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Screw You, American Bra Companies.

A while ago, I started doing research into bra sizing and how to find one that fit me better. I got my boobs done a few years ago and it really did not occur to me that bra fitting would be an issue, since I had only ever chosen bras to make me look like I had boobs, not because they fit. Well, it turns out Western bra sizing, much like all ready-to-wear, does not cater to different shapes. My current ribcage measurement is 28, and my bust measurement is 37. The closet size I measure for in Western sizing is a 32 DD, but the cups often don’t fit, the band is loose, and my back hurts frequently. But after bumming around the internet, I ran across this adorable girl Brittany’s blog, Thin and Curvy. She has this problem, albeit by natural means, and decided to write a wonderfully informative blog about it. She has a very different measurement system, one which makes much more sense to me. She also has a lot to say about the standardizing of bra sizes, which everyone is shuffled whether they actually fit into those sizes or not. But the best thing of all is, she reviews and provides links for European bra companies that make bras in a larger selection of sizes. Using her measuring guide and recommendations, I ordered a few bras by Freya off of Ebay, for some very nice prices. ( like 13 to 20 bucks prices!) I ordered size 28 FF – my first one arrived today and yep, it fits great. No gapping at the center, it lies flat against my ribcage. The underwire fits all the way around and the band is a perfect close fit. And, its PRETTY!! It is the Nancy model.  Here is what it looks like: (not me in this pic 😉

So yeah, I’m pretty happy. I’m never going to settle for American fit bras again, and I won’t have to spend a ton of money to do it either.

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Vintage Look For A Spring Day, Plus Crinoline Score

See how cute I look today? I made myself a new skirt yesterday. I wore this out today to spend the morning with my son at school and have a casual dinner with a friend. It was a very successful run, made even better by the fact that I had a crinoline for it. Because I really think that to rock a cute vintage skirt, a crinoline makes a big difference in the silhouette, even a less poofy one like the one I have on. The skirt just falls too flat without it. And I almost didn’t have one for today. I was musing over my flat skirt and distastefully contemplating the need to sew up some crinolines asap, (I really dislike sewing with tulle, too fiddly and fussy) when I remembered that along with the free wedding dress I got off of Craigslist a while back, came a big old box of old crinolines.

I pulled them out and looked them over – there was actually one tea length one, so my dress was saved! And, it totally fit!

These crins were all from the 70’s I think, along with the wedding dress. There were 4 that fit me, 3 evening length and the one tea length. There were a few more that were much too big, so I tossed them. But the rest are in good shape, they just need a bit of a rinse and shake out.

They also have names hand written in them on tapes. Miss Pauline O’Dell has two. Part of the charm of anything used or vintage is the connection to the past.

I think I will keep the tea length one as is, and one long one, and modify the other two for shorter dresses. I really want to add some tulle to them to make them poofier and also more colorful, like this one. Sewing on a few extra tulle tiers is much more appealing than making several whole crins from it.

I am really getting some good use out of that free wedding dress! I couldn’t be happier, I get to recycle and also have new crins that I don’t have to sew. That is hours of work that I can save to make pretty skirts and dresses instead! Happy day!

 

Blouse Pattern Fail… I’m Gonna Have To Go Vintage

So, since I decided to make all my own clothes from now on, I went through my pattern library to see what all I have to start building a wardrobe with. I have a decent number of dresses, jackets and a few slacks that I like. I can make skirts by adapting dress patterns, which is great because I love skirts. I tend to favor vintage styles from the late 40’s thru the early 60’s, which is fantastic because those silhouettes work well for my figure. I am not really a fan of trashy or tacky commercialized retro styling, for me the appeal lies in the charming and old fashioned detailing and authentic styles, rather than excessive gingham and cherry print everything. Women of the day often made their own clothing and there was much more variety in style than I think many people today realize.

Check out how fabulous she is!

Anywhoo, what I did notice is I am lacking in blouses. Since I am not going to buy any more cheap knits that don’t fit well, I better make myself some to go with my lovely skirt collection I have planned. I did a quick review of the major pattern retailer’s websites to see what they had going on… thinking I could jot down a few styles I like and go pick them up at the local Joanne’s. The have frequent pattern sales where you can pick them up for a few bucks each.

However, much to my dismay, there is a sad lack of cute blouse patterns! For ANY of the companies! I looked at Butterick, McCalls, Simplicity, and Vogue. And I was… underwhelmed. The selection was kinda lame. Vogue has the best… but I kinda hate all the styles! Everything is either a knit or baggy. Except the button up shirts, and I don’t wear those, ever. And this thing.

Sorry, Butterick.

I kinda hate this. B5524... in it's defense, It's only $1.88 on the site.

I guess it wasn’t HORRIBLE, and lots of people would find some of the styles appealing. But I saw nothing for me. I guess I’m gonna go vintage and hit up Ebay for some cute vintage shirt styles like these. Thank god for the internets!

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