Today I will be taking a look at a new series from Angelic Pretty. This series is called Glass Bottle of Tears. It includes 2 dresses, an apron style skirt, a bonnet, a head bow, 2 pairs of socks and some jewellery.
This is the OP. The bodice is a nice shape. The sleeves are suitably puffy and look very cute. The sleeves are decorated with sweet bows, which stop them looking plan. Although, I am unsure I like the unusual lace used on the sleeves. The waist bow is a bit on the large side, but it doesn't strike me as being too big for this style of dress. I think the bow suits it. For a large bow, it is also has a very good shape and looks very perky.
The bodice is interesting. The folds might not look like they are doing much, but I guess they do stop the bodice from looking flat and it gives the area more texture. I am a bit unsure of the lace running up alongside the buttons because it ends up looking a bit spiky. All I can see is zigzags running up it. As for the buttons themselves, they are a bit disappointing. The clear round buttons are surprisingly plain and I would have expected something a bit more lively, especially from AP. I feel that the bodice has very slight hints at sailor or school style. The darker stripes on the waist bow and on the folded collar give it a slight sailor look, although I wouldn't use it for sailor style. The collar is very neat and tidy and it has a pretty shape. The blue line stops it from being plain. The ribbon bow is also very cute and doesn't look that shiny. This bow is detachable, but I personally would leave it on as I think the neckline looks too straight and boring without it there.
The back has a panel of shirring running all the way across the back part. Whilst it gives the sizing more flexibility, I feel it looks very open and exposed. It doesn't look that appealing to me. The skirt has a nice slightly rounded shape. It flares outwards so much, that it almost rivals Meta! I think it is glaringly obvious that this will hold loads of petticoat. The skirt is broken up in to two tiers, but the join where the two tiers meet has been done really well. It doesn't look awkward and the skirt outline flows well. Between the tiers, their is a line of heart and club lace. Strangely, there are no spades or diamonds on this lace, it just alternates between hearts and clubs. It still looks very cute though. The bottom hem is finished with some pretty tea cup lace. I love this lace, but I don't really understand how it fits in with the rest of the dress.
This is the JSK. The bodice looks a good shape and well fitted. The waist bow is a bit big, but again it seems to suit the dress. However, there are quite a few bows elsewhere on the bodice and the dress could have probably gotten away with not having a waist bow at all. But I do still like it, especially when it is so shapely and sturdy looking. There is a ribbon corset on the front which is well spaced out. I like how the ribbon used is thin, which stops it looking bulky and cluttered. The edges of the ribbon corset are concealed with more club and heart lace. It all looks very neat and tidy, which I like. The straps are a bit thin, but are lined with lace. I thought the lace used on the straps had a very spiky harsh shape and perhaps a softer shaped lace would work better. The base of the straps have not one, but 2 sets of bows on them. Written down, this sounds like it would look over-crowded and OTT. But the ribbon bows have been kept small and the higher 2 bows are slightly smaller, so they don't stick out too much. I actually really like having the 4 bows there. This dress also has the large panel of shirring running all the way across the back. Again, it looks a bit exposed. and open. The skirt has a wonderful rounded cupcake shape to it. I prefer this over the skirt on the OP because the silhouette looks prettier and also I think the print is more visible on the JSK. The skirt is wonderfully clutter free as well. The bottom hem uses the same pretty teacup lace as the OP.
And here is the print close-up. As you can see, the print comes in beige, pink, sax blue and black. It is a bit of a close call but I think I would go for the sax colour. All the colours are quite appealing, even the less bright beige has a special feel to it. The glass bottles are so gorgeous. I imagine glass must be difficult to draw and it has come across well in this print. All of the glass bottles are also very decorative. None of the bottles look plain and there are so many new things to discover every time I examine the print. I do believe that the heart shape bottle is a bit more pretty than the rest of the bottles, but each bottle is interesting in its own way. I also like how this print has a very slight hint of Alice in Wonderland to it, but it is not too over-powering. Hopefully, even if you dislike Alice in Wonderland, you will find something to like about this print and wont be put off by the less obvious details. So overall, the bottles are really pretty and I even like the floating playing card suit detail. However, I feel the print is let down by the use of stripes. This is just my personal opinion, but I don't think the stripes look right with this print. I think this is a real shame, because it is enough to put me off wanting it.
For me, this series is all about the jewellery! I have chosen to show my favourite piece. This bottle necklace is absolutely beautiful; so beautiful that it has already sold out! I can understand why. This necklace has already become one of my favourite pieces of Angelic Pretty jewellery. I love the heart shaped bottle and the crown top. The bow on the front is a lovely finishing touch. I just adore every single little detail!
Overall, I think this is a really strong series but I think it is going to divide opinions. Some will love it, some will hate it. I can't help but feel that this series would be even more amazing if the print didn't have stripes. But the bottles are so pretty... I am very divided about whether I like this series or not! One thing that I am certain of is that the jewellery is amazing. I have a horrible feeling that I might have a fight on my hands if I see somebody selling the necklace! If I had to pick a dress, I would definitely go for the JSK as I think it is a strong piece. Colour-wise, for me it has to be blue or the pink. I probably wouldn't buy this print myself, but I reckon this series will develop a bit of a fan base as time goes on.