So after quite some ordeal and fearful waiting, my Bodyline order finally arrived safely last week! This time, the imminent disaster was apparently just a tracking error, and I even had to pay only 10€ tax (not 65€ like the last time -_-)
Since I've been trying to google for reviews of certain items before and rarely found any detailed ones, I decided to make one on my own this time, to hopefully help future buyers to make their decisions! So in this blogpost, I'm gonna review the items L144, L416 and L514 with tons of pictures :) I hope it's useful to somebody!
L514 Rose Bouquet High Waist Skirt (Link)
I'll be starting off with my "dream skirt" - I've been wanting to order this for quite some time now because I absolutely fell in love with the beautiful print!
What caught my eye right away was the white lace print at the border. Also, I just love flower prints, and roses are my favorite flowers, so it's perfect for me. The print is sharp and very detailed and the colors match the pictures on their website very well.
But not just the printed lace, also the one used for decoration is very pretty.
This skirt has a shirring in the back and corset boning - 4 in the front and one on the side opposed to the zipper. It fits my waist perfectly (60cm) without having to pull the shirring all the way.
The shirring from the inside. It's very well-sewn and looks sturdy from what I can tell and everything fits comfortably.
Shirring from the outside - I like the lace they used here!
Unfortunately, there was a little damage on one of the loops used for the lacing of the corset part. It seems like it was ripped out, and it was that way already when I got it. As the rubber bands support the high waist part very well, it is not necessary to close to lacing very tightly to achieve a corset-like look, so I hope the damage won't get worse over time.
On the top part of the skirt the lace-lines of the fabric do not meet symmetrically where the corset boning is sewn in, but it's not very noticeable (unless you have OCD I guess...).
The zipper is very sturdy, but I had difficulties closing it near the seam of the lower and upper part. I miss a hook at the upper end of the zipper, it always makes closing them much easier... I will probably sew one in to support the zipper and facilitate closing it!
The bow you can see on the photos of their website is - as I had hoped - detachable. I don't really like bows at the belly area, so I'm happy to have a matching hairbow or decoration for a handbag etc.
Lastly: a worn picture! Please note that the lacing in the back was not closed as I was not able to close it by myself because my hair got in the way :'D But you can see that it gives a very nice shape around the waist! The length is perfect for me - I'm 1.6m and it ends well below my knees without making me look stumpy, haha!
All in all, I'd rate this item a 5/5! It's nicely sewn together, they used quite good quality materials and it looks just like the picture on their website. Altogether a great skirt! The same printed fabric was used for this dress. I really like the design, especially the V-shaped cut of the neckline, but it has no shirring, and I guess it wouldn't fit me around the bust, waist and shoulders. But if you like the print and prefer OPs over skirts, this is a nice alternative!
L461 Cutsew (Link)
I ordered this item to have an alternative to blouses on warmer days and to wear to more casual styles. I was a little bit disappointed when I unpacked it...
I suppose it's easy to spot why. That one lace near the bust is offwhite instead of white :( It's so obvious it almost looks yellow!
Apparently they've just picked the wrong type of lace, because the one at the bottom is the same, but true white. Other than that, the lace is rather cute - especially the little heart-shapes, though the mix of shiny polyester (?) and cotton (?) is a bit off-setting under the light of a camera flash (at least for me). But this difference is barely noticeable under real light conditions.
I'm really sad about the mismatching lace, because it's very obvious if the item is worn alone. Under a JSK it's no problem of course, but I wanted to wear it like that too. Maybe I'll try to cut it off without damaging the cutsew, or do you know of any way to bleach it white without harming the fabric of the cutsew? :(
I 'll also probably remove the smaller bows around the neckline:
I seriously despise that kind of material (I don't know what it's called) and I actually don't even know why. I just think that it's kinda ugly, and it's also not the same shade of pink as the fabric. I would have preferred satin ribbons instead... But I was planning on removing them from the beginning anyway, because I think it's a bit "too much".
Worn it looks really cute - even though at first I thought it will be too big on me. I usually like it better if my clothing fits more tight because otherwise I feel like it makes me look much larger, but this cutsew actually has a nice shape, I really like the ruffles at the bottom and the shape of the sleeves!
