OK, I lied. I could not just leave my dress in the closet without shooting photos of it. I am always paranoid that I would get a stain on it, or accidentally tear it, that it wont be on the record anymore. So when I wore the dress this weekend, I asked my husband to bring his camera and we dropped by the old Niles downtown. It was the perfect place for my 50s dress — old train station, old buildings with tons of antique shops. I got lots of “I love your dress, I wish people dress more like you these days!”, or “I remember my mother used to get dressed up and go out like this, and now I am in my jeans and Tshirt!”, I love those compliments!
So here’s the dress, it is made from a linen+rayon blend from fabric.com, very drapy and a perfect print for this mood. It was quite wrinkle free as well, but doesnt recover from needles too well. I got lazy and did not want to deal with the complicated button holes, so I just hammered 6 shiny black snap buttons on the front, whichs works well with the fabric!
I am not sure where that bustline seam is suppose to fall. It currently hits right below my nipple area, which looks fine, but I wonder if it is suppose to be below my bust. I love the necklines though! There’s just something really elegant about a big curvy and round neckline! I was worried about the pleating and volume of the skirt making me look too dwarf in this dress. However, it turned out perfect, I feel just right with plenty of fabric and gathering underneath that skirt! Perhaps when you are going for the 50s look, you are not suppose to look THAT slender!
I got those red pumps from a vintage etsy sale. I didnt do too much make up for this shot, and just curled my hair, as I still have the “real” photoshoot for this coming in a few weeks. (The occasional bright red lips are post-photoshop make up by my husband, since I dont own a bright red lipstick!) I think it sorta works, but I will take one of your suggestions for hair&makeup for the next photoshoot!
The site for this photoshoot is awesome, I think it is a perfect place for an engagement photoshoot! I love the green diner train, the bright red engine head, the old train station littered with old things, and the lack of people. We were suppose to stop by for only 10 minutes to grab some quick photos, but we got distracted by the cool stuff in the antique shop and the discovery of the train station, that we ended up staying an hour! If you live in the bay area, I lightly recommend going to niles downtown as it is loaded with fun!
I love this dress so very much, I wish I can wear it every day & everything. I wish I lived in the 50s, when everyone dressed to the nines, everyday!