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Wedding To Remember

A perfect fit

Custom-made is shortcut to the ideal mother-of-the-bride dress

How many of you moms have exhausted yourselves looking for that perfect dress to wear at your son or daughter's wedding?

My adventure started when I had to find the right dress to wear down the aisle at my daughter's wedding, since she had asked both her father and me to walk with her.

Little did I realize that finding a dress was going to turn into an exhausting experience. No matter how many boutiques or department stores I searched, I could not find that right dress.

At my age, not quite a senior, most dresses I saw seemed to be too short, too low, backless, sleeveless or stomach enhancing. Finally, my daughter suggested that I have a dress custom-made.

I was apprehensive at first. A custom-made dress seemed a little extravagant, but it turned out to be my best decision. I didn't have to worry about scouring more dress shops to settle for something that didn't quite fit. Creating a dress from scratch ended up being a fun part of the wedding process that gave my daughter and me some additional time together.

We made an appointment at Bridal Etc. in downtown Los Altos, and from the first visit, I knew that we had made the right decision. As I described my idea of a dress with short sleeves, a fitted bodice and a full skirt in a light lavender, Kim Ham, the seamstress, began sketching until the vision of my perfect dress appeared. She even added a matching wrap and hat.

Within two weeks, Kim had made a mock dress out of muslin that she fitted to my body, tucking in a little bit here and adjusting there until it fit the way I wanted. Two weeks later, Kim called me for my first fitting in the real dress. As I walked into her shop, I saw my dress on the mannequin. My dress was really beginning to take shape.

From here on, I couldn't resist peeking in the window each time I was in town to see my dress moving towards completion. My daughter, who works down the street from the shop, would call and say, "Did you see the dress? She added the sleeves today." I would head downtown to take another peek.

The final fitting came. When I looked into the mirror, I saw my perfect dress that I would be wearing to the courtyard wedding in New Orleans this May.

For more information about Bridal Etc., call 947-0206.

Deanna Taaffe is the mother of Town Crier associate editor Linda Taaffe.

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