I'm reconsidering the whole train idea, partially because I can't imagine that all those yards of fabric will be affordable, and partially thanks to Candy Anthony, who is responsible for this sweet little number:
I think it's called "ballerina length"? Anyway, it feels retro and quirky and sweet. I like the idea of wearing crinoline underneath. Also, I could dance in it, which is a plus. I'll have to ask my dressmaker what she thinks will look good on my figure. I can see that this might be flattering for my waist, but might make me look bigger otherwise. Or, it might be fine, I dunno (this is why I'm not on Project Runway...).