Luckily for me Karen Reilly designer and dressmaker knew about my mad dash move from Bristol to London four years ago. My dress was with Karen as it had been in her window display and then went to the dry cleaners and I was going to pop in to have it shortened. Well 6 months after our wedding Mr MDS came home and told me his Bristol office was going to close...in 2 weeks! And 14 weeks later we had managed to sell and buy a house and move to the South East and the Big Smoke. Neither of us were bothered by the move as we'd both lived in London before. But my poor wedding dress and velvet cape got left behind in the rush.
Of course I'd spoken to Karen but we both burst out laughing when we met again as it had been 5 years! It was so lovely to try my dress on again, although ahem I've got a few pounds to lose. I could get it on with ease but it was a big snug in places shall we say.
I was cooing over Karen's all singing & dancing new beast of a sewing machine
Current dress on display designed last year for a wedding back in July
One of my wedding photos in Karen's shop
The petit garcon outside the shop he last entered as a baby!
More posing on the gorgeous 16th century Christmas Steps the fabulous location of Karen's shop
Of course we finally pinned the dress up for it to be shortened so I will be pounding the tread mill to lose the extra pounds so I can wear it when my sister in law picks it up when it is altered. I did feel relieved that Karen is an amazing dressmaker and so respectful of the dresses. I did have a fantastic excuse for my abandoning of my dress but she actually has over 10 dresses that people have never picked up again after they'd been dry cleaned after their wedding! Karen has kept them and as she pointed out her location and telephone number has never changed.
Who has abandoned their wedding dress after the big day? Have you liked me had your wedding dress altered so you can wear again? I did design my own dress and made Karen do a bias cut which she loathed at the time but has done quite a few since and is a convert to the bias cut!
Karen Reilly, Christmas Steps, Bristol 0117 929 2614.
Karen also teaches dress making at the Folk House on Park Street