Taffeta Sweetheart Cocktail Dress with Cap Sleeves
This retro evening dress is made from a beautiful Taffeta fabric in our Sweetheart neckline with a trimmed waistband and full fifties style pleated skirt.
- Product Details
Style: Sweetheart bodice with medium high V back, cap sleeves and full pleated skirt (shown with a petticoat - petticoat is not included)
Skirt Length: Standard skirt length is knee length at 23"-25" - please see options below for different skirt lengths or add a note in the "extra info" box if you want something in between
Sizing: Made to order in standard sizes UK 6-20 or made to measure for an additional £35-£50 (see tabs below for more size info)
Main Fabric(s): 100% Synthetic Taffeta
Lining: Fully lined in antistatic
Fastening: Zip closure at the back
Customizable: Sleeve length, skirt length, main fabric colour and piping can be customised on this listing or email us to discuss more customization options. Please note that if you add sleeves to this dress the back will be a medium high 'V' instead of a low 'V'
Production Time: 2-6 weeks to make a standard size dress and 3-8 weeks to make a made to measure dress plus 1-3 days to ship within the UK (or 1-3 weeks for international shipping)
Express Option: Please email us if you need the dress more quickly and want to find out about our express service
- Standard Size Chart
Size UK 6 fits Waist 24"/ 25" and Bust 31"/ 32"
Size UK 8 fits Waist 26”/27" and Bust 33”/34"
Size UK 10 fits Waist 27”/28" and Bust 35”/36"
Size UK 12 fits Waist 29”/30" and Bust 37”/38"
Size UK 14 fits Waist 31”/32" and Bust 39”/40"
Size UK 16 fits Waist 33”/34" and Bust 41”/42"
Size UK 18 fits Waist 35”/36" and Bust 43”/44"
Size UK 20 fits Waist 38”/39” and Bust 46”/47”
If your bust and waist measurements do not match with the same standard size then you might benefit from taking the full set of measurements and having a dress made to measure.
Our made to measure service costs an additional £35 if you take your own measurements and send them to us and means we will custom make the dress to your specific measurements. If you would like to visit us at the Dig For Victory shop to be measured and to then have a fitting when the dress is complete, this will cost £50 - £60 depending on the chosen style.
- "Made to Measure" Info
Below are the full set of measurements that we would need to tailor make the dress. There is a diagram at the bottom to help show how to take them.
Please take the measurements in your underwear, preferably while wearing the type of bra/underwear that you will wear under the finished dress (we recommend a supportive non-strapless bra). We are looking for the actual measurements of your body when relaxed, so no need to add any ease to your measurements, but also please don't pull the tape measure so tight that it squeezes your body at all or is uncomfortable.
Tip: We recommend tying a piece of ribbon around your natural waist first (smallest part of your waist) as this will help you to take some of your measurements
Overbust - Take this around your chest above your bust, with the tape measure going under each armpit and around your back and meeting at the front.
Bust - This is not the same as your bra size, take this around the fullest part of your bust, taken whilst wearing whatever type of bra you would normally wear under the dress. Take the tape measure around the back and meet at the front.
Underbust measurement - Take this around the ribcage just under the bust
Natural waist - It is important that this measurement is taken at the smallest part of your waist, this is normally 1 or 2 inches above your belly button. This may be higher than where you are used to wearing your clothing. Our dresses are a vintage style fit, which sits higher on the waist compared to most modern clothing.
Low Waist - This is around the circumference of your tummy, approximately 1 inch below the belly button
Shoulder seam to underbust - Take this from the top of your shoulder with the tape measure going over the middle of one breast to the bottom of your bra (see photo) This is to make sure that the top of the waistband sits snugly just underneath your bust
Underbust to Natural Waist - This measurement is taken from underneath your bust, where you took the previous measurement to. You can use the under wiring of your bra as a starting point and take it down to where you took the natural waist measurement (this is where the ribbon comes in handy!)
This is to determine the width of the waistband on the dress, the standard width is 10.5cm/4 inches but the waistband may need to be a little narrower if you are petite or high waisted, or a little wider if you are taller or have a long torso.
Back length - Take this from the nape of your neck, the ‘knobbly bit’, down to your natural waist (again, the ribbon!)
Arm Scye - This is the measurement that determines the size of the arm holes of the garment. Please take this measurement all the way around the top of your shoulder and under your armpit so that the tape measure goes all the way around and meets at the top (see photo)
Shoulder width - This should be taken straight across the back of the shoulders, from the corner of one shoulder to the corner of the other. Please try to do this without curving the tape measure around the sides of the arms.
Skirt Length - Our default skirt length tends to be knee length, so if you would like the skirt shorter or longer, say around mid calf or ‘Tea length’, then please let us know and also take the measurement accordingly. Stand in front of a mirror and measure this by taking the tape measure from your natural waist down the middle of one leg to where you would like the skirt to finish (try not to lean forward when you do this!)
Upper arm circumference - Gently take the tape measure around the fullest part of your upper arm
Above elbow - The circumference of your arm just above the elbow
Bra Size - This can be approximate as we know it will be different in different shops.
Height - Feet or cms are both fine.
If you are happy to do so then you can also include a full body photo of yourself (this can be done while fully clothed) and add any extra information you can give us regarding your shape and any issues you commonly encounter in the fit of your clothes. This will help us ensure a good fit and might also help us identify any anomalies (inaccuracies) in the measurements you have given us.
Also, please note that this style of dress is designed to be snug fitting on the waist and close fitting on the bodice and so we generally do not add ease to the waist measurements and only add 1cm of ease to the bust and underbust measurements. However, if you do not find snug fitting, non-stretchy clothes comfortable then please let us know and we can put some extra breathing room into your garment.