Heyday! at the Vintage Nostalgia Show, and it's already become a wardrobe staple. I hadn't planned to take it on holiday, but popped it in the case at the last minute and it was perfect.
I'm always really impressed by the quality of the cotton fabrics Heyday! use. Just before I went away, I caught my sage bow blouse on a door handle at work, and rrrrrrrip! Straight open from armpit to waist (I was pelting through that door!). However, the stitching gave way but the fabric remained intact, so all that was needed was to re-sew the seam. This dress is similarly sturdy, made from a good, thick cotton that definitely isn't see-through and doesn't crumple horribly as soon as you look at it. It irons up beautifully.
The dress pulls on over your head and then there's a simple cloth belt to pull it all into shape. I guess if you're one of those lucky people to have full hips and a tiny waist you might want to try one on before buying, to see if you're happy with the amount of fabric bunching at your waist, but it's fine on an apple type like me. Given how much I stuffed myself in Paris, that tie-as-you-like belt and loose main dress came in very handy! It also means you can wear the dress a bit looser in hot weather. I've been thinking of getting a buckle and turning the tie belt into a proper belt as I don't really need a bow emphasising my middle.
The Judy doesn't show much cleavage and goes down past the knees, so gives a good amount of coverage, but the fun prints it's available in stop it from looking frumpy. I really love this particular pattern. It's very strong and graphic, and the large number of colours in it means it pairs happily with all sorts of coats and cardigans that I already own. It's available in all sorts of colours, and I have been eyeing up the striped version, though the range includes solid prints, chickens (!) and a pretty, subtle floral.