Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Sunday Snag – The Bucket List Dress

Mint condition 1940s peplum dress with novelty print

Teaser Trois!

Here it is, my googly eyed friends! Behold the glory and splendor! 
{Pull all jaws from floor before reading further}

My Bucket List Dress. This is it. Now I can definitively answer someone when asked, "If you could buy just one dress...". Well, within reason of course (I couldn't entirely break the bank or this would indeed be my one dress). Nonetheless, this is the prettiest thing I own. My closet's new sugar coated candy treat. Do any of you play that game? The "If you could buy just one {enter object here}" game? I would love to hear and/or see your answers (just leave a comment and/or link to share with me)!

I purchased this dress from a wonderful shop on Etsy called Swanee Grace. The owner was a lovely gal who answered all my questions and sent me one of my dreams wrapped in tissue. Seriously. 

You may recognize this dress if you've been following my blog for a few months. I featured this dress in my Amethyst post for those born in February. Often, the dresses I feature are ones that I would love to have and wear myself. This was obviously no exception, but I set it in the "Do Not Touch" section of my brain. When my husband gave me the green light to get my Bucket List outfit (click here(shoes) and here(hat) to catch up on the story), I ran to the computer and looked to see if this beauty had been snatched up yet. And there it was. Waiting. Just for me. 

Click. Bought. Started crying. Giggled with delight. That is how this dress found its new home with me. She is a mint condition, 1940s rayon jersey in black with purple peonies, green leaves and a novelty print. The jersey is heavenly, drapes so well, and has the slightest bit of stretch due to weave. Hard to see here, but the print is really interesting too. Each little square frame pictures scenes from country life. One shows two women and a child with water or feed buckets, one shows a little donkey eating grass, and one shows a mother and child on a bike riding to town. How delightful is that?! 

The dress has the typical sleeve type, shoulder pads, and peplum of that era. The peplum has a crisp sheer mesh edging, the waist has a fabric tie of the same pattern, and the neckline! Oh that neckline! It is scooped with a sheer mesh panel, edged in ruffles, and accented with a wee bow.

I will have already worn the full outfit with the shoes and hat by the time you are reading this. My scheduled date night wearing this dream was on Wednesday, but because my date week continued, you'll have to be satisfied with enumerable teasers until I can get back to the real world and post photos of the ensemble. 

Thank you all for waiting so patiently and for falling in love along with me! I hope to have an outfit post this week as my Thursday Thrill, so stay tuned!

Novelty Print 1940s peplum dress with sheer neckline

Black and purple novelty print on a mint condition 1940s dress

Ruffle Edged 1940s dress with peplum skirt

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  1. The colours are detail are absolutely stunning. So happy you were able to acquire your dream dress! Not sure if I could pick just one...

  2. It is beautiful Jamie! The neckline caught my eye immediately. I love the waist too. It must have been so hard waiting for it to arrive in your mailbox. Looking forward to seeing you all dressed up :)
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  3. It's gorgeous! I bet it looked beautiful with the hat and shoes. :)

  4. This dress is so you Jamie. Can't wait to see you in it. So happy you were able to get your dream dress sweetheart. :) xo


  5. How beautiful!! I can't wait to see it all together :). Hope you're having an outstanding week of dates!

  6. Squeee!! Gorgeous on every level. A beautiful dress.

  7. This s a great dress, I really love the colors and pattern.

  8. Gorgeous dress!!!! I think it's awesome that it was waiting especially for you and that it, like all of your creations, seems to tell a wonderful story!

  9. Wow this dress is gorgeous!!

  10. It's beautiful Jamie!! As for me, I would buy a soft pink pair of wedges from Aruna Seth!
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  11. Hi Jamie, glad you got your dream dress! It is very lovely, I like the pattern, the colors and the shape! For sure will suit you well! Kisses and have a nice day! xo

  12. Hi Jamie! I really love the dress from the colour, to shape and pattern!


  13. It's a beautiful dress, I've only peeked at that fab vintage site before, it's good to know someone who has bought from them now. I always want to try on vintage before online shopping though. I love the colours and print of it! Can't wait to see you style it!

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  15. Loving the print! I especially like the sheer top!

  16. I like the waistline detail, and I love the gorgeous colors!

  17. Such a pretty dress! I love the colors!

  18. Oh my good lord it's just beautiful - I'm so glad I called in today! Love, love, love it!!

  19. Oh what a beautiful dress! Great colors and draping oh my! I hope you do a post with it on. Just lovely!

  20. It truly is a show-stoppingly sublime, gorgeous classic! Happiest congrats on your incredibly lovely new frock.

    ♥ Jessica

  21. Thank you sooooo soooo much everyone!! This was so much fun and having you all share it with me has been truly wonderful!