Billie Holiday Dress Swallowtail Needlecord with Burnt Sugar Hand Smocking


The Billie Holiday Dress, for Soul Sisters.

Named after the Jazz singer who overcame childhood poverty and racism to become one of the most famous jazz artists of all time, comes this hand stitched midi dress that celebrates colour and craft in every stitch. Made from a navy needlecord redolent of the inky plumage of a swallow's tail, the dress features a mandarin collar, front button placket and slim fit a-line silhouette; these sleek understated details are perfectly balanced by a show stopping colour blocked frill tier and matching blaze of smocking stitches in a glorious muted orange we call 'burnt sugar'. The smocking panel features a brand new stitch design "Ladder" which offers a modern reworking of traditional pastoral smocks. With its combination of subtle vintage motifs and bold modern styling, this is a timeless dress sure to capture the hearts of the most soulful of sisters.   

  • Hand smocked
  • Limited edition
  • Button down closure on front
  • Detachable  Sash Tie
  • 100% cotton
  • Machine wash at 30 degrees
  • slow spin cyle
  • Wash with similar colours


Size S is designed to fit a UK size 6-8 / US size 2-4 it measures 127cm from the shoulder to the bottom hem and will fit chest 82 - 90cm, Sleeve measures 70cm from shoulder to bottom of cuff. 

Size M is designed to fit a UK size 10 - 12 /US size 6-8: it measures 131cm from the shoulder to the bottom hem and will fit chest 90 - 98cm. Sleeve measures 72cm from shoulder to bottom of cuff. 

Size L is designed to fit a UK size 14 - 16 / US size 10-14: it measures 135cm from the shoulder to the bottom hem and will fit chest 98 - 109cm. Sleeve measures 74cm from shoulder to bottom of cuff. 


Due the way our hand smocked pieces are pleated and sewn, our clothes offer a very versatile fit - there is natural stretch in all hand pleated smocks. For this reason we offer fewer, bridge sizes. This means more room for growth and less waste. 

Below you will find measurements for our Girls' and Women's Sizes. Please note that as our pieces are made by hand, there will be natural variation between pieces so the measurements below are approximate.  If you have any questions, do come and talk to us

All measurements in centimetres.

Kids Sizing

Kid's Fit

In general our girl's fit is “Classic British” meaning dresses are designed to hit just below the knee and blouses sit at the lower waist level. At the beginning of the age range dresses will reach to mid calf; at the upper end of the range they will hit above the knee. 

Most of our styles will comfortably fit your child beyond the age range specified: elasticated sleeves, tie straps and sashes allow you get as much as possible from each outfit. Better for you and better for the planet.

Women's sizing

Nightdress Sizing

Smock London delivers to the all areas of the United Kingdom. Standard delivery is free for orders over £100. For orders under £100 delivery is £4.95 (Standard delivery) and £9.50 for Express delivery. 

We also deliver internationally and shipping is calculated automatically at the checkout.

We offer delivery to the USA with either a postal service (approx 10 days) or a faster courier service with DHL (approx 5 days). Delivery to the USA is FREE for orders over $200.

If your country is not listed below, please drop us a line for an International Shipping quote. We will always do our best to get your bright bundle to you as quickly as possible.

All overseas orders are shipped duties unpaid, therefore orders shipped outside of the UK may be subject to VAT, customs taxes and duties. This cost is the responsibility of the customer and is payable on receipt of goods. Please check your local customs tax and duty costs as duties must be paid before the goods are released.


Delivery Service Cost Delivery Duration 
UK Standard £4.95 3 - 5 days
UK Express £9.50 Next working day if ordered before noon (*orders placed on a non working day will be delivered after 2 working days)


Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland
£15 Approx 5 working days

Japan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Malaysia, India, Singapore

USA, Canada (postal service)








Approx 10 working days 

Approx 10 days 


Approx 5 days

Australia £20
Approx 10 working days

Middle East

Bahrain, Brunei, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia

Approx 10 working days

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