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Off the Rack ~ Pinup Girl Clothing “Peasant Top” vs. Vixen by Micheline Pitt “Powder Puff Top”

I’ve long been a fan of Pinup Girl Clothing (as attested by the many reviews I’ve written here on Hourglassy). But in the last year or so, the quality and customer service have been suffering.

Additionally, I’m feeling that the designs they put out seem more and more juvenile. There’s nothing wrong with that, per se, but as I get older, I’m gravitating more toward clothes that look more authentic vintage and less kitschy. Of course I’ll always stick by my bright colors, but more and more I’m choosing prints that are less cartoony and silhouettes that are less doll-like.

As such, I was pleased to see that Micheline Pitt, former PUG model and senior designer, has branched out into her own company called Vixen by Micheline Pitt that’s already getting rave reviews. Micheline was responsible for the “Deadly Dames” PUG range, which was a sexier, more mature and occasionally racy line of garments. After a falling out with PUG, she’s taken that style and run with it.

To be honest, so far there isn’t that much by Vixen that I feel the impulse to buy. The makeup prints and all the pink do nothing for me. But I’ve read tons of positive reviews, and I recently joined a Vixen Facebook fan group in which Micheline herself pops up to answer questions and give sneak peeks of upcoming items. I’m really impressed with the customer service and positive feedback, so last week I used a coupon for DollMeUpDarling.com and picked out a “Powder Puff Top” to try.

Since I need another black or red shirt like I need a hole in my head, and goodness knows I can’t keep a white shirt clean to save my life, I went with the only remaining color—light pink.

I’m not much of a pink wearer, especially baby pink like this, but I’ve also been looking for a potential replacement for my PUG peasant tops, and thought it would be a good idea to compare the pink Vixen top to my pink PUG top. The PUG peasant tops are not entirely boob-friendly, but they come in an array of colors and go really well with high-waisted bottoms, so they’re a good basic despite the fit issues.

Unfortunately for this review, the PUG tops are actually in the midst of a redesign, and I only have the old style. So this comparison of the two shirts is going to be outdated pretty soon. But I hope it’s helpful in the meantime!

Both these shirts are a medium, and I measure 37”-29”-41” with a height of 5’6” and bra size 28G–30G (UK) depending on brand. In these photos, I’m wearing the Fantasie 4510 Molded Smoothing Tee-Shirt Bra in 30FF.

First up, here is the old PUG peasant top:

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And the new one: [Read more…]

Off the Rack ~ Reviewing the Pinup Girl Clothing “Dorothy” Dress

Quick and short dress review this week: The Dorothy Dress from the Junebugs & Georgia Peaches collection at Pinup Girl Clothing.

When this collection first came out, I was super excited. There were several dresses that I immediately knew I’d be buying. But by the time the first pieces started becoming available, I was less interested. Still, I ended up trying two, the Dee Dee and the Dorothy.

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Dorothy

I received the Dee Dee first. While the construction was really stellar, featuring a lined bodice and skirt, voluminous pockets, and darts under the bust and on the sides to make it boob-friendly, it just felt way too doll-like for my taste once I had it on. Luckily, the Dorothy is actually rather similar, featuring a contrasting pointed Peter Pan collar, sleeve cuffs, and belt, but with a less full skirt and hidden pockets, for a more streamlined, grown-up look.

Also like Dee Dee, Dorothy is one of the highest quality garments I’ve ordered from PUG. The bodice is lined in satiny fabric and the belt has grommets instead of being a stupid slide belt that doesn’t stay tight.

I measure 37″-29″-41″, and it feels a wee bit tighter in the waist compared to other size medium dresses I’ve purchased, but there’s enough stretch in the fabric that it’s not uncomfortable.

My photos are color accurate. It's more of a dark red than the bright cherry you see in the stock photo.

My photos are color accurate. It’s more of a dark red than the bright cherry you see in the stock photo.

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As for boob-friendliness, it fits me beautifully, but I could see it being problematic for ladies with a bigger bust than mine due to the underbust seam and the way it’s gathered. The seam does remain cleanly under my bust, not resting on breast tissue, but the volume is all in the outer corners of the gathered section, so I suspect substantially more boob volume than mine might be a little squished toward the center.

