Vanessa Kelly Clothing
Dorothy Dress Size 8
Finished garment measurements: Bust 84cm Waist 68cm Skirt length 57cm.
Toto, I think we’re not in Kansas anymore, cause I’m sure I’ve never seen this beautiful vintage dress before! In fact, Dorothy is a 1950’s vintage inspired one of a kind dress made right here in New Zealand by talented Auckland dressmaker Vanessa Kelly.
Dorothy has the option of none, short or ¾ sleeves, making her a delightful addition to your year-round wardrobe. Made with 100% cotton, she is easy to care for and looks amazing no matter where she goes. Her figure hugging darted bodice is fully lined and attached to a beautifully gathered skirt, making her perfect for shopping, heading out for lunch or attending an outdoor gala.
Dress her up or go au natural, Dorothy suits both formal and casual occasions and with her attraction to cute accessories, she matches perfectly with a vintage jacket or cape. Pop a coin purse or a bow wristlet clutch purse for your lippy together with Dorothy and you’re ready to face whatever the day brings you in style!
50’s dresses are designed to be fun, flirty and floaty, all of which Dorothy carries off to a tee. Her beautiful flowing skirt simply floats through the air, gently brushing against your legs with a classy feminine touch. The plentiful gathers at her waistline help give her skirt a subtle A-line style, yet again demonstrating why she is such a popular retro dress design.
Darted bodices featured prominently upon dresses from the 1950’s, although their origins began many years before. Many dressmakers have utilised darts in their women’s clothing to help ease fabric and fit it to the body, especially around the bust area, making Dorothy’s darted bodice a wonderful example of a well-constructed vintage inspired dress with cleverly placed darts which do just that.
A gathered skirt begins life as a rectangular shaped piece of fabric, with one side gathered and sewn to the waist, with the other side becoming the hem. This gives the skirt a full appearance and the illusion of curves, especially suited to women with rectangular or narrow body shapes. Highly popular in 1950 style dresses, the gathered skirt was another favourite of French fashion designer Christian Dior.
Dorothy is suited to a cold machine wash, being line dried and pressed with a warm iron. She is also dry cleanable, making her the ultimate fuss free frock to buy online.