Item Name: Urban Outfitters Silence + Noise fishtail shirt dress
Appearance: Rings of Akhaten
Combined With: All Saints Axelle Denim Jacket, All Saints Jules Shearling Biker Boots, Urban Outfitters Deena & Ozzy Red Satchel, Urban Outfitters Aztec Eagle Necklace, Topshop Hexagon Earring Pack (Green), Whistles Rana Double Chord Friendship Bracelet, black tights.
Original Retail Price: unknown
Materials: 100% rayon
Here comes the review of my favourite enemy: the UO Silence + Noise fishtail dress from RoA. Why is this my favourite enemy? Clara cosplayers who already own it will know what I’m talking about.
I bought this dress when I was still relatively new to Clara’s clothes and I bought it in my regular dress size, which is S. I was very surprised when I opened the parcel and realized I could just about breathe in it. The dress was insanely tight on me but not in areas you might expect like the breast area or the stomach. No, these areas fit me perfectly, but I realized it was very, very tight above the ribs. Unless I somehow found a way to get rid of my ribcage, this dress in size S wasn’t for me.
It took me several months, but eventually, I found another Clara cosplayer with a size M who wanted to trade for a smaller size. When I tried on the next size up, I found yet another surprise – the size M looked like a tent on me. To show you just what difference one size makes here, I will include two photos of me wearing both sizes:
Luckily for me, I’m not too shabby with a sewing machine so I will alter the M at some point. It’s such a lovely dress and it would be a shame if I couldn’t wear it. So, fellow Clara cosplayers, watch out for the size when you buy this one. However, I’ve heard from people who are a regular size L and who own this dress in a size L that it fit them quite well, so it’s probably just a problem that affects the smaller sizes. If you watch RoA and look closely enough, you can see that the dress doesn’t fit Jenna so very well either – which is probably why she kept the jacket on at all times.
Another problem I’ve noticed with both sizes is that the button holes were made the wrong way around and the buttons keep popping at the smallest movement. There is an easy solution to this one, which is making the holes a little smaller with a few stitches. It’s just 10 minutes of needlework, but it will improve the fit massively and keep your buttons from opening at random.
This dress can be found on all the various websites where people sell used clothes: eBay, Vinted, Depop or the DW Cosplay Sales community on Livejournal. Prices vary, depending on whether the person selling it knows that it’s a cosplay item. I think the highest I’ve seen it go for is around £150, but I’ve seen them sold by non-cosplayers (aka cosplay muggles) for £15. For various reasons, I wouldn’t spend too much money on this one. The fabric is very light and fragile and prone to fraying at the seams, especially if your dress is a little tighter. Mine is already fraying at the collar edges. The fabric of the dress is 100% rayon.
If you manage to find a size that fits you in good condition, you’ll have a marvellous summer dress that is very, very flattering and looks gorgeous when worn. I know, it doesn’t usually look like much on a hanger, but it looks so lovely when it’s worn, especially if blue is a colour that normally suits you. I’ve also found that Clara’s fishtail dresses look incredibly good and flattering on a short person like myself.
Alternatively, if you’re good with a sewing machine, the pattern is available on Spoonflower. This is probably a wise option for Claras who don’t fit in any of the sizes and don’t want to alter one of the store-bought dresses.