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Outfit 19.6.10: New dress!

dig for victory dress

shoesies

Remember a while ago I did an interview with Eleanor of Dig For Victory? Well, I went and bought one of her dresses a while back, but I saved it to wear it for my birthday cocktail party, which was Sturday a week ago – time flies! So here it is in all it’s glory! Lovely, no? It’s a 1950s fabric, I love the pattern on it!

I really really like this dress, though there are a few things that don’t work for me. The first thing is the waistband/boob area. You know how you expect the top edge of the waist band to sit under the boobs? Unfortunately it doesn’t, it’s about 2-3cms higher. This then has the knock on effect that the busty bit bunches up at the front and looks too big. Which it isn’t, because Eleanor actually asked for my bra size, and if you pull it down, it’s exactly right. It’s just that sadly it won’t stay down. I’m not good enough a dress maker (actually, what am I talking about, I’m not a dress maker at all!) to work out what is causing this, but I suspect that it is because the top bit of the dress is too short, so there’s nothing much I can do. Anyone more experienced in these kinds of things have any ideas?

Just to clarify, I don’t think there is anything wrong with the pattern, or the way it’s been sewn, I have this boob issue quite a lot, so maybe I have an unusually large upper torso or something along those lines. But it just highlight how difficult it is to make clothes that are ‘just right’ without properly trying things on or fitting things.

The other thing is that they dress is just off the shoulder, and it has a tendency to fall down completely in a sort of milkmaid style. Which actually doesn’t look too bad, but is not what I wanted. I’m hoping that some fashion tape (that is the official term, right?) will solve this though.

so yeah!
dress – Dig for Victory
shoes – Clarks orignials, present from my girly friends.

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  • Diana 1 July 2010, 3:37 pm

    What a fantastic dress! I love the yellow dots.

  • Sal 1 July 2010, 3:52 pm

    For what it's worth, the dress looks FANTASTIC in this photo. Hope you can work out some of the wearing kinks!

  • parakeetpie 1 July 2010, 5:45 pm

    I sometimes get this but haven't worked out how to stop things riding up. I think it's called a low bust point but I don't particularly like the term because it sounds like it's implying saggy boobs! The measurement is the distance from the shoulder seam to the fullest point of the bust so really it's the length of your chest (http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/how-to-measure-yourself/technique_steps/10).

    Anyway, it looks great. I'm jealous.

  • Franca 1 July 2010, 5:54 pm

    Thanks Rachel! Dave just made me a dress (will post next week) and I think we managed to somehow adjust it enough to make the band go under the chest, but I don't think there's much you can do once it's done I don't think.

  • Anna 1 July 2010, 5:57 pm

    Looks great on you! And I love the cheery print!

  • Sara Lynn 1 July 2010, 6:36 pm

    Sorry there are kinks, but You look amazing and so so pretty! I just adore this dress on you 🙂

  • Jessie 1 July 2010, 7:15 pm

    It looks perfect in the picture! Absolutely stunning.
    As for the waistband/bust problem: (a) make sure you wear your most supportive bra! You may well have tried this already, but it can make a big difference so I mention it in case. Also, do actually lift up your breasts one by one with your hands and put them in the right place. If the dress is fitted enough, they may well stay there. (b) If there is enough material in the shoulder seam it is possible that the length of the bust section could be extended, if you do want to try & get it altered. (c) in combination with the supportive bra, and if the waistband is big enough on you, it is possible that cinching in the waist a little more (or having it sewn a smidge smaller) could help.
    And, as for the off-the-shoulder problem: you can make little strips of fabric that close in a loop with poppers, and sew them in to the shoulders of the dress, and then to wear you open the poppers and close the loops around your brastraps, so that the brastraps hold your dress up.

  • Franca 1 July 2010, 7:36 pm

    Wow, thanks Jessie! Did try it without a bra, but it was not a good sight! I might just try that with the loops!

  • Alli 1 July 2010, 8:52 pm

    What a fabulous dress, and such a pretty pattern! Bummer to hear about the fit issues, but it sounds like there are some good ideas here in the comments for you.

    You look lovely, Franca!

  • Clare 2 July 2010, 2:14 am

    Despite the issues with the dress, it looks phenomenal on you. The pattern and color scheme are perfect on you!

  • Claudine 2 July 2010, 2:27 am

    Francaaaa ! I just adore that dress. God.

  • Lemondrop Marie 2 July 2010, 3:42 am

    I agree with Sal, it looks fabulous on you, I love the print! Happy belated bday,

    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
    Purseapalooza giveaway

  • Amy 2 July 2010, 3:13 pm

    What an amazing dress!! You always wear the best things…wow, so adorable!

    xoxo
    Amy

    P.S. Thank you for my bday wishes. You made turning 29 feel so great!

  • LyddieGal 3 July 2010, 1:30 am

    The dress is so cute, I hope you can resolve your fit issues so you can wear it a lot!

    Chic on the Cheap

  • Andi B. Goode 3 July 2010, 5:44 am

    The dress is lovely – it looks great on you!
    -Andi x

  • tastymoog 4 July 2010, 5:53 pm

    this dress is so pretty, I hope you can figure out a solution so you'll feel more comfy wearing it.