Saturday, October 20, 2007

Bridesmaids Dresses Head to Head: THE FINAL

So, what do you do when you have scoured the pattern books, scoured the shop racks, scoured the blogs, the websites and the magazines, tried on many samples 'just to see' with your bridesmaids and finally, achingly, very nearly, got it down to two contenders?

You have a head-to-head...

Vogue Patterns 8416 vs Vogue Patterns 8285

8416:

Pros: Interesting neckline, princess seams, full-ish skirt suitable for heavy silk dupion fabric

Cons: Would it look strange without the sleeves?

8285:

Pros: Gathering detail underbust and shoulder seams would flatter both chest sizes of my two bridemaids, slightly fuller skirt would create gravitas, organza insert could be used in place of ribbon to echo organza that *might* be in my dress and hide from rather gorgeous bustline of my fair sister

Cons: The rather gorgeous bustline of my fair sister could be in jeopardy with such a low v if the organza doesn't do its job properly..., and it risks looking like another v-neck empire line bridesmaid dress with little or nothing to commend it...

And if you're still not sure?

You send in the Boy armed with Photoshop to do his worst...

And the winner is...

Vogue 8416 in all its sleeveless navy silk dupion glory!!!

Phew, one more decision down, only 11249731204912 more to go...

3 comments:

paola said...

I love the one you chose. But are you SERIOUSLY intending to send the bridesmaids out with no sleeves in November?

Helen said...

No! The shrug debate follows... My mother has picked up her knitting needles for the first time in twenty years and will be fashioning all coverups.

Mind you, with the ceremony and reception to be held in the same heated barn, it would be a token contribution to my best friend's cold blooded status rather than a real need for winterwear: the sleeveless was a stipulation from the party-hard lil sis who demands freedom for excessive jiving!!

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