A New Teacher Dress from Shabby Apple

Hi everyone!

Recently I was looking around at the Shabby Apple website and checking out all of their  dresses which are styled like vintage clothing. I thought they were all pretty great but I specifically wanted a dress I could possibly wear to work - then I could let you know what I thought of it and if indeed you might be able to add something from them  to your teacher wardrobe.

Here is the dress I got (by the way I did not pick it because the model has red hair like me - coincidence!)

It is called "Study Hall" and I thought it  might work.  It came in a padded envelope and when I opened that it was wrapped with a pretty green tissue paper "belt " of sorts - a cute touch.

The dress itself is short sleeved and on me the length was such that it fell just below the knees. I'm a little on the short side (5' 3 1/2") so if you're taller it would probably be knee length. The fabric was a brown tweed like fabric but an unexpected and fun touch was that there was some gold thread within the brown fabric which I really liked. If you're not expecting it though  you may be surprised. I like sparkles and fun stuff so I am a fan. It makes what could be more of a serious dress fun! The dress  has a high neckline and has a slightly nipped in waist. There are also unique details with the fabric and some big buttons which are hard to explain but take a look at the pictures and you will see.  Very interesting! I thought maybe there were some pockets within the folds on the front sides but there were not. 

Close up of one of the decorative buttons. Also you can see it on the waist in the picture above with the model.

When I looked inside the dress, it had a solid lining and overall the dress had a nice weight to it. This is no flimsy,  quickly made dress. If I looked at the lining I could see all sorts of details that I didn't quite understand  and but I know affected the fit. Check it out below.

 For fit, the dress was pretty good although if I had a longer torso (I have been told I have a short torso) it would fit a little bit better. I ordered the medium and I think I probably would really have done best with size large or more likely, right in between. Aren't most of us always in between sizes? I am curvy and it may look a little better on someone who is a little less so.

 Overall the "Study Hall" dress  looked nice and I was impressed with the quality. I also give the fabric a thumbs up. I definitely think this dress and some others on the Shabby Apple site would work for a school dress. I also noticed they have fancier dresses too for nights out of the town perhaps or weddings. Have any of you bought from Shabby Apple? What did you get?

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