Off the Rack ~ Alterations Project: Shrinking a Dress Ribcage While Maintaining Bust Volume and Waist

Last month I did a roundup of all the Trashy Diva dresses I’ve tried, with scores for how boob-friendly they were. One of the dresses I featured was the Sci-Fi Rockets print “Rockette” dress, a halter with a big contrasting red collar and pockets.

I somewhat guessed on the boob score for that one, though, because the size 10 I have is really a size up from my usual 8. But the 10’s waist apparently ran smaller in this model, because it fit in that spot while being way too big around the ribcage. Yet it had the perfect amount of volume for my breasts. Since it’s made of a pretty sturdy stretch cotton, I felt comfortable altering it myself. Here’s what I did to shrink the ribs while maintaining volume in the chest.

Essentially, I added vertical darts where they weren’t any before, in the space between the waist and my breast apex. Secondly, I tightened the ribs at the existing side seams.

(In these photos, I’m wearing a Freya Deco Strapless in 30FF, and I measure 37”-29”-41”.)

Here’s the dress pre-alterations. You can see it bagging around my underbust area.

Here’s the dress pre-alterations. You can see it bagging around my underbust area.

And another view of the underbust bagginess. You can’t see it here, but it was also dragging down in back and exposing nearly the entire strapless bra band.

And another view of the underbust bagginess. You can’t see it here, but it was also dragging down in back and exposing nearly the entire strapless bra band.

I also noticed that under the collar, the halter was doing weird things.

I also noticed that under the collar, the halter was doing weird things.

Another view of the fabric under the collar.

Another view of the fabric under the collar.

I started by trying to pin the collar to get rid of the excess fabric near my armpit...

I started by trying to pin the collar to get rid of the excess fabric near my armpit…

But that made the collar look weird from the front instead of lying flat, so I gave up on that and concentrated on the ribcage instead.

But that made the collar look weird from the front instead of lying flat, so I gave up on that and concentrated on the ribcage instead.

I started by pinching the fabric vertically under each boob, folding the pinch over toward the center, and pinning it in place from the outside (that’s the pin going through three layers of fabric).

I started by pinching the fabric vertically under each boob, folding the pinch over toward the center, and pinning it in place from the outside (that’s the pin going through three layers of fabric).

Here’s a Photoshopped closeup with the pins highlighted.

Since the pins are hard to see, here’s a Photoshopped closeup with the pins highlighted in pink.

Another view of the pins. You can see how much more form-fitting it looks already.

Another view of the pins. You can see how much more form-fitting it looks already.

Next, I took the dress off and looked at the interior. You can see here that I managed to catch an extra layer of fabric, but that doesn’t matter. I drew a mark in chalk where the fabric is folded and where the pin is located.

Next, I took the dress off and looked at the interior. You can see here that I managed to catch an extra layer of fabric, but that doesn’t matter. I drew a mark in chalk where the fabric is folded and where the pin is located.

Then I took out the pin so that I could re-insert it on the interior. I folded it over at the edge mark and inserted a pin at the same spot it was located before. I’ve basically created the same pinch as before, only now it’s inside the dress instead of on the outer side.

Then I took out the pin so that I could re-insert it on the interior. I folded it in half at the edge mark and inserted a pin at the same spot it was located before. I’ve basically created the same pinch as before, only now it’s inside the dress instead of on the outer side.

Then I drew an arcing line from the waist seam up to the pin, then a matching line from the pin up to the edge of the fabric. The top of the arc should stop just under your breast apex, but distance will vary depending on your torso length and breast height. This chalk arc is the line you will be sewing.

Then I drew an arcing line from the waist seam up to the pin, then a matching line from the pin up to the edge of the fabric. The top of the arc should stop just under your breast apex, but distance will vary depending on your torso length and breast height. This chalk arc is the line you will be sewing.

Then I added a couple extra pins just to help hold the fabric flat while sewing.

Then I added a couple extra pins just to help hold the fabric flat while sewing.

Then you simply sew along the chalk line. Try to keep the ends of the sewn line as close to the fabric edge as possible so that you don’t end up with little bubbles on the exterior. (Apologies that this photo is actually the backside instead of the chalked side, but you get the idea.)

Then you simply sew along the chalk line. Try to keep the ends of the sewn line as close to the fabric edge as possible so that you don’t end up with little bubbles on the exterior. (Apologies that this photo is actually the backside instead of the chalked side, but you get the idea.)

