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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.


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!


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