Troublemaker Swing Dress in Leopard Print

Hi all,

It feels like it’s been so long since I reviewed some actual clothing on my blog, and indeed it has been! I’m not one to buy a lot of clothing and for me to buy something that isn’t second hand is even rarer. But today I am so excited to review the Troublemaker Swing Dress in Leopard Print by Vixen by Micheline Pitt!

If you haven’t heard of Vixen, it’s a brand owned and operated by style icon, artist, designer and all round creative babe Micheline Pitt. With Vixen she is striving to make uniquely designed and well made vintage-style designs available in sizes XS-4XL. Although she’s only been open for around a year she has a dedicated and loyal fanbase and it’s not hard to see why. Micheline puts her heart and soul into her designs making things she loves and would want to wear, such as makeup, halloween and fetish prints.

Anyway enough gushing and onto the review!

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I’d been umming and ahhing over this dress for a while. I had heard from several of my friends that the quality of Vixen was second to none and they had become converts, wearing the styles on a daily basis. Micheline posted many photos of herself wearing it and said it was a great comfy day-to-day piece and I was about to graduate so I thought I’d treat myself! I am SO glad I did, I have been wearing this dress 2-3 times a week since I bought it I am so obsessed!

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The ‘Brushed Textured Stretch Crepe’ is a really comfortable and forgiving fabric. It’s a nice medium-heavy weight stretch so it’s been keeping me so nice and warm in winter, though I think it will be easy to wear during transitional seasons too. I don’t love a textured fabric so when I first opened it up I was a little surprised but as soon as I put it on my body I was in love. It has a heavy bridal invisible zipper in it which is of amazing quality and feels like it won’t break at all, but I don’t need it as the dress is so stretchy I can just pull it on!

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As my bust is around 38” and my waist is around 29” I bought the size Medium, as my measurements fit pretty well into the listed ones. When I first tried it on I was worried the sleeves were too tight but they became so comfortable after wearing it for a little. The belt that comes with the dress has 5 grommets and I usually wear mine on the second to last, or middle with a longline bra. I am very tempted to get the Zebra Print version and would consider sizing down to a Small but then buying a spare belt in size Medium as the waist on my current dress is a little loose if I don’t wear the belt.

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I usually wear mine without a petticoat as I don’t own one, and I still really like the way it looks. This is a dress which I can really bang around in, doing anything from cleaning to constructing or even being on casual sets and of course looking glam the whole time. This dress also features insane pockets! As you can see I can fit my hand and half my forearm in them! All of the Vixen clothing is also made in well monitored factories in the USA and Micheline is very involved with the whole process of creation as she wants to create the best things. I could find no flaws in the construction of this dress and it looks like it will withstand a lot of wear!

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If you want a really stylish yet comfortable dress BUY A TROUBLEMAKER DRESS, honestly I can’t recommend it enough. The dress costs around $170NZD and shipping is around $30NZD(mine took 11 days to get to NZ). I paid $204.49NZD with shipping, but of course this will fluctuate due to exchange rates. This is probably one of the most expensive dresses I’ve ever bought, and it is a huge investment. I’ve already worn it so much and know I will continue to get a lot of wear out of it!

It’s insanely comfortable and stylish, you can wear it on the go or in bed, it’s ethically made and of an incredibly high-quality. This dress has truly won over my heart.

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Big thanks to my doll Miss Flossypots for taking these photos of me and having me round for leopardy doughnuts and chats!! Check out her blog if you don’t already subscribe!

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Hell Bunny ‘Forever Dead’ Dress Review

Hi all,

Recently I saw on one of the vintage groups I follow that a clearance shop in my town had a whole bunch of Hell Bunny dresses on sale. I’ve never owned any Hell Bunny items before so I thought I should check it out. I was able to pick up the ‘Forever Dead’ dress for only $70 which is a great deal for here.

Also sorry for the pictures, they aren’t great as I had just got home from work and had to hurry as I had people coming over later.

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This dress is made from a 98% cotton 2% elastane which will be really good for summer as we are just coming into it. The fabric is really lightweight which is a nice change as I own quite a lot of heavy and wool blend clothing. The front of the bodice is lined with a plain black of the same fabric, which is good as I feel like this fabric would be far too thin for a single layer in this style.

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Here’s a slightly brighter picture to help show the design. This is a halterneck dress with a sweetheart neckline. The neck ties are made out of a contrast black fabric along with the fold-over bust detail and waist contrast. It also features self covered buttons which is a nice detail.

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This is me admiring the print haha. I’ve admired it online for quite a while, but wasn’t sure how it would look in person. I am a huge horror fan so it only made sense that I should have some zombie pinups in my life, and of course surrounded by black. I also like that the print includes bows, stars and stitched together hearts which mixes it up.

