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Welcome to Core Worlds Couture: A New Fashion Review Column by Jay Krebs!

Welcome to Core Worlds Couture: A New Fashion Review Column by Jay Krebs!

Core Worlds Couture With Jay Krebs

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Welcome to the first edition of Core Worlds Couture, a blog dedicated to the fashion and accessory finds from my corner of the galaxy! I am an avid fan of geek fashion, and with approximately 50% of my entire wardrobe revolving around my various fandoms, it just seemed like a logical step to talk about my finds here on Coffee With Kenobi, and give some personal insight to these items. I am a Family and Consumer Sciences high school teacher with 23 years’ experience, and one of the areas I instruct is fashion design and clothing construction. Stick with me, and you’ll never know what you may find here: clothing, jewelry, shoes, accessories…whatever happens to make the jump from retail to my collection!

All reviews will contain the following information:
* Item description
* Retail price and/or price I paid, including and S/H charges, shipping time, item availability, etc.
* Satisfaction with packaging/shipping (if applicable)
* Size advice/information (if applicable)
* Durability
* Washing/care instructions (if applicable)
* My overall rating, pros and cons, etc. I will assign a score of up to “5 Galactic Credits”

Thanks goes out to Aaron Harris of the Coffee With Kenobi family, for coming up with this idea, and to Coffee With Kenobi co-founder Dan Zehr, for giving me the opportunity to branch out from my regular CWK blog, which posts on the 18th of each month.

It would be impossible for me to go back and catalog, let alone review everything, so I’ll pick and choose some of the most recent things I’ve acquired, as well as some of my favorite pieces. From there, I’ll keep you updated on any other new acquisitions! Sound like fun? Let’s do this!

Star Wars by Her Universe/Hot Topic BB-8

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Image – Hottopic.com

Item description (from Hot Topic website):
Join the Rebellion and transform into your favorite astromech droid in this Hot Topic exclusive dress from Star Wars featuring a woven Jacquard BB-8 pattern fabric, BB-8 eye belt and buckle, mesh shoulder detail and tulle underskirt.

“For BB-8, I was very inspired by vintage (1950’s) dresses. The hip details were perfect for facilitating a nipped waist and full hem while directly referencing his character design. We loved the idea of having a belt, of having matching accessories in general, which was much more common in vintage dresses. The 3D buckle being his ‘eye’ is a cute throwback that also helps create the visual illusion of the dress being BB-8’s body. The Jacquard was another special touch, the raised pattern adds texture and is modeled after his markings.” – Kelly Cercone (2015 Her Universe Fashion Show Judges Winner)

Price: $64.50 plus $4.99 S/H (also available in-store, but limited quantities/sizes available by store location). You can also ship site-to-store for free (orders over $20.00 are free to ship to store, but I live about 45 minutes from my nearest Hot Topic).

Received: in a little over a week, with e-mail shipping notification and tracking information available through Hot Topic. Shipping can take up to 21 days, depending on the item, so be sure you leave yourself enough time if you’re planning to wear it for a specific occasion.

Packaging: Your typical bubble-type shipping envelope. The dress was a bit scrunched when it first came out, but it ironed very easily (see care below).

Size: I ordered a Large. Her Universe notoriously runs a bit on the small size, at least for me, so I almost always go for at least one size up, depending on what I’m getting. Always check the size chart guide on ANY website if ordering online.

**Note: I usually wear anywhere from size 8-12 bottoms, Medium shirts and short length pants. I am 5’3”, with a semi-athletic build and not much of an hourglass waistline, due to age, kids and surgeries, so I need a little more room around the middle!

Durability: The manufacturing, craftsmanship, stitching and overall quality of the dress were pretty impressive, actually. There is a lot going on. The outer shell is a nice weight, but not too heavy. The back closure zipper are reinforced nicely with extra rows of stitching. The metal belt accessory is heavy, but not too heavy, and the design is lacquered to protect it from fading, scratches, etc. The inner skirt has about 12” worth of netting before attaching into the underskirt.

Close-up of the embossed design on the main skirt

Close-up of the embossed design on the main skirt

 

Underskirt/netting detail

Underskirt/netting detail

 

 

 

 

Belt closure detail

Belt closure detail

Washing/Care Instructions: The tag says it’s machine washable, inside out, cold water (see tag for the rest), but quite honestly, I wouldn’t machine wash it. I would take it to a dry cleaner! Why? The netting around the neckline is very delicate, and I would be afraid that it would snag. Even if you put it into a pillow case first (which I do for delicate items like this, or something with sequins or other embellishments), I wouldn’t trust it. Also, the beautiful button at the top of the neckline is covered in a satin-weave acetate, or similar petroleum-based fiber, and those tend to shred over time in a washing machine. Also, the netting on the underskirt would get disfigured in the wash, and you really shouldn’t iron that, (or the netting around the neckline) because it’ll melt very easily! The overskirt was, however, very easy to iron (I used a medium heat setting on my iron). One other caution: the dress is white…so if you attract stains, this might be a challenging color for you!!

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My overall rating/reaction: I really love this dress. I ordered it to wear to the graduation ceremonies at the high school where I teach. The event was outside (Memorial Day weekend) on our football stadium turf field, which is usually at least 10 degrees hotter than the regular ground. I didn’t feel too hot in the dress, despite the weight and the layers, but the underskirt was a bit itchy on bare legs.

The belt was a bit of a challenge – I couldn’t get it to close securely (it was probably my ineptitude), so I ended up using a small strip of Scotch tape on the back to hold it together. It worked just fine!

I love the neckline. It’s a very flattering neckline for just about anyone – the sweetheart effect with the attached netting was perfect for my slightly rounded face, but the netting added a beautiful effect.

Back closure detail - neckline and zipper

Back closure detail – neckline and zipper

The length of the dress was perfect for me. Like I said, I’m 5’3”, and the hemline hit me just below the knee. Even with all of the layers going on, the weight of the dress and the amount of fabric did not overwhelm my small stature at all. Sometimes that can be a challenge for me, like I look as though I’m swimming in fabric, but not the case with this dress.

I felt like I was Audrey Hepburn! I pared the dress with a white flop hat, which featured a black flower, and chose to wear black open-toed mid-rise shoes, to help the black detail pop just a bit more. I also opted for faux pearl jewelry – necklace and earrings, gold stud earrings for my additional ear piercings and a gold/diamond tennis bracelet, to keep everything dainty.

I got SO many compliments on the ensemble! Those who knew Star Wars – and the fact that everyone in my town knows I’m a huge Star Wars fan – could tell that the dress was inspired by a Galaxy Far, Far Away, but for the casual observer, it was simply a beautiful orange-and-white dress!

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A padwan learner of mine and I HAD to snag a photo together after the ceremonies! She is proudly wearing her Rey swing dress, also from Her Universe – under her graduation gown

I would highly recommend this dress for any special occasion. I wouldn’t wear it to teach in my classroom on a regular basis, however.

As for my numbers: I would give it 4 Galactic Credits out of 5. (The only reason I didn’t give it a 5 is due to the delicate nature of some of the fibers used, thus requiring the extra-special care).

If you have this dress, or get this dress, let me know your thoughts!

Leave your comments below, or you can contact me directly! My favorite social media vice is Twitter, just so you know 🙂

email: jayk@coffeewithkenobi.com
Follow me on Twitter! I have two accounts: @JoyceKrebs, @KrebsKlass (my classroom account)
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