• Embroidered (bump-friendly) dress at Villa Tre Ville

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    Petite Boho Dress

    This embroidered dress (currently 40% off with code SPF40) earned MVP throughout my recent travels. I wore it on repeat (including as a swim coverup), basically whenever I wanted something breezy and unrestricting that still looked put-together! Fit does run big, as I’m wearing my pre-pregnancy size and it’s a swingy fit even in my second trimester. TIP: If you want it to look a little more shapely, I would stitch either two darts or a strip of elastic along the inner back waistline. The “elasticized waist” trick is one of my favorites – it’s very easy to add and also remove, if you change your mind later. Let me know if you guys are interested in a quick tutorial!

    I paired this dress with my cushioned yellow sandals (super comfy; runs a little wide) when a lot of walking was on the agenda, and also with these basic slide sandals below (shop similar) for a neutral look. The dress is fully lined with a separate layer, so I didn’t have any problems with sheerness, although I always wear skin-toned undergarments just to be safe.
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    Visiting Villa Tre Ville

    One of the top questions from our trip was where to enjoy food or drinks with a great view. There’s a number of hotels along the Amalfi coast with stunning vantage points, but they cost an arm and a leg to stay at. A more affordable way to dabble in their scenic views is to visit the properties for lunch or drinks!

    Compared to fellow 5-star hotel Le Sirenuse (see my post about their food & drinks), Villa Tre Ville is located 10 minutes out from the town center and lesser known, but I thought it was dreamy on a whole different level! One of the locals we met used to be a sommelier there – he told us all about the history of the property and strongly encouraged a visit. The bar is quite pricey so not a must-go for that reason, but Nick and I thoroughly enjoyed two relaxing hours there (we went around noon) with the space all to ourselves!

    We didn’t know about their complimentary boat shuttle in advance, so showed up after “hiking” along a narrow windy road with no sidewalks and lots of cars, buses, and even a donkey or two crowding by us. Nick joked we looked like hitchhikers covered in sweat and dirt by the time we arrived ; )

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    Scenic waiting area at Villa Tre Ville next to their restaurant

    Villa Tre Ville used to be a private estate and has ~ 16 rooms / villas situated on a large property. For hotel guests, I imagine it feels exclusive and intimate like your own private retreat, yet is just a 5 minute boat ride (on their complimentary shuttle boat, if weather permits) from bustling central Positano. Below are two ways to enjoy the property if you are not a hotel guest:

    • Lunch at their restaurant. You need to email in advance for reservations, and it does include use of their shuttle boat to/from the Positano dock. Like several restaurants in the area, they’re big on farm / sea-to-table and use a lot of seafood caught daily and produce from their own (huge) on-site gardens.
    • Drinks at Bianca Bar, a photo hotspot with stunning Moroccan decor and distant views of Positano. From pictures, I thought this was a small corner but it’s actually two spacious curtained terraces plus a large white indoor space. Reservations here are also required. The “cover” fee is exorbitant for non-hotel guests, but we did savor every minute of our peaceful time!

    If you have dining reservations at their restaurant, then you don’t need to pay the cover fee to visit the bar. If you are visiting ONLY the bar, then there’s a 50 Euro cover charge per person, which includes 1 cocktail, olives, almonds, and plated small bites pictured below (cocktails are typically priced at 20 Euros, or free for hotel guests). Bar visitors can also use the shuttle boat, pictured at the top of this blog post.

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    Salone / Bar Bianca at Villa Tre Ville – cover charge for visitors includes 1 cocktail + small bites

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    This post is part of my main Amalfi Coast itinerary & travel guide.

     

    43 thoughts on “Embroidered (bump-friendly) dress at Villa Tre Ville

    • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog June 8, 2018 at 3:09 am

      I’m not one for the boho vibe, but I love the dress you’re wearing, Jean! It’s not too OTT and looks great on a petite girl! 🙂

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    • Reply Roses for Fridays | by mia June 8, 2018 at 3:32 am

      Such a cute and beautiful Summer look! 🌷👍🏻🌷

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    • Reply Mireia June 8, 2018 at 4:25 am

      It’s a really cute dress!

    • Reply Belle by Laurelle June 8, 2018 at 7:02 am

      This is the most gorgeous embroidered dress + the perfect backdrop. Wow, just wow!

    • Reply Deb June 8, 2018 at 8:37 am

      Jean, loving these vacation posts! Can you tell us more about the elasticize waist trick? Thank you!

