A Solid Foundation

It may sound a bit cliche…but without the proper foundation garments, your favorite outfit will never look 100% perfect. The vintage pin up world is full of fabulous strapless numbers and unique designs that require a special bra that seem to be rather impossible to find. Our fabulous vintage predecessors had the right idea with their classic longline bustiers. With my upcoming nuptials it was time to go shopping for a solid foundation to pair with a fitted wedding gown. Orchard Corset came to the table with their great selection of Dominique longline bustiers and opted to try the 8949 Lace Longline Torsolette.

Available in sizes 32B to 44F in black, ivory & white – MSRP $69USD



Shopping online for undergarments can be rather tricky since most brands follow different schools of thought when it comes to sizing. Since I have zero experience with the Dominique line, it was a case of trial and error to find the right fit. To start, I normally wear 34DD in US sizing and opted to try the 8949 Torsolette in a 34D since many reviews stated the cup sizes ran a bit large. Well, unfortunately it was too large in both the cups as it gaped considerably and the waistband was not firm on the tightest hook.Β  Thankfully it was easy to reorder a smaller size, this time I tried the 32D since the cups are smaller as you go down in band size. The fit was MUCH better, the longline was perfectly snug all over and the cup size was more in line. There is still a bit of gaping in the bust but I plan to add a little extra volume with inserts since the 8949 is not a push up.


The 8949 features underwire support with a strapless design and convertible straps as well. The key point to mention, this longline is designed for full figured women…perfect for ladies with curves. The light boning slims and cinches your waist while contouring the hips creating a flawless hourglass silhouette. If your stomach is a trouble zone, the 8949 is a miracle worker in itself. The timeless lace is not only beautiful, it’s a breathable material to ensure comfort for all day wear. This style is also great for medium to semi-low back dresses; if you need a plunging back there are other options in the Dominique brand. I found there was a little back cleavage happening since I like the band rather tight on my undergarments but a couple quick adjustments it was concealed.Β  The shaping power of the boning is incredible and quite comfortable and not constricting like a corset.


Believe it or not, the 8949 is great to wear under your every day clothes. I wore mine with the Heartbreaker Marilyn t-shirt and jeans to give a little extra definition to my hourglass shape, the difference was like night and day! If you are looking for the right foundation for that special dress, you need to try a longline bustier as you will learn to no longer fear strapless styles.



The 8949Β Lace Longline Torsolette will be worn on my wedding day and with many of other outfits in the future. I look forward to trying the various Dominique longline bustiers as my collection is only beginning. Don’t forget to use the 15% off coupon (PINUP2013) from Orchard Corset on your next order…conveniently located on the blog mainpage.

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8 thoughts on “A Solid Foundation

  1. I sooo needed this advice! I am def going to check this out. I have wanted something to use for special dresses but also everyday wear because its not like most of us can afford to have a closet full of different corsets or girdles. This seems like it will be quite versatile. I am excited to try it out myself. Thanks so much for the info!

    • I’m so pleased to hear you found the review helpful! It’s great to have a couple versatile shapewear pieces at your disposal and easier on the budget too πŸ™‚

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  3. Thanks for posting. I’m in search of a bustier for my gown too, but it’s hard because I wear a 32G US. I’ll give this a try in the 32F, especially if the cups are on the large size.- It is cheaper than some other things I am looking at!

  4. Jondi

    Reblogged this on My Soper Box.

  5. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts…they have all been very helpful. I do have a serious question:
    Is it unusual for one breast to be a cup bigger than the other? When I was younger I was skinny as a rail but I’ve put on curves over the past few years (thank you, God!!) and I have a gap in ANY bra I buy…fits one breast perfectly and the other has a gap…is this normal? Fixable? How? And is there an Internet store that better addresses this issue?
    There are things my mother never told me…this is one that bugs me every day I get dressed!!

    • Hi Tina,
      I do believe this is common among a lot of women but unfortunately not many discuss it openly. My suggestion is to check out blogs like Fuller Figure Fuller Bust who are geared to proper bra fitting and these types of challenges. Georgina is super helpful and definitely the right gal to point you in the right direction.

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