Dress: Marji and Jean

Shoes: Rockport

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.

7 thoughts on “Inception

  1. I’m hoping to head to the next a plus market – I’ll have to keep an eye out for Marji and Jean (if they’re there), that dress looks gorgeous 🙂

  2. Fabulous dress and excellent fit! I especially love the back scoop; it’s such a nice touch of glamour and playfulness! You look absolutely lovely in it.

    I don’t know what it will take to wean me off novelty prints (although I never go too much overboard), especially because I only came to embrace them in my early thirties. I’m afraid therapy groups are needed. Either for us or, preferably, for those who need to face us late-thirties-and-a-little-quirky ladies every day.

  3. I really like that dress, and please don’t feel that at 30 – gosh, 30! positively ancient!! – you need to be ‘age appropriate and shun things that make your heart sing. Tastes do change, that is true, but I’m 48 this year and I love standing out from the crowd with interesting prints and cool, funky, vintage or minimalistic silhouettes. Have at it, I say.

  4. I have this fabric, I bought it to make curtains for the kids room 2 years ago, curtains never happened but a dress like that just might.
    Looks great! thanks for the inspiration m&j.

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