DISCLOSURE: I received this set as part of a gift exchange back in December. As always, all opinions expressed here are my own.
It’s been quite a while, hasn’t it? I wish I had a better excuse than “school” and “work”, but really, that’s it. Between orders for my collection and schoolwork, I haven’t had time for much else.
One of the best things about having a company is all of the wonderful people that I’ve met because of it. One of those people, Molly, owner, designer, and one-woman show behind Urban Bird Clothing and I did a gift exchange this Christmas. Molly strikes me as the human equivalent of sunshine and has always been immensely upbeat, infectiously positive, and timely in all of our interactions.
I requested one of her designs that I’d had my eye on for a while in a fabric that still to this day takes my breath away. It arrived promptly and it fits beautifully. It’s held up wash after wash and the fabric remains as rich and interesting as ever.
The bra is made from a soft stretchy scuba knit (think swimwear fabric but thicker) with two-piece cups, a single centred vertical seam, overlocked seam finishes, and a criss-cross detail in the front that wraps around to the back and hooks up with a g-hook closure. All straps are adjustable.
The knickers are bikini-cut and the perfect rise. They do ride up a bit but under jeans it’s not something that’s really noticeable. The bra is unlined, which I prefer because the fabric is substantial enough that it doesn’t need a lining and adding one would create bulk. One of Urban Bird Clothing’s selling points is that a lot of their bras, made from scuba knit, can be worn as outerwear with the right high-waisted bottoms and a cardigan. I was skeptical about this, as I’ve done this with my Fortnight longlines but always felt a bit exposed due to the thinness of the fabric.
As I’ve mentioned, the scuba knit is quite substantial, so nipple visibility is minimized– and what does show through is combatted by the dark fabric anyway.
I haven’t found much use of the bra in terms of casual wear (I often opt for something that’s a bit more simple for everyday wear) but I’ve worn it out a handful of times with great success.
The pieces are both made quite well for the price point they’re offered at (approximately $53 CAD for the bra and $34 for the undies). For an ethically made set under $100 that’s handmade in the UK, this price is unbeatable and the quality is outstanding. It’s no wonder that Urban Bird Clothing has found success in such a short period of time.
Molly has just released her collection for the spring, and she doesn’t charge extra for custom sizing. This weekend only she’s offering 20% off of her entire website, so go on and have a look if you’re interested in seeing this season’s pieces.
Until next time,