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Both pieces of this outfit are from Newport News. I think this is a great example of just how Gothy you can get shopping selectively in mainstream stores and catalogs!
The fit and flare skirt needed some alterations in both length and width. I’d say Newport News (and Spiegel, the parent company) both have the most drastic variation in sizing of any clothing company I shop with. Sad, since they are my favorites!! Luckily they never seem to run too small, and too big can usually be fixed.
The boat-neck top has flared sleeves and a cool strappy detail covering the back, finished with a crocheted rosette. It used to be open beneath the straps but I didn’t like that it required very special undergarments, which I don’t find particularly comfortable unless it’s just for the evening. I don’t see myself wearing this top for the evening anyway, so I sewed in a nude layer and a sheer black layer to make the back totally opaque. Now it works with a regular bra and I can wear it all day long. This top went from being worn only once in about three years (backless) to being worn twice in the past month (opaque). Much more practical!
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