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My one real complaint about the dress is that the pockets stick out weirdly. I suspect it’s a combination of the stiffness of the fabric and that my hips are probably wider than the skirt is designed for. You can see the phenomenon in the model photos on the PUG site, though, so I think it’s probably unavoidable.

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Lastly, it’s hard to see in the online photos, so take note of the fact that the back swoops quite low, and as such I found it difficult to get the zipper up those last two inches. And unless my husband is there to do up the hook and eye, the zipper tends to creep down those two inches throughout the day even if I manage to zip it all the way up.

In the end, I wouldn’t hesitate to say this is one of my favorite PUG pieces. I’m tempted to also order the black with cream trim, which has a cute Wednesday Addams vibe going on. I hope they continue to release more colors in future seasons!

 

Off the Rack ~ Hell Bunny Alexa Cardigan and Pinup Girl Clothing Luscious Dress Reviewed

Throughout the year, I’ve picked up some great bust-friendly clothes and never got around to writing about them, so unless something more pressing pops up in the next few weeks, I’ll be catching up on some reviews. This week it’s the Hell Bunny Alexa cardigan and the Pinup Girl Clothing Luscious dress.

I’ve been on a bit of a nautical kick lately. I own several garments that have sailor collars or anchors on them. Recently I picked up the Hell Bunny Alexa cardigan, which has an actual collar that flaps around on the back instead of simply being embroidered on.

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So cute! I was a little unsure of sizing since cardigans can be tricky for big-bust ladies. But after searching the internet for reviews and photos of Hell Bunny cardigans, I decided to go with my usual medium instead of sizing up to a large for the sake of potential button gaping.

The fabric (81% viscose and 19% nylon) is super stretchy and the medium is definitely appropriate for my 29″ waist. There is some pulling on my 37″ bust, but luckily there’s a nice, thick strip of grosgrain ribbon lining the inside of the button placket and the button holes, so the potential for button gaping is minimal. You can see that the line isn’t quite perfectly straight, but I think the only way to achieve that would be to size up and I really wanted it to be figure-hugging, so this is fine.

I love the bow at the neck. It’s so precious. And obviously the sailor collar round back is perfect. The anchors are embroidered around their edges and then there’s polka dot fabric inside the anchor providing those little spots.

I do think the arm length is rather odd. It just covers my elbows and it feels weird. I keep wanting to push it above my elbows or pull it down to be true three-quarters length. I think it looks perfectly fine, but it feels strange to have all this fabric bunched up in my elbow, especially since it’s cuffed here so it’s really two layers.

I bought this sweater from a UK-based store on Amazon.com, but it can also be found on several US websites such as SourpussClothing.com and Unique-Vintage.com, among others.

As for the Luscious dress (also size medium), I actually bought this lovely two years ago! I never reviewed it for some reason—yet it’s my favorite item I’ve ever ordered from PUG. I even own it in another color, the navy with red trim.

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I’m wearing it with an old Freya Deco in 28G. It’s not quite work-appropriate, but the cleavage isn’t too excessive (though bigger ladies may beg to differ).

This dress is so comfortable! It’s a rather thick 97% cotton and 3% spandex blend that feels like light, stretchy sweatshirt material. It pulls on over the head so there are no scratchy fasteners. It’s also got the “double-dip” neckline that is ever so flattering on busty women.

Even though I adore it, there are some issues. For one thing, even though that lack of fasteners makes it very cozy once on, it’s difficult to get over your head and boobs since the waist doesn’t open up—and even harder to get off! I have to bend way over and pull it by the skirt and shimmy out of it. Make sure you take your glasses or hair accessories off first too, or else they’ll be pulled off with the dress.

Additionally, the sizing is a little inconsistent. The navy version of this dress that I have is significantly tighter. It’s not visible to other people, but I can feel a real difference. As such, the navy is even more of a struggle to get on and off. I know black dye tends to make fabric less stretchy, so perhaps the dark blue color is to blame. I wouldn’t really know for sure unless I tried other colors to compare.

The worst thing about this dress, though, is that the first time I washed it, the black trim bled all over the skirt. I even washed it in cold water! When I pulled it out of the machine, I was shocked to see all these dark blue blotches. I threw it back in with Oxy-Clean (a non-chlorine color-safe stain lifter)—twice!—but the blotches wouldn’t go anywhere.

