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Desperate bride-to-be requires wedding dress help - Apply within... please!

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Im to get hitched next year and I REALLY want a 50's vintage inspired tea / ankle length style wedding dress. I'd like it to have a lace overlay at the top with 3/4 length sleeves (to hide a hideous tattoo, regrettably acquired during a daft rebellious phase in my teens blush)

The only problem is I've scoured that t'internet til my eyes bleed! I can only find really expensive ones or very cheap ones that have to be ordered abroad from such places as China. I don't think Im brave enough to have it made abroad, which will also probably be stitched in subsiding crumbling factories by hungry children barely out of the womb(!), so I'd rather a British based shop/designer please.

I particularly love designs by Brighton based dressmaker Joanne Fleming, her collection is absolutely out of this world! But shes grown in popularity in recent years, and her dresses have shot up in price, averaging at around £1500. I particularly LOVE the designs based on her 'Annie' dress (pics attached)

I really want to find something similar in style but a tad cheaper, preferably under the £1k mark. Can anyone help....Im so desperate Im considering just turning up in a Primarni number!

Thanks xxx

NobleLocks Sun 24-May-15 20:19:23

How about looking at house of mooshki?

Pantsalive Sun 24-May-15 18:40:53

I wonder that so often with these 'help me find a dress' threads.

fluffygreenmonsterhoody Sun 24-May-15 18:34:18

I wonder what dress the OP went with in the end. I was hoping that the zombie resurrection was a wedding pic!

Nik1705 Sun 24-May-15 18:17:59

Hi there, I am looking to sell my beautiful House of Mooshki Rhiann wedding dress. It's a 50's style tea length with a polka dot lace overlay and 3/4 length sleeves ( you can check out the specifics on their web site) . Worn once at my wedding in November it is in perfect condition N.B I was a totally fake tan free bride so no marks inside either. it as purchased in size 10 and taken in slightly . £14000 new, I'm looking for £600.00

cashmerecardigans Tue 19-May-15 21:16:58

It may be too far to travel, but this designer in Birmingham was lovely the couture company. She makes them all in her workshop and will pretty much make what you want.

Nyancat Tue 19-May-15 19:40:53

I know it's probably mad suggesting it but she might to ready to wear stuff. a friend had the most beautiful tea length dress made by a girl called Mary Rose mcgrath and it was well under £1000, only thing is she's in Belfast. her website is under construction but if you Google her name you would get a link to her Facebook page, she has an album full of her dresses.

Lisa1411 Tue 19-May-15 14:44:40

Hi I have a lovely sincerity 3730 wedding dress for sale. It's a full length dress with diamanté and lace and a tulle lace at the top with a chiffon cummerbund. If you are interested send me your email address it really is beautiful and reasonably priced.

Yeah it was rather fun actually. Luckily the lady wasn't snooty at all and was really very lovely and let me try loadsa dresses on.

I loved all of them but one was the real bee's knees, to the extent it had my MIL in tears! But it turned out to be a House of Mooshki design and the most bloody expensive one on the rack... just shy of £1500

Id previously looked at Mooshki but decided they were too expensive and to not torture myself by looking any further. But the lady at Fairy Goth Mother just asked me to pick out all the dresses I liked and try them on. THEN dropped the price tag bombshell when I'd fallen in love with the most expensive one.... grrr

TheHouseatWhoCorner Wed 14-May-14 17:43:19

How was today? Did you have fun?

Oh and you'll never guess what I found on eBay...

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271440451033?_trksid=p2055120.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-New-V-neck-Knee-Length-White-Ivory-Lace-Wedding-Dress-Custom-All-Size/271462860884?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222003%26algo%3DSIC.FIT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D22312%26meid%3D6889285048002200429%26pid%3D100005%26prg%3D9701%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D271440451033&rt=nc

I wonder if Jo Fleming knows that the Chinese are copying her designs and selling them for £89! (they claim to be British but turns out these dresses end up coming from China)

I have an appointment at Fairy Goth Mother boutique in East London today! So excited (although they sounded really quite snotty on the phone, so feel a bit anxious. Im originally from Yorkshire and have an obvious Northern accent...posh Southerners tend to recoil in horror when I speak lol. I keep imagining 'pretty woman' like scenario's of snooty upturned noses and being shown the door,)

And then an appointment at Cutting Edge Brides in Bexley on Saturday. The lady on the phone sounded very down to earth, chatty and friendly so have to say Im looking forward to this appointment a bit more...

