My fear of velvet dates way back to when I was a child. The thought of that material reminds me of the awful clothes my mom used to make me wear when I was little. The crush velvet dresses at Christmas time or the velvet shirts paired with corduroy pants…a child scarred for life! There was no way that I was going to go near velvet again when I was able to choose what clothes to buy and wear…end of story!
Well the story did not end there as you can predict…
When Micheline Pitt released the Film Noir in velvet I was running away in fear once again. It looked smashing on everyone that posted photos on the fanpage but I had my mind made up it was not for me. The rusty rose color was absolutely stunning…it was calling my name. For months I resisted the curiosity to try velvet again until my friend Maralynn posted ridiculously gorgeous photos of her wearing that exact same dress…SOLD! She allowed me to share these photos with all of you.
Above – Maralynn Adams: Photography by John L Hall. Click on the photo for a large view.
The Film Noir is available in XS-2X in rusty rose, champagne, emerald green and black – MSRP $110.
I purchased the Film Noir (on sale $90) with the same order as the Mon Cheri from Rowena. Based on the size chart I would be a Medium (bust 36, waist 29, hips 41). The Film Noir is made from stretch velvet so if you are in between sizes, it is best to size down if you don’t mind a snug fit. The draping/ruching will hide those little imperfections and define your hourglass silhouette.
I recommend that you wear some shapewear because the back of the Film Noir is quite unforgiving. It will show panty lines or any little imperfections. A pair of Spanx or the Rago will work perfectly. In my photos I am wearing the Rago 1294.
It is a little bit of a struggle to get into this dress if your hair & makeup are already done since there is no zipper. Make sure to keep this in mind when planning your preparations. I do find myself adjusting the bust quite a bit, it tends to slip down when wearing a seamless bra. I may take it to my tailor to see if she recommends taking up the shoulders or leaving it as is because I do not want to alter the bust draping.
The Film Noir is definitely an extremely comfortable and warm dress. It is more suitable for winter or cooler temperatures. The 3/4 sleeves give great coverage and not too tight since there is a considerable amount of stretch.
My fear of velvet has not been conquered but this dress has truly made me rethink my hesitations. You should definitely give it a try if you had the same reservations…you will not be disappointed!
P.S. The necklace we are wearing is the Pink Champagne Bubbles by Eldorado Club…also available at Pin Up Girl Clothing.