If you were a kid during the 80’s and 90’s, I bet you were dressed up as a sailor. Therefore, when picking a dress from the Yours Clothing Hell Bunny Range, really, there was no other option than the Ambeleside – a navy flared dress with nautical striping details on the collar, cuffs and hem, and a sweet little sailor collar!
Clearly I’ve kept this penchant for nautical themes and sailor dresses all the way through my adult life!
Originally, I ordered the 22-24 based on the bust measurements on their size guide, and I will tell you that was a real mistake! Like the last time I reviewed a Hell Bunny dress, I found this came up big – this time at least five inches too big, and could grab fistfuls of fabric either side of my waist.
I swapped it for the 18 – and this is the absolute perfect size for me! So I’d suggest going by the waist measurements on their Hell Bunny size guide instead of the bust.
The dress itself is so lovely, it’s a dark navy, crepe-like polyester, but still very breathable. The colour is just right to make sure it isn’t quite so costumey. Which makes it perfect for all occasions without having to go full sailor-mode. It would look adorable with a sailor hat, though!
Obviously being from Hell Bunny it’s a straight-up retro styled dress, but is slightly more on the 40’s side with the way the bodice is cut – I’ve made a dress with a similar bustline before, and I was delightfully surprised that this dress had been altered correctly to fit modern day busts since usually the gathering sits higher than the Ambelside.
Whilst taking these photos (If you’re ever in Alexandra Palace, you may encounter me and my tripod!) I had a lot of compliments on this dress, and it deserves it! It has slight stretch to give you and a gored flared skirt that will take bigger petticoats than I’m wearing. And it’s just a bit too cute, right? I bet my mum will like this dress!
Literally the only thing I don’t like? It doesn’t have pockets. That’s it, you can’t complain when there’s only one thing wrong, right?
Would you wear a sailor dress? Let me know in the comments!