yes LIW that's what i thought too. i did ask about cheaper fabrics, but it doesn't look as nice with the cheaper stuff .
coco yes definitely, but i'm yet to find what i want. it's fitted and kind of lacey/crochety type stuff over top. i'd originally planned to make my dress, but with two children it became quite hard, then i found this dress so it seemed easier to buy! i'm leaning towards making it again, just crocheting a cover for a simple dress.