Wednesday 27 June 2012

Urkye, At Last, With Some Very Blurry Photos

You might remember from my last post that I mailed my Urkye order to my parents’ house and wasn’t sure when I’d be able to get it. Well, I asked my mom to send it to me and it arrived yesterday.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a camera right now—my old one broke and a new one is in the mail on the way to me—so all I have is my webcam. And I’m basically living in the woods right now so in addition to the lack of internet, there is also a severe lack of indoor light. So these photos are inexcusably horrible. But I thought maybe you guys would like to see a blurry first view and at least hear my thoughts. Hopefully it will be helpful if you’re trying to make an order yourself!

I ordered the Urkye dress (I’m not clear on the name of the dress from the website, but it’s currently the only dress they have) in a 36ooo. Here it is!

Overall a rousing success! The quality of the dress is really nice. The jersey fabric is thick and forgiving and the pockets in front give it a really satisfying heaviness.

I found that it was also extremely flattering to my shape from the back…

…and especially the side.

I am becoming more and more convinced that the pockets on this dress are utter genius. The location and construction means that they completely solve the problem a lot of other jersey dresses have—the awkward thing where they cling back in under one’s little chubby belly and end up highlighting it. The pockets on Urkye’s dress completely smooth and camouflage this section, so it looks like I don’t have a little chubby belly at all, but trust me, I do. So if you usually skip jersey dresses because you’re afraid they won’t flatter, try this one! I bet you’ll be impressed!

One thing I didn’t like was the puff on the shoulder of the sleeve. I felt like it sort of distracted attention from the rest of the dress, which is so simple and adorable. It also made my shoulders seem wider, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing in itself, but I can’t say it is something I seek out. I do wonder, though, if perhaps the puff sleeves were added to draw the eyes to various places other than the boobs and thus balance the figure?

The only other small problem I had with the dress was that the princess seams that come down over the boobs didn’t lie flat—the seam binding switched sides halfway through which created a bump. But this would be solved with a simple ironing so I can’t say I’m too bothered by it.

On to the sizing. The 36ooo is a pretty good fit, just about perfect in the body. I do wonder if I could have maybe downsized to an oo for my boobs. In this photo, you can see that there is a very faint line where the fabric is hanging down slightly over my boobs:

I take this as a cue that there is a little bit of extra fabric in that area. I think this is good news. In the BiuBiu items I’ve tried, I definitely needed a BBB, which means that women with bigger boobs than me wouldn’t have a bigger size to wear. For at least this one item, it does seem that Urkye has a little more wiggle room and could fit those with bigger boobs than me. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend sizing down, however. I think it comes down to shape more than anything. I figure that Urkye’s clothes are designed for Polish bras, like Ewa Michalak or Comexim, which tend to give a more upfront/uplifted shape. I tend to wear Panache and Cleo bras, which give a more minimized, rounded shape. (You can read more about that here.) So I think I would have the ability to size down to the oo while someone else who wears an H/HH/J cup in different bra styles might prefer the ooo.

My biggest piece of advice on sizing is to email Urkye if you are confused about which size to order! I didn’t do that myself, but she suggested it in a comment on my last post, and I’ve heard from several people that she is very helpful and speaks English.

Overall, I would highly recommend this dress! I love it lots and lots.

P.S. I don’t mean to sound as though I am insulting/abandoning BiuBiu. I also recently received a BiuBiu order and those photos/reviews will be up next week.  


  1. I think I need this dress... :)

  2. Wow, you look amazing! :D It fits exactly as it should. And we're very happy that your're satisfied:)

    We added puffs because we wanted to ballanced hips and underline waist - you're absolutely right:)

    Princess seams and hanging fabric - hard to say what is the reason, the pictures are not too big, but I think that there are two possibilities: one - as you said - there might be a litle more room for bust, and second - your bust might be higher than we assumed in construction (good for you! :P)

    And if princess seams doesn't lie flat, just try to put the interior part of the seam (this with threads, I don't know how to name it) in one direction, we always put it to the center of body - it really helps:)

  3. WOW, this dress looks great on you! I am amazed, because seriously it looks way better on you than it did in the product photo. I thought you'd made a mistake when I saw your earlier post. And you're right - those pockets are brilliant! Unfortunately I think this dress won't work for my inverted triangle figure.

    Thank you, by the way, for having your mother send you the package so you could do this review. I was just thinking of posting a comment on your old post again urging you to go home. Selfish little blog reader, aren't I?

  4. Looks great on you, I wish I'd taken the chance and ordered a couple of weeks ago as stocks of 42000 are sold out :(

  5. Okay, the fact that Urkye responded directly to you with helpful suggestions pretty much cemented the fact that they're an awesome company. I hope they restock the blue in a 42ooo soon!

  6. Was it able to hide all of your treasures?

  7. I just made an order and wanted to try this dress as well, but unfortunately they were out of my size in both colors (I'm guessing my size is 44 ooo). But the shirts will give me the opportunity to try it out the brand.

    I'm also expecting a batch of BiuBiu this week. I'm going to be well-dressed this summer for the first time in years!

  8. I just got my Urkye order in. I got Kontrast button-down (42ooo) and the Groszki (42oo/ooo). I find the Groszki to have a good fit, although I am not sure I will keep it because the fabric is somewhat clingy, which is less flattering for those of us with extra flab in the stomach. The Kontrast is quite cute, and a pretty good fit - but I get a tiny bit of gaping between the buttons. By this I mean that it doesn't quite lie flat, but there is no visible flesh or button straining. It's just clearly at the limit. I will test it again with a different bra, though, because I'm wearing an old one that isn't quite the right size now, which doesn't make for the best test.

  9. Hey, this looks fabulous on you! Would you mind telling me how tall you are? I feel like it might be a bit short on me, I am 1,74m.