageintime

Posted 30 May 2015 - 04:20 PM

What about taking the picture to a reputable local dressmaker? Then you know the quality is good at least,  and can have adjustments made so it will suit you

#4 Ice Queen

Posted 30 May 2015 - 04:28 PM

Could you use a shipment company to purchase it in the US for you and send it on?  So the designer "thinks" it is being purchased in the US?  To return it you could go back through the shipping company and lose a few $$ on postage and exchange.

#5 littleboysmum

Posted 30 May 2015 - 04:35 PM

Yes, I'm curious! Can we see the dress please?

#6 Green Gummy Bear

Posted 31 May 2015 - 05:19 PM

It's from a few years ago apparently, this one here:
http://www.moonlight...uct/Tango/T446/

We're doing something very, very simple, because of that I thought I didn't want a wedding dress.  I'd feel stupid in anything too elaborate, so I bought a dress that I like (not white).

Sounds silly, but I'm worried about not feeling special or like a bride on the day, so I thought something like the one in the link would be perfect in that it's pretty and bridal feeling, without being an OTT wedding dress.

#7 lazycritter

Posted 31 May 2015 - 05:25 PM

A dressmaker could whip that up easily... How many months until your wedding?

The dress is gorgeous by the way ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Edited by Lazycritter HRH, 31 May 2015 - 05:26 PM.


#8 Mooples

Posted 31 May 2015 - 05:29 PM

Are any of the second hand ones near enough that you could go and see the quality? You might not be able to try it on if it's not the right size but you could hold it up and see if it suits you. It's a lovely dress.

#9 Green Gummy Bear

Posted 31 May 2015 - 05:34 PM

The only second hand ones I've found have been size 4's.  There's a size 10 listed on another site, but they want a lot more for it than I want to pay!

How do I go about knowing if a dressmaker is good or not?  And how long would they need to make it?  Wedding's not until November, but I am working on losing a chunk of weight between now and then.

#10 Prickly

Posted 31 May 2015 - 05:35 PM

http://www.bestbrida...6-p65634?ref=c0

#11 Green Gummy Bear

Posted 31 May 2015 - 05:37 PM

Otherwise, this is the dress I have to wear, our colours are yellow and grey
http://www.foreverne...-dress-21987707

I love the dress and it's so pretty, but like I said, I just don't know if it'll feel like I'm getting married.  Plus I'm not usually a full length dress person so don't want to feel awkward on the day.

I'm probably overthinking the whole thing.

#12 Green Gummy Bear

Posted 31 May 2015 - 05:41 PM

View PostPrickly, on 31 May 2015 - 05:35 PM, said:


I did see that, but it's still $700 shipped, which I'm too scared to spend in case it doesn't fit or looks stupid on me.

#13 Mooples

Posted 31 May 2015 - 05:41 PM

Your original yellow dress is gorgeous however I agree with you, the new white dress will make you feel like a bride.

#14 HRH Countrymel

Posted 31 May 2015 - 05:43 PM

A local dressmaker would be able to make something like that for you.

You would be able to see and touch and chose your fabric (which is where the internet 'bargain' dresses tend to let you down) and get fitted exactly.

I remember running out of time to make a formal dress for myself and taking my fabric and the two different patterns I was going to use (I liked the top half of one and the skirt of another) to the local dry cleaners and asking the person who did their repairs if they could make it for me.

Perfect.

And it cost me less than $100!

#15 HRH Countrymel

Posted 31 May 2015 - 05:45 PM

View PostGreen Gummy Bear, on 31 May 2015 - 05:37 PM, said:

Otherwise, this is the dress I have to wear, our colours are yellow and grey
http://www.foreverne...-dress-21987707

I love the dress and it's so pretty, but like I said, I just don't know if it'll feel like I'm getting married.  Plus I'm not usually a full length dress person so don't want to feel awkward on the day.

I'm probably overthinking the whole thing.

Gummy Bear?

That is an exquisite dress.

Look no further!

You will most certainly look like a bride.

That is a lovely, lovely, lovely dress.

#16 Green Gummy Bear

Posted 31 May 2015 - 05:50 PM

View PostHRH Countrymel, on 31 May 2015 - 05:45 PM, said:

Gummy Bear?

That is an exquisite dress.

Look no further!

You will most certainly look like a bride.

That is a lovely, lovely, lovely dress.

Thank you :)

Now to sort out shoes...

#17 tothebeach

Posted 31 May 2015 - 05:54 PM

View PostGreen Gummy Bear, on 31 May 2015 - 05:41 PM, said:



I did see that, but it's still $700 shipped, which I'm too scared to spend in case it doesn't fit or looks stupid on me.
It's not $700 shipped.  It's around $450 (though US exchange rate is going up and down).   International shipping is free today.  BTW, it's a great dress, as is your other one.

Edited by tothebeach, 31 May 2015 - 05:56 PM.


#18 lazycritter

Posted 31 May 2015 - 05:56 PM

Look at the dressmaker's reviews. I know a couple if you're prepared to travel to Geelong.

They have both either made dresses for the brownlow or logies ( not for the most famous) but attendees nonetheless.

One of them has made a few dresses like the one you want.

Also I don't think you should compromise; if you don't want a long dress don't have a long dress. You don't want to look back with regrets.  Ballerina style dresses look awesome in photos and you get to actually see the shoes and how good they make your legs look.  
๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Edited by Lazycritter HRH, 31 May 2015 - 05:57 PM.


#19 lazycritter

Posted 31 May 2015 - 05:59 PM

The good thing about a dressmaker is that they fit it right up until the week of the wedding. If you buy a dress from overseas,  you'll probably need to get it fitted by a dressmaker anyway

#20 Green Gummy Bear

Posted 31 May 2015 - 06:05 PM

I'm happy to travel to Geelong, if it's within my budget for the dress.

I think I'll sit on it for a couple of months and see how I go, although not sure how long these things take to make or when I need to make a final decision by.

#21 Green Gummy Bear

Posted 31 May 2015 - 06:07 PM

View Posttothebeach, on 31 May 2015 - 05:54 PM, said:

It's not $700 shipped.  It's around $450 (though US exchange rate is going up and down).   International shipping is free today.  BTW, it's a great dress, as is your other one.

I didn't see the shipping thing, though I can't afford the dress today anyway (It was $505 AUD when I added it to the cart).

#22 bandbub

Posted 31 May 2015 - 06:08 PM

Go into some bridal stores and try on a similar version of it and hunt down a dress maker

#23 HolleyShiftwell

Posted 31 May 2015 - 06:14 PM

Very pretty x

#24 FeralAndIKnowIt

Posted 31 May 2015 - 06:30 PM

I know a great dressmaker if you were happy to travel up to Echuca. PM me if you want her details.

#25 niggles

Posted 31 May 2015 - 06:35 PM

I love that short dress. Any short wedding dress actually. Very Audrey in Happy Face. Iwould also use a dressmaker. Then you can choose your own lace and it will be just what you like.




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