McFox Mon 12-May-14 21:52:01

And I'm gutted that I'm not your size! Its worth keeping your eyes peeled for one in your size though smile

McFox - gutted, that dress is stunning sad

TheHouseatWhoCorner - that really does help, now I know if I end up getting a second hand dress I know what maximum size I should buy. Thanks

cocoblu - I checked out your link for modcloth, but they don't really have wedding dresses and are in the US. I don't fancy ordering from abroad, too risky. I've searched under www.diva.com and it just takes me to a strange search engine. Lindy Bop doesn't seem to have wedding dresses, but its a good one for my guests to look at as Im also asking guests to try and find something vintage 50's inspired too - thanks

specialsubject - Im really happy to buy second hand if I find the right dress, its just finding it that's the prob. The charity shops round here don't seem to stock wedding dresses (think they're all cherry-picked for the bigger London stores!). And ebay/preloved etc have all proved fruitless so far. But Im gonna keep checking!

cosysocks - that is a rather lovely dress! Just a tad too lacey for me I think but its definitely the gist. May have to trawl through ebay a bit more. Just worried it'll turn up and look crap cos I can't try it on first, then I've gotta faff about sending it back, getting a refund and starting all over again. But Im definitely not ruling it out...

cosysocks Mon 12-May-14 18:01:54

m.ebay.co.uk/itm/281333737826

specialsubject Mon 12-May-14 17:43:00

unfortunately you are also a long way from the second-hand dress shop run by a member of my family. But she can't run the only one in the UK - is there one near you?

there's never a need to spend a bomb on the wedding frock. Let somebody else do that and buy it second-hand!

cocoblu Mon 12-May-14 17:26:06

cutting edge bride have spme end of line dresses on their ebay shop that may fit what u are looking for, I tried one on and was impressed with the quality, they are £150 so are a real bargain, I have bought my dress from modcloth.com, but I would suggest looking at unique vintage and trashy diva.com as they all do that 1950s style, I also bought a dress from lindy bop vintage whoch was decent quality just not for me x

TheHouseatWhoCorner Mon 12-May-14 16:12:41

OP, the lady who sold me my frock said that dresses can usually be altered up to two dress sizes down. Any more than that will not feel properly fitted as the scale will be wrong. Hope that helps.

PancakesAndMapleSyrup Mon 12-May-14 14:52:22

Op sorry i havent completly read the thread, im ill flu. Cutting edge brides in Bexley just off the A2 do exactly what you want and are not too expensive either. Go and have a look as its not far!

lynniep Mon 12-May-14 14:36:00

Oh Sew Vintage ? she takes commissions.

McFox Mon 12-May-14 14:30:21

I did mean that I'm selling mine, sadly you are half my size!!

I use dermablend foundations to cover my old acne scars and blemishes, I never realised they did tattoo covering makeup too! This is now opening up a bigger selection of dresses for me - Im so pleased! grin... so glad I posted this, you're all a massive help xxx

Amaxapax Mon 12-May-14 12:08:12

Oh! Also! I have a tattoo on my right shoulder which I didn't want to show. Dermablend make up is kind of the standard for covering tattoos. I bought a sample pack of several shades from Amazon. Actual tubes of Dermablend is very expensive, but this little pack was just a fiver or something. My make up artist just gradually applied several layers and covered it with powder. It stayed on all day, you couldn't see it at all and it was a very economical solution. There are lots of tutorials online about it.

And thank you, emsyj. I feel very lucky to have been able to wear such a gorgeous dress. I felt amazing on the day.

Yeah I've looked into lots of sample sales, but as the average woman is a size 10/12 they are the only sizes sold in sample sales...humph! angry

Amaxapax Mon 12-May-14 11:54:22

No worries! I'm sure you'll find something gorgeous. I know that Blue Bridalwear did have a sample sale recently, but I think most of them are around a 10 or 12. Still, worth looking at. I really fell in love with my dress and don't regret it at all, but it was more than I planned to spend. You're wise to look for something more sensibly priced!

LumpySpacedPrincess - I know, I just searched for LouLou dresses on eBay and saw it too! Only prob is I don't have £499 to spend right now to buy it as that's her starting price! sad. Gonna put a watch on it though as she might relist it if it doesn't sell...
It is a size 10 - can dresses be altered down to an 8? She also says she it is a 32" bust, Im a 34B so could it be altered to fit me? I have absolutely NO IDEA when it comes to dressmaking!

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