Apologies again about last week’s absence. This week I’m reviewing the ever-popular “Heidi” dress from PinUpGirlClothing.com in the birdcage print.

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I’m pretty impressed with this item and can see why it’s such a favorite. For one, it’s got really nice tailoring. The darts under the bust leading down to the waist seam, as well as the gathered vertical seam in the center, make the fabric fold under your bust instead of stretching across and directly down from bust to waist. It shows off a curvy figure beautifully and makes your waist look tiny. It is a little long, though, so petite ladies may need to take up the hem to avoid being stumpified.

I also appreciate that the armholes are big enough not to cut off circulation for a change. All my other PUG dresses (Luscious, Troublemaker, Natalie, and Haunted Housewife) have very tight sleeves and/or armholes. But this time, the armholes are big enough for a full range of movement while still avoiding any visible side-bra.

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Other things I like: The neckline is incredibly flattering, the black trim gives it some edge, the fabric belt is completely adjustable to any length (no belt holes!), and the pattern and color combination are unusual.

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I think the birds kind of look like chickens.

All that being said, the bodice of this dress is a bit big on me. It’s just a little baggy all over and the cap sleeves seem longer than on the models. This is great for ladies with bigger busts than me—there is lots of room. But it’s not quite right for my size. You can see in the photo below that it’s somewhat loose around the spot where the boob area meets the shoulder portion.

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Since the fabric has stretch, I’d like to try a Small at some point, but considering the price I’m not willing to take a chance on buying one anytime soon.

Lastly, as with many of PUG’s dresses, the fabric feels a little stiff and crunchy. But I expect that’ll go away once I wear and wash the dress more.

Overall, the frock is comfortable and easy to dress up or down. I definitely recommend it, and with sizes from XS to 2X and a number of prints and colors to choose from, there’s gotta be one for everybody.