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Formal Dresses???

By bubzie - 25 August 2008 32

Hiya everyone.

So, i’ve got a slight problem.

My year 12 formal is coming up at the end of the year, and i still dont have any ideas of what to wear.

And to make matters worse, i cant just go into any old dress shop and pick one out, to put it lightly, i’m not a size 12 or anything.

Does anyone know anywhere that has “bigger size” formal dresses??

thanks in advance :)

[ED – Bubzie’s been an active commenter here for years so I’m rather excited about her year 12 formal. Therefore any potential unkind commenters should take note that they will be straight into a week in moderation if they earn my ire here]

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Formal Dresses???
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ant 10:47 pm
25 Aug 08
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Huh. Back in 82, there was NOWHERE to get a formal dress in Canberra. I am not exaggerating. It was hopeless. Had to go to Sydney. the other girls had their various mothers’ dressmakers do them frilly tafeta things, so going to sydney was a good move! I got a snazzy punk number.

Have you checked out Taking Shape? (Canberra Centre, next to Blooms). They do larger sizes, and Maggie Ts is on the other side. I mean, you just want a pretty party dress, right? Wedding shops are also useful, as they have all kinds of party things, not just white dresses. And not all brides are Size 12.

What size are you? That makes a difference. There’s shops that go a bit bigger, and then there’s the speciality ones.

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scootergal 10:50 pm
25 Aug 08
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Hey Bubzie, have you thought of getting something made? Last year I had a forties style evening dress sewn up last year by a lovely lady in Dunlop. If I can find her name and number I’ll get it to you.

Being curvy myself, I found her to be really good at maximising all the good bits and hiding the bad. Hope that helps. :O)

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Ruby Wednesday 11:37 pm
25 Aug 08
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Take your measurements and hit the intarwebs if you don’t want to go down the path of having something made for you. Clothes in the States are pretty cheap, and there’s bound to be an appropriate website around. The downside is that you can’t try things on, so be realistic about the kinds of cuts that suit you. The savings you’re like to realise mean you can probably afford one or two misses (or just ebay them if you can’t return them!).

Getting a preexisting dress altered will be less of a hassle as you don’t have to find a great dressmaker, just a good one. Good luck and have a lovely evening when it does arrive.

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jessieduck 11:47 pm
25 Aug 08
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Ebay (especially stores in the US) offer heaps of options. Really an inexpensive and great way to go.

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Cameron 11:51 pm
25 Aug 08
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Ahh, I remember my formal. For our Year 10 formal our school just organised us boys to pop into one of the menswear stores (Tony Welfare or one of those ones) and get a mass group discount on hires or purchase. Easy.

I certainly don’t envy you ladies having to move mountains to sort something out.

Best of luck… enjoy the night!

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Pandy 12:01 am
26 Aug 08
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A red dress. Always brings out the woman in you.

Nothing too flash I hope. It will be ruined by the end of the night anyway.

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regularbrowse 4:56 am
26 Aug 08
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My sister says if you can’t travel to Sydney for best options, then “My Size” at Woden is good for clothes.

She also found buying a retro sparkly dress from Salvos and getting it altered at the dressmakers to show off her best assests was effective. At the moment vintage dresses are v. popular, so it won’t look out of place. Sis said Harts was a waste of time.

The really time consuming bit was finding comfy shoes to dance in.

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szeretetta 6:51 am
26 Aug 08
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Myer in Canberra Centre currently has 6 or so different formal dress styles by a brand called Flirt – they’re on a rack towards the menswear section of the plus sized section.

City Chic in Canberra Centre also has some dresses that might well be suitable for a formal – depends on the school.

Taking Shape, My Size and whatnot don’t really do something you would wear to a year 12 formal.

If you’re fond of the alternative or goth look, Gallery Serpentine in Sydney custom makes most of what they have to your size, but there is a six week turn around time.

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mdme workalot 8:23 am
26 Aug 08
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Heya Bubzie,
How exciting!
I’ll second eBay – the prices are good so if it’s not exactly what you want, there’s no harm done. Get something bigger than you need and get it altered. There’s quite a few good Asian sellers on there who will make something to fit if you supply your measurements. I’ve bought a formal gown from there and it was perfect – better than anything I found in shops.

Another alternative is Rosie’s bridal store in Fyshwick – I’m not sure if it’s still there, but they had quite a few larger sizes. Angelic Inspirations at Gold Creek is pricey, but might be worth a look.

Good luck!

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Fiona 8:24 am
26 Aug 08
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We had quite a lot of difficulty finding bridesmaids dresses for the largest girl in the party.. but then we had to match and couldn’t just go off the rack etc. But yes, bridesmaid dresses are the way to go. I rememebr when we went looking aroudn they DID have up to size 22 at tims ready to go (unfortunately our girl was a 24, of course!) so you should be able to find something nice. And not bright red or pink! Unless they are your colours of course – dark green and dark red look a lot more flattering (on most people)

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jennybel75 8:32 am
26 Aug 08
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Gallery Serpentine in Sydney custom makes most of what they have to your size, but there is a six week turn around time.

They also have a store in Robertson in the Southern Highlands (about 1.5 hours from Canberra) which stocks most of their Victorian period stuff. They do have quite a bit in stock so youmight get lucky – their website is http://www.galleryserpentine.com.au/ They do have lovely stuff and the staff are wonderful.

I also second the Ebay/ internet thing. Some US stores that might be of interest are Layne Bryant and Torrid. Also this site http://manolobig.com/2008/06/26/international-shipping-for-the-big-girl/ has lots of links that ship to Australia and http://www.bandlu.com/cat.asp?page=9 and http://www.alight.com/cat-0009-dresses-social-evening.html have some lovely stuff.

Good luck! :)

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sepi 9:00 am
26 Aug 08
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There used to be a stall of handmade clothes at Kingston markets. This was some formal dresses, but also silk skirts and shirts etc.

The owner (Nadia?) is a dress maker and is really good, and also has reasonable rates. She will sew you up something great from material that you choose, and will advise on what will suit you etc. And for a dressmaker she is not expensive. She does book up though, so you need to get in quickly.

Have fun!

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pelican 9:28 am
26 Aug 08
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I’d also go for something tailor-made. That way you can pick the style and colour that suits you best.

I remember going through this with my daughter – the dress selection was of paramount importance.

Most importantly of course bubzie is to have fun. Enjoy.

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peterh 10:16 am
26 Aug 08
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mdme workalot said :

Heya Bubzie,
How exciting!
I’ll second eBay – the prices are good so if it’s not exactly what you want, there’s no harm done. Get something bigger than you need and get it altered. There’s quite a few good Asian sellers on there who will make something to fit if you supply your measurements. I’ve bought a formal gown from there and it was perfect – better than anything I found in shops.

Another alternative is Rosie’s bridal store in Fyshwick – I’m not sure if it’s still there, but they had quite a few larger sizes. Angelic Inspirations at Gold Creek is pricey, but might be worth a look.

Good luck!

Rosie’s Bridal is still there, they moved next to Harry’s Discountronix. My wife was in there for a bridesmaids dress for an upcoming wedding. worth a look, they do have larger sizes. (my wife, however, is no longer large – giving birth to twins sorted that out)

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Alleycat 11:39 am
26 Aug 08
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I have to agree with Rosies in Fyshwick. They have a huge range of dresses in heaps of different sizes. I was in there recently looking at weddng dresses and most of their formal/bridesmaids range was 50% off.

Good luck

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