Saturday, June 25, 2016

Dress Review: Mahjong Madness

Hello Kittens!


I had to share this newest print and my newest dress from Trashy Diva with you all!

Trashy Diva has really been hitting it out of the ball park with great prints this year! When I first saw this print, the Mahjong print, released by Trashy Diva about two weeks ago I couldn't resist adding it to my basket and checking out right away. Not only do I adore the print, a novelty midcentury print featuring colorful (i.e. easy to style with) mahjong tiles all over, I am also in LOVE with the fabric, lightweight cotton voile!

Cotton voile is a super soft, almost shear fabric. What I love about Trashy Diva dresses in cotton voile is that Trashy Diva always (so far at least) lines their cotton voile dresses, so not only is the dress incredibly lightweight, but it also has some extra fluff in the skirt which I love! Also, in my opinion cotton voile Trashy Diva dresses are also the easiest of all TD dresses to wash at home. They usually take well to a cold machine wash in the hand wash cycle, though officially the tag on all TD dresses say dry clean.  (Full disclosure: I haven't tried it yet on this dress so when in doubt always follow the instructions on the tags)

Now on to the cut. This print came out in three dresses (the Annette, the Trixie, and the Shirtwaist dress) and several separates (gathered mini skirt, circle skirt, and lena blouse). Right away I knew I wanted to try this print in the shirtwaist dress. The shirtwaist dress is one of Trashy Diva's newest dress cuts. It features a classic 1950's shirtwaist style with fully functioning buttons all down the front of the dress. It also has a small almost peter pan type collar. The sleeves are a longer length sleeve. When worn uncuffed the sleeves goes a little beyond my elbows. It can be worn cuffed (as I did in the pictures below) to any desired length. I like to wear it cuffed just to my elbows. I really think it gives the dress a great 1950's silhouette. The skirt has pleats along the waist at the sides and all along the back which gives it a great flair. This dress also comes with a matching belt and has pockets. Another feature they added to this dress is a hook and eye at the waist and a little snap button at the top button to keep everything looking smooth and polished when it's on. I have to admit though, I was disappointed that this shirtwaist dress lacked snap buttons that go all the way down at the spaces between each button. If you are familiar with their past designs you might know what I'm talking about. In the past with some other cuts like the Louise blouse and Darling top to name a few, TD used to put in the extraordinary feature of adding a hidden snap button between each button in front button styles. This was perfect to keep front button styles from gaping. I wish this was something they continued on with style as I feel this style really needs it! One other thing to note is that this dress does not have any zips anywhere. It doesn't need it, but it was still unusual to see it wasn't there on the dress.

A word about fit: I got this dress in my usual size 10 and it's a perfect fit. There is some gaping at the front between the buttons but I think it will be an easy fix to use a bit of double sided fashion tape or for a more permanent solution I might add some snap buttons myself.

Overall, it's an amazing dress and I hope with the introduction of this print that means there will be more cotton voile in the future for TD's summer line!


Trashy Diva Shirtwaist dress in Mahjong- Front View

Trashy Diva Shirtwaist dress in Mahjong- Front View

Trashy Diva Shirtwaist dress in Mahjong- Side View

Trashy Diva Shirtwaist dress in Mahjong- Back View

Trashy Diva Shirtwaist dress in Mahjong- Close Up


Trashy Diva Shirtwaist dress in Mahjong- Sleeve Close Up

Trashy Diva Shirtwaist dress in Mahjong- Gathered Waist Close Up

Trashy Diva Shirtwaist dress in Mahjong- Close Up






12 comments:

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    1. Thank you Katherine! <3 I love the combination of print and cut on this one!

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  2. I've been seeing this print from Trashy Diva on a few other blogger pages and I love it, such a unique but awesome print!
    This style dress looks so great on you! xo

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    1. I've seen this print getting a lot of love too! It's fun seeing it on different body types and also seeing what cut other people chose. Thank you Camilla! <3

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  3. Love the shirtwaist dress on you! Shirt dresses are just so great. Yes, I'd loveee more cotton voile to come out, too!

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    1. Yes! This one actually reminds me a lot of the Bernie Dexter shirtwaist dresses you love so much minus the front zip. So fun that TD has come out with a new shirtwaist style! <3 And yes! More cotton voile please! :D

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  4. I really love the colour palette at work here. It's eye-catching, but not glaringly vibrant, IMO, and that lends it all the more of an authentic mid-century look and feel. Thank you for the great review of a dress that looks absolutely beautiful on you, sweet gal.

    Big hugs & happy tail end of June wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. <3 Thank you Jessica! And I totally agree! Because it's not glaringly vibrant it really gives it a more authentic mid-century feel! I love that observation! Also, funny fact... a group of cats is a glaring as in a glaring of cats! :D I love collective nouns :D

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  5. This is such a fun print and I love this cut, beautiful! x

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  6. That print is sensational! I think you chose a great style, that should see you through a few seasons and from work to play too. I see what you mean about the little gape - but it's very minor, so a little snap and 5 minutes sewing should sort that out for you. xx

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    1. Thanks Porcelina! I couldn't agree with you more! ;) I definitely feel like I made the right choice with this one! :D

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