Here’s how it looked!

Here’s how it looked!

And another view. I actually had to go back and re-do one of the darts because it didn’t come up high enough. But if you’re making the dart longer, then you don’t even have to unsew the first one—just start at its apex, and then angle a little further into the fabric and bring the dart’s tip up higher than the first attempt.

And another view. I actually had to go back and re-do one of the darts because it didn’t come up high enough. But if you’re making the dart longer, then you don’t even have to unsew the first one—just start at its apex, and then angle a little further into the fabric and bring the dart’s tip up higher than the first attempt.

So now the boobs were more form-fitting, but the back was still not tight enough to stay up. So the next step was to shrink the overall circumference. This also had a side effect of making the weird excess fabric under the collar be less noticeable. I ended up doing nothing with the collar in the end because the red flaps covered it up anyway.

I started by folding the dress where it already had a seam, and pinning in place. Then I drew a line in chalk leading from the waist (which again I did not want to shrink) up to the top, and added pins along the line. This is taking approximately an inch off at the top (the top pin is half an inch from the edge).

I started by folding the dress where it already had a seam, and pinning in place. Then I drew a line in chalk leading from the waist (which again I did not want to shrink) up to the top, and added pins along the line. This is taking approximately an inch off at the top (the top pin is half an inch from the edge).

Then you simply sew a straight line along your pin line.

Then you simply sew a straight line along your pin line.

Here’s how it looks at the interior when it’s unfolded.

Here’s how it looks at the interior when it’s unfolded.

And here’s how the completed alteration looks on me!

And here’s how the completed alteration looks on me!

And from another angle.

And from another angle.

Big improvement in my opinion! I wore it the next day. It was really hot and I was carrying a bunch of heavy things outside and sweating a lot, though, so the fabric around my ribs loosened up a bit and starting falling down in back again and showing off my bra band. I’m sure it’ll tighten back up once it’s freshly laundered, so I’m hesitant to tighten the ribs any further for fear that I won’t be able to zip it up. So instead I’m going to shorten the neck strap just a little. Luckily, it narrows to only about an inch wide in back and lays flat, so I’ll just have to pinch it in half and sew it without any cutting.

 

Off the Rack ~ A Weekend in the Country with Miss Candyfloss

I spent the Fourth of July holiday weekend at my parents’ cabin in the middle of nowhere in Central New York farmland, but there was no way I would let that stop me from wearing my awesome new Miss Candyfloss items! Plus the natural surroundings were a nice backdrop for the photos.

After trying a few Miss Candyfloss pieces (read reviews here and here), I’ve become totally hooked! This brand fits me better than any off-the-rack, non full-bust-specific company I’ve ever tried. Plus, the items are really nice quality yet still easy to care for—the dress and top I’m sharing here are both machine-washable and seem pretty wrinkle-resistant so far.

This time I managed to snag the much coveted Juanita Sunset dress for an absolute steal on eBay after my size sold out on the MCF website. The dress features amazing bright colors, a super flattering neckline, and a full skirt. Made of 63% polyester, 35% viscose, and 2% lycra, the dress drapes beautifully and has a medium amount of stretch. I’m wearing a size medium with measurements 37”-29”-41”.

The dress perfectly matched my mom’s orange and red flower bed:

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My little doggy couldn’t resist making a cameo as well:

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I wore the dress around the property while my dad teased me for being a “city gal” and “not dressing for the cabin.” But Juanita is so comfy, it’s way better than old ripped jeans (his uniform of choice out there). Just look how well it fits up top:

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As with most MCF items, Juanita features strategic gathers that expand for a full bust or remain as pleats for a small bust. The bodice’s stretch and softness make it comfortable while limiting the appearance of lumps or bra bumps. And the matching belt can be used to cinch you in further, or wear on a looser setting after a full meal (something I found myself doing a lot this weekend).

I found the smallest setting of the belt to be just a touch snug early in the day and slightly too tight after eating lunch. The next setting up is a touch too loose early in the day, still a tiny bit loose after eating a lot, but perfect for the long car ride home. The grommets are rather far apart and there are only three, so I might add another in between each setting if I can find matching black ones.

