1. It was the first dress we'd ever had custom made. It isn't THAT much more expensive to have a NEW dress made anymore vs buying someone else's used dress. Maybe because there are more people/companies making dresses? I own more dresses than I care to admit, because I used to only be a bargain dress shopper. No one want those dresses when we're done with 'em.
2. If you buy a used dress, it gets even more challenging to sell it when your dancer is done. No one wants a dress previously owned twice. These dresses are like a Jennifer Aniston hairdo - they get classified as outdated CRAZY fast (really, unsure if that's the case, but it sounds right).
So . . . buying a NEW dress means you have half a chance of selling it and getting SOMETHING back vs trying to sell a dress that everyone and their grandmother once wore. Because Curly is an experienced dancer, her teacher would NEVER let her wear something outdated.
|This is me. Talk about outdated. |
Circa 1984. If you're thinking about
tracing my history in the artifacts to see
my true identity based on this dress -
don't bother. I was NOT a decent dancer.
No one cataloged my path.
We ordered a new dress from the same guy that made that green one above (the first custom dress we ever ordered). We love his work. It's beautiful. He's fairly new to the dancing dress scene. Since he's in Belfast IRELAND, he facetimed us in order to make sure I did a good job getting Curly's measurements.
Curly is tall, but she has a really straightforward shape. She has an athletic build. There aren't any unexpected disproportionate parts.
The facetime session went well. Mr. Belfast complimented me on what a great job I did measuring. Since I can sort of sew, I own a tape measure and I'm not afraid to use it. I puffed my chest a little and did the HEY, I ONCE MADE A DANCING DRESS strut. *I will not perform the strut here, but I invite you to use your imagination.
|Back of her recently |
I DID make a dancing dress for Mini when she was little. (navy dress with bubble like skirt)
Her dancing teachers forbid me from making a dress. Naturally, that only spurred me on.
I showed Mr. Belfast my homemade dress in our Facetime session so he could 'admire' it. Kidding, I knew it would make him laugh. And it did. I was raised with this gift: BETTER BE ABLE TO LAUGH AT YOURSELF - EVERYONE ELSE IS.
So, Mr. Belfast and I yucked it up a bit.
He mentioned in his emails prior to the video chat that he'd JUST started his business when the pandemic hit.
Coach and I tried to support local small businesses that were hurting during the pandemic. Nothing crazy generous, mind you - we gots a few mouths to feed. Mr. Belfast's business wasn't on my 'radar.' After his comment, I decided I'd give him $100 to support his efforts in re-launching his small business as he was just getting it up and running AGAIN.
Not that an Irish dancing dress wasn't already crazy pricey.
We were blown away by the wonderful design that he sent in drawings via email. But when the dress came, we were IN AWE. It was stunning.
|The dress is so amazing, you almost |
don't notice that I erased my
daughter's face, right?
|Photos I took|
to be short,
*Truth: he asked for ideas. From me? Um. I swear I'm creative, but I was stuck. HMM, CURLY PLAYS FIDDLE. CAN YOU PUT A FIDDLE ON IT? HOW ABOUT A PAIR OF DANCING SHOES? SHAMROCKS (hello original).
For some reason this string of 'creative' dress ideas reminds me of the song: Boogie in Your Butt by Eddie Murphy.
The lyrics (swap out 'in your butt' and insert 'on the dress'):
Say, put a tree in your butt
Put a, a bumblebee in your buttPut a clock in your butt
Is anyone getting that connection? It's late, maybe I should just go to bed.
Curly's dancing teacher caught wind of my 'suggestions' and sent word thru Curly DON'T GIVE HIM ANY IDEAS. (reading between the lines here: you suck). Duly noted.
|You have to look close - but see how the back|
embroidery pieces don't exactly line up?
The point at the bottom of the skirt is off
center because SOMEONE PUT THIS DRESS
TOGETHER AFTER BEING IN A PUB
AND HAVING A FEW GUINNESS