There is a dress that has stalked me for several years. A dress that has popped up on many a group, forum and instagram. A dress that I knew I would eventually own. A dress of dreams… redroses-1600x2400

The Ivy Garden Sorbet dress from Chotronette.

Back in May with the exchange rate in my favour and with our first anniversary looming I bit the bullet and ordered a made to measure version of the dress. I was told it would take 4-5 weeks, and as I had had a query about one aspect of my order, the team emailed me back – pretty much straight away! They were also really good at keeping in contact a lot (as we then got our mortgage approved and the house buying and moving process happened very quickly and so my address changed) and they were really just so helpful and always so quick to reply.

I have to admit, when the dress arrived I was initially really unsure about the fit on me. I didn’t really like her the mesh top looked on me and I seemed to gain so much bulk at the waist where the layers puffed out. Of course, I felt heartbroken! The dress I planned to wear for our anniversary dinner at Duck&Waffle, the dress I had dreamt about for years and waited for for weeks – a disaster!

Thankfully, my little babe Rosie Red came to see me the following week. She is the most optimistic person ever and nothing is ever a problem for her. She helped alter the mesh at the front of the dress (temporarily for now) and helped me style the dress with different bags and shoes. She urged me to try the dress on with her gorgeous little cincher that she made for me and hey presto, it was a new dress! It hits me perfectly on my 5’7 frame and the structure of the top and custom sizing makes a bra totally unnecessary – quite a nice feeling!

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The dress itself is comfy to wear, but there is a lot of it! Sitting down on tubes and in restaurants on a Monday night in it took a little skirt manouvering! The layer closest to the skin is a silky layer, but if it does ride up the tulle of the skirt is slightly scratchy.

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I did worry that moving about in the skirt would cause the flowers within to dislodge or crumple, but the dress stayed in tact throughout out my anniversary meal and during the subsequent photos taken in it.

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In these photos I am wearing the dress with the aforementioned corset and no bra! The structure supports me as well as concealing the corset lines and backfat. The colours in the dress mean that this can be paired with a few colours – gold, red, pink, beige. It’s a wow dress, and one that no one will forget. I know that Robbie’s face lit up when he saw me in it on July 4th