Shopping for wedding dresses can be stressful - or not.
My daughter had very fixed ideas about her wedding dress. She knew exactly what style she wanted, and we both trawled the internet for days looking for her ideal dress. The only way to be sure was to try a few on, so last Sunday afternoon we went to an off-the-peg shop in town to see if we could find the perfect dress. I wasn't hugely optimistic. The shop's policy is to start with four dresses in the dressing room, so the salesgirl took my daughter to look through everything in her size. Once the selection had been made, we went to the changing room, where the assistant and my daughter disappeared behind a curtain, and then pulled back the curtain for me to see the future bride.
So the verdicts on each dress were:-
Number 1 - Marks, 6 out of 10, badly fitting bodice which didn't particularly suit her.
Number 2 - 7 out of 10, very classy seen from the front, nice silhouette, but too much of a plunge at the back.
Number 3 - Amazing. My jaw dropped. A timeless classic look. It is now at home hanging upstairs, and is therefore Top Secret.
Number 4 - Didn't stand a chance after Number 3, so much so that in comparison it looked trashy.
A quick and painless search if ever there was one. I had offered to make her dress if we drew a blank at the shops, but I cannot pretend that I am sorry to have been saved the trouble. My contribution will be to make her underskirt and her veil.
When we came home we announced to my husband that he was not allowed to see it - even if he had he wouldn't have been able to visualise it on her, and would probably have forgotten what it looked like within about twenty minutes. We want to keep it as a surprise for him on the big day. However, he was treated to seeing her in my wedding dress, which I hauled out of the wardrobe for her to try on. Totally not her style, but despite the messy hair, she looked pretty in it - and I was relieved that it hadn't been attacked by moths!
So now you know my sewing plans! Underskirt, veil, perhaps a dress for Mother of the Bride, and then wedding quilt, in that order. Provided the churches aren't locked down again, and important guests can travel to England, we shall be having an exciting Autumn!
Here goes for Week 335:-
Many thanks to Rebecca Grace for showing us a repair job that would fill most people with paralysing dread. If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more.
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