Something like this wpild make a cute vanityRepurposed Antique Sewing Machine. I have an old sewing machine with the fold open top, not nearly as cool as this but now i know an idea of what to do with it!
Yes, it is a wonderful and very romantic idea. "Men ~ take note. Very romantic idea. If you don't know if she has the dress you want her to wear, buy her one and make sure it's a stretchy fabric so that you have a better chance at getting her right size.