In the end, it's a nice item, but I was just unlucky and got one with an error. 3/5 I'd say, because it's a shame they picked the wrong lace, but other than that, it's cute.
L144 Merry-go-round JSK (Link)
Now this was a rather spontaneous choice when I placed my order - Initially, I only wanted to buy the skirt and a pair of white shoes, and then I looked for other stuff to buy along with it and save some shipping costs etc and make it worth the effort. So I stumbled upon this JSK!
From what I've read that dress was first released in 2010, and re-released since then quite a bunch of times. I guess I was lucky that when I placed my order it was there again, and even in the black colorway - perfect for a Bittersweet Style! Another reason why I did pick this dress in the end was the price. For roughly 30€ I thought it's a great deal, especially after I had seen some owner pictures and read a good review. Lastly, I was happy to find out that they had a size "S" for this dress! Even though it has a shirring in the back, the smaller bust and waist measurement are perfect because I just don't like it if a dress is too loose on me (like the one on the model...) or I have to close the shirring all the way.
These kind of Merry-go-round prints have been popular for quite some time already, and while this is probably the cheapest you can get, the print design is actually pretty cute. The colors are well chosen and match, and the pony-print is also well placed on the waist ties (not severed heads XD). However, of course for such a price, it can be expected that the quality of the print is a bit flawed.
Close up the dark color seems to have bled a little bit. I hope it doesn't do this while washing ._.
Here the lilac/purple of the ponies mane and hooves as well as the yellow from the stars is "blurry".
The borders of all the printed details are actually purple.
But this is really not an issue unless you look at the print very, veeeeery closely. I bet you probably didn't notice from the first picture either :) Another issue seems to be the lace. Compared to the first item in this review, there's really a huge difference.
This is where the ends of the lace meet, it's at the left vertical seam of the dress and makes a strange dent inwards because there's too much fabric.
The lace at the straps is rather shabby too, but I guess if I cut off the loose threads and lints it will be okay.
Interestingly, the lace used for the bodice is much more beautiful!
I like it that they took care to place the fabric in a way that the stripes are horizontally on the top part of the bodice!
Also, the ribbons at the straps are made from satin, yay! I thought about cutting them off but it turns out I actually like them the way they are - for now. If I cut them off I'd probably add a safety pin to put them back again if I feel like it. Overall, I think the design is rather balanced the way it is.
This dress too comes with a detachable bow. Again, I'm glad the bow isn't fixed because I'd rather have a bow in my hair than in front of my belly, especially with a dress that has a rather high waist line such as this one.
The bow is cute and again they took care to place the stripes of the fabric in a convenient way. I'm not sure about the small pink satin bows though, I'll probably take them off. Interestingly, one of the types of lace used for the bow is really pretty, and the other a bit shabby again. But overall, it looks okay, except for some loose threads and leftover fabric that can easily be cut off.
Gosh, my hair is so pretty today XD
So, this looks a bit awkward shape-wise, because it makes this kind of bulge on one side but not on the other - I guess it's because I wore my self-sewn petticoat that doesn't have a very regular shape, and I'm also standing a bit "crooked" on that photo. In general, I think the dress could probably fit both cupcake and (smaller) A-line petticoats without looking too awkward. As you can see, the length is quite alright as well on me. The bodice fits nicely too - again, I didn't tighten the lacing in the back and only bound the waist ties, so the fit could be even more perfect, but even like this it's actually quite okay (especially considering that the blouse has waist ties on its own that probably make a bit of a bulge underneath the dress near the waist). For this, I can give a 4.5/5. It's worth the money, but you really don't get more than what you pay for. Still, it's a nice design, and I hope I have a lot of opportunities to wear it in the future!
I also ordered a pair of shoes, which I'm not gonna review in detail yet because I'd rather assess their comfort when I've worn them out :)
In the end, I'm overall quite happy with the items I ordered, especially since all the flaws I found can be fixed one way or the other. I hope the review and pictures are helpful for others who plan on ordering these items! Thanks for reading!