Evans calls it a “blue velvet drape pocket dress”. I’ve been calling it the “Beth Ditto dress”, “blue velvet dress”, or “the dress” for short. Oh, and it is — at least, it feels shorter than this picture appears (perhaps because the picture was taken by someone taller than I):
The dress arrived weeks ago, but I haven’t had an occasion to wear it. The man of the house was concerned about the shape and the fit — he felt it was too short, that the skirt tapered too much (apparently he’s not a pencil skirt fan) and it “looked like a vase”.
I thought it was great, although shorter than I’d thought. I liked how it looked on me and that it was comfortable. I also liked the pockets.
Saturday I wore The Dress all day at a convention — with black leggings & Mary Janes. Oh, do I ever LOVE this dress. The velvet stretched enough to be easy to move in. Yes, velvet is warm, but the short sleeves and short skirt kept me from being too warm. I was comfortable. Oh, and those capacious pockets made it easy to have my wallet, cellphone, and other useful accoutrement with me.
I also got compliments, including “Where did you get that? It’s fabulous!” I ended up explaining who Beth Ditto was to several folks, which isn’t bad either ;)
For reference: I’m 5’8″, weigh 400lbs, and got the dress in UK size 32, which is supposed to be a US 28.
Edit to add: Marianne Kirby aka The Rotund posted about this dress too. Devon also wore it in this post. Devon lives in the UK and posted many reviews of the Beth Ditto collection on her blog.