Re: Plus Size Dancewear Posted by ballroomchick 5/16/2012 10:50:00 AM
Since you said you were new to this - you need to know there IS a difference in prices with the different stones.
Korean Stones are cheap in cost and they are flat on the dance floor.
Percosea stones are a hair under Swarvoski. They have good sparkle factor, but most of the china manufactures don't use them.
Swarvoski have a high led contact and give fantastic sparkle affect the floor. This is where most of the money for a dress goes into it.
You need to also think about the resale value of the dress. Your not going to get much on a Korean stoned dress. Some people buy Korean stoned dresses and try and punch them up with Swarvoski. It looks like a band aid attempt and IMHO not that great.
I got lured into having a smooth gown made at Rainbow Shiu. I ordered it unstoned so I could do my own work. WHAT a mess! The Lycra material used in the dress top is flat and does not match the satin skirt color. The unstoned dress top was marked in glue spots! The boob cups are not put in evenly. The boning over the right breast rolls down. The shoulder straps are attached to the sheer sleeves NOT the body of the dress. The weight of the dress putting it on the mannequin to send me a photo already has started to pull holes in the sheer sleeve. I will not make this mistake again!!
I did have a good experience ordering a Latin dress from Star Dance Shop. Again I got the dress unstoned so I could do my own work. http://www.stardanceshop.com/
If you feel up to stoning your own dresses or adding stones to your dress(es) I've had a good expereince ordering stones from The Rhinestone Guy. He sells it all. http://www.rhinestoneguy.com/index.html