Decisions, Decisions! – Dress Decisions

Remember when I showed you all my inspiration dresses for the one I’m making? Well, at that time, I was so focused on finding something I liked that I didn’t pay attention to one little detail—our wedding will be in winter!  Just like I mentioned before in my shoe post, I suffer from a really low tolerance to cold weather. So, I realized that I needed to think about a way to stay warm, but still have the dress of my dreams.

Because I was not 100% sure about the shape I wanted for the top of the dress, I just focused on finishing the bottom part and the undergarments. Later on, I added a splash of color to my crinoline, which made me really happy! But I had decisions to make, as the top needs to be finished, AHORA!

(You already know this is one of THOSE posts, Mr. Poodle!)

So, the inspiration search started all over again, but this time, my lovely readers, it will be just for the top. I wanted to search for options that could work for winter, and these were some of my favorites:

My first Google keywords were “Monique Lhuillier sleeve dress”, and I found these cuties:


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But here in the hive there was already a lovely bride that wowed me with her amazing sleeved dress! You know it, Mrs. Glitter!!


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I also thought about maybe having short sleeves; that way I wont be too exposed. This is one of my faves too, by my favorite designer ever: Monique Lhuillier.


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Later on I found these pictures! How cool is this one strap dress?


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But I have to confess that I have an obsession with delicate lace covering the outsides of a dress.


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And if I didn’t have man-looking shoulders, I would totally go for something like this.


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At first I though I should just make my dress with sleeves so I can be warm. But then I thought about the dancing factor, and let me tell you readers, I will be the the kind of bride that will not stop dancing until my guests kick me out of our wedding, or until Mr. Poodle drags me away (whatever happens first! LOL).

Anyway, with the dancing factor in mind, the long sleeves no longer sounded so appealing in my head. So, I thought I should just go with what I like the most. smile025 I can always make a cute bolero a la Bonzie, right?

Look at these beauties! I can totally picture something like this, either with short or long sleeves.


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I know these items are already sold in their Etsy shop, but I saved them a long time ago because they were in our wedding colors!

Do you want to know what I ended up making? Stay tuned, because I’m sewing the last details of my handmade wedding dress! wink04

Did you have to take the weather into account for your wedding dress style? If you’re a winter bride, what are you doing to stay warm?


Mrs. Poodle

Santiago, Chile/San Bernardino, CA
Wedding Date:
January 2010
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  1. frozen yogurt Member
    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:25 am

    I cannot wait to see it! I know it will be gorgeous!!

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    Kalibali 272 posts, Helper bee @ 9:25 am

    I love the lace sleeves, especially the 2nd one, and I am a big fan of Boleros. Can’t wait to see what you decided on!

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    star 659 posts, Busy bee @ 9:26 am

    Ah, you’re such a tease! I was so looking forward to seeing your dress again in this post!!

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    Kalibali 272 posts, Helper bee @ 9:27 am

    oops I meant the third not the second picture (but they are all cute!)

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    dachshund 291 posts, Helper bee @ 9:28 am

    Whatever you chose, we all already know it’s going to be fabulous!

    I’m not a winter bride by any means, but I still freeze. All the time. I’m thinking about trying to find a cute cardigan to wear if I get chilly at night.

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    Grey56 644 posts, Busy bee @ 9:41 am

    My friend wore a Justin Alexander dress. It was strapless, but came with a long-sleeved lace jacket that buttoned up the back. Gorgeous!

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    deviledegg 1250 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:44 am

    I’m sure whatever you do will be amazing! I don’t know what impresses me more about you—your mad sewing skills or your ability to make your own patterns/do things without a pattern. You are one talented lady!

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:50 am

    I’m so excited to see what you do! :) I looove Mrs. Glitter’s dress, and the rest of your inspiration.

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    mcnetn3 1675 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:52 am

    The anticipation is killing me!!! And who doesn’t love Monique?

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    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:53 am

    Oooo, a long-sleeved bolero inspired by those last two pics would be amazing — excited to see what you created!

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    pvaulter718 2116 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:57 am

    Ohh… Bruschetta, you might be on to something! A long sleeve bolero! Now I want one!

