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the song of the skirt

What good luck!

I found the perfect dress for my wedding in a vintage shop on Portobello Road yesterday - 1930s, silk, silvery blue, perfect fit, incredibly beautiful, only £120.

What bad luck!
Having guarded it well all afternoon and evening as we dined out and went for a drink, I returned back to Busta's flat, unwrapped it carefully from its tissue wrappings - and discovered that when the shop assistant had been writing in the freaky shop's log book thing as she was packaging the dress, the dress had obviously come into contact with the wet biro ink and there were a few tiny biro-ish dots ON THE FRONT OF THE SKIRT. Did I burst into tears? Yes I did. However, I calmed down and an inspection this morning revealed that (a) unless you're actually looking for the patch of tiny dots, they're not really noticeable and (b) hopefully they will be cleanable. So it's not a total disaster. But I am still very disappointed that the perfect dress (and it really, really, really is) is no longer perfect.


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Nov. 25th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Yay! And boo! Silly assistant. Still, it should be cleanable, and it sounds absolutely gorgeous.
Nov. 26th, 2007 09:41 am (UTC)
Also, PICTURES PLEEZE. If no pictures, you must wear it when you're back in Dublin so we can see it!
Nov. 25th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
Oh no, I'm so sorry about the dots! I'm sure that they'll come out, but it must have been so upsetting, when it wasn't necessary.

But the dress sounds wonderfully perfect, it really does. I don't know whether you'd want to post a photo, but if it would be ok, I'd love to see it.
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Nov. 26th, 2007 10:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, we're going to go over with it this morning and demand recompense! And you're right, I'll stop telling people about it after that.
Nov. 25th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
It's not at all in the same league, but a similar thing happened to me a while ago. I was buying these fantastic characterful little wooden filing drawers from a junk shop in Deptford. They're from c1890 (supposedly) and the paint is all flakey and textured - lovely. I was trying to fit them into the thing I was carrying them home in and the woman in the shop said brightly 'Shall I tape them up for you so they don't fall open?'. It did occur to me that masking tape wouldn't be a great idea with very old paint but I reckoned that since she worked in the shop she knew best. Idiot. When I got them home the masking tape took off whole stripes of paint down the front and the top and I was so sore, and furious at myself for not having stopped her. I'm used to it now, though, and it adds to the character of the drawers.

Yay for perfect wedding dresses!
Nov. 25th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
If something HAD to happen to the Perfect Dress, what more appropriate thing could happen to the dress of a writer?

(I really really hope the spots come out!)
Nov. 25th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
Eeee! And wooooe! but mostly eeeeee!
Nov. 26th, 2007 10:53 am (UTC)
Eeee indeed! And belated happy birthday! Sorry I won't still be here when you arrive this weekend.
Nov. 25th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
Methylated spirit is very good for getting biro ink off clothes.

Obviously, check on the inside of a seam or something to make sure it won't cause the fabric to disintegrate or leave weird discoloured spots or something. But you may well be able to get the marks off yourself without spending a fortune at a dry cleaners. (Damp tissue or cotton-wool pad with meths, dab gently at marks until all gone.)

And yay for finding a wonderful wedding dress!
Nov. 26th, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
Oooh, thanks for that.
Nov. 25th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Hooray for the perfect dress! And I'm sure it will be perfect, no matter what cleaning does or does not do.
Nov. 26th, 2007 10:56 am (UTC)
Thanks! It really is gorgeous and even in the worst case scenario of the spots no coming out, it really is the perfect dress. Just not quite as perfect as it could have been!
Nov. 25th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
Just got your text -- I had left my phone at home today.

I really, really hope they come out, but if not I bet it still looks gorgeous. And as someone else said above TELL NO ONE ELSE -- people won't notice unless you point it out.

Can't wait to see it!
Nov. 26th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
I have a photo of me wearing it on my phone - I will show it to you at the quiz tomorrow! Do you have a final tally of attendees yet?
Nov. 26th, 2007 10:16 am (UTC)
The dress sounds gorgeous, and I am very glad that you've found it at last! I hope that the dots come out (IDIOT assistant - can you mention it to the shop? I feel like it's something that they should know, to make sure it doesn't happen again), and PLS can there be pictures?
Nov. 26th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
There will be pictures! Albeit slightly blurry ones, because they were taken on my camera phone. And Busta J and I are going to the shop later today to demand cleaning recompense. The thin is, the assistant was really lovely and spent ages with us and found the dress for me amid the shop's vast piles, so I don't want to give out to her. But for fuck's sake, keep a pale dress away from possibly wet ink!
Nov. 26th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
Your dress sounds beautiful, and argh, what a silly mistake on the assistant's part.

Also, I love your icon! The Women is my favourite film of all time, and Sylvia Fowler is the best character in it, hands down. Well maybe the Duchess gives her some competition. Her dress at the end in the powder-room showdown is my favourite of all the outfits in that film. Have you heard about the remake? *shudder* http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0430770/ The only interesting thing about it is Debra Messing does look strikingly like Rosalind Russell.
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