After the flowerbed photoshoot, my husband and I drove to a nearby cidery and farm that we always visit when we’re in town, where we made some friends:

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These two goats had gotten out of the fenced pasture. There are gumball machines of pellets for people to feed them, so they’re very friendly and walked right over to us. Then after petting them for a few minutes, they followed us all the way up the hill to the tasting room! They were such sweeties. The bartender said this pair regularly get themselves out of the pen and then go right back in it when they’re ready. After that little adventure, we enjoyed a lengthy tasting of cider and beer:

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And when we got back home, I couldn’t resist taking a couple pinup shots with my parents’ tractor—it, too, was the perfect shade of matching orange!

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The Juanita dress is definitely going to be my uniform of the summer. Last month, MCF released it in a new “Sky” colorway, but I’m heartbroken to report it’s already sold out in all but sizes 2X and 3X. If they re-stock it, you can bet I’ll immediately be buying it at full price!

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Next up is the Margit-Ilene top in light blue. This is my first MCF top, and while I like the design it’s not quite the same success as the dresses have been.

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Made of 96% cotton and 4% spandex, the fabric is soft and stretchy and not too thin. But it definitely has a clingier fit around my midsection that isn’t the most flattering. It also isn’t long enough on me to be worn with anything other than high-waisted bottoms. It only just reaches past my belly button, and the length combined with the clingy-ness means it scrunches up a lot. A high waist is necessary to hold it in place and hide the scrunching happening below the waistband.

I’m tempted to try a large next time, but I’m nervous to do that since returning or exchanging items is so much trouble with international orders. Plus other styles may fit differently than this one. So I’ll probably continue with size medium unless a cheap large pops up on eBay.

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As for the style, well the shirt’s adorable! It features puff cap sleeves that are split and crossed over on the outer side, a keyhole in the back with a functional button, nonfunctional buttons on the front, and some creative seams around the bust.

The bust seams are a little awkward on me since they are quite high up onto breast tissue. To be honest, I might skip this style in the future unless there’s a color I absolutely must have, or I’ll stick to dark colors where the seam isn’t as visible since I still like all the shoulder details.

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Off the Rack ~ Trashy Diva Roundup

I’ve done a few reviews of dresses from Trashy Diva in the past. But since my last review, I’ve collected lots more pieces from this company. So this week I’m doing a comprehensive review of all the different cuts I’ve tried, with a focus on how boob-friendly they each are.

Let’s start with my measurements. I’m 5’6” with a looooong torso and short legs. My figure is 37”-29”-41” and I’m between sizes for bras, at 28G/GG – 30FF/G. In the photos below, I’m wearing a Freya Ada in 28G in all the pictures taken in the white hallway, or the Freya Deco Strapless in 30FF with the halter-neck dresses. All the other pictures were taken a while ago, so I’ve no idea what bra I was wearing!

These are in no particular order, except that dresses for which I’ve already done a full review are at the end of the list.

1. Maria
Print name: Peacock
Fabric: Medium-weight rayon
Size: 8
Side zipper, non-functional buttons up the front, pockets

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I would say this dress has plenty of room for boobs, but it’s not cut in such a way that is as fitted to a big bust as some other designs. There are under-bust darts, but the overall shape from the bust apex to the waist is still more of a ski-slope rather than curving under the bust. However, thankfully it does not pull the waist seam up and create a faux pregnancy belly.

Boob-score: B+

2. Loop dress
Print name: Geisha Fans
Fabric: Stretch cotton sateen
Size: 6
Side zipper, fan-back skirt, no pockets

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My measurements actually match the 8 in this dress, but I bought it used for a really good price, so I took a chance on the 6 since it has stretch. Size 6 is supposed to fit up to 27” waist and up to 38” bust, but the waist is only the tiniest bit snug and the bust is noticeably small even though it should be ample enough. Usually the size chart is spot-on, but I definitely don’t think so this time. It pretty much works out in my favor, since the waist feels good. And even though it’s squishing my boobs a little, the multiple darts make it hug my figure just beautifully. I think an 8 would have been “perfect,” but I kinda like having a snugger fit for a change.

Boob-score: A

3. Hepburn Jumpsuit
Fabric: Medium-weight rayon
Size: 8
Back zipper, pockets

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This is easily my favorite Trashy Diva piece that I own! This is the item that changed my previously very staunch anti-jumpsuit rule (anti-any clothing that requires undressing to pee, really). Unfortunately, it was long since sold out by the time I discovered it. Luckily, someone in my Trashy Diva Facebook swap/sell group listed one for sale and I was able to buy it for about the same price I would have at retail, minus the shipping!

