Off the Rack ~ Comparing Fantasie Rebecca & Fantasie Molded Smoothing T-Shirt Bra

I’ve read and been told so many good things about the spacer fabric Fantasie “Rebecca” bra, so when a used one came up for sale in one of my online swap groups, I jumped at the chance to try it at a discounted price.

Fantasie’s “Smoothing Molded T-Shirt” bra (aka Model 4510) has been my go-to tee shirt bra for several years, but I have to admit it is a little heavy and stiff, especially in summer. Spacer fabric, on the other hand, is a super lightweight, breathable, thin, foam-like fabric. Here’s a closeup shot (courtesy sourcing.alibaba.com):

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And here’s a diagram of how it stays so cool (courtesy LookChina.com):

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Rebecca is a pretty standard shape: triangular, seamless cups with an average-height gore. It also has some pretty geometric embroidery on the front side of the band and the front of the straps, which keeps it from being totally boring. The wings are a double-layer of mesh where they meet the underwire, and then thick, solid fabric from that point to the ends where you find the hook and eye. Its “nude” is a bit more pink or peach-toned than the comparatively brown t-shirt bra.

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The t-shirt bra has a little bit more of a balconette shape, with cups that don’t come up as high on the sides. Gore height is about the same. This time, though, the wings are completely made of the solid fabric, which I absolutely love. It doesn’t stretch out nearly as fast or as much as mesh and gives a smoother line. The bow in the gore is also smaller and flat, so it tends not to peek out if I’m wearing a top that’s a little low cut for this particular bra.

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I was pretty excited when I got the Rebecca. It really is extremely light, smooth, and soft. I also enjoyed squishing the spacer fabric between my fingers. It feels cool and bounces right back.

However, its gentleness comes with a price. Rebecca gives me the worst spread-out shape. My boobs are so in front of my arms that they get in the way when I swing my arms forward and back. It’s so annoying and not something I’ve ever experienced before. Just look at the front comparison of the Rebecca (first photo) and t-shirt bra (second). Pay close attention to my arm on the left:

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Both of these are size 30FF, by the way. From the side, the Rebecca shape was okay, but I still prefer my t-shirt bra. The t-shirt bra just has a little more uplift, especially from the underside of the breast:

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I will definitely not be keeping the Rebecca bra and will be sticking with my t-shirt bras. Even though the t-shirt bra is a 30 band and I definitely need a 28 in Eveden brands, it still works really well. I own two of them that I’ve been wearing on the tightest setting for a little over two years, and they’re still tight enough and give amazing support. I believe it’s because the fabric wings don’t stretch out much. Plus, you can almost always find new ones on eBay for quite cheap. I paid $30 for one and $35 for the other.

Rebecca is available up to 30-34 H, 36GG, 38G, and 40FF. The molded t-shirt bra goes up to 30-34 H, 36GG, 38G, and 40F.

 

Best Breasts Forward ~ “Sexy” Halloween?

Some may think that it’s a little early for costume discussions, but my five-year-old has been talking about this year’s Halloween costume since November 1, 2013.

When it comes to costumes for adult women, there are many options.

There’s the sexy nurse…

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The sexy cop

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For those history buffs, there’s the sexy Native American…

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Or the sexy pilgrim.

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Feeling patriotic? You can be a sexy soldier.

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I’ll admit, when I was 18-21 I wore similar, off the rack costumes. I was pretty slim and my breasts hadn’t yet come to their full fruition. But now that I’m in the “bustiest of the busty” range, these costumes tend to look more “slutty” than “sexy” and as a 37 year old woman my idea of what’s sexy has changed. Even if I was willing to wear one, it wouldn’t fit because they aren’t made for the busty bust.

So where does this leave us? I’m not the full on bunny rabbit type of girl.

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I still would like to use Halloween as an opportunity to look my over-the-top best. I find that it’s easier to create a costume that has elaborate hair and/or makeup paired with an outfit consisting of jazzed up everyday clothing. Here are a few of my recent favorites.

The Lichtenstein Gal

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You have to be meticulous with this makeup. When it’s done well, it’s awesome, but when it’s wrong, it looks like a bad case of measles.

Betty Boop

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Being Betty Boop is all about the hair and makeup. For us large busted ladies, it offers endless clothing options. Your favorite little black (or little red) dress? A glittery floor length, hip hugging gown? Cigarette pants?

I’d wear my PUG Ava dress in black.

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Day of the Dead

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I’ve been obsessing over this costume for years! As soon as I get the invite to a grand Halloween Ball/Party I will go as this. I adore the makeup, elaborate headpieces and period costuming including corsetry.

