Off the Rack ~ Converting a Slide Belt to a Grommet Belt

One of the tips you frequently read for busty gals is to buy clothing in a size up to fit your boobs, then get the waist tailored. Or, if you can’t get it tailored or the waist is only mildly big, then belt it. However, that belt tip requires that the belt actually stay snug. And unfortunately, several of the belts I own are fabric-covered slide belts with no grommets, so they don’t stay tight.

I got tired of constantly tightening those belts, and I can’t really replace them with grommet versions since most of them came with a dress that they perfectly match. So this week, I turned a slide belt into a grommet belt. Now I can adjust it bigger for bloated days, but it stays tight when I want to cinch in my waist.

Here’s how I did this easy and cheap project…

Supplies you’ll need:

Belt
Hammer
Eyelet/grommet tool and matching grommets (purchase the kit here, or just the tool here)
Seam ripper
Small, sharp sewing scissors
Chalk or marking tool of some sort
Belt buckle cover kit (this one was only $3.90 on Amazon)
Pliers (which I forgot to photograph below)

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Here’s a closeup of the belt buckle kit: [Read more…]

Big Bust Swimsuits: Taking the Empreinte TZ Out for a Swim

You already know how much I admire Empreinte bras, but I had never tried their swimwear until the company sent me a review sample for my trip to Hawaii. Since we’re entering spring break season, now is the perfect time to tell you all about a suit that I expect to wear for many years to come. Please note that all opinions are my own.

Empreinte gave me a one-piece in the TZ style, which is extremely popular with their large-busted customers. One reason is the high back which, while it isn’t adjustable, acts like a firm bra band and contributes to the suit’s support.

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Since I was wearing a 32F in their bras at the time, that’s the size they sent me. However, since I slightly pillowed over the top of their Erin in 32F at the time, I was very nervous that the cups of the swimsuit would be too small and I’d have to leave it behind. Not to worry–the cups fit perfectly! [Read more…]

Off the Rack ~ How to Buy Trashy Diva on a Budget

Last week, I briefly mentioned buying Trashy Diva dresses on a budget. This week, I’m doing a whole post on how to find and buy second-hand and less costly items from this very boob-friendly brand.

First up, the original retail prices. Most TD dresses in rayon or cotton hover around $165, with separates coming in around slightly above half that. Stretch rayon items cost a little more (presumably the fabric is more expensive at wholesale), running about $185 for a dress and again slightly more than half that for separates. Naturally, prices vary depending on how much fabric a garment requires.

Trashy Diva shoppers who want the security of buying from a reputable retailer with the option for returns can stick to Trashy Diva and other conventional online retailers. On the TD site, start out with the sale section, which gets updated every couple months. Keep in mind that discounts of 50% or more are final sale.

TD also has the occasional coupon for 50% off all sale items, or a percent off a specific non-sale print. Sign up for their email newsletter and/or become a fan on Facebook to be notified whenever there is a coupon.

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Pop In to My Bust-Friendly Pop Up Shop in Two Weeks!

As I’ve juggled blogging and busty shirt making, I always thought the business side of things that I’ve procrastinated on would fall easily into place once I spent a little less time on Hourglassy. I was so wrong. Even the smallest project is like beginning an advanced course that I have no background in and am expected to teach myself! My latest project is my most ambitious yet–I’m having a Campbell & Kate pop up shop in Manhattan for four days at the beginning of April.

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My model naturally fits a size 4M in Campbell & Kate, but a super boost bra plus enhancers helped her fill out this 4L shirt.

If a woman sends me her measurements, bra and pants size, I’m pretty good at fitting her into a shirt she loves wearing, but it’s been my dream to be able to meet with women in person. Now that’s going to happen at Of Mercer, a woman-owned boutique that specializes in desk-to-dinner clothing for professional women and likes to support other female entrepreneurs with their space. (If you visit their website, don’t be deceived–several of their dresses can fit women who wear up to a G cup, and they have a great single-button blazer that works well on busty women.)

I would love for you to stop by the pop up shop, even if you don’t plan on purchasing a shirt. Connecting with Hourglassy readers really keeps me going, and there’s more to do than try my shirts.

I can’t wait to see you there. And please invite your busty friends!