- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
Apparently I am never satisfied and feel the need to tweek things constantly. After trying on about a bilion dresses, I never had a moment of, “omg! this is the one!” So now I have this dress that I bought at a wonderful discount. The Jim Hjelm 8912. Here it is hanging at my house:
sorry for it being sideways, my preview app does not save correctly no matter how many times I try to rotate it.
here it is again on me:
ugh, ok, apparently they are all going to be sideways. my apologies. Anyway, a beautiful dress, very light, airy and soft. I bought it for a reason after all, and it was certainly the best dress I had tried on up to that point (and I had tried on a LOT by then).
But I was really hoping for some lace, and I have a pretty particular idea of how I want the lace applied. I want alencon lace appliques to be clustered on the skirt at the waist line, and then to spread out and fade to none at the bottom. I have created a drawing:
something like this. I made a mockup of the bottom of another gown with the top of mine. Not exactly what I want for the skirt, but close.
it’s a little choppy, and I had to copy/paste some appliques to cover the model’s hands, but hopefully you get the idea. And for the back of the dress I am considering two possibilities, which I also drew.
I think I’m leaning to the cascading back.
So this would involve having the original overlay on the skirt removed, replacing it with a plain organza, and adding the appliques where I want. I’ll be meeting with a seamstress later today to get an idea on how much that will all cost me. If she tells me it really isn’t worth it to make the changes, then my options are to either stick with the Jim Hjelm as is (which is doable), or purchase this Watters dress I’ve been eyeing.
The Watters Anouk:
I would replace the applique it comes with, because I just can’t have anything exactly as it’s designed =P. I would probably put an alencon lace applique with some beading in it’s place.
So, before I even find out what the pricing would be for the changes… what do you guys think? Am I completely out of my mind to think about making those alterations to the Jim Hjelm? I just don’t know if the shape is the most flattering on me the way it is right now. I also feel like the shape may be too similar to other dresses, not necessarily *special* or *different* enough for the big day. I don’t know.
I wasn’t allowed to take a picture of the Watters gown, but if I manage to get one I’ll be sure to post it for comparison. The bodice is much more sinching and gives me a narrower waist (which I really don’t have), plus the fuller skirt helps with that as well. But it’s definitely a different direction than what I had thought I wanted.
It’s so tough picking a dress!