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Wai-Ching

Seattle , WA
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115 Prefontaine Pl S Suite 605
Seattle, WA 98104 US (map)

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206-229-1111

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ABOUT US

Wai-Ching provides eco friendly bridalwear, custom clothing, and kimonos in silk, hemp, and other natural fibers.
All the pieces are handmade in Seattle.
We offer custom fits... Read more
Wai-Ching provides eco friendly bridalwear, custom clothing, and kimonos in silk, hemp, and other natural fibers.
All the pieces are handmade in Seattle.
We offer custom fits and designs, as well as custom colors and embroidery.

We work by appointment only.
Please call (206) 229-1111 or email sales@wai-ching.com Read less
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INFO FOR DRESS & ATTIRE

Who do you provide services for?
Bride, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, Mother of the Bride
Which of the following services do you provide??
Appointments Only, Full Customization, Rentals
Which of the following items do you offer?
Bridal Belts, Bridal Gowns, Customary Attire, Formal Gowns, Garters, Hair Accessories, Plus Size Gowns, Sample Gowns, Veils
What is the average turnaround time for a bridal gown? (select one)
Less than 6 months, 6-8 months
How often do you receive new bridal gowns?
Weekly
What is your return policy?
Final Sale, Partial Refund

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.0/5.0
In the end, I loved my dress from Wai-Ching. The fabric and the dip-dyed color was gorgeous! Unfortunately, I found the process of ordering the dress sight unseen online/via email to be lacking. After discussing the style I wanted, sending pictures to clarify and being reassured that everything would be fine, I ended up receiving a dress that not only fit terribly (which, to some extent, I expected given she was working entirely from measurements I provided from afar...though this was beyond what I had expected), but also didn't match the design we had discussed. I took the dress to a tailor to get a second opinion on it, and she said there were basic construction mistakes (crooked seams, not cutting certain pieces of cloth on the bias, a lining too large for the dress, etc), which made me very hesitant to send the dress back to Wai-Ching for alterations. I ended up asking Wai-Ching to refund a portion of my payment to help offset the high cost of the alterations, and to her great credit, Chrissy did so immediately, and apologized for the quality control errors. Apparently there has been some turnover at the shop, so perhaps this will not be a problem down the road.

Fortunately, the tailor I found took the entire dress apart and remade it, so it fit beautifully and looked great. I loved it! There's no one else that does color like Wai-Ching, so if you fall in love with Chrissy's gorgeous designs like I did, it's hard not to go for it. But I would really recommend in-person fittings if you can make a trip to her studio, and if you can't, I would be cautious about ordering with enough time to have serious alterations done in case that ends up being needed. It's hard not to leave a glowing review after loving my dress as much as I did, especially because Chrissy is very personable and accommodating (and a much better choice than some faceless mega-brand!), but I really feel like my tailor did the heavy lifting on this one.
In the end, I loved my dress from Wai-Ching. The fabric and the dip-dyed color was gorgeous! Unfortunately, I found the Read more...
In the end, I loved my dress from Wai-Ching. The fabric and the dip-dyed color was gorgeous! Unfortunately, I found the process of ordering the dress sight unseen online/via email to be lacking. After discussing the style I wanted, sending pictures to clarify and being reassured that everything would be fine, I ended up receiving a dress that not only fit terribly (which, to some extent, I expected given she was working entirely from measurements I provided from afar...though this was beyond what I had expected), but also didn't match the design we had discussed. I took the dress to a tailor to get a second opinion on it, and she said there were basic construction mistakes (crooked seams, not cutting certain pieces of cloth on the bias, a lining too large for the dress, etc), which made me very hesitant to send the dress back to Wai-Ching for alterations. I ended up asking Wai-Ching to refund a portion of my payment to help offset the high cost of the alterations, and to her great credit, Chrissy did so immediately, and apologized for the quality control errors. Apparently there has been some turnover at the shop, so perhaps this will not be a problem down the road.

