Friday, September 26, 2014

Trashy Diva Dress Reviews: The Maria, The Lena Sarong, and The 1940's Flutter Dress In The New Trashy Diva Prints

I can hardly believe that I have acquired all these Trashy Diva dresses in these new prints!

When I saw these prints introduced on their website I thought for sure I would have to wait til next Christmas for their Christmas sales to see what was left over in my size.

They first came out their Crepe Myrtle print and it was gorgeous! But I waited too long and The Ashley dress I wanted in that print sold out in my size.

Then they came out with their Blue Hawaii print which was so classic and so beautiful. But once again I waited, hoping they would have some left in December... and the Lena Sarong I loved was completely sold out!

Then they came out with their Seersucker and Chambray dresses! Oh they were killing me!!! But luckily at that time I was already working on my own seersucker dress which was red and white rather than their navy and white so I was okay with letting this pass even though it was so hard.... and I wasn't that into the Chambray.... Also, to be fair, when these first came out I decided to buy myself the Trashy Diva Apple Pie dress-- a design from last year which was getting increasingly hard to find and increasingly sold out from TD and outside vendors. The Apple Pie dress almost has the body of the Seersucker Apple Tart dress with a full though not as full skirt, and black body and a black and white gingham bust. These two are so similar and I did like the Apple Pie more so it wasn't that hard of a decision. (Though I'm still hoping they might have some of these left in December!) ;)

Then they came out with their Waterlilies print! A Waterlilies in the Sweetie dress?!!!!! Oh, they make it so hard to resist! (Still hoping something will be left in December!!)

I think all you Trashy Diva fanatics out there know my plight!

But then they came out with the Turquoise Floral print. And there was one in the Maria! A bright happy blue with lots of colors like pink and purple and yellow and green and white with lovely big flowers all over. Now this I could not resist! I had a coupon code that was begging to get used and it was going to expire soon so I went for it and bought this Maria. I missed out on the Maria dress when they had the yellow and the black embroidered versions so I felt slightly justified in really wanting and subsequently buying this one. ;)

The Maria Dress in Turquoise Floral:
I got this lovely little number in my usual size 10 and was surprised it still fit a little big. It is definitely a little loose in the bust and shoulders but I'm sure that if I sized down it would be too small in the waist. This dress has beautiful colors that I have not seen coming up too well in any pictures I've seen on the internet so far. It is a beautiful shade of rich turquoise blue on a more blue side, with pink, purple and yellow flowers with green leaves, and white highlights. It has faux buttons at the bust and a high mandarin style collar. The cap sleeves are loose and comfortable. The pleated skirt is full and flowy. It has a side zip and comes with a self fabric covered belt. Overall, this is a lovely dress with lots of comfort!

Trashy Diva Maria Dress In Turquoise Floral- Front View

Trashy Diva Maria Dress In Turquoise Floral- Front View

Trashy Diva Maria Dress In Turquoise Floral- Side View

Trashy Diva Maria Dress In Turquoise Floral- Back View
Trashy Diva Maria Dress In Turquoise Floral- Close Up

After the Turquoise Floral print, Trashy Diva continued to tease me by coming out with their Cherries Print. What I really loved about this Cherries print is that it's not your run of the mill rockabilly, overtly red and obvious, cherry print. These cherries seemed somehow a little more sophisticated. A little more classic, and not in a modernized classic retro way, but a more true to form vintage style classic print way. But what really pushed me over the edge with the selection is this print was the dresses they had in it! They released this print in the ever lovely and loved Streetcar dress. One of my favorite dress styles from Trashy Diva! And they also came out with one I've never seen before, a 1940's Flutter dress! This dress, from what I can tell has the same body style as the 1940's dress with flutter sleeves.

I have a dress from Stop Staring that has flutter details and I absolutely love it! Flutters gives dresses such a romantic feel and it's just so feminine and so vintage.

