Last weekend we also had the chance to go to Jose Enrique's parents' house, where the Fallas dresses are stored.
We went so Lucia and Maria could try on their dresses to be sure they fit before Las Fallas (only 5 weeks away!) and make any changes if necessary.
I have seen pictures of the dresses and know what they look like but OH MY GOD I was so jealous of the little ones. I mean, when I was little and I played with my American Girl doll, I always wanted to wear a dress like Felicity or Samantha. Those pretty old-fashioned gowns. I mean, it is my dream to get dressed up in all that old fashioned stuff.
When we went to Williamsburg, I wanted to buy my prom dress there. I didn't.
Then I saw these Fallas dresses, in person. I was like "Oh my...all of my dreams!"
The dresses are two parts. A skirt with a lightweight cotton tank attached to the top, then a woven bodice that ties in the front.
The dresses weigh a LOT, probably 15 lbs or so. I don't actually have any idea and I am really bad at guessing, but that seems right (?).
The white tank that's attached to the skirt even has padding in the shoulders just so the straps don't dig in from the weight.
Here is Maria in the background, cutting the foam on the straps to adjust it, and the back of Lucia's dress.
If you were one of those girls who liked dress up, please tell me you are so jealous right now. THEY GET TO WEAR THESE ALL DAY LONG.
As you can see, Lucia's has a blue bow in the back, and since you can't see Maria's, I will tell you hers is purple.
Another thing you can't see is that the dress doesn't drag on the ground but instead is about four or five inches from the ground. Revealing the feet. What do they wear on the feet?
GORGEOUS MATCHING BROCADE SLIPPERS, THAT IS WHAT.
Once Maria put on her slippers, she was trotting around the room with such excitement. I later asked Cristina how the girls deal with wearing those shoes all day long (imagine 9am to midnight walking around downtown!). She was like "Oh, they are SO happy to just be wearing heels and being pretty that they completely ignore any pain, if they have any."
I don't know. Those look pretty blister-inducing.
What do the boys where on this occasion? They were pretty simple clothes compared to the girls. It kind of reminds me of a gypsy costume, actually. They wear white socks (or tights?) and baggy black shorts, and a black vest over a puffy pirate-y shirt. Dani is getting ready to try on his espadrilles (you know those women's shoes that have a platform and tie up the ankle? Those are Spanish, and they are called espadrilles). You can even see a bit of Monica's baby bump.
There was a point where Cristina and Monica said I could dress up with them for Fallas. But lately I haven't heard much about it. They have loads of extra dresses, but they say I am too tall so that too much of my feet will be showing, noticeably so. I don't think so, since they hang high off the ground. But the next worry is shoes. As you could tell, they are pretty matchy, and I have size ten feet. Monica has size 5 or something, and Cristina has size 7. None of their extra shoes would fit me. But again, when this was talked about as an actual this-really-might-happen idea way back a couple months ago, they said I could try extra dresses/shoes of their friend Maria Carmen, who is tall like me. But they haven't mentioned it since.
All I know is that all of my dreams would come true if I could dress up like that for a day. Well, at least one.