Monday, January 19, 2009

Project bridesmaid

I need to find a yellow dress to wear in an April wedding in Jamaica. This is great news, as I love yellow, and can pick out any dress I like. Now, I already have a nearly perfect vintage yellow dress from the 60s or 70s that I found at a thrift store a couple years ago. The problem is that it's a thick knit polyester that is absolutely sweltering to wear in any sort of heat...probably not the best choice for a Jamaican summer.

Back to the drawing board, I found a couple potentially cute looking dresses online over the holidays. They just came this week, and well...

Above is a $30 dress I ordered from Chadwicks. I figured it would probably be cheap quality, but it looked good in the picture, and for the price it was worth a try. Despite ordering a size down, this this is still quite large and sack-like on me. Although I certainly wouldn't (and couldn't) outshine the bride, I would like to look cute for the pictures as this is a family wedding, and the pictures will likely be around for eternity! On another note, this dress arrived with several dark smudges on the reverse. I find that a bit strange for something brand new out of the packaging...

Next up is a dress from Vera Wang's Lavender Label that I found at bluefly (on sale twice plus a discount code, so much cheaper than currently advertised). I was a bit unsure on the color, but the cut looked interesting. I was really disappointed to see it in person. The cotton sateen reminds me of those yellow reflective vests one might wear while directing traffic. Although it is difficult to see in the photo, the bodice is also very large on this dress. I realize these photos make the dresses look more flattering than in person, so you'll just have to trust me on this!

So what's next on Project Bridesmaid? Well, on a trip to Joann fabric this weekend, I found this great yellow cotton fabric and decided on a pattern already in my stash. So the dresses above are being returned, and I'm going to try my best to make a professional looking yellow dress for the wedding. If that doesn't work out, I'll crawl the internet again. I do have until April, but knowing how hard it is to find a properly fitting dress, I may need all the time I can get!


Sara said...

i love the second picture of you :)

Teresa said...

I'm sure you'll do quite well manufacturing your own lovely yellow dress. Referencing a few posts back, you've got it in your genes! Your grandma had some great skills :)

Anonymous said...

I can see the bodice of the second dress is big - from the gaps that are showing under your arms.
That is really a shame - you're quite right - the cut and construction are interesting. And very different.

In fact, it looks like it would fit me. (I have a bigger chest than you.) I was going to suggest that I send you my snail mail address so you could pass the dress along, but I see I will have to find where you got it from.

Good luck with your sewing - the yellow dotted material is VERY nice.

janeyknitting AT yahoo DOT ca

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