I drove to Ohio and tried on this gown:
I don’t know why I look so serious…but it’s a better shot than the one where I’m smiling. 😉
Oh, and I’m standing on a stool.
Update: I thought a little more info might be in order. 😉
The dress I’m trying on above is this dress…the one I’ve been eying since I found the designer copies on eBay. I found the designer (Maggie Sottero) and style (Eleganza) by poking around online. I found local shops that carry Maggie Sottero dresses, but I learned that Eleganza had been discontinued.
With the help of Google, I found two people who were selling the dress on craigslist. One of them was in Ohio, just over three hours from me. I decided that it was worth my time to drive out and see it in person. Unfortunately, no one was available to accompany me, so I had the woman who is selling it take a bunch of pictures for me. It was kind of a strange (but not bad!) experience, and I felt goofy doing my big smile in all the photos. My expression has nothing to do with my feelings about the dress. 😉
It is absolutely stunning in person. It really is. And it’s a great deal. The woman is selling it for her future daughter-in-law, who bought the dress and then decided to have a much more casual wedding.
It would need some alteration. The girl who bought it is only an inch or two taller than me, and she was assured that it could be shortened without losing any of the detail. It’s also a teeny bit big (but not much) in the bodice area.
I know I don’t need to make this decision yet. I’ve loved many of the dresses I’ve tried on and can see myself wearing several of them. I’m just waiting for one to say PICK ME!!