And this is how they looked on me – I actually cannot believe I am showing you these!
This dress is lacking a cummerbund which I think would make the dress more flattering. Both dresses are sleeveless and so I have worn a simple old Tesco cardigan. The neck is a little gapey but could be easily tweaked. The biggest let down with this dress is the fabric. Really very synthetic and not very pleasureable to wear. I added the belt from a bag full of old belts!
The polka dot dress is far better and just needs alterations. The whole neckline area doesn’t sit well on me so I need to get rid of that and make a tighter fit around the bust. Not a wedding dress but a potential nice frock for some other time. There is a cute bow the left of the waist that you can't quite make out here and the farbic is a lovely rich cotton.
So this left me again with no solution to my plus size wedding day frock horror.
Various people had told me to look into having a bespoke gown made. For some reason I was always against this option. I just don’t like the idea of having to spend all of that money and not knowing EXACTLY what it is going to look like until it’s too late to do anything about it. I know that the whole point is that it fits you exactly and is made to your preferences but still, I’m a fussy bugger and what if I change my mind at the last minute?! But I didn’t really have any other options. So off I nervously went to a local dressmaker/pattern designer.
When we arrived the small shop was filled with full-on white meringues. I was not hopeful. But, when I showed them my ‘mood boards’ and talked through what it is I had in mind they weren’t phased at all! We all sat on the floor and went through fabric samples, sketches and so on until we came up with pretty much the dress I have been thinking of. It’s all sketched up and ready to go. The fabric is ordered and I have my first measurements being taken on 7 April.
I’m still nervous, but as long as I stay true to what I want & what I feel comfortable in I think it will all be OK.
To keep my mother happy and to reassure myself that I really didn’t want a classic white gown I did try on something they had in stock:
It isn’t as terrible as I thought it would be but it isn’t me. I felt restricted and frumpy. I did quite like the veil though. I can rock a veil!
Next on my panic list is headwear, underwear and shoes.
I’ll keep you posted.
Big Bridezilla Lovin,