Business Briefing

This week I discovered the Science, Industry and Business Library (“SIBL”) in Manhattan. With a library card, I’m able to conduct free market research on databases that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive. Resources like this are what I love about living in New York.

On the patternmaking front, I met with Andrea and my patternmaker last Thursday. The design I decided upon was quite different from what I originally had in mind, so I’m dying to see if it works. I’ll find out tomorrow when it will be done. Stay tuned!

What Are You Doing on February 5?

I’m checking out Dirty Dolls Lingerie at the N Boutique at 114 West 116th Street. Let me know if you’d like to meet up! The event begins at 6:00, so I’ll try to be out in front at 5:45. You can find more details about the event here: and you can read the Daily Candy posting here (kindly sent to me by Andrea):
Right now Dirty Dolls offers three bra styles from 30C to 44DDD. They look great on their website. I especially appreciate that they’ve included an everyday bra in their line. I’ll let you know how the bras are in person once I’ve been to the event. I’ll also try to find out if they plan to offer larger cup sizes.

I Tried Shoshanna (Part 1)

The good news is that Shoshanna’s dresses are worth giving a try. Although you’ll see from Parts 2 and 3 below that I only had a 33% success rate, I’m very pleased with the one dress that fit, and I think that some of you may have even more success.

Unlike most bandeau style sundresses that I’ve mourned in dressing rooms past, the dress below, which is a size 12, allots the correct amount of fabric for the breast area. I wish I’d taken a close-up to demonstrate, but there is no seam bifurcating my bosom here! It actually runs horizontally beneath my breasts the way it’s supposed to, and just the way flat-chested women are accustomed to.

True to Shoshanna’s purpose for developing her clothing line, I didn’t have to wear a bra under this dress. The bottom two pictures in this Part 1 show the bustier insert and clasp that gave me a secure feeling of support and were definitely more comfortable than a strapless bra. Since the back goes quite low, it’s great not to have to worry about finding a strapless bra that will stay hidden. This was my first time to encounter a dress with this feature, but the saleslady told me that many high end dresses have this feature, some with several hooks in back rather than a single clasp. Too bad my wedding dress didn’t have it!

The side view photograph shows my only criticism of this dress: the Hanging Tent Syndrome, where fabric falls from the bust line and hides the waist entirely. Not having a fitted waist is definitely comfortable, but the Hanging Tent Syndrome puts us full-breasted women in danger of looking like we’re wearing a moo moo.

The third photograph shows the amount of my cleavage on display if I were to choose to tie a bow in front instead of behind my neck. I like this option for a date with my husband, although definitely not for a company picnic. Let me know if you think otherwise, but I think with the bow tied behind my neck, I could wear this dress to a work event.

Since this dress costs $365, it’s something of a splurge. Ultimately, I couldn’t justify it yesterday, but I came up with a few reasons to buy it (besides the great fit) that almost pushed me towards the cash register with my credit card: (1) the 95% silk/5% lycra fabric has a great feel (although the acetate lining wouldn’t feel so great on a hot, humid summer day–but then again, who cares when don’t have to wear a bra?); (2) it has pockets—each of the Shoshanna dresses had pockets, a feature that I love; and (3) I felt pretty in it. When I really am in the market for a sweet summer dress, I’m going to give Shoshanna another try and hope that yesterday’s experience wasn’t a one-off.

I Tried Shoshanna (Part 2)

I really like this sheath dress and, even though I’ve read that full-breasted women should avoid double-breasted clothing, I think these brass buttons act as a great accessory that takes the focus off the bustline. Of course, since this size 12 dress didn’t actually fit me–it was smashing my boobs flat (although I’m proud to say I could zip it all the way up)–no amount of accessorization was going to help. This isn’t my favorite neckline for full-breasted women (I’ll analyze why in another post someday), but it’s perfect with these buttons. This was the most expensive of the dresses I tried, at $405.