Karen Willis Holmes dress - flexible fit and flattering!

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Price: $ 550 Price is negotiable
Modified: 12-12-2017


I love this dress but I am not going to wear it again so I hope someone else will get just as much joy out of it!

The dress is light and very comfortable compared to others I tried on which were heavy and hot!

Very classic and elegant without being plain.

It is a 3 piece set in ivory -
Corset: vertical hand sewn ribbons provide detail and it holds you in firmly but flexibly, I could sit, eat, dance no worries...
Under-skirt: more form fitted fishtail shape with a bit of a train.
Over-skirt: flattering A-line organza softens the look.
Size 12, which in wedding dress terms is more like a 10 (they say go a size up from your normal, and I’m usually a 10). It would fit anywhere between an 8 and 12 depending where the skirt sits (the top of the skirt is covered by the corset) and there’s plenty of room to expand or tighten the lacing of the corset.

I’ve set the price based on:
- Retail price new was over $3000 (the corset alone $1700).
- Enhancements: I had a dressmaker add a hook on the under skirt and button on the under side of the over skirt to enable it to be cinched up as a bustle.
- It has been professionally dry cleaned and pressed.
- There is a little bit of wear: A few pulled threads, mostly on the under side of the under-skirt so they do not show at all, and a few on the outer side of the under-skirt but these are barely visible, masked by the over skirt and not noticeable when wearing. A very small amount of scuffing around the edge of the under-skirt train, which again is covered by the over-skirt or easily fixed by hemming.

Sizing Bust: Corset - fits an 8 to 12
Sizing Waist: Waistband of skirt is 70cm - it sat quite high on me but would sit lower on someone smaller.
Sizing Hips: Fits me at my widest (hip/bum) about 99cm
Skirt from waist is 115cm.

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Specific details

New or Used Used
Colour Ivory


Wellington & Wairarapa