Saturday, 22 August 2015

Outfit post: Potty Lotty

A few people have asked for a closer look at this yellow dress, so here you go. I thought I'd take advantage of the heatwave and get Mr Robot to take some photos.


The dress is 'Potty Lotty' by a company called Mistress of Vintage, who I'd never heard of. I bought it at the Vintage Nostalgia Show. I always plan to shop at the show, simply because I know I can try things on. I'm terrible for buying things over mail order that then either don't fit or don't suit me; buying at the show ensures fewer costly mistakes.

It was the print on this that called out to me. I have a romantic streak – everyone into vintage does, even if they don't like to admit it – but I'm not one for too many novelty prints, and even most florals are too much for me. I also don't like washy prints ('watercolour' effects just remind me too much of ones from the 1980s), so aside from the occasional oversized 1950s rose print, if it looks like it was done with a brush, you can keep it. Give me bold deco or atomic shapes. The strong, flat colours and strong lines of this one were definitely my sort of thing.

The lady on the stall was really helpful and told me she'd designed this for herself when she was a much larger size (she's tiny now!). In fact, a lot of the firm's clothing goes up to a size 24, which is great to see. You can tell she understands fuller figures. The off-centre buttons mean attention isn't drawn straight to the centre of a large bust or stomach. The dress hugs my chest nicely without clinging to my middle, and makes me feel fantastic. The fabric has a little elastane in it, so it stretches, making it very comfy for work. Although the website says hadwash, mine went in the machine without any problems.

There's only one problem with this dress: it should have a matching belt. I didn't realise that when I bought it, but there's a gap in the buttons. There's a belt with a shiny black buckle in the dress on the website. I did email and tweet them to see if I could get a belt, but have had no reply – they're a small firm, I guess, and might not have got round to it. Happily, there's a spare button on the inside, attached to a laundry label, so I shall pop that where the buckle would go. I don't really need a focus-pulling belt around my middle anyhow.

The lack of a belt hasn't put me off either the dress or the brand. Mistress of Vintage do some other fab prints, including one based on the old 'Homemaker' china pattern, and I really like their blouse and pencil skirt combinations, so I may well buy more from them in future. (And no, I have no association with them in any way, I merely bought my dress and loved it.)

12 comments :

  1. That dress is gorgeous, I just love the print. It looks great on you and is really different to anything else I've seen. I don't have enough prints in my wardrobe either, something I definitely need to work on.

    I'd never heard of Mistress of Vintage before, so thank you for letting us know about them. I love their red coat and blush 1940s dress, although I'm not keen on the fake buttons at the back.

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    1. I do struggle with prints, but Pinterest has really helped me narrow things down. Pinterest and my spreadsheet.

      I find a couple of the better repro brands have garments I like, but their choice of prints is soooo not me!

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  2. What a marvellous print! I missed that one at the Nostalgia show but there was another brand that had one similar in blueish tones. I love seeing you in these gorgeous dresses of yours, no need to wait for sunshine, I'd be just as happy seeing you against grey skies! xx

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    1. I think they did do a blue version, though it's not online. Maybe it sold out!

      I've been taken aback by how popular the outfit post has been. I don't do them very often because I worry that people will be bored by them. Perhaps they won't.

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  3. Oh yes, having the buttons to the side is a great effect for larger busts. The print is fun too, and the length is realistic for most women to wear. I like your handbag/shoes combination with the dress.

    I agree with Porcelina-don't make us wait for a sunny day to see your lovely self.

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    1. I shall bore you all with my frumptastic style! Or possibly horrify you with tales of my burlesque costumes...

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  4. Great dress, you look fabulous in it and the fabric is a lovely print. I have a similar vintage one in bright green with the offset buttons and a square neckline. Haven't had it on for a long, long time. Now I am inspired to find it again. Xx

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    1. Bright green is good. Especially on grey days like we seem to be having now. (Sod off, autumn, we're not ready for you yet...)

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  5. The colour is lovely on you and the fit splendid.
    There's very little in my wardrobe without a print. I fell for an amazing 1970s maxi featuring Toulouse Lautrec's La Divan Japonais at the weekend but sadly for me (but fortunately for my purse) it was miles too big. xxx

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  6. What a beautiful print! I love a good yellow vintage dress. They're extra chipper and boost the natural joy of vintage all the more.

    ♥ Jessica

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  7. Bath(ed) in sunshine - pun intended. :)
    I love the dress, darling. And there will always be some strange reaction to buttons - I simply love them!

    Marija

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  8. Lovely dress, the off centre buttons make a really pleasing feature as well as helping to avoid comedy accidental boob flashing!

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