For some months now, I’ve been interested in the adorably gingham Gretel dress by Collectif. It’s got everything a gal hungry for summer really needs: red gingham cotton (you know, picnic style!) fabric, heart buttons down the front of the bodice, lace trim, and well-placed halter straps. I know that lots of people aren’t comfortable wearing halter-style dresses, but this one’s different. With a good strapless bra, the ties put no pressure at all on the back of my neck!
Unfortunately, Collectif’s sizing varies wildly from style to style and they do not post garment measurements on their website. Luckily, I was able to use posted measurements for the dress at another site to estimate my size (I bought the 16/XL to accommodate my bust; my Bust/waist are 42″/32″).
Since Collectif was out of my size (and ships all the way from the UK, which means hefty transit fees), I opted to buy my Gretel dress from Sourpuss Clothing. Sourpuss’ items are usually very competetively-priced, and it’s one of the few online shops in the U.S. that carries items from the Pinup Girl Clothing brands.
While I’ve got your attention, here’s a pic of that lovely custom-colored cotton wingbust circle-skirt dress by Whirling Turban that I ordered a couple of months ago. The construction is perfectly 1950s and the color is amazing! I chose “emerald” bust accents and a “charcoal” main dress color. I opted also for a back zipper, though the stretch-ruching on the sides and back of the bodice mean you don’t need zip entry to get into the dress. It’s still a little box-wrinkled in this photo, but you can still see the beauty and quality. I’m wearing the dress over the bullet-cupped Goddess Lace Longline Bra and a Malco Modes 591 tea-length petticoat.