Dress: Marji and Jean
It’s been a funny kind of hot-cold-hot summer this year, and my whole wardrobe is getting a good workout, but this is the first time I’ve worn the dress that I bought months ago at the last A-plus market.
I’ve been eyeing up the vintage styled dresses from Marji and Jean for a few years now, but each handmade dress is sewn out of different fabric, and I’d never found one in my size that was also in a print that spoke to me… until now!
At the grand old age of thirty*mumble* I’ve been increasingly steering away from my trademark novelty prints, but this navy and white motif of terrace houses is just quirky enough without being too cutesy.
The skirt is full circle, which means that the houses are sideways at certain points, but it just makes me think of that amazing scene in the movie Inception, when the city peels away into the sky.
The dress itself is fully lined and a pleasure to wear, with a fitted bodice, full skirt, and deeply scooped back (which is perfect for hot days).
Do watch out for the sizes though – Marji and Jean use original patterns from the 50s and 60s, so follow the measurements rather than the dress sizes.
‘Matilda’ Dress: Lindy Bop
Belt: Lane Bryant
Shoes: Chie Mihara
After my success with my first Lindy Bop dress I thought I’d take advantage of their big end-of-season sale and try a few of their other styles on for size.
This one is the Matilda dress – a fifties-style shirt dress with Lindy Bop’s traditional full skirt, and a self-covered belt (that I swapped out for one of brown leather to cut back on the school-uniform vibe).
I sized up, because unlike my first dress (the Adele) Matilda doesn’t have any stretch to the fabric, and I was a bit concerned about how the button-up front would manage with the Rack of Doom.
I ended up sewing the front buttons up anyway so I probably could have stuck with the smaller size, as the larger swims a little on my narrow shoulders. The waist fits comfortably though, and I’m very thankful for the deep side pockets.
The big collar isn’t as flattering as the collar on my home-made Hawthorn dress, but for someone with a smaller bust it would provide a fantastic balance with the full skirt.
The dress is 100% cotton, and wonderfully breezy (39 degrees today in Melbourne. Sweltertown.) and while it’s not perfect, it was a steal at just 17 pounds.
In other news: If you’re in Melbourne this weekend, you might like to drop by the A Plus Market in their exciting new location at the Queen Victoria Markets. On Sunday Ashley Rose and I will be having our very own blogger bonanza stall, where you’ll be able to pick up some great pieces (and lots of favourites from the blog!)
Hope to see you there!