Aside from being a really unique and incredibly comfortable article of clothing, I’m happy to report that the torso is actually long enough on me! Yet because the pants are so loose, it hides the crotch location, so I think it would still work on petite gals as well. The legs are quite long, though, so some hemming might be necessary. I’m wearing the same 3.5-inch heels here as the other photos, and my feet are still completely hidden. As for the bust, well I think that speaks for itself. The waistband is completely under my bust, and there’s plenty of room for boobies thanks to the gathering, without excess cleavage. Definitely the best-fitting TD I’ve tried so far.

Boob-score: A+

4. Sadie Ruffles
Print name: Slap & Tickle
Fabric: Lightweight rayon
Size: 8
Side zipper, matching belt, non-functional buttons up the front, no pockets

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This is a new dress to me, though it’s an old print. I just got it used from another Facebook group. The Sadie has floppy short sleeves, and comes in a variety of skirt shapes. I really love the original Sadie, which has a draped tulip skirt, but the asymmetrical ruffles here are pretty fun too. They’re only on the front, and the back looks like a plain A-line shape. Unfortunately, the belt is way small. I have to wear it on the loosest setting. It just doesn’t match the dress’s actual waist.

Aside from that, though, it’s a lovely fit on a full bust. I was expecting it to have the ski slope shape of the Maria, but this one curves under the bust pretty well, as you can really see in the third photo. I’m not sure why it fits so differently than the Maria considering they have such similar top structure and even the same dart placement, but I’ll take it! Also take note of the fact that I’m wearing a loud printed bra and dark colored underwear, but you can’t see them through the dress even though the fabric is lightly colored and very lightweight.

Boob-score: A

5. Sandy Mini
Fabric: Medium-weight rayon
Size: 8
Side zipper, embroidered daisies on the waistband, pockets

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At first glance, the Sandy seems to have a similar structure to the Hepburn. But it crosses over in back exactly the same as the front, whereas the Hepburn is a flat, non-crossover V with a zipper in back. Sandy also crosses the left side over top, while Hepburn crosses the right side over, and Sandy has a slightly deeper cut. You can actually see a tiny bit of bra gore peeking out, so this cut requires a true plunge bra.

You can also see my bra strap making an appearance on the right-hand shoulder. Though there is plenty of room for boobs in this dress and the waistband sits at the correct height, this shoulder configuration tends to slide off my shoulders a lot. I have two other dresses with this front and back cross-over construction, and they do it too. Since I hate to make permanent alterations to my TD, I instead poke a safety pin through the interior shoulder seam allowance, and then close it around my bra strap. Then I can slide my straps back and forth if needed, and once they’re situated, they actually hold the shoulders in place and keep them from sliding off. Someone with broader shoulders also might not have this issue.

Boob-score: A-

6. Amaya
Print name: Chinese Opera
Fabric: Rayon crepe de chine
Size: 8
Side zipper, non-removable fabric tie-belt, pockets

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The Amaya has the same front and back cross-over as the Sandy (though it crosses over on the opposite side). However, this time it’s got a much less full skirt, and half-length kimono-esque sleeves. Additionally, the waistband comes up a fraction higher on me, just barely sitting on breast tissue. It once again requires a plunge bra—if you blow up the third photo, you can see just a touch of visible bra gore, and it tends to flap open if you move a lot or bend over. Additionally, these shoulders just absolutely will not stay up on me. I can only wear it with safety pins in the seams as I described above. That being said, as usual there is plenty of volume for boobs, though bigger gals may want to pin the front together or sew in a hook and eye.

Boob-score: B-

7. Annette
Print name: Sci-Fi Rockets
Fabric: Stretch cotton
Size: 8
Side zipper, matching belt, pockets

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Since I’ve already done a full-length review of this dress, I’ll keep this brief. Annette is not particularly boob-flattering. In my earlier review, I complained about the ski slope shape and that the sides of the top flared out around the armpit area. The arm holes were also too wide open, and I had visible strapless bra even after I shortened the straps a little. I’ve avoided the Annette cut since purchasing this dress, and in fact just traded another gal on Facebook for a different cut, which is coming up next.

