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August 12, 2008

Princess Seamy!

Filed under: Fashion — Francesca @ 9:31 am

Francesca is so very tempted by this blouse, so wonderful for the Apple-shaped woman, with it’s princess seams and sleek-ening lines and availability up to size 3X. And it costs only 65 of the American dollars!

It is available here, at the site which never ceases to amaze with its surprising plethora of choices for the Big Girl.


  1. Sorry, but this is way too 80’s for me. My mother still has a blouse just like it in her closet from 1987.

    Comment by Dawn — August 12, 2008 @ 10:37 am

  2. I’m with Dawn, thinking this is FIERCELY ugly.

    Comment by Nemtynakht — August 12, 2008 @ 10:46 am

  3. Nix the shoulder pads and put it in all one color and it’d be good for work… but that’s about it.

    Comment by AmazonPrincess — August 12, 2008 @ 10:55 am

  4. Bad retro.

    Comment by shiloh — August 12, 2008 @ 11:01 am

  5. Eeep. Hate.

    Comment by Janey — August 12, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

  6. It would be overpriced at 15 of the American dollars.

    Comment by Harridan P — August 12, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

  7. Francesca, I like it!

    Comment by Jennie — August 12, 2008 @ 6:25 pm

  8. I’d like to see it on a plus-size model. This poor woman comes out looking wasp-like. (and I don’t mean WASP-like, I mean like the insect.) But it could look good on the right person.

    The comments of those who have purchased it are generally positive, with the exception of “cut the shoulder pads out.”

    Comment by Marvel — August 12, 2008 @ 6:49 pm

  9. Wow. Hideous!

    Comment by Brooke — August 12, 2008 @ 7:13 pm

  10. that’s horrific.

    Comment by Verelle — August 12, 2008 @ 11:18 pm

  11. Isn’t that exactly opposite of the shape an apple would want? It seems to me it would only accentuate a protruding stomach.

    Comment by Krista — August 13, 2008 @ 6:52 am

  12. Space – the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise…to boldly go where no man has gone before…

    Am I right, or am I right?

    Comment by demjen209 — August 13, 2008 @ 8:57 am

  13. Well…maybe in a finer fabric and more current color combos…Nah

    Comment by Peaches — August 13, 2008 @ 1:21 pm

  14. From a purely practical, how-would-it-fit standpoint, I found it troublesome that it is noted that this is “designed to be very fitted”, but there is no way to determine what the waist size on it is. It doesn’t look like it would fit an “apple”, since that’s generally defined as something like: “waist the same size as, or bigger than bust.” This is clearly much narrower in the waist than the bust. But How Much Narrower?

    Comment by rabrab — August 13, 2008 @ 3:42 pm

  15. Francesca, no more late-night Designing Women marathons!
    But seriously, I love you. And that blouse is terrible.

    Comment by emmme — August 13, 2008 @ 5:08 pm

  16. Star Trek! That’s why I like it! I always wanted to be an officer aboard the Starship Enterprise.

    Comment by Jennie — August 13, 2008 @ 11:48 pm

  17. you know, it’s not for me, but i can really see it on the right person. I think it could be great on an apple. I think the big problem here is that the model is so not a big girl that it’s hard to even imagine it. I guess this really goes back to having models that people can relate to, and models that the companies think will “sell” may not always be ones that sell to us.

    Comment by jm — August 14, 2008 @ 12:51 am

  18. Oh, bad call. Horrible fabric, shoulder pads (SHOULDER PADS?) cheap buttons, and princess seams really, really don’t work on apples. On hourglasses, hell yeah, but apples? Not so much.

    Comment by Virago — August 14, 2008 @ 12:57 am

  19. Uh no. I used to work with a very apple shaped woman and she had a top that looked very much like this. It was not in the least bit flattering. It made her look like a giant beach ball.

    Comment by Elizabeth K — August 14, 2008 @ 7:58 am

  20. yes! i’d be afraid with that shape of seaming that an apple would look like a basketball

    Comment by Verelle — August 14, 2008 @ 10:28 am

  21. There’s nothing inherently wrong with shoulder pads, ladies. They’re not a sin – neither mortal nor even venial. Shoulder pads in moderation have been recommended by dressmaking manuals for decades for helping to balance out a figure, and for making shoulders even, and for making garments hang properly. They’re a dressmaking tool – no more, no less. Zippers and buttons aren’t sinful, either.

    And this blouse is a perfectly nice design, in its own right. I don’t think the pads chosen are the right ones for this fabric, and the fabric itself doesn’t appeal to me, but the additional seams make it easier to fit, and the colour division emphasizes the feminine shape – nothing wrong with that, either.

    Comment by La BellaDonna — August 14, 2008 @ 2:01 pm

  22. I have to simply say Honey, NO

    Comment by Kimiks — August 15, 2008 @ 10:23 pm

  23. I have to side with the crowd on this one. I had a skirt that would have matched this, back in the 80’s, and it’s probably the garment I look back on with the most shame. This jacket looks extremely cheap to me. It would not be worth $0.50 of the American dollars. To me. Sorry.

    Comment by Rural Juror — August 17, 2008 @ 10:54 am

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