Please note that I did not buy a Dolly in the end but I thought you could benefit from seeing some of them on my body. I’ll be 41 when I marry in May and some worked, some didn’t. I had miscarried in the fall and now weigh 138 and probably should be at about 125 lbs. I’m shortwaisted but not a petite. I’m about 5’4 and tried these with my Norma Kamali rockabilly pumps.
I had a blast with Dolly and highly recommend trying the dresses on at the showroom -even if you have to fly here – worth the trip. It’s not a bridal salon, it’s a showroom but she was very kind to me and my family enjoyed her so much.
The newest gowns were not out on the showroom floor the day we went. The bride before me bought the Beverly Hills. She was a bit shorter than me and more rounded in the arms and it looked great on her. My chest looked like cantaloupes in the same dress, go figure.
I’d be happy to answer any particulars offline if you want to email me.
For some reason, I have no photo of the Manhattan without the jacket. The fabric on the Manhattan and the Avila Bay were exquisite – the poshest of posh in my opinion.
Note, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – alterations are a must, these cannot be worn off the rack and it’s obvious to me by the images on facebook who had altering and who did not.
The models on the website are willowy thin and narrow and I’m neither. Above the images of me is the inspirational photo of an SF/Brit bride and her customized Dolly gown.
Manhattan with custom aqua sash and custom aqua crinoline.
The Verona – a bit too sporty for me and I felt my waist looked really wide. Beautiful vertical seaming and gorgeous craftsmanship.
Then a series of the Beverly Hills. My apology to Miss Tattoo – I called this the Beverlywood. This looked great on a shorter rounder chick. It comes in 3 different fabrics I believe.
The Beverly Hills was really REALLY comfortable but it didn’t flex when I sat in it. It has a real rockabilly look to me, not so much the wedding feel but I loved it, sans cantaloupe chest 🙂
Not sure if I tried the Avila Bay with two different kinds of arms or if one is a completely different design. The fabric was so beautiful and felt very couture. It made me look really wholesome and I’m not so I passed. Mom was not happy! Longer sleeve.
Shorter sleeve with the woman! 🙂
Other images of Manhattan with cream sash and without colored crinoline:
And finally, the Edmonton. I felt like Loretta Young or Doris Day. It was a beautiful dress but my chest disappeared in it. Very youthful, wholesome, and die hard vintage. Would be great with little mesh gloves! 🙂