A Love Story About a Dress and the No Strings Burlesque Cabaret

Monday, September 27, 2010

This outfit is like a love story.

One of those stories where the protagonists meet, and they’re in love, but they’re not in the right place in their lives so they go their separate ways and meet up again in 20 years when they’ve grown and matured, and then they live happily after.

Well, it’s probably not much like that at all, but it has a story none the less. It’s the story of a lovely dress.

You might have read me wittering about my weight loss and body image battles before. If you haven’t then you all you really need to know is that in February 2007 I was about 3 stone heavier than I am now. Then I started Weight Watchers.

I lost a lot of weight, and in December 2007 I had no clothes that fit me. It was nearly New Years Eve and in a panic I found myself frantically trawling the sale rails of Next for a dress that fit and looked ok. I’d forgotten how to buy nice clothes as nothing had fit for so long, and in the end I settled on a green satin empire line dress with a cute bow in the middle. I thought it went well with my new red hair and I teamed it with black accessories. I felt like I looked nice for the first time in ages.

But I was still only half way through losing all that weight, and soon the lovely dress didn’t fit me anymore. It was too big and it just had to go off to a lovely new friend it found through eBay. It didn’t matter though, as now I’d lost some weight I was rediscovering all the lovely new things I could wear, stocking my wardrobe with vintage dresses that now came in my size and experimenting with exciting new looks.

But recently I found myself thinking about that dress. I’m not normally a fan of dresses that hoist your waist band up around your rib cage, but this was a proper Empire line, it was meant to be there, and I remembered how nice it made me feel when I got all dressed up to go out that night. So I had a bit of a search on eBay, on the off chance that I might find the dress in a smaller size. And I did.

❤ Dress - Next via eBay ❤ Shoes - Salvador Sapena via eBay  ❤
❤ Hat - Custom made by Abilu Creations

This time round it’s purple, not green, but it’s the same dress, in a smaller size, and I love it. (You might also notice I’ve acquired a new lamp and a few more pictures since 2007!)

I teamed it with my Abilu Creations hat and 40s style Salvador Sapena bow trim shoes then headed off to the Norwich Puppet Theatre for a night at the No Strings Burlesque and Cabaret club. This show featured, amongst others, a couple of hilarious turns by ukelele playing Des O’Conner, imagine a mix between George Formby and Julian Clary, and performances from one of the best Burlesque acts I’ve seen, Miss Banbury Cross.

There was also dancing, drink and lots of people sheltering from the pouring, persistent torrential rain outside.


9 Responses
  • Fashion Limbo
    September 27, 2010

    Lovely look and how cool that you treated yourself to another version of a great dress.
    Sad story about the coat, I hope she finds it… if it happened to me I would be devastated and hunting down the thief like a hungry lion.

  • LandGirl1980
    September 27, 2010

    Looking lushious as always – in the original green AND the new purple. Interesting to see how you have changed since 2007 – and the decor! I can totally relate!

    Such a shame about the missing coat. I sincerely hope it turns up safe, sound, and with an extra £20 in the pocket!

  • Lauren
    September 27, 2010

    Gemma, you look awesome! That dress is beautiful, glad you have one back x

  • Claire Forest
    September 27, 2010

    Sight, i wish I owned your shoes!! x

  • Angela Deaton
    September 27, 2010

    HEy girl! You look amazing in purple and green as most redheads do but I love the purple dress. Maybe I love the hairstyle more!! you look lovely!!


  • bonita
    September 28, 2010

    What a pretty dress! It looks great on you. ^__^

    I feel really sorry for the lady that lost her coat ~ how awful would that be!!

    bonita of Depict This!

  • Ina
    September 28, 2010

    I think you look great in that dress. And green suits you well!
    So sad about the jacket, though. Just imagine someone even has the guts to do something like that – just go and steal it!

  • Cosmic
    September 28, 2010

    You look so pretty in those goegeous dresses! x

  • Miss Peelpants
    September 28, 2010

    I’ve done that with beloved underwear before, when I’ve changed size. I love that dress, in either colourway but I probably prefer purple (am quite a purple gal).