Ok. I need help to find a wedding dress. THAT looks weird written down.

(120 Posts)
tethersend Fri 08-Nov-13 16:53:16


I seem, despite my best intentions, to be getting married next year, and I need a dress.

I want something very much like this (particularly the sleeves)- I am flexible on colour, but have a budget of £500.

Has anyone seen anything similar?

I was hoping to get something made, but it looks like it might be too costly an option- so any recommendations for a good but cheap London based dressmaker also gratefully received smile

youarewinning Fri 08-Nov-13 16:57:48

firstly: congratulations grin
secondly: I love that dress

Thirdly: how did you get a photo on MN post? What have I missed?!

tethersend Fri 08-Nov-13 17:13:44

1. Thanks smile still a bit freaked out- swore I would NEVER get married.

2. I do too

3. There's an option down there v to add an image- does it not come up for you?

KnockMeDown Fri 08-Nov-13 18:33:18

I was about to say you should wait for Tethersend - she is the MN resident expert on finding dresses...............


tethersend Fri 08-Nov-13 18:40:30


TheDoctrineOfWho Fri 08-Nov-13 18:42:18


TheDoctrineOfWho Fri 08-Nov-13 18:44:28

This is kind of a weddingy colour. But the sleeves aren't the same.


TheDoctrineOfWho Fri 08-Nov-13 18:45:19

Or do you want floor length?

Ruprekt Fri 08-Nov-13 18:45:58

Am on an ipad Tethers.....cannot see a dress.

Link please. smilesmile

Congratulations! thanksthankswinewine

MyNameIsWinkly Fri 08-Nov-13 18:50:43

Can it be any long sleeve or that sort in particular? This Ghost dress is gorgeous, and is dye to order so you can choose your colour.

MrsLettuce Fri 08-Nov-13 19:08:03

Ooh, tethers! <squeeee>

tethersend Fri 08-Nov-13 19:16:37

Ah, you guys... link here

Ok, the sleeves do have to be like that (puff? Dolman?) and I do want full length, or at least ankle length. Sorry.

tethersend Fri 08-Nov-13 19:17:28

Ruprekt, I'm on an iPad too- how come you can't see the pic? confused

And thanks smile

mammadiggingdeep Fri 08-Nov-13 19:19:31

Whoop!!! Congrats....

The green dress is beautiful...just stunning. The ghost dress is gorge too...

tethersend Fri 08-Nov-13 19:21:41

Thanks smile

If I could find the green one anywhere, I'd buy it. It's pretty much exactly what I want.

MrsLettuce Fri 08-Nov-13 19:22:01

maybe? I know you like a quirky / 60s /70s edge but it might be a bridge to far...
and, erm, this pewter lurex has ^something confused
You might find something here and IIRC they make custom stuff too.

TeaAndCakeOrDeath Fri 08-Nov-13 19:55:17

What abot lightinthebox?

Can change the colour of any design to one you want?

MortifiedAnyFuckerAdams Fri 08-Nov-13 21:26:54


BestIsWest Fri 08-Nov-13 22:26:42

That dress is stunning. Would be my ideal wedding dress too. Not much help am I.

Congrats by the way!

tethersend Fri 08-Nov-13 22:52:20

Thanks all- I quite like the yoox number, but not for a wedding.

I think I want the Issa one... Not going to happen is it?

TheDoctrineOfWho Fri 08-Nov-13 23:01:45

Is this Issa one any good instead? Sleeves are different.


TheDoctrineOfWho Fri 08-Nov-13 23:03:39

Ooh, the sleeves are closer on this one

also red

SthingMustBeScaringThemAway Fri 08-Nov-13 23:07:07
tethersend Fri 08-Nov-13 23:07:29

That's the one, good find- but unfortunately I'm a size 16 which I think is a US 12 so could probably get my arm into that one grin

tethersend Fri 08-Nov-13 23:08:31

Thanks SThing- but it's the sleeves I really like.

tethersend Fri 08-Nov-13 23:09:31

Could conceivably be a 14 by the wedding.

TheDoctrineOfWho Fri 08-Nov-13 23:19:26

This says they are called blouson sleeves

Issa Bloomies

KatyMac Fri 08-Nov-13 23:26:34

I know this is a leotard but are the sleeves right?

