Originally Posted by cat eyes
LOL..... I understand you, I am a size 8-10 and the first time I went in London to buy a dress, I was suprised when the lady in the shop looked at me and said oh, 38 or 39, I was fazed, I didn't understand her.
The idea behind wearing a full dress is that is should not show off your curves or make you appear salacious and in a positive way I suppose, dresses do appear to be made for giants and most people I know go to a tailor for adjustments.
Where I live, I find people looking suspiciously at my bosom and I am sometimes asked if I am pregnant ...... nowadays I just ask with what, cos its my perogative what I wear and so on as long as I am comfortable.
I am not a professional tailor but I did get a machine and overlocker over 10 years back and used to sew with my mums machine when I was younger so I simply use that, I have found though that especially in these colder months, by the time you put on your clothes, put your dress over and then your coat, it matters not what fits or not, just keeping warm.
I am a bit finicky and cannot wear the same item of clothing two days running without a quick wash so generally I would launder at night and dry before the day and eventually I went back .... if you live in London, try Upton park and got a few dresses, I was lucky and stringent, I got them for about £6 -10 each including scarf and got my nikhab for about £2.50 or £3.
Any adjustments have been done on my machine, so...invest in one if you can and teach yourself, it cannot hurt. Get cheap fabric from the market and practice making your own, thats how I learned to sew. Practice practice....
The benefit of having a machine is also that sometimes if you get conventional clothes they are not the right length of size so you can amend them or as I did last ied, after trawling Adams, primark, next, gap, all the shops I could, I gave in, bought 3 yards of beautiful fabric and made my daughter's eid dress, I had enough left to get a brolly and stretchy hijab to match too!! How much,... £10 overall and It was not so easy but not so hard to sew it all, it was beautiful, she got a large scarf as well and lots of people commented on how beautiful her dress was and she still has the dress. I made a skirt and a jacket and got her a long sleeve top to wear under and made a sleevless camisole to go on top of the dress over the top.
Now I am not going to buy her any more dresses, I will get fabric and sew, I enjoyed the experience.
So now my wardrobe consists of about 5/6 dresses, some with colour, some with sequins and some with embroidery, cos thats my kind of personality.
Trousers black/coloured, from primark or good discount stores and I wear my regular clothes indoors but keep my covers nearby in case the postman buzzes or I get an unexpected visit.
Don't worry yourself, no one except my husband can fiind out what is under my dress so it matters not to me and aside from that close friends and under the dress is my regular outfit so first I have to take nikhab off, then scarf then smaller head scarf, then hair wrap cover then hair net to expose my face, then coat off, dress off, trousers off, to reveal what I am actually wearing.
Never worry about what you are wearing, brands are for cattle and really most of the time no one knows you are wearing a different outfit unless they are stalking you or watching you like which makes the other person a wierdo unless they know you in which case its nice to be noticed for making an effort.