Boob-score: C

8. Rockette
Print name: Sci-Fi Rockets
Fabric: Stretch cotton
Size: 10
Back zipper, matching belt, non-functional buttons up the front, patch pockets

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I absolutely adore the Sci-Fi Rockets print, and it’s become a bit of a collector’s item in the last couple years, so there was no way I would ever sell it despite the fit issues. Luckily, there’s always someone on Facebook who wants to trade sizes or cuts in the same fabric. I recently fell in love with the Rockette cut, which I wasn’t quite adventurous enough for when I first purchased the Annette (it was only my second TD order ever!), and pounced when someone wanted to trade theirs for a different cut in a smaller size.

Unfortunately, the 10 really is too big on me. The belt is huge even on the tightest setting (though I can fix that by punching in a few more grommet holes), and the back doesn’t stay up since it’s a halter top. However, I’m glad I got a 10 anyway, because the bust fits great, and the waist is the same diameter as my old Annette for some reason. I’m really pleased that it curves under my bust instead of going straight from apex to waist. And since it’s made of cotton instead of delicate rayon, I’m much more comfortable with the idea of altering it myself. I’m going to add some under-bust darts and will take in the ribs on the side seams if necessary.

Boob-score: B (It’s hard to say objectively, since it’s not my real size and requires alterations, but I’ll estimate it’s one grade up from Annette.)

9. Lena Sarong
Print name: Ruffled Feathers
Fabric: Stretch rayon
Size: 8
Back zipper, stretchy shirred side panels, no pockets

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This is the newest addition to my collection. I actually own another Lena dress and two Lena tops because I love this cut so much. It is just so flattering. Though as you can see, it definitely emphasizes the girls! This stretch rayon fabric is a dream to wear, and the stretchy shirred side panels mean you get a customized fit. Some people complain about the halter hurting their neck, but as long as you wear a good strapless bra (like my trusty Freya Deco), then the dress strap doesn’t have to take any of the weight.

I also appreciate that the neck strap opens and closes with buttons, because these straps are always too long on me, but all I have to do to shorten them is unpick the buttons and re-attach them further over. Additionally, some of the older models of this dress have a much thinner strap, but I prefer this wider one since it balances out big boobs and gives a little more coverage on the sides.

Boob-score: A+

10. Goldie
Print name: Crepe Myrtle
Fabric: Lightweight rayon
Size: 8
Back zipper, pockets

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Oh, the Goldie. I’m not usually into florals, but this more graphic floral print really spoke to me. And then it went on sale! So I got the one dress that was left in my size, the Goldie. It looks amazing from the front, but it has one huge problem…

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This is the back! I couldn’t resist a dress that shows off my back tattoo so well, and I actually did find an okay solution to the bra issue (I do not regularly wear it with this Freya Deco), but it’s just such a hassle! I started by tacking the blousey front part to the straps to hide more side-bra:

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Then I wear it with my low-back Le Mystere Soiree Bustier. But a little bit of the bustier still peeks out above the waistband, so I take a black tube top and wear it under my boobs, tucking it into the bra band in back to make sure it doesn’t fall down. It ends up looking fine, but it adds so much extra bulk that the waistband is then borderline too tight. Additionally, the bustier stops right at the bottom of the waistband, so it all squeezes me extra tightly right in my squishiest spot, which is neither comfortable nor flattering. And what’s more, the front dips down so low that my bra is only hidden because the top is so blousey and baggy. I’m actually in the process of trying to trade this dress for another cut in the same print.

Boob score: F

11. Trixie
Print name: Big Polka
Fabric: Lightweight rayon
Size: Medium
Back zipper, stretchy shirred side panels, tie-neck halter, no pockets

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A Trashy Diva classic! The Trixie is one of their oldest styles. It used to be made with wide straps like my Lena Sarong above, but ironically this time I prefer it with the thin straps. Once again the stretchy shirred panels give it a custom fit. And the detailed bust is oh-so-flattering on big boobs. The only problem is that the floppy nature of the fabric means those details don’t always hold their shape perfectly. You can see in the second photo, for example, that the left-hand side sits at a 90-degree angle in my cleavage, while the right-hand side is at a diagonal, because it flopped over while hanging in my closet and is stuck that way unless I starch it.

I used to own this dress in cotton poplin as well, but I decided I didn’t wear it enough to justify keeping, so I sold it. However, that one did maintain its bust details a little better since it was stiffer fabric, but it also wrinkled really easily and you could see the layers of fabric through one another at the bust, giving it a lumpy look, so I still prefer the rayon.

