For some reason googling "the pretty dress that I want" is not returning the right results....
July 3, 2012 10:41 AM   Subscribe

How do I find other dresses like this one?

So I'm crazy into this dress but, seeing as how it's already sold and I'm not a size 3, I'm trying to find other ones that look a lot like it. Patterns would be fine too. I'd happily welcome links directly to dresses, but I'm also curious about what search terms should I be using. I know those are butterfly sleeves, and the buttons mean a shirtdress, but what is that neckline called? I thought it was a keyhole but that returns a lot of stuff that's strapless or halter and nothing with the neck fastener like that--same with sweetheart or heart-shaped. Also would welcome other forums to ask on or resources for looking up fashion terms. Thanks!
posted by kelseyq to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
That's a princess seamed dress, Mandarin collar with a keyhole.

I'd take it to a seamstress/tailor to see if it can be recreated. Actually, that's not a very tricky dress to sew.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 10:45 AM on July 3, 2012 [1 favorite]

I'd call it a peekaboo Mandarin collar, personally.
posted by Andrhia at 10:47 AM on July 3, 2012

It looks like keyhole mandarin collar gets you a lot of similar necklines, too, at least on Google shopping.
posted by Andrhia at 10:50 AM on July 3, 2012

Since it's Etsy, I recommend you contact the seller directly via the web site and ask her/him to make you the dress you want in your size. IME this has always worked! Could probably get it in different fabrics or with other modifications, too.
posted by TrixieRamble at 11:38 AM on July 3, 2012

Ah, shoot, I just realized the dress was a vintage item, not handmade. My bad. Maybe the seller could give you more info on search terms, though?
posted by TrixieRamble at 11:39 AM on July 3, 2012

- saw this a while back, you could always buy some cheap practice dresses from a thrift store.
posted by abitha! at 3:54 PM on July 3, 2012

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