So I went on a shopping trip recently on a rare child free afternoon. I rather hopefully tried all the chain stores hoping for something not too expensive - no luck. I then decided to see what was in a designer store I rarely enter - too pricy and not the sort of thing I need much of. I grabbed a couple of dresses off the rack to try on (noting they were not too expensive although a bit more than I had hoped to pay)
I'd just put the first one on when the sales assistant suggested I step outside the cubicle to look in the large mirror - she then looked me up and down and said -
" Your wearing your best sports bra are you?"
Me: "mmm no " ( I was a bit taken aback and did not mention that acutally it was my best one I had only just bought last week when I realised all my pre baby bra's were a bit ill fitting - now my baby is almost 5!)
She then stepped forward and grasped the bra straps and pulled upward and said
" well you need something with a bit more lift for this dress"
me "oh, well I'm not sure I like this dress anyway"
I then proceeded to try on the next dress, and some others the assistant bought in for me - all of which were double the price of the ones I chose and accompanied with helpful (not!)comments like
"well your not wearing any make up are you and you would need to with that dress" and
" oh you are are lot smaller than you look aren't you"
Just as my ego had just about had enough I did find one I liked - a simple slip type dress in a lovely soft, light flowing fabric with a belt which gave it some shape - but with a $400NZ price tag - expensive enough to make a woman who sews have a good long look at it before looking at her watch and declaring she had to go and would think about it. Truth be known if the assistant hadn't been so rude I may have bought it knowing I hate sewing sheer fabrics. Instead I headed to the fabric store for a pattern and a plan to transform the green silk in my stash into an everything dress.
Two evenings later and the dress was made - but unfortuately it's not what I had hoped
no not impressed,looks frumpy not drapy so I tried putting button holes either side of the front so the sash ran behind the front like the one I liked in the shop
mmm - no worse, so I tried using the sash differently