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14 people found this helpful
on October 11, 2014
There is a lot of variety in the reviews for this dress, and many are misleading. I agree completely with the person who said many of these people must not be used to wearing Rockabilly style clothing. I will comment first on quality, then on sizing. Sorry for the long review, but I hope to be as informative and helpful as I can be...let's face it, ordering clothing online from overseas where the return postage costs more than the item you bought can be intimidating to say the least.
QUALITY: One person complained about the "stiffness" of the material, but this is a WELL made dress, and it appears, based on the threads and the chalk markings on the inside, that an actual dress maker made this. It is not your typical mass-produced, cheap, stretchy knit-type dress that is all you seem to be able to find today, at least for this price. This type of material was used back in the 50s when more women made their own dresses, so it is fitting with the vintage/retro style. And for those of you who have only bought dresses made with cheap polyester, please note that this is the good stuff, and it may affect sizing, so be aware...it is NOT stretchy. I was so surprised at the quality that I received for this price. And I will be shopping for more dresses of this caliber & style from this company. One note, which is not a complaint, just an observation: The picture shows the zipper on the side under the arm, but mine goes down the middle of the back, which means I have to have my husband finish zipping me up once it gets to the top. I can usually do this on my own, but because the dress isn't stretchy, I need help with this one. No biggie for me, but worth noting.
SIZING: I find that when reviewers give their measurements and the size they bought, it is really helpful. So, here are mine: 5'3", 108 lbs., 36B, athletic frame, not very curvy. I usually wear size 4 petite in dresses, size 2 to 4 in jeans, depending on brand, and XS or S in shirts, US standard sizing. With that being said, I originally ordered a small, but I kept reading reviews and remeasured myself and became worried that I might need a medium instead, so I contacted the company the next day before it shipped and requested a medium. Wow, they were super fast in responding and promised to make the change, which they did. I indeed received a medium, and quickly realized I should have stayed with the small. The measurements listed in the description were not correct based on my measurements. I would say to not order up a size but order your true size...true...be honest with yourself. True size means what you wear in non-stretchy clothing, like regular denim jeans with a non-stretchy waist. Stretchy clothing has a minimum and a maximum stretch. If you put on a medium dress but you are nearing maximum stretch, then your true size would be a large. If you put on a large dress and there is minimal stretching, then the large is your true size. Just be honest with your size and measurements. You're the only one who sees the size you ordered. :) Maybe order up a size if you have a large bust. I am not very curvy at all, but have more of an athletic frame, and pencil dresses look good on me. I am pretty handy with a sewing machine, and I alter or make a lot of my clothing, and I will have to say that this was the EASIEST dress to take in that I have ever altered. Probably because of the "stiffness" of the material, which is high quality. With that being said, if you are curvy in the hips, it will probably fit perfectly because that's where I had to take in the most. I took in a full inch on both sides of the dress, and half an inch at the collar (I have narrow shoulders), and it fits perfectly. It is so very attractive, but modest, which is what I'm always looking for. The length for my height (5'3") falls just below the knee. I saw what some reviewers said about the folds at the bottom (the red) staying open, but once I altered the dress, I no longer have this problem. So I think maybe that was a sizing issue. Taking in the hips really closed up the folds.
To sum it up: I should have stuck with the small I originally ordered, but I was able to make it a small in just a few minutes. If you are experienced in altering clothes....or if you are good with a sewing machine, and you are worried about the sizing, just order up a size and tailor to your frame. I can't stress enough how easy it was. I also can't stress enough how much I LOVE this dress.