How appropriate that Leah wrote about her Urkye tops on Friday because I’ve wanted to share photos of my own purple Veka top, but I didn’t have enough to say for an entire writeup. Now it’s simply a matter of adding my average-to-short-waisted experience hers.

Before I say anything else, I have to warn you that I am going through a frumpy phase, so please don’t judge the top and dress by how I have or haven’t styled them. I blame my shoes for everything, but I welcome gentle suggestions for how to extricate myself from my current rut.

Here is the violet Veka. What I have since learned is that Urkye will actually shorten the length of their tops for you for free if you request this when you place your order! This is my first time to order from Urkye, but now that I know how a 42 1/2 top looks on me,  I’ll ask them to trim off three inches next time.

urkye purple top front

I’m showing you two profile pictures, the first wearing my Freya Rio in 32F, and the second wearing my Empreinte Grace in 32F. I adore the Empreinte Grace bra and promise to write about it soon.

purple urkye top side view Freya profile

purple Urkye top side with Empreinte Grace profile

I appreciate that the front center panel of this top is a double layer of fabric, especially since, as Leah noted, the fabric is a bit thin. The photo of my back (wearing the Freya Rio) shows how it clings more than skims my middle. Leah liked the narrowed waist on her Veka, but a wider waist in back might be more flattering for me–or I should simply wear my Fraulein Annie Falling in Love cinching panty, which I wore under the Samantha that I show you further down.

purple Urkye top back

In the end, I think my Urkye Veka makes a very nice basic top. It fits my bust perfectly, and the color is a treat. However, there’s something intangible that keeps it from being a “wow” top on me. If I can figure out how to turn it into a “wow”, I’ll let you know!

Yesterday I was all set to wear all black to church when I remembered my new turquoise Samantha in 36D that arrived last week. I tore off the tags and pulled it over my head and felt amazing. Like the Veka, it could stand to be hemmed–in this case to the narrowest point on my legs, but I was too in love with the color to wait.

dd atelier samantha shortened

I already told you that Olga takes pride in the quality fabrics that she uses, and the substantial-feeling knit of this dress is luxurious. It drapes beautifully and skims nicely.  I’ve only worn it for five hours so far, so I can’t yet comment on pilling–I was just happy to make it through a potluck without dripping anything on it!

The perfect fit at my bust and waist is accomplished through princess seams and two additional waist darts in front. There are two slightly longer waist darts in back.

dd atelier samantha front

I have deep pockets!

dd atelier samantha side

(I’m wearing my Empreinte Grace again in these photos.)

dd atelier samantha back

I tried a red bead necklace with this dress, but it looked too cluttered. I tried pearls, but they looked too conservative. I feel like a scarf would hide the streamlined bodice and neckline that I like. Perhaps a brooch is in order?!

I love that season after season, Olga keeps bringing us beautiful pieces to fit our big busts. In this season of browns, greys, burgundies and blacks, I’m especially thrilled that she has offered turquoise.