As an avid vintage and vintage reproduction wearer, my instinct is often to avoid prints too-often featured in costumes that don’t particularly add to my wardrobe. When Isabella, the wonderful gal behind the online store 1950sglam.com, contacted me asking if I could review one of her gowns, she asked if I would be interested in a gorgeous salmon polka-dot number featured on her site, acknowledging that the print doesn’t generally appear in my wardrobe.
As the print featured smaller dots, I was happy to overlook my thing against polka-dots, especially since the neckline, wide waist, and color were all things I knew would flatter me, add variation to my wardrobe, and be GREAT for summer-time heat. After discussing sizing a bit, we decided to opt for a size S for me knowing that the fit wouldn’t be perfect but hopefully be workable. The dress itself clocked in at 32.5″ for the bust, and 26.5″ for the waist online (which matches the measurements of the gown I received perfectly with extra room in the bust because of the structure); my measurements are 36″-24/25,” so we anticipated the bust being a bit too small with the waist too large (though I knew the latter wouldn’t matter given the belt provided).
When I received my gown in the mail, I was pleased to see that the dress was true to the color online, and that it pleasantly reads as salmon or orange depending on the lighting. As mentioned, the measurements were all exactly in line with those listed online, however, I found that the straps and upper bodice were far too long for me, to the degree that my breasts fell several inches above where they should have. Luckily, this problem is easily fixable (no professionals needed, just a needle and thread), and I’ve actually been debating leaving the straps cut open to tie them in little bows at each shoulder to match the wide waist sash.
You’ll notice in my photos showing off the gown that there’s a little extra bulk at each shoulder, and that’s due to my indecisiveness when it comes to deciding whether I want to sew them flat or tie them off in the long run. I really do think little bows would be an adorable solution! You can also see from these photos that, while the bust didn’t originally fit, the actual cut features wide-set straps – one of the main reasons I was so excited to receive this dress as its incredibly useful when wanting to highlight an hourglass shape. I’ve had so much trouble finding gowns with this feature and was surprised and happy to find that having to take up the bust as I did meant the straps could be set even wider than on the gal in the original photos. While the cut is too low to wear any of my bras, I threw in my bullet bra pads for a little extra support, and problem solved! This would work with any kind of insert, of course.
With summer in full steam, and since I now live in an apartment complex that was built around the 1950s with a nifty lil’ pool, I felt this would be the best place to show off my new polka-dot gown.
And to show off the beautifully full sweep of the skirt and the true color of the gown, I braved my fear of falling in the deep end took a few standing as well.
To get this slight bell-shaped flare, I paired my Pinup Girl Clothing White Canvas Underskirt with one of my Malco Modes Cosette Petticoats. I even made you guys a little video to see this wonderful shape in action!
I’ll be reviewing another (custom!) gown from this versatile company very soon and there might even be a little gift in there for my wonderful readers 😉.
….so stay tuned!
Miss Lark Bahar