Disregard the small darker dot near the bottom. It’s a grease spot from my pizza dinner tonight (oops!).

Disregard the small darker dot near the bottom. It’s a grease spot from my pizza dinner tonight (oops!).

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The worst offender. The big triangle on the right is an inch and a half wide.

The worst offender. These are not grease spots. The big triangle on the right is an inch and a half wide.

These photos were taken with no flash and no filter. The blotches are color accurate. This also happened with the light pink Natalie dress (with black trim) I used to own. So I guess I should have known better, but usually cold water staves off bleeding! PUG really needs to start pre-washing their dark trims. I’ve since read that a vinegar-water soak should set fabric dye so it doesn’t bleed, so I would definitely recommend trying that before washing the first time.

PUG offers these dresses in six colors now, each with a different item embroidered on the shoulders: mint with black trim (mermaid embroidery), navy with red (pirate octopus), black with baby pink (drunk elephant), red with black (pinup girl), sky blue with black (Neverland pirate skull), and bubblegum pink with black (swans).

While I love the two I own, I’m really not into any of the other colors or embroideries. I hope they make more in darker colors like teal, plum, or rust, and I really want one with tattoo-style swallows embroidered on it. There’s a leopard print coming soon as well, but I’m so not a fan of the weird two-tone print.

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Off the Rack ~ Vintage-Style Swimsuits from Bravissimo, ModCloth, and PinUpGirl Clothing

I’m so glad vintage-style swimsuits are in style right now. High-waisted bikinis and 50s-style one-pieces (and even tankinis) are super easy to find, and they are all right up my alley. This week I’ll be comparing three vintage-inspired one-piece swimsuits, one of which I’ve owned for years, one of which I returned, and one of which I just got recently.

First up is quite possibly the most unflattering photo of me ever taken! When I saw this Sundaes by the Seaside suit by Letters From Evie on Bravissimo’s site a few weeks ago, I knew I had to have it. Vintage style, bra-sized, ice cream cone print, and at a price that’s actually not bad (about $60)? Yes, please! With my extra long torso, one-piece suits are usually a bust for me because they’re rarely long enough. But the description of this suit says Bravissimo made the length longer after complaints that the last one from this brand was way too short, so I had high hopes.

Oh boy, was I wrong. I normally wear UK 28G, though often with Bravissimo I have to size up to 28GG. In swimwear, I often size up in the band because I don’t need as much support and especially want to avoid phantom back fat at the beach. So I went with 30G.

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The cups are about a size too small. The length is also not quite right on me. The underwire is sitting low, enough that even yanking the suit up and tying the halter tightly can’t keep the wires correctly in place. I was also disappointed by how boxy the suit made me look. Something about the red piping and the tightness overall makes my waist look more straight up and down and less hourglassy. And worse (way worse) is what it did to my poor butt:

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Aaaaaaaah. Okay, why is there only 50% coverage?? Real vintage swimsuits were cut generously in back, almost like shorts. But this—this is way too much visible cheek. And it certainly doesn’t help that the butt is waaaaay too tight on my thighs. It’s pinching along the seam like crazy and makes me look like a marshmallow! Not. Cute.

Now, I could have exchanged this for a bigger size. I’d probably need to go with a 32G (up one cup and one band from the size I ordered). But I was just so disillusioned by the fit that I couldn’t be bothered. I sent it right back to Bravissimo.

After discovering how tiny the butt is on this suit, I noticed that even on Brav’s listing, they don’t show a shot of the model’s butt. Considering that even the front shot looks like it might be pinching her on the thigh seam a bit, it makes me wonder if this wasn’t intentional. I mean, how can you sell a swimsuit without showing customers what the back looks like unless you have something to hide?

Now of course I really want an ice cream-printed swimsuit. I did find a few on ModCloth, but none are quite right for me:

Don't like the Neapolitan ruffles (although they are clever).

Don’t like the Neapolitan ruffles (although they are clever).

Ugly tan color.

Ugly tan color.

So close! But the kawaii faces push it just over the edge of the cuteness level I'm comfortable with.

