Originating from 18th Century France after a nearly 70 year long ban on the production and importation on cotton, Toile de Jouy was created by textile worker Christophe-Phillipe Oberkampf and designer Jean Baptiste Huet. Toile prints were used to convey political messages, record historic events and of course popular themes of the time.
The demand for the fabric was so great that printing companies in England and America quickly came up with their own designs and nearly 300 hundred years later we still see this delicate and feminine print in both mainstream and vintage fashion.
The Isabelle Toile de Jour Summer Dress by UK company Zoe Vine is my first Toile piece and it is a thing of beauty. The print and soft 100% cotton is truly is perfect for summer!
The dress features a simple but visually effective button closure at the bust (and a side zip to minimise the risk of messing up your hair when putting it on) which to me means that the Isabelle can be dressed down for a casual day running errands or a seaside picnic. However, it also just perfectly suits a daytime tea party look and I had a lot of fun deciding which accessories to pair with the Toile print.
Initially I thought about navy but Lavonny of Tock Tick Vintage (the location of all these amazing photos) had a pale blue hat and gloves which I think gave the dress a more daytime look. Lavonny’s vintage studio and kitchen were perfect to set the scene and Elizabeth J Photography captured it all wonderfully.
With my two previous Zoe Vine dresses, the Millie and the Audrey, I wore a size 12 which were both good fits but with the Isabelle the size 12 was really quite large on me so I sized down. The 10 fits much better, flatters my shape without being too tight which suits this cut of dress.
According to the size chart, my 36″ bust puts me in a size 12 and 27″ waist in a 10 but it definitely seems to run a size big. I think in most cases you’d be safe to size down when ordering the this dress.
I love that the Isabelle comes with a matching belt and cannot express how happy I am that the belt actually fits my waist! So often I have to punch extra holes into belts that come with dresses because they are just a few inches too big. The belt detail along with the pretty pearly buttons and pleated skirt finish off a gorgeous dress.
Honestly, there is nothing that I would choose to change about this dress- The sleeves are just that touch longer than a cap sleeve and thankfully not too tight, the delicate scoop of the neckline means ensures that it doesn’t feel too high and matronly. The skirt length is perfect, hitting me below the knee (I’m 168cm) and there is ample fullness and volume thanks to the pleats in the skirt.
All in all, to me it’s perfect!
The Isabelle Toile de Jour Summer Dress comes in sizes XS – 3XL which is wonderful as some of the previous released styles have only gone up to a XL.
Normally the Isabelle is £85 but it’s currently on sale for £70 and everything else is also reduced. Shipping from Zoe Vine is free for those in the UK, £5 for Europe and £9 Worldwide BUT if you spend £100, shipping is free no matter where you are… Oh how I love it a free shipping incentive!
Full Outfit Details
Hat and Gloves- Tock Tick Vintage
Shoes- Royal Vintage Shoes
Petticoat- Vivien of Holloway
Thank you to two very special ladies, Elizabeth J Photography for capturing these gorgeous moments and Lavonny from Tock Tick Vintage for not only letting us shoot in her stunning home but also providing a lovely afternoon tea once we had finished. The day was simply wonderful and neither Elizabeth or I wanted to leave! If you are in Auckland, I highly recommend paying Lavonny a visit as she has a wonderful collection of vintage treasures for sale- but be quick, she’s closing her doors in a couple of months for the start of a new adventure!
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Disclaimer: Whilst this dress was gifted to me, I never accept anything that I do not truly love and all opinions expressed are honest and my own. The integrity and honesty of my blog is very important to me as are my readers