While I love heavily adorned Asian party wear outfits, I’ve recently been drawn more to embroidered designs rather than beaded or sequinned blinged out styles. Here’s a stunning Pooja Salvi outfit that I had custom-stitched from India recently.

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I ordered from Sarees Bazaar and the ordering and measuring process was very thorough. They give you a measurement guide online to show you where to need to take each measurement. You input these into a form and then their tailors review the measurements to check that they make sense. I did my best but still got it wrong and received an e-mail and phone call the following day to clarify my measurements. This gave me confidence that the company had experienced tailors that knew the body shapes and are experienced enough to know when customer submitted measurements are wrong. Once we’d established that I had measured 2 parts incorrectly and I was coached by them to get the right measurements, then they started cutting and stitching. A week or so later, the outfit was despatched, and 5 days later it was at my doorstep. I tried it on and it fit beautifully.

I have lost a little weight since then but will be taking it to a local tailor for adjustment after the summer. Here’s how the actual outfit looks on a real person with lumps & bumps (yes, me), rather than a slim and perfectly proportioned model.

Here I am with my (much taller) cousins at a recent wedding. Why, oh why, did I wear flats?

Here I am with my (much taller) cousins at a recent wedding. Why, oh why, did I wear flats?

The outfit cost 3000 Rupees (£29), stitching was 750 INR (£8), shipping was 1200 INR (£11.50), total was just under £50.
Shoes from Primark £8, Pearl chains from eBay £8.