I always strive to be completely honest with my readers so I must tell you that I was not really a fan of the Mon Cheri by Deadly Dames when it was released. Maybe it was the fear of exaggerating my already pronounced hips even more or just my lack of ability to relate to the models wearing them on the site. So many fans were raving about the Haute Couture quality and design…I started to waver. Once I saw photos of the Mon Cheri on other customers, I came around and ordered it in olive green from Rowena.
Available in XS – 2X in mauve, olive green, champagne and black – MSRP $160USD.
Based on the size chart, I was definitely in a Medium (bust 36, waist 29, hips 41).
Maybe it was because I was having a terrible day when my dress arrived, I was nearly in tears when trying it on. Why? The puckering on the hips scared the heck out of me and thought something was off on one side. Also, the waist was very tight and felt it looked awful on me. So I decided to put it aside and try it on another day.
A couple days later, I attempted it once again. I figured out that the side that felt off was because one of the sewn in pleats was misaligned. It is minor, so I think some ironing can fix that (hopefully). I had tried it on with the Rago 1294 but found it was very noticeable in the stomach area and decided to go without. Then disaster struck! While lifting the skirt, I heard a loud “rip”! I was nearly in tears again trying to get the dress off to see what happened. Low and behold the back slit ripped about 2 inches. There was no way for me to lift the skirt without this happening since it was so fitted in the hip area. I am having my seamstress move the slit and reinforce it so this does not occur in the future.
With all these troubles, I was worried this dress was just not going to work for me. Thankfully after receiving some lovely compliments from my boyfriend and PP friends, they convinced me it was truly gorgeous and I was just focusing on the unfortunate mishaps.
The Mon Cheri is fully lined made from a mix of organic/synthetic blended fabric. It will give a bit with wear to form the body or with a gentle tug in the snug spots. It comes with a velvet removable belt to provide a defined hourglass shape. It is the true definition of Haute Couture at a more reasonable price. I suggest to pair it with nude or black seamed stockings and your favorite pair of heels (Black, Nude).
Although I had a few mishaps and roadblocks, I have learned to love the Mon Cheri dress. It is definitely not for everyone and I suggest for you to order up in your are in between sizes.