Fortunately, the tailor I found took the entire dress apart and remade it, so it fit beautifully and looked great. I loved it! There's no one else that does color like Wai-Ching, so if you fall in love with Chrissy's gorgeous designs like I did, it's hard not to go for it. But I would really recommend in-person fittings if you can make a trip to her studio, and if you can't, I would be cautious about ordering with enough time to have serious alterations done in case that ends up being needed. It's hard not to leave a glowing review after loving my dress as much as I did, especially because Chrissy is very personable and accommodating (and a much better choice than some faceless mega-brand!), but I really feel like my tailor did the heavy lifting on this one. Read less
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Debra
Wedding:
5/29/2016
3.5/5.0
Wai Ching makes dresses for unconventional brides which fit my same sex partner and I to a T! The 5 stars are for my dress. It was colorful, beautiful, completely unique and best of all, I felt great wearing it! I had asked Chrissy to incorporate custom fabric that I had digitally printed featuring my photo of wild fungus. Awesome Job on my dress.
The idea was to incorporate my custom fabric on my partners skirt and jacket. The low stars for professionalism, are for poor quality workmanship of the jacket and skirt. With two visible stains, not caused by the clean mailer pouch which held the garments, one jacket shoulder was visibly sewn higher than the other shoulder, that anyone could see it was a mistake. According to two different local tailors in San Rafael California, the overall construction of the jacket and skirt was "the worst work they've ever seen" and refused to work on them. Very disappointing one week before our wedding! Needless to say, the jacket and skirt caused a lot of unnecessary stress and luckily, our local rockstar seamstress, Louise Lee in San Rafael, CA, was brave enough to basically, deconstruct and reconstruct the outfit and saved our special day!

Chrissy is an amazing wedding dress designer and her dresses are creative and visually stunning. However, no matter how great your work is... apparent weaknesses in quality control need to be addressed to ensure that others don't have the same experience as we did. In retrospect, it took courage on our part to order a wedding dress, a jacket and a skirt over the internet. We should have gone to Wai-Ching in person in Seattle for our fittings and perhaps the outcome would have been different. If I were you, make it personal and have a face to face meeting and fitting.
Wai Ching makes dresses for unconventional brides which fit my same sex partner and I to a T! The 5 stars are for my Read more...
Wai Ching makes dresses for unconventional brides which fit my same sex partner and I to a T! The 5 stars are for my dress. It was colorful, beautiful, completely unique and best of all, I felt great wearing it! I had asked Chrissy to incorporate custom fabric that I had digitally printed featuring my photo of wild fungus. Awesome Job on my dress.
The idea was to incorporate my custom fabric on my partners skirt and jacket. The low stars for professionalism, are for poor quality workmanship of the jacket and skirt. With two visible stains, not caused by the clean mailer pouch which held the garments, one jacket shoulder was visibly sewn higher than the other shoulder, that anyone could see it was a mistake. According to two different local tailors in San Rafael California, the overall construction of the jacket and skirt was "the worst work they've ever seen" and refused to work on them. Very disappointing one week before our wedding! Needless to say, the jacket and skirt caused a lot of unnecessary stress and luckily, our local rockstar seamstress, Louise Lee in San Rafael, CA, was brave enough to basically, deconstruct and reconstruct the outfit and saved our special day!

