I was extremely excited to go for the first of my 6 fittings at ++ on Friday. In fact, this first "fitting" was actually not a fitting per se. The dressmaker actually took 20 or so measurements of me so that they can make a "Toile" to make a test garment from cheaper material for my next visit. The test garmet is to demonstrate the length, shape, fitting of the dress before they cut the official fabric. As always, I was very happy with ++'s professionalism and knowledge. I took the opportunity to ask dressmaker what she thought of the Bride's of Melbourne scandal (they went into administration) and she basically put it down to bad management rather than lack of customers. Interestingly, she told me that during financial crisis, she found that her store tends to do better. She puts it down to people wanting security and reassurance in times of crisis. I wonder however, how many people can actually spend thousands on a wedding dress during a financial crisis when there are more pressing issues.
In any case, I thought I'd take a few pictures of the street and shop frontage of ++'s frontage. As you can see, it is not a flashy shop like a lot of other bridal stores are. I think they are more substance than appearance.
I also managed to take pictures of the actual sketch she made of my dress. It's drawn as strapless at the moment, but I imagine it will not stay that way and that I would want something around the shoulders.
Anyway, I had lots of fun and am very much looking forward to my next appointment which will be in late August or early September (so far away!). This time, I will be taking along one or two friends to snap photos of me being fitted.