I am of course enamoured with Dita Von Teese as most of us vintage ladies are, and recently Wheels and Dollbaby released their latest Dita Von Teese Cardigan! This has been a collaboration between Dita and the brand for the past 10 years. The cardigan has rose embroidery and 3/4 length sleeves and if often released alongside the Wheels and Dollbaby seasonal releases. This is the Rouge Noir colourway.
This is going to be a very picture heavy post as this cardigan deserved better than my hallway as a setting so I went up into the forest near my place.
I own the Emerald Green Dita cardigan, but so far these two are the only two I own. They are highly sought after and if you look for past releases on Ebay you’ll be lucky to find one for less than $350, and can sometimes go for up to $600!
I love the plush velvet ribbon and buttons, though I find tying the bow quite tricky.
I love the colour of this cardigan. I think it is the perfect colour for autumn and winter, though sadly it’s coming into spring here. But I will still definitely be wearing it whenever it is cool enough!
I’ve heard a lot of people complain about buttons falling off and it is such a shame that so many mass produced items have machine stitched buttons. I haven’t actually had any fall off because I don’t unbutton it. I always wear it with a keyhole and I always have my bottom buttons done up. The only one I do button is the top one, obviously, and I find it pulls on and off over my head easily enough.
I decided to wear it with one of my favourite skirts which has a hand painted look floral design and has false quilting. I’m also wearing Pamela Mann dotted stockings which are one of my favourite pairs to wear.
This cardigan can pill after a few wears, as I experiences with my emerald one, but they are easy to remove. They aren’t very noticeable anyway as it only happens in places where the fabric rubs together such as under the arms, or if you wear tight fitting clothes over it.
I adore the small patch of embroidery on the back, I really don’t like things which are only patterned on one side. Also the embroidery is a nice high quality, it’s thick and very sturdy. I think this is one of the main reasons this cardigan has such a high price tag. Embroidery is a very long process and even done on machinery it seems to take an age! This image is also probably the best representation of the colour.
Also a little unrelated note – I’ve gone back to wet setting with pincurls and I have to say I am loving the outcome. I get beautiful voluminous curls which last all day. I also feel like they look very authentic as you can see in this picture
Also worth mentioning is the satin ribbon pleating around the collar and on the sleeves. It’s very neat and always even. I think it would have been nice if it was made of velvet, but I think this would be a bit too bulky and also harder to work with. It’s also nice that the shine of it mirrors the shine of the polyester thread of the embroidery, it definitely fits in well on the garment.
The Dita Cardigan is definitely one of my all time favourite pieces of clothing and I think every pinup should have at least one in their wardrobe. It’s a good idea to sign up the the Wheels and Dollbaby email newsletter to keep in the know, they don’t send a lot of emails and they have gorgeous clothes.
This cardigan cost me $250 NZD including postage so it’s definitely a special piece. I think the quality and the embroidery definitely justify the price. However on the webstore it is only available in a size 10, so quick quick if you want one! I wear a 10 and have a 35” bust and a 27” ish waist and it fits very well.
Finishing tip – to get matching lipstick I simply mixed my American Beauty lipstick by Besame Cosmetics with some black lipstick. It has the same base colour so darkening it makes it the same shade as the Dita!