Chrissy is an amazing wedding dress designer and her dresses are creative and visually stunning. However, no matter how great your work is... apparent weaknesses in quality control need to be addressed to ensure that others don't have the same experience as we did. In retrospect, it took courage on our part to order a wedding dress, a jacket and a skirt over the internet. We should have gone to Wai-Ching in person in Seattle for our fittings and perhaps the outcome would have been different. If I were you, make it personal and have a face to face meeting and fitting. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
4/30/2016
4.9/5.0
I fell in love with Chrissy Zolotova Dress when I saw examples of it online! But I knew that a mermaid fit dress was not going to be flattering for my curvy body type. I live in Baltimore, MD and Chrissy's studio is in Seattle; lucky for me there are some really affordable direct flights between BWI and Seattle! So I flew out to meet with her and try on the Zolotova in person. Chrissy was so wonderful and so excited to help me customize the dress to a ball gown shape to fit my body type. She took pictures of the necklace I brought that I wanted to wear for the wedding and our invitations to pull the color inspiration from. She also only charged $100 more than the standard price for the Zolotova dress and it was completely customized, I was so glad she charges by the fabric and not by the extra design work. The dress came out absolutely beautifully! It was exactly what I wanted! But it did not quite fit right when I first got it in the mail. My friend pinned it for me and took pictures and we sent it back to Seattle to have Chrissy take it in. While this greatly improved the fit of the dress, it was just not quite right. But, I think it would have been about impossible to get it fitted properly though without seeing it on me in person! Luckily my mom is a confident enough seamstress to be able to make the final small alterations. I am so glad I went through Chrissy, it was truly the dress of my dreams! Pics of the dress: http://wardpics.com/natural-bridge-wedding-ward-photography-jennifer-brian/ Chrissy also made my husband a tie that had the colors of the dress in it! It was so perfect!
I fell in love with Chrissy Zolotova Dress when I saw examples of it online! But I knew that a mermaid fit dress was not Read more...
I fell in love with Chrissy Zolotova Dress when I saw examples of it online! But I knew that a mermaid fit dress was not going to be flattering for my curvy body type. I live in Baltimore, MD and Chrissy's studio is in Seattle; lucky for me there are some really affordable direct flights between BWI and Seattle! So I flew out to meet with her and try on the Zolotova in person. Chrissy was so wonderful and so excited to help me customize the dress to a ball gown shape to fit my body type. She took pictures of the necklace I brought that I wanted to wear for the wedding and our invitations to pull the color inspiration from. She also only charged $100 more than the standard price for the Zolotova dress and it was completely customized, I was so glad she charges by the fabric and not by the extra design work. The dress came out absolutely beautifully! It was exactly what I wanted! But it did not quite fit right when I first got it in the mail. My friend pinned it for me and took pictures and we sent it back to Seattle to have Chrissy take it in. While this greatly improved the fit of the dress, it was just not quite right. But, I think it would have been about impossible to get it fitted properly though without seeing it on me in person! Luckily my mom is a confident enough seamstress to be able to make the final small alterations. I am so glad I went through Chrissy, it was truly the dress of my dreams! Pics of the dress: http://wardpics.com/natural-bridge-wedding-ward-photography-jennifer-brian/ Chrissy also made my husband a tie that had the colors of the dress in it! It was so perfect! Read less
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alisha
Wedding:
8/8/2015
5.0/5.0
I absolutely loved my Wai Ching dress! I love how everything about it was customized just for you. I even brought in color swatches of my bridesmaids dresses so those colors within my dress could match exactly. Everyone commented on the dress all day and every time my photographer posted a "teaser photo" strangers would gush over the dress which was pretty cool :) Also Chrissy the designer was the nicest lady ever and ran with every idea I had, couldn't have been more happy with my unique and gorgeous dress :)
I absolutely loved my Wai Ching dress! I love how everything about it was customized just for you. I even brought in color Read more...
I absolutely loved my Wai Ching dress! I love how everything about it was customized just for you. I even brought in color swatches of my bridesmaids dresses so those colors within my dress could match exactly. Everyone commented on the dress all day and every time my photographer posted a "teaser photo" strangers would gush over the dress which was pretty cool :) Also Chrissy the designer was the nicest lady ever and ran with every idea I had, couldn't have been more happy with my unique and gorgeous dress :) Read less
