Off the Rack ~ Reviewing Grass Fields Clothing

I recently had an amazing encounter with an Hourglassy reader. She contacted me through Bratabase’s messaging system to introduce me to a brand called Grass Fields. Georgina of Fuller Figure Fuller Bust had just reviewed two pieces from this company, and the reader liked the designs so much that she ordered a jumpsuit for herself.

The suit didn’t fit the reader, but instead of returning it, she offered to send it to me if I promised to review it. She said she really admired the company’s back story of pulling themselves out of abject poverty in Cameroon through this business (read more on their blog), and that she thought it could benefit the brand to get another review out there in a different size. After looking at the Grass Fields website and reading their astonishing story, I was eager to accept!

Sadly, the jumpsuit is not flattering on me. At all. And the size chart does not look boob-friendly either. But the fabric is so amazing and the story so inspiring that I still want to share the positive aspects of the garment even while presenting a negative review. [Read more…]

Mandarin Shirt Sew-a-long: Day 2

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Alrighty, are you ready for Day Two?! At this point, you’ve purchased your pattern and fabric (intro post) and printed/pieced your pattern together (Day 1). Now we are ready to take a few more measurements and do some adjustments to the pattern before cutting it out!

Jodi has outlined directions for this process in her PDF instructions. I’m a very visual learner, so I thought I would try and document it more in-depth for other visual people out there.

For this process you will need:

  • Top Front and Top Back pattern pieces
  • The bra you plan to wear under your Mandarin Shirt
    • Wear this while taking your measurements!
  • Flexible tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
    • I love using a clear quilting ruler for making pattern adjustments! So easy to see if you’re lining everything up.
  • Scissors and/or paper trimming tool
  • Extra paper
    • Only needed if you need to increase your pattern size. I like to use wrapping paper. You could use printer paper, junk mail, just about anything!
  • Scotch tape, glue stick, or similar

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Mandarin Shirt Sew-a-Long: Day 1

 

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Today, we are going to walk through the printing and assembly of your PDF pattern. You can, of course, get this pattern printed on a continuous roll of paper at a print shop if you’d prefer to skip this step. But printing and assembling at home isn’t as difficult as it sounds! It takes a bit of time and concentration, but it’s not difficult. And I must say, Jodi from Jailyn Apparel has done a phenomenal job with this pattern. It is easy to assemble and the PDF instructions are incredibly detailed and helpful!

Step One: Prepping for printing

When you download your file, make sure you open it in Adobe Acrobat Reader — NOT your web browser! Some browsers like to open PDF files directly in the browser, but this can sometimes cause issues with the printing size. If you don’t have Adobe Reader on your computer, you can download it here for free.

The next thing you’ll want to do is utilize the amazing “Layers” function in this pattern! If you haven’t already, measure yourself (bust, waist, and hip) and choose which size you will be making from the detailed size chart in the instruction PDF. I currently measure 39″ bust, 32″ waist, and 42″ hip. I decided to go with the regular size 10, as the finished garment measurements seemed like they would be comfortable to me. [Read more…]

Off the Rack ~ Reviewing the Freya “Hero” Bra

It has been an awfully long time since my last wired bra review. This week I’m discussing the Freya “Hero” bra. And what a hero it is!

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Disclosure: This item was received as a review sample. All opinions are my own and based entirely on my experience.

I haven’t bought a new Freya bra in quite a while. I own so many of them in prints I adore that I just keep wearing my old ones over and over, refusing to replace them even though they’re pathetically worn out. But after trying the Hero bra, I’m ready to throw out all my old Freyas and start fresh! [Read more…]