Today’s item comes all the way from the U.S.A. with a long stopover in Germany, according to the tracking! This one has a long winded name so take a deep breath – it’s the “Pinup Couture Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Yellow Train Border Print” from the “Magic of Mary Blair Collection”. Phew!
Mary Blair is best-knows for her concept art on some of Disney’s most visually stunning films including Cinderella, Peter Pan and – my all time favourite – Alice in Wonderland. I’m sure copyright laws make it nigh-on impossible for those images to be used by a legitimate clothing company, but the jaunty train print reminds me of the circus train in Dumbo (which Mary Blair briefly worked on).
Designed and manufactured in the U.S.A., the “Jenny” skirt features good-sized, hidden side pockets which fit a large smartphone or small wallet. You sometimes look strange pawing through the side of your skirt trying to find the opening, but you can store enough in there to make it worthwhile.
The cotton-sateen fabric has a nice weight to it, which is good as the skirt is unlined. It can still do a Marilyn in the wind, but you’ll feel the skirt lifting so you can preserve your modesty (or flaunt your downstairs) as desired.
I’ve learned from previous experience with the Pinup Couture “Jenny” skirt that the waistband will stretch and they tend to be sized larger than other items like dresses, so I’m wearing a size Small in the picture. While this fits perfectly for a nipped-in waist, the waistband constantly folds down without a belt to hold it up.
I have a 30″ waist but it squishes down quite well so for swing silhouettes I go for a 26-27″ waist. According to the Pinup Girl Clothing size chart I should wear a Medium for this effect:
Having worn this skirt twice, the Small has a 26″ waist.
This skirt hangs quite limply under its own weight, so needs a petticoat or underskirt to give it fullness. I wear a relatively short petticoat underneath and there is enough volume and weight of fabric to keep a good shape without being fully supported to the hemline.
I purchased this on sale from discount website Zulilly but it is still available from Pinup Girl Clothing for $102 (USD). It’s a good quality product but I wouldn’t personally be prepared to pay full price given the waistband issue and me being a cheapskate. I’m waiting for another “Jenny” skirt from Zulilly along with other Pinup Couture and Pinup Girl Clothing items, they seem to be offered there quite regularly.
I hope you’ve found this review helpful!