Friday, 29 September 2017

Betsey Johnson Textured Mesh Plunge Push-up - A Review

Review of Betsey Johnson Textured Mesh Plunge Push-up bra




I don't often review push-up bras as most of them are uncomfortable. You may remember that back in 2015 I reviewed the Gossard Superboost Cosmetix, a bra that looked nice in the photo but didn't fit right on me. Over time I feel that the fit has gotten worse. The band did not stretch out over time at all, and maybe I have gotten bigger. I feel that I cannot fit into bras where the band stretches out to 28" or 29" even though my own snug underbust measurement is 28". I need 30" or a little bit more. It has been a very long time since I last reviewed a Betsey Johnson bra but this one looked perfect for me.. 

Band Size: Typical Betsey Johnson bra, so good. It's a 30 band that stretches out to a comfortable 30.5".

Cup Size: Great. This bra runs true to size in overall cup volume. 

Cup Shape: Good. This bra is like typical Betsey Johnson bras: good for shallow and broad rooted types. I do wish it had more of a push-up effect though.

Cup Spacing and Center Gore: Great. Gore is .5" which is very low. Cup spacing is 1" which is fine.

Color: Unfortunately it doesn't look like in the photo. I figured that the textured mesh part would be cream, ivory, almost white, but it's more like a peachy pink. 

Verdict: This bra gets almost a 100% rating. I do wish it there was more of a push-up effect and that the color was true to the photograph but it fits perfectly and I can wear it all day and it remains comfortable.






Thursday, 14 September 2017

Adventures in Sewing: Simplicity 1587

It's been a while since I have posted on this blog. I've been busy with my job and with social life. I have, however, had the time to sew another great petite garment from a petiteable pattern: Simplicity 1587. Although I have been able to find a ton of great petite and juniors' size clothing at the mall and online, I also like to be able to make my own clothing. Most sewing patterns don't cater to petites, but Simplicity sometimes makes "petiteable" patterns, which are patterns for women of average height but have petite cutting lines so that shorter women can easily alter for their own height. 




I have a whole bunch of home-made clothes that I wear semi-regularly: the Butterick 4985 shirt, a cotton knit maxi skirt, a bunch of summer dresses, and a kimono. I want to start getting more into dieselpunk fashion so I wanted to sew some 1940's and 1930's dresses. The Simplicity 1587 is the only dieselpunk-era sewing pattern that is petiteable so I went for it by default. The pattern comes in pattern dress sizes 6-12 (this is NOT the same as RTW dress sizes) and I chose a size 6. Unlike the Butterick 4985, I only recommend this pattern for advanced sewists for the following reason: there are too many parts to this dress. The bodice yoke was fine but the hip yoke and matching these seams at the sides was a nightmare. the hip yoke seams still don't match perfectly even after 3 or 4 attempts. The finished dress does fit great though. Another thing I don't like about the pattern is how the petite cutting lines are only for the bodice, which I used to shorten the bodice by 1". There are no petite cutting lines for the skirt portion of the dress, so I had to guess and shorten it by 5/8".




Although the finished product looks great, I don't ever want to sew this dress again. The matching the hip yoke seams at the sides is too much of a nightmare. 




Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Sew Your Own Bra! Simplicity releases the 8339 pattern, 30A-44G

I have previously written on the availability of sewing patterns for people who have a smaller or larger bust and have difficulty finding tops and dresses that fit. Major brand sewing patterns*** provide straight size women with patterns for A-D dress cup sizes (in the case of Butterick, McCall's, and Simplicity) and B-DD dress cup sizes (in the case of Simplicity). Cashmerette provides plus size women with patterns for C-H dress cup sizes. 




But what about those of us who want to sew our own bras? It's nice and all to have a closet full of tops and dresses that fit our bust, but for sewing-minded people in the bra-fitting community often lack easily-available sewing patterns in non-matrix sizes. 

In comes Simplicity (of all brands) to the rescue! I don't typically expect a major brand to release such a pattern, but the 8339 Misses' Knit Sports Bras comes in sizes 30A-44G! As Simplicity is a US brand, they use inconsistent sizing nomenclature. Their sizing goes like: A, B, C, D, DD, E, F, and G so their G cup corresponds to a UK FF cup. I am super excited to sew this pattern in 30D. If you're looking for a sports bra that actually comes in your size, maybe try sewing this one and see how it turns out!



***Major brand sewing patterns include: Butterick, McCall's, Simplicity, and Vogue

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Nordstrom now carries Honeydew Intimates in store! 30B-36DD!





