Tiptoe Through The Tulips With Me

Although I rarely purchase Vintage Reproduction as of late, I still very much love to support independent designers that create fabulous handmade to order designs. For ages I swooned over the gorgeous dresses by She’s Dynamite, a one lady business based out of the UK. Every time she released a new design, I found myself day dreaming of wearing each one as they are all simply magnificent. When Miss Victory Violet debuted the Tulip Dress in red velvet by She’s Dynamite at Viva, I was in love! But I quickly started to wonder how often would I wear such a fancy occasion dress, so again the voice of reason said it was not very practical. Well it must of been fate because several months later, She’s Dynamite released the Tulip Dress in a darling eyelet cotton in an array of beautiful summery and staple colours…yellow, pink, blue, white, black and PURPLE!!!

Available in Customs sizes ~ MSRP £225.00

Since every design is made to order by She’s Dynamite, you must ensure to provide accurate measurements for a proper fit. If you are unsure how to properly measure yourself, I recommend contacting Stephanie (the gal behind She’s Dynamite) for assistance. She also states on her website the current production time for placing an order, currently it is approximately 6 weeks. If you need it for a specific occasion, ensure to order well in advance also factoring in shipping time from the UK. Before I knew it, my breathtaking Tulip Dress arrived and it was love at first sight. Now here’s the thing when I ordered my dress…silly me, I went with my usual measurements (bust 36″, waist 27″) but in reality I’ve gained a bit of weight so I “should” have really said a 28″ waist. In the mean time, I was bound and determined to fit into my dream dress…thanks to my trusted Rago waist cincher and patient hubby, it zipped up! It was everything I could have imagined and SO MUCH MORE! The Tulip Dress features a breathtaking strapless 3D tulip petal bust, a lined and boned bodice with internal ‘waist stay’ belt to stop the dress from slipping down, a full voluminous skirt with pockets and back zipper closure. The purple eyelet fabric is simply exquisite and a lovely thick cotton. I opted to go with the standard skirt length of 27″ but it can easily be customized to suit your height.

After daydreaming of owning a She’s Dynamite design for ages, the Tulip Dress far exceeded my expectations. The quality and craftsmanship is absolutely flawless. Now for those of you wondering, yes the Tulip Dress by She’s Dynamite is SO worth the price! If you can imagine, the tulip bodice is intricately constructed and molds to the body perfectly. Just think, you are buying a custom fitted design that has so many elements to create a one of kind masterpiece. Normally I find myself fussing with petal style bodices but the tulip petal bodice stays perfectly in place right off the hanger and can be worn folded down or left up for two unique looks. I was really surprised by the thickness of the cotton eyelet fabric; it holds its shape and drapes so wonderfully. There is so much time and attention to detail placed in every element of the design. I have only ever seen internal ‘waist stay’ belts used (which are used to stop the dress from slipping down) in vintage dresses and Haute Couture designs. The Tulip Dress can seamlessly transition from daytime to evening, perfect for almost every occasion.

When I first saw Miss Victory Violet style the Tulip Dress in purple with gorgeous emerald green accents, I immediately thought it was match made in heaven. I fully intend to wear mine with green as well but I opted to showcase a more Cinderella glamorous styling. I paired the Tulip Dress with vintage rhinestone jewelry and lucite heels. You can definitely add a petticoat for added volume in the skirt but I personally love the natural drape of the eyelet cotton fabric.

For those of you who are just discovering She’s Dynamite for the first time, I can only rave about their Tulip Dress and say that you will not be disappointed. Not only is Stephanie incredibly talented, she is an absolute sweetheart. I have to admit, I am constantly stalking her new designs and quickly discovered we both share an obsession with the colour yellow. Hopefully that will be my next purchase from She’s Dynamite, so stay tuned…

Don’t Let Your Dreams Just Be Dreams

Let me start off by saying a heartfelt thank you for the overwhelming response following last week’s post. I am so humbled by the outpouring of support and to those who took the time to share their stories with me. Together we can make a difference and be the ones to start the conversation.

With my closets overflowing, I have been rather conservative with my shopping in recent months and focused on appreciating what I already own. For ages, I lusted over owning a gorgeous vintage dress with three dimensional roses but they always seem to elude me; either selling in a heartbeat or simply way outside of my budget. One day, I spotted the magnificent Rachel Jensen (formally known as Chicago Chic) wearing a stunning wiggle dress with 3D roses by Heart My Closet. It inspired me to reach out to Heart My Closet in hopes of creating my dream dress without breaking the bank.

They did not disappoint, Cynthia (the lady behind Heart My Closet) sent me photos of a custom sleeveless dress they had created with cascading roses in a beautiful blush pink. I knew that was exactly what I wanted but in a more classic design; red roses set on a solid black background, a full circle skirt and cap sleeves. The price was sadly outside of my means at that time so I put my dream dress on the back burner once again. A few months later, I received a newsletter advertising 30% off sitewide so I immediately contacted Cynthia to see if my custom order dress would qualify for the sale…and she said YES!!!

The custom design process was quite simple: I sent inspiration photos for the style of scoop neckline and sleeves from another of their designs, matched with the full circle skirt of the original blush 3D rose dress. They requested a simple list of measurements and my dream dress was soon to be made a reality.  Although the production time was estimated at 4-6 weeks, my dress arrived in less than a month. It was love at first sight…it was everything I had ever imagined and so much more! I was blown away at the beauty of the intricately hand sewn roses cascading down the bodice and skirt.

Seeing as this was my first purchase from Heart My Closet, I was truly amazed that the fit was absolutely perfect. It fit like a glove! There is a fair amount of stretch that allows for ease and comfort, the cap sleeves aren’t restrictive whatsoever. I was incredibly impressed by the superior quality and craftsmanship; honestly well worth the regular $200 price tag. Each rose is painstakingly created by hand using satin ribbons. The bodice is fully lined, made from quality fabric that drapes effortlessly, and has an invisible back zipper closure.

I first discovered Heart My Closet when the show Mad Men was making its way into the mainstream. They made gorgeous reproduction of Joan’s classic sexy secretary pencil dresses. I had heard so many great things about their designs but never pulled the trigger for no good reason at all. Let me state for the record, I am kicking myself now for waiting so long. My dream dress has been hanging proudly in the closet since this past August, going unworn waiting for that special first occasion. There was no better time than New Year’s Eve to take her for a spin and I fell in love all over again.