The other week- after some niggling from Katja- I made a splurge purchase of four skirts. They arrived today and oh, boy. There really is a lot to say about them!
I would like to start with the skirt I ordered from Lindybop: The “Peggy”. I was very excited to order an official Lindybop item as I’d had my eye on the company for so long now. They come highly recommended from several people- among them Elsie from over at Sweet Baby Cadillac. And if Elsie gives a Reproduction company her stamp of approval, I know they are worth it. Unfortunately I was so, so, so terribly disappointed in this purchase.
Lindybop is not a bad company to order from, though, despite my disappointment. Quite the contrary, actually! The craftsmanship is wonderful and it certainly was not a let down on that front; it is well cut and sewn, and the fabric is beautifully patterned. The skirt is also made from a heavier weight fabric not unlike that used in the dress I purchased from DressLilly not too long ago. In terms of getting your money’s worth, it was a Jackson ($20 USD) that would have been well spent… Were I to keep it.
I believe the euphemism is “It’s not you, it’s me”. This is absolutely, humorously true in this instance. The problem ultimately does not lie with Lindybop themselves and their manufacturing- both of which I find quite up to my standards. Instead it is with the fact that it is simply not my style.
The fact, really, is that there is a certain… Look… That much of Reproduction clothing often goes for; most use the same cuts, the same patterns, the same styles, the same fabrics, and on and on… And the end result, in my opinion, often looks like an overexaggerated caricature of what is ultimately only a small sampling of vintage fashion. It is the driving reason behind why I often dislike Reproduction clothing and will more than likely never own a Hellbunny item- another prominent name in Reproduction Clothing.
Not all Circle Skirts are created equal. Some are much, much fuller than others- especially when taking modern interpretation of Vintage fashion into account. As a result, it is often very hard to tell whether a skirt will actually be in that style or not. Unfortunately this ended up just being one of those skirts. Not that there is anything wrong with this style, however. I find it very flattering on some, if not most, people. Miss Osira Rose would probably enjoy it and more than likely has one (or many like it) in her closet.
But when all is said and done, the skirt is certainly too long and too wide for me- both in regards to my body and my personal taste; I rarely find it flattering on myself to wear something twice as wide as my body is long, and it is simply not a silhouette that particularly I enjoy. Katja, however, has fallen in love with it and we have swapped. In fact, it seems I’ve spurred her into quite a wardrobe change herself! I cannot pretend to be sorry for it, either. The more the merrier, after all- and oh she does pull it off well.
Either way, I prefer skirt styles like this– which brings me to the next subject: The Grace Karin skirts, which more closely resemble the style shown in the photograph. While the Lindybop happened to be a disappointment that was (thankfully) easily solved, the Grace Karin skirts- all 3 of them- have exceeded my expectations.
These are absolutely marvelous skirts. Like the Lindybop, the craftsmanship is amazing- and they’re a few dollars cheaper, which is always better for my budget. They are also made from a high quality fabric which is rather heavy, and the patterning is crisp, consistent, and beautiful.
The best part about the skirts- and hold on to your hats for this one, ladies– is that they have pockets!
The pockets are well hidden, too. So well hidden, in fact, that I thought Katja- who received her skirt a full week before I did- was being cheeky by not telling me. The reality, though, is that she did not know hers had them until I told her about them. According to her, she had to stuff her head up the bottom of her skirt to find them! What a sight I bet that must have been.
There are only two downsides to the Grace Karin skirts.
First is that their fabric patterns are a bit more limited than other companies. Or, at least, I haven’t seen very many patterns from them. But even though their patterns are a bit limited in terms of what I am interested in buying, I still do enjoy their range of patterns more than Lindybop’s if I am being honest; they are more my style at the very least, and there is certainly no shortage of Floral prints to choose from.
Secondly, is the maintenance of the skirts. The Peggy skirt by Lindybop is at least Machine Washable in cold water and dryable on low heat- which ultimately makes them easier to care for and lower maintenance. I only with the same could be said about the Grace Karin skirts, though. Unfortunately they are not; the Grace Karin skirts are dry clean only with explicit instructions to dry flat. You will have to iron them before wear, too. There are workarounds to this, of course, but while it is not inconveniencing or unrealistic it is still a bit of an annoyance for me.
Still they do come in these zip bags, which actually proves to be very handy for one reason: Most have the slide zip at the top- though I did receive one that was more like a normal ziplock back; they are thick, resealable, and of surprisingly great quality and durability. If you order one then I highly suggest not throwing them away. These, at least in my home, can prove invaluable for protecting them against nicotine, pets, dust, and more. Certainly something to keep around in my opinion.
Altogether, I am very happy with the purchase even if I will not be keeping the Peggy skirt from Lindybop. I cannot wait, however, for the other Grace Karin skirt that Katja has purchased for me in exchange for the Peggy to arrive.