Even though I had a hard time deciding which of these two styles I would like more, I ultimately decided I liked the 1940's Flutter dress more which worked in my favor in the end! I would not have dared to buy another TD diva dress so soon after buying the Apple Pie dress for my bday in early July, AND the Turquoise Floral in August... but I got offered a writing assignment from Cats Like Us which I jumped at the chance at and while I was waiting for my writing credit to come in they popped this beauty on their website and were even selling it at an awesome price! So with my commission from Cats Like Us I swooped on this dress like a hungry bird going after one of these delicious cherries! :D

The 1940's Flutter dress in Cherries Print:
I contacted Trashy Diva with my measurements asking their suggestion which size to get in either this dress or the Streetcar dress. They suggested that with my measurements I should get a size 12 which they said would probably be a bit big in the bust but would fit my waist better. Well, normally I would have followed their instructions but in this case, since I had my Cats Like Us credit to use and Cats Like Us was selling the 1940's Flutter dress at such a great price, and Cats Like Us was sold out in the size 12s, I decided to take the chance and buy the size 10 and see how it worked. This one fit! It is very fitted in the waist but not overly so. I think in this style if I got it in the larger size 12 it would have made me look too top heavy or bulky in the shoulders with the style of sleeves anyhow. This is a wonderfully flowy dress with a fitted bust and fitted waist. Those are some good combinations in my book! This dress has the body style of the 1940's dress: a low v-neckline with lots of gatherings at the top and bottom of the bust and at the shoulders, as well as on the skirt. The back is also a low v-neckline with gatherings. The waist has a thick and sleek cinching band that is lined to help with waist control. Taking a closer look at the flutter sleeves I could not find any joining seams and was amazed to find out that each sleeve is comprised of a full donut shaped circle attached at the arm holes! That must have taken a lot of fabric to do this for each dress! I do wish the flutter on the sleeves did not go down so low at the underside of the sleeves... after a few wears I might make some alterations on that, but that would completely change the full circle sleeves so I'll have to think of that some. This dress has a back zip.

Trashy Diva 1940's Flutter Dress In Cherries- Front View

Trashy Diva 1940's Flutter Dress In Cherries- Front View

Trashy Diva 1940's Flutter Dress In Cherries- Side View

Trashy Diva 1940's Flutter Dress In Cherries- Back View

Trashy Diva 1940's Flutter Dress In Cherries- Close Up

And just when I thought all my currently new Trashy Diva purchases were done until at least the December sales, Trashy Diva put out some great dresses on super sale on their ebay shop. It seems that they do this once a year to clear out their stock of damaged and defective items. But if you are handy with a needle and thread or don't mind paying a little extra to take it to a seamstress you can get some really great discounts on brand new Trashy Diva dresses! During this sale I was so so so so lucky to find the Lena Sarong in the Blue Hawaii print for only $55 and it was in my size, 10!!! The damage on it was a little hole at the zip seam at the bottom of the zipper. It probably happened when someone was trying to shimmy into the dress and was a little too rough with it. Rayon can be so delicate sometimes. Honestly though, it was the tiniest little hole that was easier to fix than it was trying to get the wrinkles out!

The Lena Sarong in Blue Hawaii:
The Lena Sarong in Blue Hawaii is the epitome of classic 1950's sarong style. While tropical in print and flowy fabric, it is very elegant in form and fit. The bodice has a structured and multiply-pleated bust with a structured pleated under bust. The waist is slim and fitted and the fitted skirt has a lovely attached yet draped sarong. At the top of the sarong is tie stash which helps finish off the look of the draping sarong. The straps on this dress are adjustable with differently spaced buttons to attach it onto the back of the dress. Also, there are elastic panels on each side of the top to ensure a perfectly fitted look. Finishing off the whole look, in true classic Hollywood fashion, an attached drape sits over the right shoulder and flows down the back.

Trashy Diva Lena Sarong In Blue Hawaii- Front View

Trashy Diva 1940's Flutter Dress In Cherries- Side View

Trashy Diva 1940's Flutter Dress In Cherries- Back View

Trashy Diva 1940's Flutter Dress In Cherries- Close Up

How lucky I was to be able to get all three of these prints in my favorite dress styles they came in! Keep an eye out for those sales ladies!!! Because sales are the best!

For reference my measurements are 39-31-39 and I'm 5'3" and all of these dresses are size 10.


  1. Oh my goodness, THREE fabulous dresses in one post?! I think my favourite is the first one, the colour is just sublime. Lucky lucky girl! x