I don’t know if it’s just me, but as soon as the collaboration between Micheline Pitt and Unique Vintage hit cyberspace, I was pretty much drooling over every single piece. The prints, the full skirts, just take my money now and save us a whole lot of trouble. And when this Budding Beauties Alice Dress flew straight from Unique Vintage and into my arms, she did not disappoint.
Truth be told, I can be a bit picky with my florals. Although I have a fair few in my collection, I like floral prints to have some sort of unique aspect about them – be it in a border print or against a pattern of stripes or of a unique color palette. And there was something about the pink tones on azure blue cotton that drew me in. And then I realized that, within each budding bloom was a face, who’s hair wafted around her shoulders in a mane of unfurling rose petals. Needless to say, my Visa card didn’t even have time to blink before she was unholstered and put to work.
The first thing I noticed when I pulled this dress out of the packaging was the weight – this is no cheaply made dress. It’s got yards and yards of stunning fabric in the skirt, and I swear I’m still finding unique details. From the ruched sweetheart bodice, to the white piping, to the contrasting bows on the front, this dress is absolute perfection.
I went with a size M, and mine measured 35″ bust and 28″ waist (which is in line with the size chart for the waist but a bit smaller in the bust). I found the 97% cotton + 3% spandex blend was perfectly breathable, with a bit of stretch for fit. The bodice is lined beautifully, which gives it a really nice structure – this is not a dress that’s making me do all the work. Speaking of work, thankfully, this dress also had a back zip (I despair of side zips), pockets, and (hallelujah!) her double straps werere also adjustable. In the original factory settings, she was woefully short waisted – but I let them out all the way and it was nearly perfect (fully extended, she measured just a hair under 16″ shoulder to waist).
In addition to the print, this skirt had fullness for dayssssss. It measured 28.5″ waist to hem and was so sumptuous and full I could curl up in her folds for a nap. Seriously, it could take 2 crinolines and counting. Definitely worthy of a twirl (or three)…
Although on the pricier side for repro (retailing for $148 from Unique Vintage), I really found it to be worth it. I also stalked the UV site and waited until one of their fabulous 20% off coupon codes became available, and was able to snap her up for a bargain (if you can’t wait for a sale, sign up for their newsletter for 10% off!). I may have also been unable to resist this skirt and this top. Seriously, it’s just too much pretty in one collection!
This dress comes in sizes xs-xl and 2x-4x and is just so darn flattering. This is my fourth piece from Micheline Pitt (the first being this amazing skirt) and it really didn’t disappoint. I really can’t wait to see what she comes out with for her next collection – and I plan to be first in line!
Have you snagged any of her pieces yet?? What did you think?