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  • Patterned Shift Dress – ‘Windmills’ – UK 14-16


    Size UK 14-16 / EUR 40 / US 12-14
    Light-weight vintage crepe

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    Printed shift dress handmade from scratch using a bright geometric light-weight vintage crepe.

    • Relaxed fit
    • Perfect for layering

    The perfect everyday dress, our shift dress can be dressed up or down depending on what you have in your diary. Dress up with black clutch bag & heels or go for a relaxed feel with a belt, basket & pumps.

    When the temperature drops simply add tights or long socks, ankle boots and some black cashmere or a long-sleeved tee.

    Feel good fashion! This shift dress was created by our small team in our Brighton studio for a living wage.

    Every piece we make is totally unique and will not be reproduced.


    Garment Dimensions

    These are the garment dimensions for our UK 14-16 / EUR 40 / US 12-14 shift dress.

    • Bust: 50 ¼” / 127.5cm
    • Waist: 50 ¾” / 129cm
    • Hips: 52” / 132cm
    • Skirt Length: 35 ¼” / 89.5cm
    • Hem Circumference: 53” / 134.5cm

    (Please note that as every item is cut + made by hand so these measurements are approximate and may vary slightly garment to garment).

    Size Guide

    Here is our size chart featuring body measurements for each size. Check your measurements and use this chart to see which size you take.

    Most people are in between sizes so we offer alterations to our one of a kind ready-to-wear pieces. Please get in touch if you need any assistance or have any alterations queries.

    4-6 32 0-2 32in 81.5cm 25in 63.5cm 35in 89cm
    6-8 34 2-4 34.5in 88cm 26.5in 67.5cm 36in 91.5cm
    10-12 36 6-8 36in 92cm 28in 71.5cm 38in 97cm
    12-14 38 10-12 40in 102cm 32in 81.5cm 42in 107cm
    14-16 40 12-14 44in 112cm 36.5in 93cm 47in 119.5cm
    18-20 46 16-18 50in 127cm 42in 106.5cm 52in 132cm
    22-24 50 20-22 56in 142cm 48in 122cm 58in 147cm
    26-28 56 24-26 62in 157.5cm 54in 137.5cm 64in 162.5cm
    30-32 62 28-30 68in 172.5cm 60in 152.5cm 70in 178cm


    Machine wash at 30 degrees with care.

    Do not tumble dry.

    Please note we do our best to source the highest quality vintage + deadstock fabrics.

    Because your garment is created from vintage cloth it needs a little extra love and care. Please make sure you test wash the fabric using the fabric sample provided.

    These fabrics are non-stretch so don’t expect it to have as much movement as a new pair of jeans or leggings which contain lots of elastane.

    We create every item with love and care – we know you want to wear your one of a kind item again and again and again so we are on hand if after a while it needs a little tlc.

    We can add a lining, let out or take up a hem or patch up a worn knee if you’ve been living night + day in your Emperor’s garment. (Depending on the amount of work required there may be a small fee) So please keep in touch.



    Shipped within 1-3 business days

    Free UK shipping via 1st Class Signed For (with tracking code)

    Free worldwide shipping via standard untracked airmail

    *PLEASE NOTE* If you would prefer your item to be sent via Special Delivery (UK) or via International Tracked & Signed mail service please select this option at checkout – extra fees apply



    We ship using circular packaging with RePack which will automatically be added to your basket. Read our RePack FAQ page to find out more.

    *PLEASE NOTE* If you have already purchased a RePack with us or you are on a low income you can opt-out of RePack charges at checkout.

    If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.



    14 day returns available

    For more information read our Returns Policy before placing your order.

    Please send back your item(s) to us using your RePack package


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    November 7, 2019

    I received my design-your-own pencil skirt about a week ago, and I am in love. It fits perfectly, the design is flawless and the ordering process was so simple. (The skirt is royal blue wool, warm and cozy and CUTE!) I found started following TEOC Instagram 6 months to a year ago, and waited so long contemplating what to get. Finally made a purchase and now I’m already ordering a pair of trousers. Cecily and the crew are amazing people. I have so much respect for their mission, and I’m excited to help support.


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    My pinafore dress arrived today and I have spent the entire day with a huge beam on my face. I have purchased from TEOC several times before however I have only ever bought semi formal items with the intention of wearing them for a special occasion. This time I splashed out on a piece I am certain I will wear over and over again. I want to thank the team for somehow creating such a wonderfully playful yet sophisticated dress. I feel comfortable lounging around in this as it fits to a T but I can still breathe! I also love that I can hide away under the never ending circular skirt when I’m curling up on the sofa then when I stand up the material hangs perfectly in a really flattering way so I’m sure I’ll feel super confident when I go out and about and show it off! I also love how I don’t feel so guilty buying clothes when I buy from TEOC – it’s so much better knowing you are promoting sustainability whilst also enjoying purchasing beautiful quality clothes. Thanks so much team, I am really over the moon.

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    July 31, 2019

    I couldn’t resist getting twp custom Nathalie shift dresses after falling in love with some fabrics on their instagram account. The process to order a custom dress was easy (as long as you have your correct measurements). They arrived a few weeks later and I love them! I’m plus size, so it can be hard to find a shift dress that fits well–but when it’s made to measure, they fit perfectly! I cannot wait to wear them and encourage you to support awesome, women owned and sustainable businesses!


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    June 9, 2019

    I was inspired to buy my first Emperor’s Old Clothes garment by someone who had customized their own playsuit in my city in Canada. After sorting through the fabrics I found a design/material I thought would make an amazing playsuit. I know that I gave my exact measurements, but when it arrived I was still blown away by how the playsuit fit me absolutely perfectly. And the material I had chosen was so soft to the touch. The prettiest custom piece I could have ever wished for. Excited for adding more garments of this quality to my wardrobe


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    April 20, 2019

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    April 6, 2019

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    March 21, 2019

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    Absolutely perfect in every way

    March 14, 2019

    I spent quite a lot of time debating the cost of these but oh my, they are worth every single penny. They are beautifully made and just oh so perfect. The attention to detail is so lovely and they are really something special you don’t get off the rail at a chain. Cannot recommend them enough.


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    Size Guide

    Below is our international size guide including bust, waist and hip measurements in inches & centimetres.We hope that this chart helps you find your perfect garment size with us.However, we are used to altering designs to fit customers who are in between sizes so if you have any specific requirements or need any help please don't hesitate to get in touch.
    4-6 32 2 32in 81.5cm 25in 63.5cm 35in 89cm
    6-8 34 4 34.5in 88cm 26.5in 67.5cm 36in 91.5cm
    10-12 36 6 36in 92cm 28in 71.5cm 38in 97cm
    12-14 38 8 40in 102cm 32in 81.5cm 42in 107cm
    14-16 40 10 44in 112cm 36.5in 93cm 47in 119.5cm
    18-20 46 14 50in 127cm 42in 106.5cm 52in 132cm
    22-24 50 18 56in 142cm 48in 122cm 58in 147cm
    26-28 56 22 62in 157.5cm 54in 137.5cm 64in 162.5cm
    30-32 62 26 68in 172.5cm 60in 152.5cm 70in 178cm

    We are in the process of extending our size range. This is quite a lengthy process for a small brand but it is something we are 100% committed to.If we don't currently go up or down to your size please get in touch with your measurements + we can create you your dream 'design your own' garment!

    Check out our guide to taking your own body measurements & our handy measuring kits

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