AngryFeet Fri 08-Nov-13 23:36:42
AngryFeet Fri 08-Nov-13 23:39:08
AngryFeet Fri 08-Nov-13 23:41:04

I am pretty sure it is 1940s style

holidaysarenice Fri 08-Nov-13 23:52:55

I thought a uk 16 = a us 20? Thou I might be wrong!

TheDoctrineOfWho Sat 09-Nov-13 00:00:32

No, it's down 4, not up 4.

tethersend Sat 09-Nov-13 00:03:07

No, US sizes are bigger. A US 20 must be about a 24 I think.

Angryfeet, can't see anything there, but thanks- it's a 60s/70s style I'm after rather than a 40s/50s one.

It's the blouson(thanks!) sleeves that are important, but not sure I could get married in a leotard grin

LondonInHighHeeledBoots Sat 09-Nov-13 00:09:21

this looks pretty like it but mint

[[ http://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/159783979/vintage-70s-mint-green-long-sleeve-maxi?ref=cat_gallery_12]]

LondonInHighHeeledBoots Sat 09-Nov-13 00:12:21

oops sorry for shit link!

or http://item.mobileweb.ebay.co.uk/viewitem?sbk=1&nav=SEARCH&itemId=360786950777

LondonInHighHeeledBoots Sat 09-Nov-13 00:14:21
scripsi Sat 09-Nov-13 00:27:44

I've been trawling ebay but that issa dress isn't coming up here or in the US ... I wonder if you could hire that precise Issa dress somewhere?

What about Beulah? They have dresses with similar sleeves here, if you scroll down: www.beulahlondon.com/clothing/dresses.html
Also full length and beautiful fabric.

MrsLettuce Sat 09-Nov-13 09:04:12
MrsLettuce Sat 09-Nov-13 09:09:56
MrsLettuce Sat 09-Nov-13 09:13:34

Oh, and I've always though of this as one of 'your' dresses IYSWIM, probably too plain and certainly not on brief.

PrimalLass Sat 09-Nov-13 09:23:26
PrimalLass Sat 09-Nov-13 09:23:45

The back is lovely on that one.

MrsLettuce Sat 09-Nov-13 09:27:18

One last failure


PrimalLass Sat 09-Nov-13 09:30:02



Surely it can't be more expensive to have it made?

MrsLettuce Sat 09-Nov-13 09:35:40

Decent fabric is damned expensive but one would think it'd be doable.

silk jersey as per the issa dress 85 - 140 per meter shock or not...

MrsLettuce Sat 09-Nov-13 09:37:25

(oh, much better prices here)

tethersend Sat 09-Nov-13 12:03:28

Thanks for taking the time to look smile

In terms of the sleeves- it's the deep fitted cuff and then the blouson that I like, so a shallow cuff won't cut the mustard I'm afraid. Ditto split sleeves.

I really, really don't want any blingy bits on it.

The one person I asked has quoted me £800 plus material to make one shock, so I thought I'd see if I could find something I liked off the peg for cheaper- and I did! But it's sold out everywhere.

That pattern is great, PrimalLass- it's too small for me, but if I could find someone to use it as a base pattern, maybe taking out some of the fabric in the skirt, it would be ideal.

MrsLettuce Sat 09-Nov-13 12:08:30

yy, find a different tailor and FGS don't mention the word wedding.

tethersend Sat 09-Nov-13 12:14:41

Is that what's doing it?!


MrsLettuce Sat 09-Nov-13 12:16:43

Yup! Fuckers anywhere will always charge at least 1/3 extra for anything if that word is heard.

tethersend Sat 09-Nov-13 12:18:01

Ok, so from now on I just want a cream dress. A long, cream dress.


MrsLettuce Sat 09-Nov-13 12:20:07

Too right! If pressed it's for a black tie ball, natch.

mermaidbutmytailfelloff Sat 09-Nov-13 12:24:26
babybarrister Sat 09-Nov-13 14:49:13

Issa office round corner from me - do you want me to go in and ask them if they have a size 16 hanging around?! I think they are actually quite friendly ...

tethersend Sat 09-Nov-13 18:02:50

Babybarrister, are you sure? That's a really nice offer.

babybarrister Sat 09-Nov-13 18:22:06

Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Give me this week as in work as well.

eurochick Sat 09-Nov-13 18:33:46

You could try contacting ISSA direct? I was in a similar situation for my wedding - fell in love with a non wedding dress that I could only find in a size 8. I ended up with something else but I tried everything to get the first one! Have you tried overseas? I'm just having a look on a couple of the US dept stores for you.

eurochick Sat 09-Nov-13 18:36:46

I see baby barrister has beaten me to that one while I was snooping around the bloomingdales site!

