(Closed) Dear Kate Middleton…

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 32
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682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I think she had to wear at least elbow length sleeves in the chapel. But I am glad to see sleeves coming back. I am having the shawl that comes with my dress turned into a balero. I have ex-weightlifter arms lol.

Post # 33
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@tntrav44: haha.  I totally agree.  When you have synthetic machine made lace=itchy as all kingdom come.  When you are a future queen of England and have a sky’s the limit budget and the only embellishment on the dress is lace=lace as soft as angels wings handmade by blind nuns in Sweden.

Post # 34
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785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I don’t like sleeves, but I can see why you are interested in them!  My girls are a lovely 32B, and will be just fine in a strapless gown.  They’re actually quite excited because my strapless gown has built-in boobs and they’ll be getting a rare boost 😉  I don’t foresee any attempted “escapes.”

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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@baletrina: No, not by Swedish nuns. The lace for her sleeves was acually hand-sewn at the Royal School of Needlework in England. And the flowers in the lace pattern all are symbols of the Royal family, like e.g. daffodils.

And yes, she HAD to wear sleeves in Westminster Abbey.

However, I LOVE sleeves and would be glad to see them more often.

 

A short quote from the Royal School of Needlework’s latest press release concerning the lace:

“Hands were washed every 30 minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine; needles were renewed every 3 hours and only short lengths of thread were used, each no longer than 30 cm.”

Post # 37
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726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

She took that dress of right after the ceremony and put on a strapless ballgown for the reception. I think it was gorgeous for the church, but just like she did- you can wear it for the whole wedding you will be sweaty and uncofortable.

If you can afford 2-3 dresses (if you want a going away dress as well) then go for sleeves…. Other than that I hope they stay in the past

Post # 39
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592 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I personally LOATHE strapless dresses. Just not for me. And trying to find something I love, with straps or cap sleeves or something has been shaping up to be a bigger challenge then I ever could have imagined. I too am very happy! Thanks Kate!

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@baletrina: BAHAHA that’s the best figurative language ever. 

@natalila: I think baletrina meant that the angels wings were made by Swedish nuns, not Kate Middleton’s lace. 

Post # 41
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1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am overjoyed that she wore sleeves, and hope that this means designers are paying attention. I’ve had the worst time trying to find a wedding dress. I’m a little older than most brides and I have upper arms that aren’t the best. I would be completely self conscience in a strapless, sleeveless dress. I looked on the knot recently doing a dress search-the result, 3459 wedding dresses, of those only 90 had sleeves. That sucks!! And I know all about boleros and wraps and yada yada, but it just seems that the bridal design for the last decade has gone way to far in the other direction, and I seriously think that brides who want and or my case need sleeves, need to start speaking up, and let the big designers know this is what we want.

Post # 42
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1746 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It is certainly a look, not as “fun” as say, a strapless, one shoulder form fitting gown.  I found her to look positively regal, and I think the Romona Keveza dress of the same likeness gives that impression as well, but maybe it’s because she is also wearing a crown and the train is really long.

It was still stunning to me, and everything came together so perfectly, it will be the perfect picture to look at many, many years from now. So for her, the sleeves were absolutely perfect.

As others say though, it all depends on the intricacy and the fabric and how it looks with the rest of the dress.

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