Custom Order for Karli; Silk Dress; China Blues
A relaxed fit maxi dress with three tiered skirt, and generously cut sleeves gathered into a drawstring wrist. A placket V neck is finished with a neat stand-up collar. Based on Effie design.
A silk rouleau drawstring at the high waist gives the option of drawing in the fullness underneath the bust.
Lightweight 100% silk printed with an Indian design in blue and ivory.
Created from a carefully selected vintage silk saree. Fully lined in silk habutai.
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Sizing As the fit of all these dresses is meant to be loose and fluid it provides a fair bit of flexibility on sizing.
I have designated this a medium size. It is graded to a median UK size 12. The loose fit means it can fit a range of sizes from 8-14, the limiting factor is the more fitted upper sleeve so please check the bicep circumference to make sure you have enough ease there.
I have given the actual garment measurements below so it is important you ascertain for yourself how it will work with your own measurements. Remember to double the bodice figures to give maximum circumferences.
Underarm to underarm, laid flat; 56cms/ 22”
Waist, laid flat; 63cms/ 25”
Bicep circumference; 36cms/ 14"
Nape to hem loose; 50”
Construction The dress has a lining of fine silk habutai for extra body.
As with all of the Brighton Bohemian pieces, the quality of the finish is paramount, with French and bound seams throughout (no overlocking) to ensure both a comfortable wear and a long life.
Each of these pieces is created from a vintage 100% silk saree. The design is very considered, with the cut engineered to make the best use of the various areas of beautiful printed design on the saree. I will spend some hours before cutting trying out different pattern layouts to ensure the most pleasing finished effect.
Care; Whilst it is OK to dry-clean these dresses I would always urge a gentle hand wash instead where possible. Much better for the environment and your pocket! Remember that this is how these sarees would largely have been cleaned in their previous life anyway.
Gently agitate your silk dress in a bowl of tepid (not hot) water with liquid handwash detergent for delicates. I usually leave mine for 10 minutes or so before rinsing in warm water. Don't bother using a fabric softener, these can just build up as a dulling residue on the silk fibres and are unnecessary.
Gently press out excess water (don't wring) and then hang up on a padded hanger to drip dry...either outside or over the bath. They really don't take long to dry.
A press with a warm iron on the silk setting will bring your dress up beautifully...though I'll let you into a secret, I often don't bother pressing mine, if you hang it carefully to dry you can get away with it ;)
The ingredients Please be aware that these unique pieces are created from vintage textiles, which have had a previous life, so consequently there may be the odd very minor smudge or tiny catch to the surface of the fabric. These in no way impinge on their beauty, and you can be sure that they do not compromise the integrity of the material. Any little area of actual damage or thinning is repaired with a tiny embroidered patch (one of my favourite features!), and this is always clearly mentioned in the description.
Giving Back For each piece sold, £20 is donated to the World Food Programme’s Afghanistan Appeal.
Sustainability Every time a Brighton Bohemian piece is purchased a donation is made via Ecologi to fund the planting of 15 trees and make a positive net contribution to combatting climate change. The trees are environmentally high value and part of gold standard schemes designed and managed to benefit local communities.
Packaging Dresses are dispatched in acid free tissue paper and recyclable cardboard boxes sealed with kraft paper eco tape. These are placed inside pouches for weather protection during transit which are made entirely from an environmentally friendly compostable bio-plastic created from sugar-cane.