LondonInHighHeeledBoots Sat 09-Nov-13 18:56:23

Where are you? I have the number of a v good and cheap dressmaker if you are in/would be able or willing to go to sw London, and where she is based there are loada and loads of fabric shops so you should be able to find the right fabric there too.

tethersend Sat 09-Nov-13 19:04:23

London, I'm in east London, but work in SW, so that could work well- thank you smile

Babybarrister, thank you so much, no rush at all.

Thanks for looking everyone smile

eurochick Sat 09-Nov-13 19:51:29

I checked Bloomies, Saks and Neiman Marcus, btw - no dice.

LondonInHighHeeledBoots Sat 09-Nov-13 20:50:04

have pm'd you. smile

PrimalLass Sun 10-Nov-13 10:33:52

Have been thinking about this (work avoidance tactic), and was wondering if could take a too-long dress and have the sleeves made from the extra fabric. I am sending back a Whistles dress I would need about 30cm cut off the bottom. For example, this is super-long on the model:


tethersend Sun 10-Nov-13 14:51:22

I think I'll have another stab at getting one made, unless I can track the Issa dress down in my size somewhere.

Thanks again for looking everyone smile

babybarrister Mon 11-Nov-13 11:29:32

Ok I am at Issa now .....

babybarrister Mon 11-Nov-13 11:30:47

Also work avoidance tactic ....

babybarrister Mon 11-Nov-13 11:33:12

Issa not v helpful - they have nothing and suggested buying on line ....

tethersend Tue 12-Nov-13 13:43:44

Not to worry babybarrister- that was so lovely of you to check. Thank you.

I think I may get one made after all...

UsedToBeNDP Tue 12-Nov-13 13:51:50

Congratulations Tethers. FWIW, I find Issa's silk jersey dresses come up on the big side

UsedToBeNDP Tue 12-Nov-13 13:52:55

Just in case you do find the dress and wonder re sizing

SthingMustBeScaringThemAway Tue 12-Nov-13 13:53:56

D'you know - I woke up in the middle of the night and wondered if it might have been helpful to actually show the Issa people this thread....

I spend too much time here.

MrsLettuce Tue 12-Nov-13 21:02:01

Er, right, well, I wasn't actually looking for you at all and this is more or less totally off brief, but, well, that colour. So, yeah here.

babybarrister Tue 12-Nov-13 21:05:36

Did try explaining about MN but it seemed lost on them but maybe you should try again!

tethersend Tue 12-Nov-13 21:43:11

Ah, bollocks to Issa- mind you, I don't think they'll be troubled by mumsnet grin

Thanks for the link, MrsLettuce, but I can't wear any style pre-1966 wink

MrsLettuce Tue 12-Nov-13 21:44:42

thought as much TBH grin

Trumpton Wed 13-Nov-13 07:27:28

The DVF linked earlier is just so fab. Look at the video, the way it moves is lovely.

TickledOnion Fri 15-Nov-13 21:54:37

Are any of these any good? They all have deep cuff sleeves.
mango5 my favourite

babybarrister Sat 16-Nov-13 15:37:22

I was in Beulah today - a lot of nice stuff in there.

tethersend Sat 16-Nov-13 17:59:30

Thanks babybarrister, will have a look. I like those Tickled, but fancy some thing a bit more weddingy. I think.

MrsLettuce Sat 16-Nov-13 19:58:38

Just on thr off chance, original 70s emerald chiffon gown, 16. Most plain but maybe worth some adaptation?

KatyMac Sat 16-Nov-13 20:13:26

Oh you could jewel that so easily

KatyMac Sat 16-Nov-13 20:14:18

Look on my profile for an idea

babybarrister Sat 16-Nov-13 20:17:47


Might have a 16 if you ask them - the Louisa is also nice here

tethersend Sat 16-Nov-13 20:45:47

The 70s one is ok, but would need some alterations... Good find though, thanks smile

Sorry KatyMac, jewelled is definitely not the look I'm after.

babybarrister, I do quite like those, but the sleeves aren't right and for that price I'd want fucking perfect grin really appreciate you looking though smile

KatyMac Sat 16-Nov-13 20:49:40

Ah well - they do pearls like those crystals too

TBH they aren't my style either but then I had a Laura Ashley Wedding Dress made of brushed cotton (like a nightie)

tethersend Sat 16-Nov-13 21:12:46

Brushed cotton? THAT I like.

