- 3 years ago
- Wedding: October 2018
I’m trying to decide what to do with regards to my dress (or my dress ‘part 2’ to be exact).
I tried on a combination of the Sally Eagle ‘Flora’ gown (the white version, no floral print), with the Charlie Brear lace Voulaire overdress. I started crying, it was perfect. But WAY over budget at $3,400 AUD total; $3700 with cap sleeves on the lace.
So I checked out stillwhite, where I found the Sally Eagle in my size for a third of the cost, and the girl lived 10 minutes away from me. The dress is pristine, obviously only worn once, and it’s perfect. Bought it that week, outright.
The Voulaire overdress I’ve also found, in my size, second hand – and it fits perfectly, but it’s got two small but noticable brown food stains just below the waist on the side, and the very end of the train is a little bit pulled – not frayed, but as it’s super light, delicate lace, you can see that it’s been dragged along the ground. The girl said she’d had it drycleaned and nobody had pointed out the stains, and she hadn’t noticed it til I mentioned it – so it’s a gamble with whether I’ll be able to remove it or not. I’m guessing the pulling, while hardly noticable, is irreparable and I’ll know it’s there.
I’m really struggling to figure out whether the stain and the slight pulling is worth double the price to have it new, pristine, and ‘all mine’, or if I should just get over it and take the bargain?
I was intending on taking a little bit of the bottom hem and turning it into some detatchable cap sleeves (rrp $300 from the boutique), but since it’s a little damaged on the hem, I’m not sure how good that would look. I’m also intending on having it repurposed into a set of lingerie after the wedding, because I want that gorgeous lace to go to use and love the idea of being able to wear it on ‘special’ occasions without having to wear the actual dress again.
If I buy it new, I’ll still have the cap sleeves made, tailor the dress to fit, and turn it into lingerie.
I kinda like the idea of the under dress being ‘something old’, and the outer layer of lace ‘something new’ – but if I’m going to hack it up after the wedding, that will get super expensive and I’m not sure.
What would you do?
Picture of one of the stains: