Stella is derived from two separate vintage patterns. The dress, circa 1956, is stitched in raspberry bengaline which is a decidedly quintessential fabric of the period. The shirt-waisted dress buttons up the front with 11 self covered buttons. The five gore skirt is full enough to be plumped up with a petticoat or crinolines for added fullness. The simple lines of the bodice create a crisp tailored silhouette with raglan sleeves. The notched scooped neckline is a beautiful way to frame your face. We have left the Stella dress unbuttoned from the waist to hem to show off the accompanying petticoat. However, the dress can be worn completely buttoned with or without an underskirt.
We recommend that you pair the Stella with our two gore petticoat sold which is sold separately. The front and back gores have 8 darts each which shape from waist to hip. There are three ruffled tiers which are stitched from 4 yards of fabric. Stella's petticoat is now in a new fabric shown in the photos below. The creme and pink striped cotton poplin is lighter, more subtle, sister to the fabric seen above which is no longer available. The petticoat provides soft support to the full skirt of the dress. For the more extreme fullness ubiqutous for the period we recommend the use of two crinolines which can be found at other stores.
Dress: raspberry cotton acetate bengaline:
Petticoat (sold separately): creme and pink striped cotton poplin:
Dress is dry clean only.
Petticoat can be washed in cold water & tumble dried with no heat.