Monday, 20 January 2014

To Smooth Or Not To Smooth

A few months back now I received a parcel from a lovely worker at Curvy Kate, after not having much luck with my twitter freebie friday prize which you can read about here. After a discussion with the ever so lovely Himare about which bras might work better for my shape I decided to try the smoothie again, having tried a 30J briefly and it being completely the wrong size, we decided that being around a 34GG/32H that I would try the 34GG. 

When it arrived I noticed it was missing the bow in the centre but that wasn't a problem at all, I knew I was going to attempt to alter the bra, but I was sent a bow which I'll add at some point. Now as per I find with Curvy Kate it was a little east vs west on me but not as much as I have had in the past, and comparing to other bras I own the centre gore does seem to be a little wider in the middle which is what seems to be the problem on me.

The fit was reasonably ok, the band a little lose so I possibly could have got the 32H but this is still very wearable, and I'm filling the cup just fine, a bit of empty space at the bottom but theres no overspill at the top, and the straps whilst fairly wide apart on my shoulders they don't fall down. It gave me the smooth silhouette I expected, although there is a slight problem with the very top of the cup, it curls a little I haven't found a way to stop that happening, so under tighter tops it does show.

I knew when deciding on this bra that I was going to try and make a slight alteration to the middle of the bra and pull the gore together a little to see how it would look, so a couple of weeks a go I found a needle and some thread and looked up some tutorials and gave it a go.

So, while the photos don't seem to show much difference when I wear the bra it feels more central and my breasts feel less pushed out, all I did was pin the gore in a little and (haphazardly) sew it together. To me the fit is so different, I have worn it quite a bit and while I am now getting a slight bit of quad boob (I'm getting bigger! soon to be smaller!) It's perfect under tops and dresses when I need/want to show a little flesh ;). 
I do feel it isn't quite up there with the Freya Deco, it s so so close though I feel the shape for me personally is better with the Deco, but I will continue to wear my smoothie and I will more than likely (when I get a job) grab another. I do love the subtle animal print one what is considered a plain bra, I have high hopes for this coming out in other colours maybe a bright red or a mint green.

Side note I did get the 'high waisted pants' and I will admit I was pretty disappointed they aren't anywhere near high waisted, they sit in a rather strange place on me hence why they haven't really be worn. :(

**This bra was sent as a prize it hasn't effected my views at all**

You can buy this bra from BrastopFigleaves and many other retailers. 

(all photo's are mine) 

Friday, 3 January 2014

A quick try with Olivia

A few weeks back now in a parcel from the ever so lovely Laura at LargeCup lingerie and it contained a couple of surprises, one of which was the lovely Olivia from Tutti Rouge in a 32HH.

Now Olivia is is so different, whilst it may be floral it's not obvious and I love that! The geometric floralness (not a word but it is now!!) is so different to anything I've ever seen on a bra before, it's such a stand out print that is in a league of it's own, it's such a shame it didn't fit. 
Now although I love the print, I will admit though that the lace that is in the middle of the cup I'm not overly fond of I feel it's out of place, the top and the bottom work, I get that breaking print up can be good but in this case I don't think it works (that's just my opinion though). And as you would expect there is the usual Tutti touches, the heart on either strap and embroidered branding on the clasp.

Onto the fit, I'm normally fine with the 32HH from Tutti but this was far tighter than any I have tried, I compared it to a 30 band in the parfait charlotte and it was a good inch and a half shorter! So either Olivia runs very tight or this was a one off, I would have said this is more like a 23/30HH Which isn't the right size at all for me, the cups were also a tad too small, probably could be rectified with trying a bigger band which I may do so in the nearish future. I also admit this is the second 'success' in the same style from tutti, if you think back to when I first looked at the brand and tried the Liliana this also worked due to the shape of the bra suiting the way my breasts are, but I'm not going to give up on the different styles!

(photo one taken from the Big Cartel page for Tutti Rouge the rest are me)

*Olivia is available from the same link above for £28 They also do a matching mini brief for £14 and shorts for £15*

 And just a big thank you to everyone who reads my blog, my stats say it's been viewed over 6000 times and for me that is INCREDIBLE!!! I hope I can keep it up!!