I am so excited to be sharing today’s blog post! Months and months ago (in fact it must have been the end of last year!), Miss Candyfloss asked if I’d like to collaborate with them and design my own pieces. I just about flipped out, I was so ecstatic with the prospect. I have a huge love for all Miss Candyfloss designs and so the chance to design alongside them was such a treat.
My two designs (yes, there’s two!) are part of their Autumn/Winter Librarian Girl Collection. As soon as I heard that that was the theme, already had ideas flowing- collars, buttons and belts oh my!
Fun fact: We were always a family who read together, my Mother being a major bookworm and both parents reading to my brother and I for years. My passion for reading really grew in my early teens largely in part to the absolutely lovely librarians at school who introduced me to historical fiction which to this day is my genre of choice. I became a student librarian at age 13 which involved helping out one lunchtime a week and continued all the way through high school, becoming Head Librarian in my final year. So it’s funny how this theme does totally relate to me!
Now, I’m no dress designer so my starting point was searching through vintage patterns to find a silhouette that I thought would work. From there, I added or changed things to suit and decided on the fabric from the samples that Miss Candyfloss had sent me.
The Ella-Raspberry Dress is the first of the two designs to be released and features a adorable scalloped peter pan collar, sleeves and belt. There’s with a faux neck tie, the gathers on the chest add some extra detail and the base colour is a beautifully rich raspberry red. For a perfect lipstick match, try Besame Cosmetics American Beauty!
I’m not a fan of hugely high necklines so I designed the collar to scoop ever so slightly down into a slight V for a more flattering look. I love that by choosing these fabrics that both contrast and compliment eachother, they have a feminine feel without being too overly cutesy which a peter pan collar can sometimes give.
I’m wearing my usual size Medium in Miss Candyfloss items and it’s a super comfortable fit. I’ve accessorized with off white but for winter, I’ll likely opt for black.
The Ella-Raspberry Dress retails for €102.50 comes in size XS-5XL but it looks like sizes M and L have already sold out on the Miss Candyfloss website- I’m so happy to see that everyone love it! If you need one of those sizes, do check stockists like TopVintage to see if they have it on stock.
Thank you ever so much to the wonderful Elizabeth J Photography for these beautiful pictures, we took them months ago and it’s so exciting to get to finally share them!
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Disclaimer: Whilst this dress was gifted to me, I never accept anything that I do not truly love and all opinions expressed are honest and my own. The integrity and honesty of my blog is very important to me as are my readers
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