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The Tuesday Dress, a fitted shirtdress with a full button front and softly gathered skirt, is a redesign of one of my favorite SS16 styles, the Aster Dress. As a forever lover of shirtdresses, I wanted to create a dress similar to the Aster but more cold-weather appropriate, so I added long sleeves and used super-cozy fabric. The result is a dress with similar shape and fit to the Aster, but unbelievably warm and a perfect candidate for wearing with tights. The Tuesday also has hidden side pockets perfect for carrying stuff and sleeve cuffs that look just as great rolled up as they do buttoned down.
- Main fabric: 100% khadi cotton
- Lining: 100% organic cotton
- Designed, cut, and sewn in Arkansas, USA
- Full button front closure
- Fully lined
- Fitted in the waist and bodice; loose in the skirt
- Hidden side seam pockets
- Measures 35" inches long from shoulder
- Hand wash cold, line dry, warm iron as needed (learn more about garment care here)
This dress is made of handloom fabric woven by hand in India. Handloom was the way basically all fabric was made from the dawn of time until the invention of electricity and modern milling techniques; it requires a high level of skill and craftsmanship, using the same techniques that were used centuries ago. The handloom process uses zero electricity, and the industry employs many skilled workers in rural areas of India where other jobs are scarce, making handloom super sustainable in addition to being breathtakingly beautiful. (Read more about handloom on our blog here.)
This particular fabric is made of 100% khadi (i.e., handspun) cotton. It's a soft, textured, midweight fabric, good for winter layering but breathable for warmer days. The fabric has a true black base with white threads forming the grid pattern; it pairs excellently with darker denim, jewel tones, and black.
The dress is lined with 100% organic cotton double gauze, produced in India, that I have hand-dyed a shade of dark grey using fiber-reactive dyes. It is unbelievably soft and breathable.
In addition to the fabric, this style uses 100% organic cotton thread, 14 vintage mother-of-pearl buttons, and organic cotton labels.
Take a look at our Size Guide to find your size.
The Tuesday is fitted in the bust and waist, so use your bust and waist measurements when determining your size. If you're in between sizes, especially in the bust, I recommend sizing up.
Alyssa is wearing a size Small and is 5'8" with a 35" bust, 26" waist, and 37" hip.