Nordstrom is a great resource for those of us who want to shop in-store for bras outside of the matrix. In addition to Dillard's and independently owned lingerie stores, Nordstrom offers a considerable selection of bras in non matrix sizes. It is especially notable for its collection of Betsey Johnson bras, which come in 30B-E, 32A-34F, and 36A-E. After boycotting Nordstrom for the last few months (https://grabyourwallet.org/), I have decided to return to shopping there just in time to find a pleasant surprise. Honeydew Intimates is a relatively unknown brand and Nordstrom has been carrying their bras in store as of late. They come in matrix sizes (32A-36DD) but they also offer 30B-30DD! This great news for us gals who need non-matrix sizes. Their aesthetic is youthful and cute, much like Betsey Johnson, b.tempt'd, Aerie, Cleo, and Curvy Kate. They have a mix of wired and non-wired bras. The wired styles are all moulded, some push-up, some non-pushup. 

I tried a bunch of their bras in 30D, so let's take a look at some of them:





Skinz Underwire T-shirt Bra - felt somewhat small in the cups, was very immediately shallow, I quadded out of the top edges of the cups. This bra would be good if you have a very shallow shape.





Skinz Underwire Push-up Bra - standard moulded push-up bra. Works for shallow and broad rooted shapes. I quadded out of the top edges again, might run a bit small in the cups.



Camellia Underwire Balconette Bra - this one is a similar fit to the Betsey Johnson Starlet Lace. The band is noticeably tighter than other Honeydew bras. It feels like a Gossard 30 band honestly. If your snug underbust measurement is 28" or under, this might be a good one for you. It is a tad bit shallow for me at the bottom parts of the cups. Again, I quadded out of the top edges. 

Conclusion: Honeydew Intimates is a good brand if you have a very shallow, and classically broad rooted shape that is common amongst people with small breasts. It is too shallow for me, but my shape isn't extremely shallow. Their bras might all run a bit small in overall cup volume. If you are in between cup sizes, size up. 

Monday, 12 December 2016

Victoria's Secret now carries regular bras in 30A-C!





Victoria's Secret has been long maligned for having a low selection of bra sizes and dubious business practices. For some reason, America's largest retailer of lingerie insisted on only carrying sizes 32A-38E (marketed as 38DDD) . Many of us in the bra-fitting community suspect that they did this because they put profit margins over customer satisfaction. For the last couple of years they have been carrying sizes 30A-B in their Pink division, which caters primarily to girls and young women ages 15-22. 

I just noticed that this season VS now carries sizes 30A-C in their regular division! Even though I am just barely sized out of their new expanded size range, I am glad they are finally beginning to see that there are many women out there who need 30 band bras. If you need 30 band bras in cup letters D+ I highly recommend that you contact VS, tell them they are doing a great job carrying sizes 30A-C, and that they'd do even better if they offered 30D+. 

If you do need a size in the 30A-C range, check out my picks:


Bombshell Add-2-Cups Push-Up Bra - comes in all sorts of colors, gives you incredible cleavage that other 30 band bras just don't give. Not an everyday bra but perfect for special events.


Very Sexy Multi-Way Bra - If you're looking for a strapless or multi-way bra that fits your shape, it can be hard to find. Most strapless bras available at major retailers don't go below a 32 band so this one is worth a try.


Dream Angels Multi-Way Bra - Does not appear to be as open at the top edges of the cups as the Very Sexy Multi-Way but still worth a try, especially if your shape is FOB and/or short rooted.

So there you have it, my picks for Victoria's Secret 30A-C bras. Question for my readers: Does anyone know if these bras are available for sale in store, or are they available online only?

Thanks for reading! XOXO

Saturday, 10 December 2016

More Holiday Giveaways!!!

In addition to the Holiday Giveaway I did last week, I want to now add free, unworn panties to the list of goodies I am giving out. If you are interested in any of the sets of panties, please leave a comment with your paypal email address and I will send you a private email asking for your mailing address and an invoice for shipping. I still have bras listed on Bratabase for giveaway or exchange. Click the link of the bra(s) you are interested in and you will be taken to the listing on Bratabase.

32A, 32B - Aerie Scarlet - This one is a 32A on the label. It has removable padding and can fit someone who needs 32B if the padding is removed. - TRANSFERRED



30D - Gossard Superboost



XS - Victoria's Secret Pink - TRANSFERRED


S - Victoria's Secret 


OS - Victoria's Secret 


UK size 8 - Curvy Kate Elegance - this would be equivalent to a US size 4 - TRANSFERRED


Happy holidays!! <3 <3 <3

Friday, 2 December 2016

Holiday Giveaway!!!

I'm cleaning out my bra closet and doing a holiday giveaway!! I have 7 bras listed on Bratabase for giveaway or exchange. Click the link of the bra(s) you are interested in and you will be taken to the listing on Bratabase.

32A, 32B - Aerie Scarlet - This one is a 32A on the label. It has removable padding and can fit someone who needs 32B if the padding is removed.



30D - Gossard Superboost


30D - b'tempt.d Perfectly Fabulous Spacer Bra - TRANSFERRED


30D - Parfait Janet - TRANSFERRED to mslt


28DD - Freya Beau Plunge - TRANSFERRED




30D, 28DD - Gossard Glossies Padded - This one is a 30D on the label but can just as easily fit for someone who needs 28DD due to its firm band. TRANSFERRED


Happy holidays everyone!! XOXO