In other news, I have been pressed upon to find a formal dress, and I've found one I like enough that it only needs a few modifications to make it me-friendly. Please don't puke when you see it.
Am going to tone down the embroidery, make the sleeves longer (prolly bell sleeves, not very big, down a little past the elbows, or even down to a wristfall), and change the color to blue or grey--something that will go with my beautiful silk velvet scarf. Must go back to Venice for accessories and possible bits of things for it . . . am such a lush.