- 6 days ago
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Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner
My original investment (dress + alterations/improvements): $2,140
My Asking Price: $799
The perfect dress for Cinderella, this romantic princess-style ball gown transcends the ages with its classy, feminine and timeless design. I felt like royalty wearing it down the aisle on my wedding day and would be happy for another bride to experience the joy of wearing this beautiful Mori Lee dress on her special day too.
Perhaps most distinguishing is the gown’s asymmetrical floral beading on its satin ruched bodice. Being on the slender side, I loved how this sparkly focal point accentuated my slim waistline. I also appreciated how the gown’s overall silhouette and sweetheart-shaped bodice gave me some needed figure-flattering curvature.
Also distinctive of this dress is its scalloped lace trim along the bottom edge of the dress, which complements and mirrors the similarly shaped top edge of the sweetheart bodice, helping to nicely frame the dress. The full-length skirt and chapel-length train feature organza fabric with floral embroidery and applique. Multiple layers in the skirt give fullness to the dress. A line of buttons covers the back zipper closure.
A dress this beautiful in a size 2 was extremely difficult to find. I searched for weeks at bridal shops in San Antonio and Austin for a size 0 or 2 wedding gown that could be ordered and received in time for my wedding, and there were so few options. Shops apparently don’t stock many dresses in this size range, so some stores tried to talk me into buying one of their many larger gowns and paying a seamstress to size dresses down to fit me – convenient and profitable for them but potentially costly and unflattering for me. My mom has made many formal gowns and strongly felt that sizing a dress down that many sizes would not provide an optimal fit, regardless of the shops’ claims.
Thankfully, the hard work of my search paid off when I discovered this lovely Mori Lee style at a bridal salon in Austin, Texas, available in a size 2. According to my receipt, when ordering, I selected the 58” length (the middle of three length options). Based on information I read online, I believe this is called the hollow-to-hem measurement, which apparently is what dress designers consider to be the ideal distance from the hollow of the wearer’s neck (between the collar bones) down to the front center point of the hemline (bottom of the dress). On me wearing heels, the dress extended almost to the floor in front and was of course longer in the back due to the chapel train.
Worn gently and just once, the dress is in very good condition. It has minor wear along the bottom edges of the hemline lace and inner skirt layers.
Alterations & Improvements: After receiving the dress, we made an additional investment to have it altered and improved by a professional seamstress, so this cost is included in the original price of the dress. The bodice was taken in a bit along both side seams, more at the bust than the waist; however, we requested that the seamstress not cut any fabric, so that the bodice could be let back out again in the future if desired. Bra cups were added to the dress to give the bodice and me more shape. Five buttons and loops were sewn to the back of the skirt to make it possible to bustle the train, which was helpful when I needed to move about after the ceremony. The train can be bustled using either three or five of the button-loop pairs.
I realize the challenge you face in buying a dress online and would like to do what I can to provide you with all the information you need to decide before you buy if this is the right dress for you. I am in the Austin-San Antonio region, so let me know if you are in the area too. Shipping is extra, to be paid by buyer, and no returns or refunds, so please contact me if you have any questions at all. I would be happy to share additional information and details you may find helpful.