Today I will be taking a look at Misty Sky by Angelic Pretty. This series includes 2 dresses, a skirt, socks and various hair accessories.
This is the OP. The bodice is nicely fitted and a cute shape. I really like the overall shape of the sleeves, especially the way they are puffy at the wrists. I think the puffiness adds a bit of cuteness to the dress. However, I do dislike the double layer of lace at the cuffs. I think one line of lace here would have been enough and having 2 lines makes it look too fussy. The waist has a satin ribbon bow. I think the bow is shaped nicely, but the ribbon is too shiny. The shininess of the ribbon sticks out in my opinion and duller ribbon would have been better.
Here we can see what the collar looks like. I like the line of lace running up the bodice, as it looks cute and very neat. The buttons are nice, but maybe the design is a bit dull. I think star shaped buttons would have suited here. I love how the collar looks so light and delicate. It matches well with the floaty style of the rest of the dress. It is very smart, but doesn't make the dress look too stuffy or formal. I really like it! The collar has a chiffon bow on it which looks suitably soft and floaty. The edges even have cute star lace too. I do think that the dress doesn't need both the waist bow and the one on the collar. I think they look a bit too much when paired together. I would probably get rid of the waist ribbon because I think the collar bow is the nicer of the two.
The back is quite plain, with no shirring. The collar looks very neat from the back as well. The only slight annoyance I have is that the fabric join is very obvious and the print doesn't line up well here. The skirt shape is beautiful. It flares outwards well and compliments the bodice shape as well. The skirt is also very full and will hold a decent amount of petticoat. The all-over print is displayed very well because the skirt is kept free of cluttering details. The bottom hem is finished off with pretty polka dot lace. I was a bit surprised AP didn't choose lace which is a bit more on-theme with the print, but the polka dot lace is nice enough.
This is the JSK. I thought that the material on the bodice was a bit loose in places. I also felt that the overall bodice shape was a bit too boxy for my personal tastes. The waist has the same kind of shiny ribbon bow that the OP has. I still think the ribbon looks a bit too shiny. It is a nice shape though and the shape suits the dress. I dislike the semi circle lace which runs vertically up the bodice as I think it is too wide and doesn't really suit the rest of the dress. I am not too keen on the 2 lines of lace running along the neckline either. The lace itself is quite nice, but it is a bit too wide for my tastes. I appreciate that this dress needs some sort of detail there to stop it looking too boring, but I don't think I like the way it has been executed. The base of the straps have 2 small, shiny bows. I don't mind these as much, as it makes the area more interesting. The straps are a good width for the style of dress. Any wider, and they would look too bulky, in my opinion. The back has a panel of shirring, going the whole way across. It does look a bit messy, but I guess it does benefit bigger lolitas. The skirt shape is lovely and flares out nicely. It will also hold a lot of petticoat. However, I think I prefer the skirt shape of the OP. The skirt is kept free of clutter so again, the print is displayed very well. The bottom hem is finished off neatly with the same polka dot lace.
There are no stock pictures showing the print, but it is pretty easy enough to work out what it looks like from the other pictures. It is basically a lot of fluffy clouds with the odd moon here and there, and then there are small shooting stars hiding in the background. This series is available in pink, con (navy), sax blue, black and lavender. The clouds are drawn beautifully. They look quite realistic and very fluffy. Also, I love anything that has moons and shooting stars on it! This should be the sort of print that I instantly want to buy, but strangely, I have been feeling very undecided about it. I can't quite figure out why I am not madly in love with this series, but there must be something about I don't like. I just can't put my finger on it. However, I do think the con, sax blue and possibly the lavender colours are quite attractive.
I do think the accessories for this series are quite average. I don't think I would want to pay AP's retail price for this ribbon, for example. It is just a bit of printed chiffon tied in to a bow with a star charm on it. It doesn't really seem worth it to me. I think I would have liked to have seen a barrette included in this series, like Dream Sky and Dreamy Horoscope have. I don't think a full head bow would suit the series though. So the hair accessories are okay, but I reckon they could have been better.
I have very mixed feelings about this series. Clouds, moons and stars are all themes that I usually fall straight in love with. Add to this the use of chiffon, and this series should mean it is an automatic winner for me. But... it's not. There is something holding me back from adding this to my wishlist. I really don't understand it! I can't put my finger on what I dislike. Maybe I was just expecting more and found this series a bit underwhelming. If I were to buy this series in the future (Which I still might, I have not made my mind up. It depends on what the resale prices are like) I would definitely prefer to get the skirt. If I did have to pick a dress I would choose the OP over the JSK. I think the JSK design is lacking something. I would go for con or sax blue, but I am also attracted to the lavender. It would be a difficult task to pick out my absolute favourite colour! I think for now I am going to hold out and see how it looks on regular lolitas instead of AP's models. Maybe then I will make up my mind as to whether I want this print or not.