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Aubryn
Wedding:
7/5/2015
3.9/5.0
Let me preface this review by saying that I LOVED my dress. Chrissy styles are unmatched. If you are looking for a unique and colorful gown that is uniquely you, she is your designer. I felt indescribable in my gown on my wedding day. The design was perfect for me. Unfortunately it did not come very well made and needed a lot of work after it arrived. I ordered my dress online after talking with Chrissy a few times on the phone. A few notes about my dress were not recorded accurately and so it came a-line instead of fit and flared. Also the lining was only half finished when it arrived, and was twice the size of the dress itself and my seamstress swears that the interior fabric was very cheap--she basically took apart the whole thing and put it back together. I think something went terribly wrong in the production of my dress which by reading the other reviews of Chrissy's work does not seem to be the norm. In the end, however, my seamstress fixed all and Chrissy offered to cover the entire cost of the alteration--which she did promptly. So I give her high marks for customer service and would still, recommend her. Just make sure you get your dress in time to fix it in case...
Let me preface this review by saying that I LOVED my dress. Chrissy styles are unmatched. If you are looking for a unique Read more...
Let me preface this review by saying that I LOVED my dress. Chrissy styles are unmatched. If you are looking for a unique and colorful gown that is uniquely you, she is your designer. I felt indescribable in my gown on my wedding day. The design was perfect for me. Unfortunately it did not come very well made and needed a lot of work after it arrived. I ordered my dress online after talking with Chrissy a few times on the phone. A few notes about my dress were not recorded accurately and so it came a-line instead of fit and flared. Also the lining was only half finished when it arrived, and was twice the size of the dress itself and my seamstress swears that the interior fabric was very cheap--she basically took apart the whole thing and put it back together. I think something went terribly wrong in the production of my dress which by reading the other reviews of Chrissy's work does not seem to be the norm. In the end, however, my seamstress fixed all and Chrissy offered to cover the entire cost of the alteration--which she did promptly. So I give her high marks for customer service and would still, recommend her. Just make sure you get your dress in time to fix it in case... Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
I freaking love Chrissy. I had a horrible time trying to find a dress that worked for me-- I am not a "girly" girl, and didn't want a classic white gown, or anything with poof or sequins or tulle. Enter Chrissy. She is an artist, and was able to work with the elements that I DID like to make a dress that really felt like ME. She designed a gorgeous silk ivory-to-forest green ombre tree-inspired wedding dress specifically for me! People are still raving about it two weeks later. Also, by the end of the dress designing process I felt like Chrissy was my sister or something. I almost cried when I went to pick up the dress-- it had been a long road, but Chrissy was there with me every step of the way. She is amazing.
I freaking love Chrissy. I had a horrible time trying to find a dress that worked for me-- I am not a "girly" girl, and Read more...
I freaking love Chrissy. I had a horrible time trying to find a dress that worked for me-- I am not a "girly" girl, and didn't want a classic white gown, or anything with poof or sequins or tulle. Enter Chrissy. She is an artist, and was able to work with the elements that I DID like to make a dress that really felt like ME. She designed a gorgeous silk ivory-to-forest green ombre tree-inspired wedding dress specifically for me! People are still raving about it two weeks later. Also, by the end of the dress designing process I felt like Chrissy was my sister or something. I almost cried when I went to pick up the dress-- it had been a long road, but Chrissy was there with me every step of the way. She is amazing. Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
5/31/2014
4.9/5.0
I LOVE my dress. Everything about my experience in creating a custom dress (communicating with Chrissy, attending the three in-person consultation/fittings, seeing the final product) was amazing, and truly one of a kind. I didn't want a traditional white dress, and was drawn to Chrissy's use of color and fabric to create truly beautiful pieces. She worked with me in combining various elements of her dress styles into my custom dress, and took care in understanding the colors I wanted for my dip-dyed ombre effect. Each fitting went well and the intimate feeling of her studio was perfect when I had my close family and friends there for the final reveal. The only issue I noted were a few small smudges on the front of the dress, which Chrissy promptly steamed out when I pointed them out to her. I found the price to be quite reasonable considering the beautiful and totally unique product, and felt absolutely gorgeous on my wedding day!