      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite June 8, 2018 at 9:29 am

        Hi Deb! I might make a quick demonstration but the best way I can explain it is to cut a strip of elastic that measures a few inches shorter than the back half of the waist on the dress. Flip the dress inside out (this shortcut only works on dresses that are either unlined or have a lining that is not attached to the waistline, like with this dress I’m wearing). Use a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine to attach the elastic directly to the inner back waistline of the dress, using both hands to stretch the elastic out as you stitch while keeping it aligned over the dress waistline. That’s it! It’ll result in a “gathered” section at the back waist area that stretches with you.

        • Reply Deb June 8, 2018 at 10:17 pm

          Thank you! Your explanation is super helpful, as always! I really appreciate all your tips over the past few years.

        • Reply Stacia Chapman June 10, 2018 at 8:45 am

          Hi Jean! I would love to see a demonstration of this trick as I find myself at the seamstress every month with most of my tops needing to be taken in at the sides because they are too loose/flows and offer no shape to them at all. I love the idea of being able to take care of this seemingly simple issue on my own.

        • Reply Lena June 11, 2018 at 3:20 am

          Would also love to see a tutorial!

          • Reply Jean | Extra Petite June 13, 2018 at 9:28 am

            Will do! Please keep your expectations low though since it’s a very simplified version of a proper alteration ; )

            • Nancy June 16, 2018 at 6:55 pm

              Would love a tutorial for elastic and darts if you get the chance!

    • Reply Louanne Mita June 8, 2018 at 8:38 am

      I love that dress. Do you think it is a too young look for someone nearly 65? Yup, I’m a senior, I guess, but I still wear a 0P size. I think the ruffle sleeve might be too girly. What do you think?

      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite June 8, 2018 at 9:32 am

        Hi Louanne – I don’t think so at all. My mom and I swap clothes on occasion and I thought this looked great on her. If you’re concerned about the ruffles for certain occasions, you could wear a cardigan or denim jacket over it (which I did several times – it still allows the pretty embroidered details and hem to show through!)

        • Reply Louanne Mita June 8, 2018 at 9:45 am

          Thanks, Jean. Sometimes I need a little encouragement to try a new style. I might give it a go.

    • Reply Jenny June 8, 2018 at 9:04 am

      i love all the embroidery on it that adds the perfect amount of detail!! And your shots from Italy are still making me drool!!
      xx jen
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    • Reply Mimi June 8, 2018 at 10:01 am

      You look so adorable in that dress. I love your travel posts because they are so detailed and helpful. I’m glad you and Nick decided to take this time to travel before the baby arrives. Really enjoyed reading every one of your posts and can’t wait for the next one!

      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite June 13, 2018 at 9:11 am

        Thank you so much for the kind words, Mimi!! xx

    • Reply Brandi June 8, 2018 at 10:01 am

      Beautiful photos and style! I like embroidery details and the dress looks cool. Just what I need for south Mississippi heat and humidity.. Since you like to sew and do alterations yourself, have you sewn anything special for baby?
      Also, Im not endorsing or advertising this but Ive found a site with cute tops and dresses. Most seem to be the relaxed boho style that one could wear pregnant or not but they also have a ‘mom’ friendly line. Dresses with concealed zippers for easy nursing etc.. Ive ordered a couple of shirts from them but I thought of you last night while browsing and thought Id pass it along since you are currently in that season of life 😁👗 Its called http://www.roolee.com
      Have a great weekend!!

      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite June 13, 2018 at 9:12 am

        Thanks for your tips, Brandi! Haha I don’t like to sew nor am I good at it … I just do it to get by when there’s no time to go to the tailor. I’d love to look into making something for baby if there’s time down the road (wishful thinking ; )

    • Reply Petite Teacher June 8, 2018 at 10:21 am

      Dear Jean. Such a cute romantic embroidered dress! It totally matches with the romantic scenery. Love, Lieske

    • Reply Simplement Lui June 8, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      A beautiful summer dress in a wonderful location 😉

    • Reply Jandrew June 8, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      Really cute dress ,love the embroidery. I have been following your Italy posts and have wanderlust, time for an epic style vacation .
      Jandrew
      http://www.jandrewspeaks.com

    • Reply Jothi June 9, 2018 at 12:39 am

      Beautiful post as always Jean!
      Do you have recommendations for skin colored bras and undergarments for brown skin? “Nude” tones show through due to contrast (not nude against brown tones).
      Thanks!

      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite June 13, 2018 at 9:38 am

        Hi Jothi – Have you checked out Gap body? They have tons of shades of “nudes” from tan to light brown online!