Boob-score: A

12. Lena
Print name: Green Kimono
Fabric: Rayon crepe de chine
Size: 8
Back zipper, stretchy shirred side panels, no pockets

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I only have real-life pictures of this dress because it’s currently at the cleaners after I wore it to a swing dance event on the USS Intrepid, pictured here. It’s again soooo flattering, especially with the contrast-color inner bust panel. It was also amazing for spinning in!

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Boob-score: A+

13. Doll Mini
Fabric: Medium-weight rayon
Size: 8
Side zipper, pockets

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My very first Trashy Diva piece! Read the full review for much more detail. This is still one of my favorites and I would love more of the Doll cut. It’s similar to the Sandy again, but this one stays up on my shoulders a lot better. Plenty of room for boobs here, and the waistband stays firmly under my bust.

Boob-score: A+

14. Streetcar
Print name: Cherries
Fabric: Rayon
Size: 8
Side zipper, removeable matching neck-tie, matching belt, pockets

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The first Trashy Diva I ever paid full price for (a rare happenstance!) is this Cherries Streetcar. It was a re-issue of an old print, so I knew it’d go fast and I bought it outright. You can read my full review here.

The Streetcar is definitely a less boob-friendly option. As usual, there’s enough volume, but it doesn’t curve under my bust, and it’s actually a wee bit small, so that my bigger boob pulls the fabric over to sit crookedly. However, I tried a size up at the time, and it was too big in the waist and across the back. The nice thing about the Streetcar is you can wear the neckline in several different configurations. However, it does require a strapless or T-back bra, or a Rixie clip, to keep your straps hidden.

Boob-score: B-

15. Jenny Short-Sleeve
Fabric: Heavy stretch knit
Size: 6
Side zipper, no pockets

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Here’s another one I wrote a full review of. The Jenny is exceedingly comfortable and very boob-friendly thanks to the ingenious construction. There are vertical seams leading from the skirt pleats up to the bust, where it pleats out again. There’s also gathering up on the shoulders that resembles netting, which allows for generous fabric in the bust. It’s also super stretchy. I sized down to a 6 and could have easily worn a 4 if I wanted it clingier.

I did end up selling this dress due to it not getting enough wear, but that’s no reflection on its fit or quality otherwise. It’s highly, highly recommended! It was just a little too conservative for me.

Boob-score: A++

16. Doris
Fabric: Cotton voile
Size: 8
Side zipper, pockets

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Finally we come to the last dress, Doris in cotton voile, another that I previously reviewed. The cotton voile is so light and cool for summer. TD currently has one cotton voile offering, and that’s the new Mahjong print collection. They should definitely release more in this amazing fabric!

As for fit, it’s pretty darn good, though I must admit the waistband does not remain under my bust. It’s well above my underwires, but I’m okay with that because the boob room is still pretty generous and very flattering—and you can wear it with a normal bra. Plus I think the dress looks really good on me!

Boob-score: B+

Oh, I just remembered one more that I don’t have any photos of—the Norma Jean dress. And the reason I have no photos is that I got it cheap on eBay, but it didn’t fit right at all, so I re-sold it without ever wearing it out.

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It looks deceptively boob-friendly thanks to wide straps and gathering with elastic at the top of the neckline. But it swooped scandalously low to show too much cleavage for comfort. I’m talking visible areola. And the waistband came up way high above my underwires. And this was with sizing up to a 10 from my usual 8. Stay away!

Boob-score: F

 

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Off the Rack ~ Partying with Eveden

It’s another Eveden post this week! A couple weeks ago, Darlene and I attended a “70s dance party” thrown by Eveden for bloggers and other members of the press. We got to see models try on anything we requested from the latest season, got fitted (I’m happy to report that I’m already in the correct size), and even enjoyed some muffins and other breakfast goodies.

It wasn’t really a dance party, but I guess some of the collection is inspired by the 1970s, and the lovely PR ladies wore ’70s-inspired outfits. In fact, that’s one of the things I love about the Eveden brands and is part of why I like supporting them—they are very accommodating and welcoming to press!

Most of what I was interested in was the trendy swimwear cuts I shared in my coverage of the last Curve show. It really makes a difference to see these things on a real person in front of me. But I also have a few other tidbits to share…

First up, what I last referred to as the “standout” of the show, the “Pinup” set. I’m surprised to see how long it looks on a real body. With my long torso, I pretty much always expect long items to actually be a conservative length on me. This one’s definitely worth trying!

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Moving on to swimwear:

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