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After appearing in some form in each of our first three collections, this shirtdress has become one of Margu's signature styles. I wasn't originally going to include it in Building Blocks due to how long it takes to sew (those buttons don't sew themselves on by hand themselves!), but as I planned out the collection, I realized I loved this style so much that I had to make an exception.
With a fitted bodice, gathered skirt, and full button front, the Alice has the feminine silhouette of a fit-and-flare with the smart sensibility of a shirtdress. It's vintage-inspired but not quite retro, playful but not quite childlike, whimsical but not quite eccentric. The airy double gauze fabric makes this dress perfect for spring and summer, but the Alice layers exceptionally well over tights and under sweaters, too.
- Main: 100% organic cotton double gauze from India
- Lining: 100% organic cotton batiste from India
- Designed, cut, and sewn in Arkansas, USA
- Fit-and-flare silhouette with button front and collar
- Close-fitting bodice and waistband with gathered skirt
- Hidden side-seam pockets
- Fully lined
- Measures 35" long
- Machine wash cold, tumble dry low, warm iron as needed (learn more about garment care here)
This dress is made of organic cotton double gauze from India. Composed of two layers of gauze that have been tacked together, double gauze is unbelievably soft and breathable. It is light and airy and one of those fabrics that, like linen, is wrinkle-prone, but that's part of what makes it so great — even the first time you wear it, double gauze feels soft and rumpled and worn in, and it only gets softer with repeated washes and wears.
The dress is lined with organic cotton batiste from India. Soft, sturdy, and lightweight, batiste is the perfect lightweight liner for summer garments.
In addition to the fabric, this dress uses organic cotton thread, 12 vintage mother-of-pearl buttons, organic cotton interfacing, and organic cotton labels.
Take a look at our Size Guide to find your size.
The Alice is fitted in the bust and waist, so I suggest using both of those measurements when determining your size. The style runs true to size, but if your measurements fall in between sizes, I recommend sizing up, as the dress is quite fitted.
Anna is wearing a size Medium and is 5'8" with a 33" bust, 27" waist, and 42" hip.