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      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite June 13, 2018 at 9:23 am

        So cute! Anthro has the most whimsical things : )

    • Reply Elizabeth T. June 9, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      Loving all of the dresses that you picked! They’re soooo pretty and summery! 🙂 And wow, the Amalfi Coast just keeps getting more an dmore beautiful! <3

      XO, Elizabeth
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    • Reply Nicole June 10, 2018 at 11:10 am

      Hi Jean, 🤗

      Yes, I I would love to see you tutorial on bringing in the waistline.

      Nicole

      P.S. btw, replied to my email a few years ago about the best size of pearl earrings for a slimmer sh girls like you and me.

    • Reply May June 10, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      Such a beautiful dress! Love the design. Also, gorgeous pictures!

      May || https://themoderness.com/

    • Reply Laura June 11, 2018 at 10:50 am

      I would love a tutorial on the elastic piece for the back! I feel like I’ve been wearing “almost” maternity clothes. Maybe this will help me with a little shape!

    • Reply Christi Beebe June 11, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      Hi Jean! Love the embroidery on this. Fun, fresh, and summery. This kind of look would be perfect up on the North Shore of MA in Newburyport where I am.

      I sent you a message a few weeks back via the “advertise” button for a group I’m a part of locally…not sure if that was the best way, but was unsure how to reach you!

      Feel free to let me know if there’s a better way. 🙂

      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite June 13, 2018 at 10:26 am

        Hi Christi! So sorry, my inbox is a bit of a mess and the advertise emails go to someone on my team so I will check with them! Can you share more info about what the group is about so I can look out for the message?

        • Reply Christi June 25, 2018 at 9:43 am

          Hi Jean!

          No problem!

          I had reached out a few weeks back on behalf of the Newburyport Mothers and Families Club. I’m in charge of Adult Outings and wanted to chat with you about doing an event for our members. I wasn’t sure how best to reach you to connect for something like this, so that’s why I sent to the Advertise button – probably not the best way! 🙂

    • Reply Maureen June 11, 2018 at 6:17 pm

      That would be great if you can do a tutorial on an “elasticized waist.” I like my clothes a bit more loose fitting and don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for adjustments since my weight fluctuates. Love the boho vibe and those yellow sandals are growing on me!

      Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

    • Reply Emily June 11, 2018 at 10:51 pm

      I’d also love a tutorial on how to make the dress more fitted. I read your explanation but had a hard time really understanding. A video would be much appreciated. P.S. congratulations to you and Nick.

      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite June 13, 2018 at 10:27 am

        Hi Emily – the elastic is a cursory “shortcut” way … I think ppl who are actually tailors or good at sewing will disapprove of it haha but I’ll do my best to try to capture the steps in some photos.

    • Reply Lauren June 12, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Hi, love Positano! Quick question- was it easy to get to Spiaggia Grande from the Villa? Was there a bus stop nearby?
      Thanks!

      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite June 13, 2018 at 10:28 am

        Hi Lauren – do you mean this hotel Villa Treville? We stayed by the beach and I don’t think there was any way other than walking (narrow road with no pedestrian sidewalks…), a 25+ Euro cab ride, or via their free boat shuttle if you are a guest there or have reservations (most convenient of course, but the boat doesn’t run if the waters are too choppy).

        • Reply Gina August 9, 2018 at 6:53 pm

          Hi Jean! I am a fellow Bostonian (WOO!) I am going to Positano again in 2 weeks, and making my way to Tre Ville this time, but the beach club. For your lunch reservations, did you have them at the beach club or the restaurant at the Villa (Maestros)? Just trying to figure out if I can even get to the Bianca Bar/Villa from the Beach Club that Tre Ville has!!!

    • Reply Sacha June 12, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      Jean, I bought these sandals in two colours after seeing them on you (the first time ever doing that). Fully planned on choosing one and returning the other but now keeping both since they are so comfortable! As a bonus, they can easily be slipped on when your hands are tied up with other things (aka. kids).

      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite June 13, 2018 at 10:29 am

        Hi Sacha – that makes me so happy to hear! Which colors did you get? I wish there was a tan or neutral, but the lack of that forced me to go with yellow which has served as a welcome pop of color!

    • Reply Delaine June 17, 2018 at 2:52 pm

      The cutest ruffle dress, absolutely adorable pics

      Cheers, Delaine

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    • Reply Sierra June 18, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      So beautiful! We just returned from the Almafi Coast last week. That trek down to the beach was something else, right?! I’m pregnant too and had to stop for a few breaks. But, once you got down there those views were amazing! Sierra Beautifully Candid

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