The Big Bust Bandeau Challenge!!!

The Big Bust Bandeau Challenge!!!

April 19, 2017

And it's over, folks!  If you've been following us on Instagram or Facebook, you may have seen some of our test pics and videos for the Big Bust Bandeau Challenge.

Your eyebrow raises. "The WHAT?"  So glad you asked.

This is how things tend to start over here at D.Webb Designs.  Debbie and I sit in the studio over coffee talking clothing design (that means Debbie talks, because I can barely sew a button on), and one day, she brings up her bandeaus.  

"You should try one on," she says.  

I scoff, thinking "not a chance in heck".  Y'all must understand, I wear a bra size 30H.  There are two stores in this gigantic metropolis of New York City that sell bras I can wear.  Two.  Concepts such as  "backless", "strapless", or "halterneck"  are anathema to women like me.  The huge heaving sighs we emit during the Oscars' red carpet parade can be seismic.  

So a bandeau?  No way. They never cover the gals completely, they ride up, they ride down, and they make the dreaded "uniboob", or "bloob".  You know, that lovely squashed up shapeless lump a bandeau usually creates on your chest.  So flattering...

But I simply say "No."

"Try it."

"Nah."

"Yes."

"No."

"Come on."

"Nope."

"Just tryyyyyy it."

"OK, fine."

And yeah.  It fit.  But you figured that out already, right?  

No one was more shocked than me.  It covered, it lifted, it separated.  It has these things called princess seams that I know nothing about, but Debbie, having a long background in women's bra design, assures me they are part of what make her bandeaus fit so well.  Not only did the bandeau mold nicely to my shape in the front, but there was no extra bunched up fabric in the back.  

To top it off, I could wear it strapless, or use the optional straps that I could twist in all kinds of ways, making sexy designs in the back.  

But I'm thinking, "Hey, this is too good to be true."  There's no way this will hold up under pressure.  Right?

Challenge accepted!!!  And so the Big Bust Bandeau Challenge was born.  

First up, the public dance challenge.  Two nights in a row, I donned a bandeau with one of D.Webb's Open Back Layering Tops... just in case.  We don't want the bandeau going haywire on a public dance floor, after all.

(And can I just say, the Open Back Top/Bandeau combo is now my favorite salsa outfit?  SO MANY compliments, and I got to show off my back for the first time!)

OK, OK, so that went pretty well.  Now for the final test.  How much spinning and twisting can the bandeau stand with no layering top and NO STRAPS???  This couldn't be done in a nightclub, so we needed a more private space to test this out.  Luckily, my super-amazing Krav Maga school, Krav Maga Experts, was kind enough to lend me their space in the off hours.  And here is what happened...

First dance, OK OK, not ready to let go of the Open Back Top yet.  Gimme a sec...  No straps, though!

OK, safety net is gone, Bandeau is on it's own, and music is a little faster.  Here goes nothing! (Hopefully...)

Success!!!!!  Woohoo!!!  It didn't fall off!!!!  (Giant sigh of relief... because flashing my best friend is NOT on my bucket list, you know?)

So here is my final tally on the D.Webb Bandeaus:

1.  First, please be aware that I do wear a strapless bra underneath the bandeaus.  Of course I do, because GRAVITY.  That being said, the power mesh Debbie sews inside the bandeaus, along with the princess seams, really do a bang-up job of giving the ladies some extra support.  

2.  However, if you plan on jumping up and down in your bandeau, use the straps, because, again, GRAVITY.  

3.  I was wearing a D.Webb size 4, the largest size, and my 30H equates to a 40C. You can also check out the sizing guidelines at www.dwebbdesigns.com.  

4.  If you still don't fit into one of the D.Webb sizes, don't worry.  There are no single custom bandeaus at this time, only bulk custom orders, but there are plans in the works for expanding the sizing options!  Yay!

5.  Debbie is always improving her designs, and after this little experiment, she has some ideas to make them even better!  I can't imagine how, but there ya go.

 And that's all for now, D.Webbers!

Until next time,

Shannon

Intrepid D.Webb Blogger

 



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in News

These Shoes Were Made for Dancing...
These Shoes Were Made for Dancing...

July 30, 2019

Feet. Our foundation. Our physical nadir. These tiny points of stability carry the whole of us from toes to arch to ankle. From delicate and curved to broad and flat. Strong and sensuous, the pads of our feet bear traces of every step we have taken. And for a dancer, they do so much more. They point and flex, stretch and kick, ache and bleed. Sometimes ugly, but always beautiful...

Read More

Danielle Albertina Starquest Judge DWebb Assistant
Team Spotlight: Danielle Albertina - The lady who does everything

April 04, 2019

Meet Danielle Albertina, Debbie's right hand. The organizing, modeling, pattern cutting, inventory keeping, reminding Debbie to breathe Jill-of-All-Trades here at D.Webb Designs. 

Dancing from the age of three (thanks, Grandma)....

Read More

Gigantic Announcement!!!!
Gigantic Announcement!!!!

February 14, 2019

Hey D.Webb Tribe,

It's been a long time since I've tapped the keys into your email, but there is so much going on here at D.Webb that I just had to come back and be a part of it. Anyway, enough about me. We have a HUGE announcement!

D.WEBB DESIGNS IS NOW A PROUD SPONSOR OF DANCE PARADE NEW YORK 2019!!!!

Yessss!  

Why, you ask?  I asked the same thing. Here is what Debbie said...

"Quite simply, I love this event!

Read More