I purchased this playsuit under my own name with my own funds. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This will be the first of a set of RavenDreams reviews, so don’t forget to check back next week for the second part of my order! Today we’ll be covering the Melanie Playsuit in silk satin, which was my experimental part of the order.
I had been staring at this playsuit for several months when I ordered it. I have a love/hate relationship with bodysuits. Most don’t have enough support to work as loungewear and I’m not quite bold enough to layer them up as outerwear. Many of the more interesting and artistic bodysuits on the market currently don’t incorporate curves incredibly well either. However, if I trust one brand to get a plus size bodysuit right, it’s RavenDreams.
This playsuit immediately reminded me of a ballet costume, so I channeled my inner Sweet Nothings and attempted to take some ballet style photos of it. While the Melanie is sized by both bra size and body size, Abi (the owner of RavenDreams) asked me to take a bunch of specific measurements when I ordered mine. I’m very glad she did, because this fits like a glove! The slight creasing you see is from me moving around for photos and because I’ve lost a tiny bit of weight since I ordered it.
This playsuit is made from a gorgeous silk satin fabric and lined with a super soft mesh, which gives it both comfort and stability. RavenDreams doesn’t make pieces with underwires, but this bodysuit is smartly lined to provide some extra support even if you’re a larger cup size. If you’re devoted to underwire only pieces, this probably won’t be your jam. But if you’re looking for something comfortable and supportive to lounge around home in, this is wonderful. I’ve worn mine to sleep in a bunch and it’s been great during hot weather.
This bodysuit has a simple yet ingenious design which solves several common issues. The double clasp design allows the wearer to get in and out of it easily, while the bottom clasp can be opened separately to help with life issues like using the bathroom. While it can be worn as shapewear, it’s more smoothing than intensely shaping.
I love this as a summer lounge piece and as a bodysuit to sleep in during hot weather. I’ve loved it enough that I didn’t manage to photograph it before I wore it a bunch, so I can testify that it holds up to hand washing and lots of wear very well. I wear it enough that I’m seriously considering buying another in a second color.
I love that there is a plus size speciality designer out there using such lovely fabrics and making such thoughtful pieces. RavenDreams piece are designed to incorporate curves and display a deep understanding of plus size figures – far beyond what any other indie designer I’ve tried has demonstrated. Price are entirely reasonable for the quality of the pieces, especially considering these designs aren’t being replicated anywhere else. Sizes run from roughly a UK 14 to a UK 32.
Have you tried RavenDreams yet? What do you think of this bodysuit?