KatyMac Sat 16-Nov-13 21:14:53

I don't think the sleeves are right otherwise you could borrow it.......wink

KatyMac Sat 16-Nov-13 21:22:10

it's here about the 7th picture from the bottom (next to the email address on the right

Thank you for making me look for it!

Do you have someone who could make it? This pattern is fairly close?

[https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/161803438/vogue-70s-sewing-pattern-disco-era?ref=sr_gallery_14&ga_includes%5B0%5D=tags&ga_search_query=blouson+sleeves&ga_all=1&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=blouson+sleeves&ga_view_type=gallery here]]



KatyMac Sat 16-Nov-13 21:27:42
TickledOnion Sat 16-Nov-13 21:41:44
TickledOnion Sat 16-Nov-13 21:44:30

BTW Tethers I'm not stalking you. I just noticed that I keep posting on your threads or just after you on other threads.

tethersend Sat 16-Nov-13 21:51:40

grin as long as you agree with me wink

MortifiedAnyFuckerAdams Sat 16-Nov-13 22:18:22
MortifiedAnyFuckerAdams Sat 16-Nov-13 22:21:08
tethersend Sat 16-Nov-13 22:35:57

Christ, that last one is damn near perfect- apart from the sleeves. And the fact that I'd struggle to get one leg in it grin

MortifiedAnyFuckerAdams Sun 17-Nov-13 00:01:16
tethersend Sun 17-Nov-13 12:18:49

It does, Mortified.

Thanks anyway.

KatyMac Sun 17-Nov-13 12:33:58

Are you fixed on a colour or a material (not brushed cottonwink)

tethersend Sun 17-Nov-13 12:41:08

Not fixed on colour or material, although quite like silk jersey, but am fixed on length and sleeve style. It must have a deep cuff and puffy sleeves, which is why it seems better to get one made...

Succubi Sun 17-Nov-13 12:49:16
tethersend Sun 17-Nov-13 12:57:48

Thanks Succubi- bit weddingy. I don't want any lace or a train.

I wouldn't marry me, I'm too bloody fussy grin

neunundneunzigluftballons Sun 17-Nov-13 13:37:20

If you consider a lightinthebox option do not forget to factor in tax which will be charged on arrival. Stunning, stunning dress and congratulations.

tethersend Sun 17-Nov-13 13:42:43

Thanks 99 smile

I think I'm going to have to get one made. Am getting a bit excited now, though.

FamiliesShareGerms Sun 17-Nov-13 13:49:26

Congratulations! If you are completely set on a particular style, getting it made is the best option, and not necessarily more expensive than off the peg.

MissBartlett Sun 17-Nov-13 14:29:26


DVF any good? Guessing the cuffs aren't deep enough?

tethersend Sun 17-Nov-13 14:33:14

Sorry miss Bartlett, that is correct- cuffs not deep enough.

MissBartlett Sun 17-Nov-13 16:27:46
MortifiedAnyFuckerAdams Sun 17-Nov-13 16:50:58

I think the type of sleeve you want is called a bishops sleeve.
Unless you want it puffy at the shoulder seam too in which case it's a peasant sleeve

Another idea is to buy a dress you like with straps and get sleeves put on. I did this though with different style sleeves

tethersend Sun 17-Nov-13 22:11:19

That's not a bad idea, Jayne.

KatyMac Sun 17-Nov-13 22:16:57

That's was kind of where I was going with the leotard - if the lighter weight material appealed then it would be easier to add a sleeve (as you are unlikely to match the material of a bought dress)

But that does leave the problem of the cuff but if the dress you buy is even 2 or 3 inches too long you would be sorted

purplewithred Sun 17-Nov-13 22:55:04

Tether, your post could have been written by me and ladies thank you, the Issa wrap job looks like it might be perfect with the ghost one a good runner up. Both approved by dd which is crucial. Hi ho hi ho it's off to selfridges I go...

tethersend Sun 17-Nov-13 23:02:52

Oooh, interesting- which Issa one do you like?

MyNameIsWinkly Wed 11-Dec-13 19:05:11

tethers, have you gotten any further with your dress dilemma?

babybarrister Tue 18-Feb-14 22:18:55

Think it is now on websitwv

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