I’d love to see what my busty readers have/are wearing for Halloween!

Sleeping Busty Beauty: Deco Delight Chemise from Freya Lounge

After I finished photographing the first ten nightgowns that I’m going to write about here, I asked my husband which one he liked the most. He picked the Deco Delight (that I had serendipitously discovered at Town Shop–don’t you love it when you can try something like this on in person before purchasing?).

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I like this chemise, too. Unlike the Sweet Dreams, the neckline does exactly what it’s supposed to do. However, like the Sweet Dreams, you can see that the “secret support”  and underbust line just barely contain my bosom.

The Large/E-G, below right, was slightly better in this regard, but I preferred the overall look of the Medium/E-G, below left.

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With my husband’s vote and the nice fit, why didn’t I keep this chemise?

First, the fabric feels polyester-y (it’s 51% nylon/polyamide, 9% polyester, and 10% elastane). It’s thick enough to conceal most bulges, and it drapes attractively, but it didn’t feel breathable for hot summer nights. (For comparison, the Sweet Dreams is 96% viscose and 4% elastane.)

Second, it’s grey. They can call this one “dove grey” to make it sound prettier than the Sweet Dreams charcoal, but why not choose one of the other nine Universal Colors that flatter most people? It’s not like we need a practical neutral to match other pieces in our wardrobes. Sleepwear is one of the few places where we can be indulgently fanciful and impractical about color. It just needs to make us look good. Unfortunately, this shade of grey causes the chemise to fail three of my criteria: it doesn’t make me look good, it isn’t pretty and feminine enough (for me), and it falls more in the realm of functional than fantasy and pretend.

Unfortunately, I don’t see any hope on the color horizon. Not even from the chemise version of the Freya Pansy that is scheduled to ship in November and December. It is, sadly, only sized by S, M, L and XL with no concession to cup size. However, since it’s manufactured by a full-bust brand, I want to try it . . . just in case.Freya Pansy chemise

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You won’t want to sleep in it, but this padded longline will be available in 28-38 D-I.

Since at this point in my search I hadn’t fallen in love with any full-bust-specific nightgown, I wondered if I would have better luck with mainstream brands. That’s what I’ll write about next.

Corporate Curves Report: Scandic Big Bust Clothing Discovery – SAND

It all started with an idea of just diving in and trying local brands, as my clothing is mainly US brands after traveling with work in that part of the world so much. Last week I wrote about Swedish labels Filippa K and Tiger of Sweden as well as Finnish Andiata. None of those were a big success although some were more bust friendly than others.

But SAND, a Copenhagen, Denmark-based brand – this was an exception. I first ventured into a mall next to my workplace and there was a clearance in this brand store and thought I’d pop in and see if I could find anything. And I sure did!

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Green is normally not my thing, despite our home being white and green, as you can see from the kitchen wallpaper in the background of this photo, but I thought it wasn’t too green and tried it on. And again, not even sizing up like I normally do with tops, the EU42 fit!!! The bottom part has a side zipper and is fitted and the top part stays put.

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No cleavage spilling the whole day. The mock wrap top really stays as it is. It was a refreshing pop of color in an all black suit outfit that I wore it with to work.

After my first success with SAND, I looked for it again when I walked into Stockmann’s women’s department a few Fridays. I bravely selected a size L button down shirt to try, as my search was all about tops then.

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While it doesn’t fit perfectly, it is still a far better fit than anything else I tried. So someone a little less busy might fit into a SAND button down shirt nicely. The design was so gorgeous that I’m seriously tempted to  ask Darlene to custom make this shirt for me as a Campbell & Kate version!

I had decided that I will not try dresses on, but after finding some success with this brand I just had to try on a few dresses I really liked.

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This dress was so comfortable although a size larger would’ve been better, but I did not try it due to lack of time. The sides and sleeves are knitted and the front and back are thick jersey. A perfect work dress for winter.

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This little down jacket was so cool that I wanted to check( a) does it fit and (b) would it work with a dress as it’s too short for a pants style. Ok, it did not fit in size L and there was no way it would zip up. BUT XL did nicely! Luckily also the pockets are at the bottom of the jacket and not on the bust, subtly drawing attention to the waistline. Now the only issue is that I so badly want this outfit, but I should not be buying more clothes…

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They also had this navy dress with knitted sleeves. It was a little boxy on, but no issue in fitting into it. An ok basic dress but mostly just further showed that at least my 34GG bust can fit into a lot of their clothes.