Shabby Apple, an online women’s clothing company specializing in vintage styles, contacted me about doing a review of a dress of theirs for you all. I’m a girly girl and the prospect of reviewing a pretty dress was just too much for me to pass up. But as this is really all about sewing around here, never fear…I managed to add some sewing into this review.
They let me choose from among a selection of the dresses they offer and I felt that this fun swinging black party dress, Boogie Woogie, would be the best fit for my body type. I feel a bit out of season in a black dress in the middle of the summer, but black is timeless right? And I think I now have a fun Christmas party dress! And though they offer a slip as extra for the dress, I opted to create my own. (I told you I would get that sewing in there)
I scoured online for directions for a petticoat and ultimately used these tutorials (Tutorial 1, Tutorial 2) as inspiration and then sort of winged it with a black polyester lace/netting. I have three tiers to my petticoat and that bottom tier is made from a strip that is 8 yards long! That’s a lot of gathering and pinning people. Not exactly a quick project.
Ultimately I’m satisfied with my petticoat. As with any new project, there is always room for improvement. But I do like some of the details. For instance I kept the selvage edge on the netting because it was a nice finish. It provides a pretty edging for the bottom tier of the petticoat. And I also added some extra length to the petticoat so that it peaks out from under the dress.
There are lovely things about the dress itself that I like as well. The top is made of knit, which means it is extremely comfortable. That also means that it fits a lot of body types more easily than a structured dress. I kept thinking that this dress would be really good for musicians because you can really move your arms and the skirt is wide. So there is plenty of room to move around to play an instrument or dance. The skirt is swinging and fun and I love the pretty ribbon design on the skirt itself. The waist band is still up in the air for me. I think it’s cute sometimes and other times not so much. I think I read a review of the dress where someone removed it actually. Still debating that.
But to leave you with one last pic…my little gal couldn’t resist jumping into this photo shoot. I think I have her trained to hop in front of that camera every time it comes out. We had to shoo her out of a lot of shots. But we did some special ones just because I’m soaking up every moment of this sweet stage. I particularly loved this one of the two of us.