Today’s post is a lessen in perseverance and thinking outside of the box. Have you ever fallen in love with a dress and been so excited about its arrival you could scream, or pee or…you get the picture. eeeek….sooooo excited?!!!
Recently I purchased a dress, I love it hard, but there’s a story behind the dress.
Once upon a time when the moon was shining there was a suburban mum who whilst donned in pyjamas was scrolling the Internet. She spied a dress and thought ‘aha, this has to be mine’.
Did you guess it’s me? I fell in love with this dress online and had to have it♥ Even better as it had been reduced to half price, but still $95 and on top of that another twenty dollars for postage.
Yes, twenty dollars is bloody steep for postage and no it wasn’t express! Oh well, I wanted the dress so I paid it.
Eight days later it arrived, the dress was mine and I ripped off my clothes (well not ‘ripped’) and popped it on.
Ruh oh shaggy, what is this sausage arms you speak of?
This dress was meant to fit up to a size 22, well it seems as long as you had skinny upper arms it would.
Fuck! It fit everywhere else (super roomy even) but the arms and underarms were all wrong. Not one to give up I was dressed and in the car and within twenty minutes at the shopfront of my alteration lady.
Sure she could insert some material under the arms but would need around 3-4 cm. Now I didn’t want to take it from the hem as the length was perfect so we decided to take it from the back. Yup, she would take a full length panel (vertical) from the back and then move the gathering over.
A fair bit of work BUT for $40 I could have it back in two days. DONE! And once again excitement ensued 🙂
Two days later after trying it on both the alteration lady and myself looked deflated:-( It still needed to be wider and the underarm seam needed to be moved. Bugger!
All is well that ends well right? The next day I went back, hugged my lady and gave her $50 and it was smiles and giggles all around…It bloody FIT! 🙂
So my ‘on sale’ dress cost me $70 more than I would have liked but the end result is I love it.♥
The lesson? Sometimes we just need to look for a solution.
There’s no point grumbling, I knew that someone who knew their way around a Janome could get the issue sorted (not me) and I was prepared to pay….because I wanted this dress so bad!
Then my mister took some photos of me in the dress and I love it even more. The fullness and bell skeeves and navy colour ♥ ♥♥ I know it’s not to everyone’s taste and that’s ok, it doesn’t need to be. But for me, I feel beautiful in it and that’s what matters.
I could have returned the dress but I trusted my gut, saved on stress and had it altered. Every girl needs a good alterations lady. Do you have one?
I’m going to share mine. Diana from ‘Stylish Stitch’, she’s in Kurralta Park (0420 417 247) and does a bloody good job!