This is possibly the most difficult dress to put on and/or take off of any I have ever owned. Like others, I missed the whole shelf bra thing and it is totally unnecessary and complicates the process considerably. Instead of that, they could have put a zipper in the thing, anywhere would have helped. I bought the bright navy and color is lovely but the fabric is (for my taste and climate) heavy and stiff. I wear a size 4 and on me, because of the stiffness of the fabric, the pleats stand out away from my frame and it reminds of nothing so much as what we used to term a "Maternity Dress"! It has a raised empire style waist which adds to that effect. I would have preferred a natural waist would have been much better for me. The length is good, hitting right at the top of the knee. I will now have to decide if I want to try to work with it, removing the shelf bra and hoping that when it is washed, the fabric will soften or if I just want to return it.
Pretty Except the back
I ordered this dress and loved the deep sea green and bright navy colors the colors are a little bit deeper than the photos. I am pear shaped so that said the front of the dress draped very nicely and the pleats really finish the front of the dress, the sleeves were comfortable but could stand to be a looser. The shelf bra is a pain and is easily twisted in the wrong direction. But the back of the dress left a lot to be desired. It would have been so much prettier if they continued the pleating in the back. As it is, it is plain in the back with a center seam going down the back. It also bunched in the small of the back and there was no getting around that. I sent these back.
Love all the dresses I have ordered except this one. Be sure to note the self-bra lining - I missed that and I can't wear it. Just saw a review that someone removed the bra lining - think I will try that.
Love this dress!
I bought the black dress to wear with a gorgeous cardigan, some black knit tights and short black boots. I get so many compliments on the dress. Did I say it is also so comfortable? And it's figure flattering. Definitely will recommend to friends!
Sioux Falls, SD
I order this dress in the Ruby. I love the style and the fit, although, I think it runs smaller than other items I've gotten from Chadwicks. The only disappointment was the color. The ruby has more brown in it than you would expect from the pictures. I keep the dress because it's cute I just would love it more if it were a brighter red. (Mine was made in china as well. The description reads imported, though).
this dress is so perfect, I ordered it in all 3 colors! I love the texture. I Love the material. I love the fit. More colors, please! Mine says "Made in China" too.
New York, NY
Perfect quality and look - I love this! Chadwick's makes perfect cotton knit dresses, it is not first one I ordered. Though mentioned "USA", the olive one I ordered is made in China :) I needed to carefully remove the Shelf-bra lining. It is very good designed for "yang breast" so that no a bra actually needed, but, in my case, after 2 kids long-term nursing, I looked too flat... having this shelf-bra attached and my additional support bra becomes heavy to wear this gorgeous dress in hot SC. I am happy with this dress after my small adjusting :}