So, in the UK fashion blogger world I think we can take ‘make hay while the sun shines’ to mean ‘put on a dress as fast as you can because it’s briefly stopped raining – GO GO GO!!’… That’s, of course, precisely what I did on Sunday when summer made a meek reappearance. I had the perfect dress for such an occasion, as it happened, and the ideal location for some sunshine too.
The dress you’re about to see was custom made by Manuela, who owns the new online shop The Apricot Rose. When she got in touch to ask if I’d like to review one of her pieces I could hardly say yes quickly enough – I’ve never had anything custom made for me before, let alone a gorgeous vintage-style dress. The best part of this for me was being able to specify the skirt length. I spend far too much time going back and forth to my local tailor to get things shortened, but with this dress it was perfect for me from the word go – a petite girl’s dream! Obviously, the fit on the waist and bust was correct too, but I’ve covered up some of the lovely yellow lacing with a belt because I didn’t explain to Manuela just how petite I am, hence the waist didn’t hit me in quite the right place and the shoulders are a touch too broad… I also slightly rolled the sleeves up to make a more flattering length on my stubby arms. But I don’t think the slightly wrong proportions are a dealbreaker – and hey, it’s not like I’m not used to that with dresses! Manuela is very happy to take extra measurements and guidance over email so you don’t make my mistake. And if you haven’t already seen it yet, check out Helen Mae’s review of another of Manuela’s styles to see how they should fit average-sized ladies!
Another great thing about this dress is that unlike so much of the cheap reproduction styles that are out there right now, it’s fully lined. It’s a rare dress of mine that has lining – what a luxury! It really does make a difference to how the skirt hangs, but I did, in case anyone wonders, add the PUG canvas underskirt to give some extra oomph. Something I’m not used to, however, as so much of my wardrobe is modern, is what it’s like to get out of a long-sleeved dress with zero elastane. Let’s just say I nearly had a panic attack. Still, totally worth it.
And yes, the moment I chose it I realised I’d gone from owning zero white summer dresses to two (see the first one) in the space of a couple of weeks, but I’ve decided I’m a fan. They just look so good in fields – who doesn’t want a dress that looks good in a field?
And now it’s time for another of the short videos that are popping up on here from time to time. When the whim strikes B, we just go with it, although usually he springs the camcorder on me as we’re heading out the door, giving me no time to think about you know, actually filming something interesting rather than me just walking around. So you get me walking around a lot. On the plus, you get to see more of this pretty dress and the amazing wheat field we were in… I pass this field nearly every day on the train to and from work and it was quite surreal finally standing in it. This country can’t do good weather well, but it’s got fields covered. You can also see my friend, The Wind. The sun might be out but you can bet he’ll still be there, messing my damn hair up at every turn. I don’t know if I’m imagining it, but I feel like it’s been really windy this year and I’m so ready to never feel a breeze again at this point.