I LOVE my dress. Everything about my experience in creating a custom dress (communicating with Chrissy, attending the Read more...
I LOVE my dress. Everything about my experience in creating a custom dress (communicating with Chrissy, attending the three in-person consultation/fittings, seeing the final product) was amazing, and truly one of a kind. I didn't want a traditional white dress, and was drawn to Chrissy's use of color and fabric to create truly beautiful pieces. She worked with me in combining various elements of her dress styles into my custom dress, and took care in understanding the colors I wanted for my dip-dyed ombre effect. Each fitting went well and the intimate feeling of her studio was perfect when I had my close family and friends there for the final reveal. The only issue I noted were a few small smudges on the front of the dress, which Chrissy promptly steamed out when I pointed them out to her. I found the price to be quite reasonable considering the beautiful and totally unique product, and felt absolutely gorgeous on my wedding day! Read less
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Penguin Bride
Wedding:
9/8/2013
5.0/5.0
If a white, poofy wedding dress isn’t for you…then please look up Chrissy Wai-Ching. She is a true artist of fabric who works out of Pioneer Square in Seattle (she also accepts online orders). Her creations are made of silk so they are light and flowy. I live in Seattle, so I was able to visit her Seattle location to try on some dresses. I’m not super skinny, but she did have a few different styles that I could try on. I decided on the Panderetta. Her dresses are basically custom made. I got to choose the color of the ties on the back of the dress, the color I wanted it dip dyed, the color of the embroidery and even adding sheer cap sleeves. She makes the dress to fit your measurements and any alterations are free. The price is amazing for the works of art she creates. Considering what I probably would have been willing to spend on a wedding dress, she saved me a good $250-$350. In addition to all that, Chrissy was a friendly and accommodating person to work with. Everybody including my groom and myself LOVED my dress.
If a white, poofy wedding dress isn’t for you…then please look up Chrissy Wai-Ching. She is a true artist of fabric who Read more...
If a white, poofy wedding dress isn’t for you…then please look up Chrissy Wai-Ching. She is a true artist of fabric who works out of Pioneer Square in Seattle (she also accepts online orders). Her creations are made of silk so they are light and flowy. I live in Seattle, so I was able to visit her Seattle location to try on some dresses. I’m not super skinny, but she did have a few different styles that I could try on. I decided on the Panderetta. Her dresses are basically custom made. I got to choose the color of the ties on the back of the dress, the color I wanted it dip dyed, the color of the embroidery and even adding sheer cap sleeves. She makes the dress to fit your measurements and any alterations are free. The price is amazing for the works of art she creates. Considering what I probably would have been willing to spend on a wedding dress, she saved me a good $250-$350. In addition to all that, Chrissy was a friendly and accommodating person to work with. Everybody including my groom and myself LOVED my dress. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
I came across Chrissy's website several years ago, and loved her artistic, colorful take on wedding dresses. I'm so glad I remembered her when it came time to choose my own dress. She is friendly, professional, and very easy to work with. The dress she made me looked gorgeous and fit perfectly. I highly recommend Wai-Ching for everyone looking for a unique custom dress at a reasonable price.
I came across Chrissy's website several years ago, and loved her artistic, colorful take on wedding dresses. I'm so glad I Read more...
I came across Chrissy's website several years ago, and loved her artistic, colorful take on wedding dresses. I'm so glad I remembered her when it came time to choose my own dress. She is friendly, professional, and very easy to work with. The dress she made me looked gorgeous and fit perfectly. I highly recommend Wai-Ching for everyone looking for a unique custom dress at a reasonable price. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
I love Chrissy! Her dresses are amazing and her craftsmanship is top-notch. I'd love an entire wardrobe of her outfits.
I love Chrissy! Her dresses are amazing and her craftsmanship is top-notch. I'd love an entire wardrobe of her outfits.
I love Chrissy! Her dresses are amazing and her craftsmanship is top-notch. I'd love an entire wardrobe of her outfits. Read less
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