I LOVE THIS DRESS!!! Very retro, rockabilly, beautiful!!! I bought the red for a Christmas party at work. Wore a matching red petticoat underneath to give it a ton of fluff. The petticoat stuck out a bit which is what I wanted (very lacy looking).
The feedback from my coworkers was overwhelming! They all complimented how beautiful I looked and how the dress flowed. One of them called me "Christmas Barbie". =D
The dress is very high quality.... I'm rough on clothes and if the zipper stood up to me, it will withstand anyone. Great strong stitching, too. The little bows sat perfectly at the top of my shoulders. I have seen some reviews say the shoulders are too 'tall' and flop over; this can easily be remedied by wearing a padded bra (if you are small up top). I wore a strapless bra with double padding and it really helped to fill out the bust (I'm little tho!), and the shoulders did NOT sag.
The dress itself was very easy to iron. I used the iron on LOW with high steam; after ironing the whole thing, I hung it up and used the steam setting again and just let the steam rise up the dress.
The waist tie is awesome, too. Sturdy and did not collapse (sometimes bows just fall apart), I tied it like it is shown in the photo, at the side, but I think it would also look darling tied in the back.
Do yourself a favor and get a petticoat for underneath it! I can see how this would be a perfect spring or summer dress without the petticoat (it'll just be a little longer with more flow), but if you want that true retro/swing look, get the petticoat!
Posting some photos of me in the dress before our party. Very comfy and true to size. I ordered a SMALL --- I am 5 feet tall and 115 lbs. PERFECT fit. It has a little bit of stretch to it so if you wanted it to be a tad more form fitting you could size down a bit. I chose the SMALL (versus EXTRA SMALL) because I knew I was going to wear a heavily padded bra and the petticoat (I wanted a nice hourglass figure).
I'm going to buy another dress in a summery pattern. So beautiful!