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My lovely bridesmaid took a few photos of my wearing the dress, which I might post when I get them if they look ok (or 'chop my head off to retain my anonymity' - R!). Its a new design from Suzanne Neville, and it just feels perfect to me. My original reason for not wanting an a-line skirt was to do with personal space - ie having too much of it to look after. However, not only did this skirt not feel too structured in that respect, but I had privately been having an ongoing debate in my head between the relative merits of a fishtail or a-line for a few weeks so when I stepped into this dress it sort of resolved that argument for me. The ruching across the bodice is far more natural tha the more formal pleating on the other dress, which was what we would have changed on it if we had had the option, and the rosette on the hip was just perfect. I felt like me in it, which was wonderful.
I think I've also mentioned before, (possibly, I don't remember) that I wrote my dissertation on eco-textiles, and it originally made me want to have a dress made in a more 'suitable' material. This has been quite a journey for me too. At first, and for quite a while, when we went to our wedding shop, we were looking for the style of dress I wanted, and were then going to find a pattern to suit, and make a dress from scratch. As time went on I was basically wanting the first dress I showed you, and it seemed rather silly - not to mention time consuming - to just copy a very expensive designer dress, just in a different material. So my darling dress lady spoke to her contact at the designers, to see if they would consider making it in a material we had found from an organic supplier of silks. Thankfully, the answer has come back as yes, after they saw some swatches of our chosen material. (this may not be something they will always do, I left it up to wonderful dress lady, and her lovely telephone manner, don't shoot me if they don't say yes to you) So I've had my measurements taken - who knew they would need so many! - and I'm just waiting to find out a price. Wonderful dress lady (this will forever be her name) is going to make me a little bolero jacket with poufy 3/4 length sleeves in some of the same silk, just to keep my shoulders warm on what will undoubtedly be a cold October day.
Once again, I'll await your thoughts, I hope you don't find me too much of a hypocrite for changing my mind, I'm well aware that at various points I've said how set I am on a certain point, and then I may have gone and changed my mind, silly fickle little me.