So close! But the kawaii faces push it just over the edge of the cuteness level I’m comfortable with.

Speaking of ModCloth, that brings me to my next suit, the Bathing Beauty One-Piece by Esther Williams. This suit comes in a ton of different prints, and many are available in plus-sizes too.

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Super cute! Since ModCloth’s size chart is useless, I just went to the Esther website and looked at their chart. With 37″ bust and 29″ waist, it puts me between a 10 and a 12. Since MC has free shipping on orders over $50 and free returns, I just got both and planned on returning whichever one didn’t fit.

The 10 felt the best in the body. It sucked me in and held my boobs in place better than the looser 12. But once again my posterior posed a problem. A second look at the size chart places my 41″ hips between 12 and 14, it and looks like I really need a 14. Mercifully, even though the 12 is not really big enough, there’s at least enough coverage. The seam is very narrow and still cuts in, but certainly not as badly as the Brav suit.

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Now, the boobs are their own issue. There’s actually a lot of space, so I’m not being squished. But I’m also not being supported whatsoever. This is an instance when my long torso (and my age, I suppose) is a boon, because although my boobs are hanging naturally, they still look pretty damn good!

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It helps that there are soft shaping cups inside. They don’t provide support, but they do aid in giving the appearance of a nice, round shape.

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As you can see, there is also a band under the bust, but it’s not tight enough to actually stay under your boobs, so it’s just kind of floating there and it’s a little itchy. I’m hoping the itchiness will go away when I’m swimming and the suit is wet.

There’s also a piece of vertical boning on each side of the bust, which again doesn’t give support but does help keep the breasts front and center as opposed to east-west.

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The back of the suit is just one layer of fabric, so I hope it doesn’t wear out too quickly. The front, though, has three layers for excellent tummy camouflage! There is a layer of tan power mesh on the interior, which you can see in the photo above, followed by a smooth, flat layer of the gingham, and finally on top there is a panel of ruched gingham. So you’ve got two layers helping to flatten you out and one layer to give that vintage skirted look and also hide any remaining lumps and bumps.

You know, the more I look at these pictures, the more I like this suit! Here’s hoping the weather is nice this weekend for the Memorial Day holiday, so I can go to the beach.

Finally, we have Old Faithful: The Nautical Bettie Suit from PinUpGirl Clothing in size Medium. This was my very first PUG purchase many years ago, along with the Natalie dress. I’ve since sold Natalie because I wasn’t wearing it very often, but I would never give up my Bettie. Once again this is a suit that comes in a variety of colors, and most prints are available in plus-sizes. For those who want to be extra modest, there are also matching swim skirts available.

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Man, I love this suit! It’s just so perfectly vintage-looking. Unlike the last two suits, it has full coverage in the back:

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Oh, that's another not-so-flattering shot haha. I really need to figure out a better lighting situation.

Oh, that’s another not-so-flattering shot haha. I really need to figure out a better lighting situation.

The seams are so much more forgiving here. They’re sewn wider and are a single layer of fabric folded over once, whereas the Esther Williams seams have a flat piece of what appears to be foam rubber sandwiched in the fold. It also helps that this suit is essentially shorts, not bikini-shaped, so it’s not cutting across my butt cheeks at all. Though if you want to be a little flirtier, you can yank it up in back for slightly less coverage, like the PUG models do.

A comparison of Esther's seam and Bettie's seam.

A comparison of Esther’s seam and Bettie’s seam.

Bettie’s fabric is quite a bit thicker than that of the Esther Williams suit. The boob space is also less generous and the white band in back is gathered for extra tightness. As such, the boobs are held in place and feel more supported, but it’s compression-style support. It squashes your boobs and you have to intensely scoop and swoop to achieve nice cleavage and avoid a totally downward-pointing shape.

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The bust portion is two layers of heavy duty swim fabric and the back and front are both a single suck-you-in layer, with the front topped by a second, slightly looser piece to achieve the skirted look and smooth profile. For comparison to Esther Williams, here’s an interior photo:

Note the black lining.

Note the black lining.

And here’s the interior of that gathered back band:

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Even though Esther and Bettie fit differently, I really like both suits. Now if only they had underwire (or at least a tighter under-bust band), they’d be perfect!