Post updated July 2011.
I received this beautiful dress in the mail today (March 26, 2008) from a friend, a Mary Magdalene St. Claire Mini-length one-piece in gateau chocolate (dark brown). It is absolutely gorgeous and worth every yen it retailed for (27,090 yen, ~$270.63 in 2008, ~$345.36 in 2011). As of current, MM seems to have stopped selling mini-length items all together. I don’t fit in most of their regular-sized items since they’re too big.
The sad part is that I don’t own a petticoat to poof out the dress like you see on MM’s website. I’m really afraid of wearing the dress, actually, since it was so expensive, so I probably won’t get a petticoat anyways.
With the recent addition of a Classical Puppets A-line petticoat, the entire outfit around the dress is nearly complete at this point. I do wear the dress twice a year for a few hours when the weather is warm enough to permit so. I don’t attend any occasions in them. Since receiving the one-piece in 2008, I’ve purchased the matching St. Claire headdress in kinari X gateau chocolate and the matching St. Claire beret in gateau chocolate to go with the dress. The only major item I am lacking now is a pair of suitable shoes, though given how the dress is worn indoors, I haven’t had a compelling reason to do so.
The sizing for the dress is B88cm/W64cm (35″/25″), which means I have to take the waist in a lot with the waist ties and pad my chest to fill out the bust. The biggest problem with the dress is zipping it up in the back. The shoulder and sleeve parts are non-stretchable and form-fitting, so it is difficult to reach behind to zip up. Most of times, a second person has to give me a hand to get the job done.
This MM dress is the first piece of lolita that I’ve ever owned
and I highly doubt that I can ever scrap up enough money to get coordinating headdress, socks, and shoes to go with it. A few years and several part-time jobs later, I have nearly all of the pieces and I still love this dress dearly. For the sentimental value (as it is a gift from a friend), it is unlikely that I’ll ever resell it.
The original product image.