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The $228 price tag was a little steep, though (isn’t that how all of these knock-offs begin?), so we set out to create our own.
First, we had to find a similar fabric. Darker fabric is the look du jour in the Arabian Peninsula, so we kept that in mind (we weren’t looking for plain black, just something printed and sheer-ish and silk chiffon-y like the original, but darker overall).
Three yards of fabric, a few late nights of sewing, a living room fitting and some reworking a mere 36 hours before Jord’s flight to Dubai took-off, and one major packing-then-unpacking fiasco later, we have it.
The Dress of Dresses (lovingly referred to as The Oasis Dress around here).
The collar is a bit higher than the original (see the cultural-dress-rules above), and the darker fabric definitely gives it a more demure look. But the flow-y, swing-y gorgeousness remains.
Not only will it be perfect for attending weddings in the Middleeast, it functions pretty well for snow frolic-ing*, niece snuggling and family time-ing as well.
*Ummm, as a completely unrelated sidenote- did any of you get SNOW this week? We have had the most beautiful October in Denver (it was still 80 degrees here on Monday). I think the snow was a present from God for my winter-loving sister’s heart before she headed off to live in the hot, hot desert.
jess (mumbo designs) says
Beautiful! I actually like it BETTER than the original!
gorgeous! And I love the snow sending her off comment. Beautiful post all around
Beautiful as always ladies! I love how it flows.
beautiful! Love the fabric.
Mary Beth says
Beautiful dress. It's actually snowing in upstate NY right now!
Turned out beautiful and I'm happy your sister got some snow before she left! I wish austin got snow, never had a white christmas ever! boo hoo…
Well my pity party is over, thanx for sharing!
I am LOVD says
Beautiful and so impressive, so delicate.
And, I Denver made the National News yesterday with the 80 degree weather 2 days before your snow storm. Just a reminder of what winter holds for us in Ohio!