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As you can see part of the back has shirring in it which helps it to stretch, which is handy. I figured I would be a size small as I tend to float around that size, and I tried it on in the shop and it seemed alright. I find the bust fits mine pretty well, mine is around 36”. If I was going to wear this without a bra I might want it a little more snug. I wasn’t actually able to find any standard size chart for Hell Bunny dresses but this dress measured at a 30-31” waist, which seems rather large for a size small. I have a 28” waist and think I will definitely end up taking some of this dress in.

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I was quite disappointed to find the straps were only just too short to do a Halterneck Conversion. I’m not a huge fan of halterneck dresses as I get a really sore neck and shoulders from them. Miss Victory Violet’s tutorial rocks and I thought the straps would be long enough, but alas. They reach each other at the front though so I think I may put in a button and buttonhole.

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This dress will be super handy for summer and I love the print, but I’m not sure if I would buy another dress from them. Maybe if I got something in an XS and from overseas I would give it a go (this dress was originally $140NZD which is more than I price my custom dresses at). Perhaps it is just a brand that doesn’t work with my bodyshape, which is understandable as not everything will.

If you’re in Wellington I suggest checking out the Cosmic Clearance store on Cuba St for something well priced.

Thanks for reading!

Pinup Girl Clothing – Juvenile Delinquent Dress

Finally I’ve gotten around to doing a new blog post. Sorry I’ve been late posting recently, but I am opening a shop which is the biggest workload I’ve faced in my life (exams have nothing on hauling furniture up and down hills on my own).

Today I will be talking about the Deadly Dames Juvenile Delinquent Dress which is a Pinup Girl Clothing brand. I believe this is a re-release of an older style, and had been eyeing it up since the promotional pictures starting floating around. Then I saw it in my local store Frock n Soul (previously Vintage Heaven) and of course I tried it on and instantly fell in love. I didn’t have the funds but a few weeks later I saw they were having a sale so hell yes it was mine!

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I’ll start off with the size and fit since I think this is a hugely important selling point for this dress. I bought this in a size small which according to PUG fits a 34-37 inch bust, 26-28 inch waist and 36-38.5 inch hips. However, this does fit my measurements of 35-27-42 so there is plenty of room and as you can see in the photo above I still have quite a few notches in my belt I could let out. The only couple of issues I had with my hips being larger than the suggested measurement is that the skirt can ride up (which would probably be fixed with a silky slip) and the back slit is pretty much constantly open (but again, an easy fix with a small insert if it bothers you (sewing it up would work fine too because the fabric has so much stretch)). I do find it enormously comfortable which can only be a blessing with a wiggle dress, I do not feel that it is too tight on my hips at all.

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I adore the design of this dress, it’s definitely a pinup-y enough style but also has a slightly edgy look. This was featured in PUG’s Dames Who Ride Lookbook and I 100% think that as soon as you put this dress on you channel immense badassery. I find the stretch also allows you to feel very comfortable and confident, which means it is a great entry level pinup dress. The neckline detail and sleeves are finished with an overlocked rolled hem which is nice and neat and the actual neckline is finished with bias binding. I really like the contrast and the way it makes everything sit, with the neckline being flat and the full bouncing details. I am super glad that it came with the wide patent belt as well so I can use it for other outfits too.

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The ruffled bustline is a really great detail which helps to draw attention to the top half. And it does have a fairly high neckline which is great for those who don’t want to show off too much cleavage, but it is still low enough to be interesting. I’m not a huge fan of the bow, but I think it wouldn’t be as interesting if I removed it, and a big satin one would definitely change the look. I also expected the sleeves to be ruffley, but how they are is nice and allows the neckline to take centre stage.

It can be a bit of a struggle to get on as it doesn’t have a back zipper. I definitely suggest not doing your hair until after. I managed to put it on over my makeup and lipstick, but am used to such maneuvers. I have seen that a few people have issues, especially if you have wider shoulders, so either put your makeup on after the dress, or practice putting it on and taking it off without letting it touch your face.

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I just thought I’d share a little bit about my foundations. I always wear shapewear under a wiggle skirt (unless it’s late at night and I whip it all off so I can slob out) and this is my current winning combo for this dress. I am wearing my Evollove Night Sky Contour Bra which I have previously reviewed on this blog and my Rago Firm High Waist Leg Shaper in Black which I bought from PUG (I’m not sure what style number this is). I actually hated this piece of shapewear until a few weeks ago when I decided to remove the side boning and channels, since then it has been a dream. I kept having the problem of bra and girdle boning colliding which sent either one of them directly into my side. I bought the size 28 which was a bit of a gamble but I do manage to wriggle it on and off when I need the bathroom, taking the side boning off made it a lot more comfortable.

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I do adore this dress, it’s comfy and stylish and I think that is something everyone needs in their wardrobe. It’s super easy to throw on for a lazy comfy day, or to dress up in perhaps with some red heels and hair flower. Pinup Girl Clothing only has it in plus sizes at the moment and I’m not sure if/when they’ll be restocking. There are also a couple left at Frock n Soul if you’re local, but I don’t think they’d be too hard to find around the place.

Thanks for reading! I’ll try to have another post out in the next 2 weeks.