a few months back when the heat began to waive its cruel hand over vietnam, i posted about my desperate need for summer dresses. i was looking for anything cool, breezy, and offered feminine style with minimum effort. i decided on two designs, and three sets of fabric that would make up my new and fabulous threads, and with those items in tow i sauntered off to the local tailors for a few games of charades and wishes that all would turn out well. here are the results
the first dress turned out lloooveeely! aside from the bright white pearls that were affixed to the front, when i was first handed the dress i was beaming with delight. only a few alterations were needed as the ties in the dress allowed for easy (and flattering) fitting. a few inches off the bottom as well, and it was as great as a dress as i could have hoped for. it has made it into my near weekly rotation of items (not too many clothes with me here) and with tights or without, with ballet slippers or flip flops, i find it easy, comfy and femi-vienient (which is a mix of feminine, and convenience, the best of both worlds for the busy and humid ridden girly girl)
but then there was this one…
while in this picture it does look quite flattering, i must admit that it is not my favorite. when i first tried it on, the dress flumped down like a sac more than a figure helping drapery. it also had a large bow of the top fabric right in the front of the dress…. a little too much material than was necessary. bow off, bottom shortend, and sides taken in, i still don’t feel so styled in it. i will need to take it back for extra fitting, but schedules filled with work, outings, and cleanings leave little time to polish off my new duds.
some things i have realized since having now three items made here is this:
1. for those born sans sewing genes, the idea of having something made in the exact pattern and exact material you fancy makes me as giddy as school kids on pizza day! it makes me question why at home we ignore this lost art. instead many are happy to to settle for “well its not exactly my favorite colour, but i guess it will do”. perhaps cost and time deserve to be at the end of a finger pointing for this one….
b. tailors are wonderful, but spending an entire career catering to the beautifully slim and slender women of south east asia can make fitting with flattery a challenge for their new curvy-canadian customer. let alone the difference in clothing styles that can thrown off even the most seasoned seamstress, there are often times glances of confusion, and disappointment on my part when i take a look in the mirror and think “theres something just not right”. but the game plan is to make a frequent showing at the same tailor time and again, so that when they see this fuller (but healthy) lady comes through the door theres less need for charades and more results of fabulous!
i need a dress for a wedding (ha, doesnt my mom wish it was for mine!) thinking back to my post about being more responsible in my purchases, i believe i will opt out of heading to the local h&m at the mall a day before. instead i think ill get something really suited to my tastes, personality, and bum bum, all from a local source from a family i know is not working in an air-less cupboard 15 hours a day. this time ill be able to chicken dance proud knowing ive taken one action towards more ethical styling…