I didn’t know what to expect during the first fitting. I could barely remember the exact color of the fabrics, the pattern of the panel lace or even the sketch. Quite anxious to go back to Altelia Amani to see how the dress turned out.
First reaction when I saw the dress? What a nice hue of blue! The soft pink lace was sewn beautifully onto the shoulders and sleeves. The skirt’s beautiful. But it was super tight that I had to request Amar to loosen up the dress an inch. I hated looking at myself in it.
The thing that bugged me most was the empire waist. It made me look wrong. So wrong.
In my mind, the waist we agreed on was a princess and not an empire waist. So I looked at the sketch again. The drape’s meant to begin right after the bust, which means… that I had agreed on an empire waist all along -_-‘ I was shocked, can an empire waist possibly look good with covered long sleeves, round neck and fish tail skirt?
My mom said the dress looked fine and that the skirt’s gorgeous. I wasn’t buying it, the thought that I’ll be wearing and empire dress bothered me so much that I had trouble sleeping. I could be okay with it, but the thought that I’ll be paying that much for a dress that feels wrong drove me insane that I had to call Amar the next day. I told him of my concern, but he said I won’t feel that way once they’ve started patching the lace. I hoped that he was right.
During the second fitting, Amar had already patched the lace on the body and had sewn more beads on top of the lace. At first glimpse, I thought the dress looked lovely! The beadwork was beautiful!
When Amar was first sketching the dress during our first meeting, he proposed the additional beadwork and crystals on the dress. I questioned why we needed to add more beadwork when the lace was already beaded, didn’t agree on using pieces of Swarovski crystals on the dress and I certainly did not want anything that dangles (like few of the dresses there).
They both said that if I didn’t do so, it would look too plain for an engagement dress. But wait, I coudn’t see how a sparkling dress is good for an engagement ceremony held in broad daylight?! Seeing how persistent they were, I compromised, but with the condition that Amar would only embellish the dress with the tiniest crystals, only in clear. So you can imagine, how I had expected the most OTT beading ever.
However, Amar actually listened! There were no round Swarovski crystals glued to the dress, but only crystal beads, sewn to the lace. He used a lot of pearl beads, which were subtle and complemented the lace. The workmanship? I thought that the lace had been carefully sewn to the dress. The work was pretty neat compared to the work of a few designers I’d seen.
I tried it on. I was impressed at the result, now that the lace had been fully patched on the dress. The previous concern I had about the empire waistline was gone. I had to admit that Amar was right — the dress didn’t make sense until it’s completely done.