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

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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

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

Anything on here?

AngryFeet Fri 08-Nov-13 23:39:08

Or here?

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


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

oops sorry for shit link!


LondonInHighHeeledBoots Sat 09-Nov-13 00:14:21

links are not working for me tonight! last try


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:
Also full length and beautiful fabric.

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

sleeves are right but knee length and probably too plain
again with the sleeves but too Torville & Dean? also in black
cheap, white, right sleeves again but short
blue, same story

MrsLettuce Sat 09-Nov-13 09:09:56

tealish green, short again

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

Bit Morticia Adams?

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?!


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