Full Bust Find: H&M Flared Top (and its softer DD Atelier cousin)

Hourglassy has some all-star commenters, and one of them is Ana in Lisbon, Portugal. In her comments to my post about the full bust clothing landscape, she alerted me to a woven (not stretch!) H&M sundress that works really well for her and usually comes out every summer. She’s even agreed to write a guest post about the dress that I’m going to publish once the weather warms up a little more. You’re going to love it.

But wait. There’s more!

Today she told me about the green flared top that got away from her but is still available in black and grey online.

f cup friendly h and m topHere’s her report:

I didn’t buy it and regretted it. Then I went back and couldn’t find my size in this colour. The fabric is stretchy, and the seams help with the fit on the bust and waist. I’m wearing a bra from Flirtelle underneath, and you can see the little bumps from the embroidery. A “flatter” lace would probably be OK, though, as the fabric was of considerable weight.

They do seem to have a lot of garments with possibly bust friendly seams at the moment!

For reference, Ana is wearing the top in XS, and her measurements are 1.6 m height (5’2″), 91 cm bust (36″), 66 cm under bust (26″), 63 cm waist (25″), 83 cm high hip (33″), 89 cm full hip (35″). Her bra size in most brands is 26FF/28F.

Here’s what the back looks like . . . H and M zipper back. . . which made me think of the DD Atelier pink zipper top that I only discovered yesterday and is already sold out in my size.dd atelier pink zipper back top

I could picture myself wearing this a lot this spring and summer.
dd atelier pink zipper top frontIt looks like I’m going to need to make a visit to H&M soon!

Making It

I’m in the middle of writing a post about my interview with the exciting new Canadian full-bust designer Miriam Baker, but it won’t be finished by today, so if you visit her website and have a burning question, be sure to ask it in the comments so I can cover it in my post (of course I’ve already asked about price range and sizes!).

Meanwhile, I truly am learning to sew a classic white shirt. It’s taken me almost two years to reach this point, but last week I finally attached a collar and collar stand to the yoke of a practice shirt I’m making for Mr. Campbell.  The same consultant who is teaching me to sew has also finished correcting my 8M pattern, so I’ll be sewing some practice 8M’s, too. (Let me know if you’re interested in purchasing an as-is practice 8M for the cost of the materials and shipping.) Once the new pattern is graded, I may sew the 2M and 16M samples to test that everything measures to spec, but  ideally I’d like to find a real sample maker for those (and those samples may be for sale, too).

Facing my fear of sewing is turning out to be incredibly gratifying and rewarding, so I hope you’ll excuse my smug look in the picture below. It’s also extremely laborious. I’ve spent more time ripping out seams than sewing them.

practice shirt front

practice shirt back

Loungewear Layering for Big Busts with BreastNest and Bra:30

It won’t work when it gets hot, but for now I only want to wear my Bra:30 tank with the BreastNest underneath (the BreastNest was also reviewed by Mia.). The Bra:30 stabilizes my breasts and keeps them from going too East-West, and it hides the hideous BreastNest. Meanwhile, the BreastNest wraps everything in super softness and prevents sweaty skin-on-skin contact.  It’s a perfect functional combination. If both companies would work together to create a summer-friendly version, I’d wear it year-round.

breastnest tucked in under bra30

As you can see from the photo below, the longer Bra:30 Tummy Tucker would be better for hiding the untucked BreastNest.

breastnest under bra30 front
There’s no lift, but there’s plenty of comfort and security.

breastnest under bra30 side

breastnest under bra30 back

Always on the hunt for yet another large bust lounge option, my ears perked up at Curve last month when Kim Caldwell (32D bra fitter extraordinaire, formerly of Linda’s, now of Hurray Kimmay) mentioned Peach Uplifting tops. I haven’t been able to try them yet, but I’d love it if the spaghetti strap cami worked for me.  Of course I’m skeptical of any sizing that doesn’t take cup size into consideration, but Bra:30 and BreastNest pleasantly surprised me, so I’m going to hope for good things from this product.

peach uplifting spaghetti cami

peach uplift v neck


uplift v neck tee

uplift three fourth sleeve tee

The Celebrity D+ List: Jill Scott

Since Mia has such excellent taste, I had to click on this video when she posted it on Facebook last Tuesday. The singer’s voice gave me chills. And visually, I’m mesmerized by the way she carries herself.