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    Querida 1424 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:58 am

    I want to see, I want to see!
    You are SO talented. I admit to being crafty, but I know whatever you created will be spectacular!

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    iswimibikeirun 1012 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:05 am

    What a teaser! I’m looking forward to the next installment.

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    alishaneva 2152 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:09 am

    I want to know! I want to know!
    You are one crafty crafty girl! Also – that second to last set of pictures in the dress inspiration? LOVE.

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    Jessie516 5480 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:30 am

    I can’t wait to see your final product. You’re the craftiest person I know, so I know it’s going to be amazing!

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    Carbon Girl 691 posts, Busy bee @ 10:30 am

    I just got in my etsy purchase to keep me warm. A lovely vintage faux fur ivory capelet. This is for the outside pictures. I am still wondering if I need a bolero for the inside pictures.

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    bunny 2206 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:41 am

    oooo! Can’t wait to see your dress all finished!

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    pansyshell 1955 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:47 am

    I can’t wait to see your dress. You are so talented!

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    Kat, Guest @ 11:06 am

    Miss Poodle! I really like the third one down (the ML). So, so darling! And you would look so pretty in it! Just a little idea I had for my own wedding in Big Bear next October–my mother and I will be making hooded, satin-lined wool capes for myself and my flower girls in fall colors. That way, we will hopefully stay warm in the cool mountain air of the evening. We will provide snuggly wraps in the same fall colors for the bridesmaids. Whatever you choose to do, you and your gals will look beautiful!

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    onada01 124 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:17 am

    I love all the dresses in these pictures! I think for a winter wedding you should definately get a fancy shawl or shrug and wear the dress of your dress! You won’t be outside that long will you? I can’t wait to see your dress :)

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    jhguba 242 posts, Helper bee @ 11:18 am

    Can’t wait to see your dress! I love when brides choose something that is unique. So many brides choose the same thing, and sometimes it gets a little boring.

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    Miss_Carmel 316 posts, Helper bee @ 12:00 pm

    I can’t wait to see how your dress turned out!! I want a lace wedding dress too. I’ve fallen in love with a Jim Hjelm that looks like it has the softest lace and the most flattering silhouette. Too bad I can’t find it at any bridal shops in Nor. Cal. :(

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    evelinej 370 posts, Helper bee @ 12:06 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you made. All these pics are favs!

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:08 pm

    i am still dying to see the dress, without without a bolero or sleeves!

    It probably won’t be too cold in Cali, even in January though, right?

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:08 pm

    oops *with or without*

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 1:05 pm

    I love the one- shoulder one and the sleeveless high neck one!! All so gorgeous. I’m sure whatever you decide on will look fantastic.

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:25 pm

    oh, i like the boleros and that halter lace top. so cute!

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    MexicanGirl 724 posts, Busy bee @ 1:27 pm

    i like the idea of a lace bolero, but with short sleeves!

  29. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:32 pm

    You are SUCH A TEASE! I wanna see pics now please :)

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    abrideagain 532 posts, Busy bee @ 1:52 pm

    I didn’t take weather into account at all…I actually thought weather be da*ned – I’m having a strapless dress no matter how cold it might be! LOL!

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    thefuturemrsjewell 1829 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:35 pm

    those boleros are fabulous! i can’t wait to see what you have come up with! I am so in awe that you are making your dress yourself! wow!

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    Mrs. Mouse 5759 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:48 pm

    Miss Poodle, I cannot WAIT to see your dress! And I agree, any excuse to buy a colorful bolero! Maybe after your wedding, I can get you to make me a bolero? I’ll pay, of course. :)

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    Lexatron 340 posts, Helper bee @ 1:15 pm

    Psst… I have that green bolero and ended up never using it. Let me know if you want it!

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    FutureMrsKoontz 151 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:21 pm

    For my dress, I really had to keep in mind that we’re getting married in Jamaica, with lots of heat and humidity. so a big poufy dress, or a satin dress was out. I’m super super in love with my dress and so I happy I got it. :)

  35. moonbeam Member
    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:32 am

    Can’t wait to see, how exciting!

  36. msgiraffe Member
    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 11:25 pm

    Those are super pretty pictures! I can’t wait to see your dress!

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