Archive | August 2016

Backseam ‘Peach’ set part 1

Backseam is an Indie company run by a woman named Alena in the Ukraine. Every item she makes is custom made to order, and sewn by her. Her items are currently for sale on Etsy.

I heard about Backseam from fellow lingerie blogger PetiteColligiate. I loved the way her set looked so much for decided to order one for myself.

With this particular set, I emailed Alena and asked if she had any dark red fabric, because I have dark skin and dark or bold shades look very nice on my skin. She responded quickly with about 10 different fabric swatches for me to choose from.

When I messaged her after choosing the color, I let her know that I wore size 30DD in most bras, and XS/S in panties. She sent me a diagram and said she needed specific measurements. (bust, under bust, high waist, hip & height).

In this pic, you can see how odd the too large cup makes my breast look

The straps

The straps make me very happy. They are very thin  (thin like most VS bras). They literally measure a hair under half an inch. (1.27 cm)

The wires/gore

The wires are way to wide. The width of the wires is 5.75 inches (14.61 cm), which is about half an inch wider that what I need. The wires are also very U shaped. The wires for the cup come up very high. There’s 1 inch of space at the end of the wire channel, so the wire doesn’t poke me (however I haven’t actually worn this bra, so it could very well become bothersome throughout the day). The wires do seem very soft/bendable.

The gore is 3 inches (7.62 cm) high, excluding the lace at the bottom. That’s a lot higher than what I prefer to wear, but I don’t think there would be any irritation because the wires are soft.

The cups

The cups on this bra are too big for me. A big part of that is because the wires are too wide, but the depth of the bra is 8.75 inches (22.25 cm), which is deeper than what I go for in unlined bras. The height of the cup is 6 inches (15.24 cm). I have tall roots, so the height isn’t an issue for me, but considering this is a halfcup, it’s kind of high. So the too wide wires + the too deep cups = cups that are too big. The cups are big enough that I can fit my whole entire fist alongside my breasts. It doesn’t help that the material is very stretchy.

Also, I think because the wires are too wide AND too high, the sides of the cup come up too high. Since I haven’t worn the bra (beyond trying it on) I can’t say how much of an irritation it will be, however this area will get covered wth deodorant, and it will show when worn with a tank top/cami.

The band

The band is TTS, but very stretchy. It is lined, but both the lace and the lining are stretchy. Unstretched the band measures 24 inches (60.96cm),  and when stretched the band can go all the way to 33 inches (83.82 cm) 😳

The bottoms

I’m wearing brown panties underneath

The bottoms are a little too big. There’s room in the crotch, as well as in the back (because of the way my butt is shaped). The very top part of the panties fit fine.

 

The quality

The fabric is very stretchy all over– the lining/mesh, and the lace fabric. The quality of this set is very high. If this set actually fit, I would have been very happy. Quality wise, I got what I paid for, and the set should probably cost a little more, if we’re being completely honest. Both the lace and the mesh are very soft. When looking at this set, I can tell attention was paid into the details.

Alena sent me a neck choker waist strappy thing (as you can see from the photos). I’m not into strappy things, so I had no idea how it’s worn, or what it’s called. It’s cute, but I think it would look better on someone that is taller.

Speaking of being taller, I am aware that high waisted styles are not for my body because I’m too short, and after doing Pilates years ago, my waist isn’t as ‘narrow’ as it once was. High waisted bottoms always hit me in a spot where it looks odd.

I did email Alena to tell her the set was too big, and she offered to make another set for me.

 

You can buy the bra here. There is matching panties in that link, but I asked for panties cut like these.

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Comexim Eris 3HC 65G

This is one of the bras I got from my most recent Comexim order. I ordered every bra as a 3 piece halfcup (3HC). I do already own this bra as a plunge, but it doesn’t fit correctly, so I wanted to try it in a bigger size and a different style.

Just like the plunge style, the halfcup has glitter apples

The straps

The straps are plain, and stretchy. They don’t particularly seem wide set, but my shoulders are not narrow. And while the don’t seem wide set, they do seem wider than the straps from the plunge. I did request the the straps be moved in 2 cm, but I don’t know if that was done

The cups

*I did request that the cup height be reduced, but ALL of my Comexim half cups have a cup height of 5.25 inches, so I don’t think that alteration was done.

There is some ‘quadding’ on my breasts with this bra, but I don’t think it’s because the cup s too small, I think it’s because the top is closed off. The width of the cup is 5 inches (12.7 cm), and the depth is 8 inches (20.32 cm), which is what I need for padded bras.

The bottom of the cups above the wire are visibly more projected (compared to the plunge)

The top of the cup has a picot stitch design, and not ribbon (like some 3HCs)

The wires

The wires line up with my IMF perfectly on my larger side, and is a hair wide on my smaller side.

The gore

I asked for a reduced gore, and the gore measures approx 2.25 inches (5.72 cm). I believe I read the ‘normal’ gore height is about 2.75 inches (almost 7 cm), so {if that’s true} then this was reduced about 1/2 an inch. The gore is a little more than half an inch wide. The appearance of the bra visually looks more like a plunge than a halfcup IMO, but I thinks that’s because the gore is reduced, of the gore was 1/2 an inch higher it may look more like a halfcup.

The band

The band feels true to size. The band stretches to approximately 27 inches (68.58 cm) before the wires start to distort. Like the Eris plunge, the band has 4 rows of hook and eyes. The apple design goes around the band.

Under a top

I put the same top on that I wore yesterday, so if you wanted to compare the appearance, you could.

 

This bra is very comfortable. I’ve owned it for 15 days, and I probably wore it about 5 times. I even wore it on vacation.

The Comexim 3 part halfcup is now my favorite style. I think from now on, every bra I order directly from Comexim will be as a 3HC.

Comexim Eris plunge 65F

This is a bra that I got in my very first comexim order, when I wasn’t sure of my size. On this bra in particular, I only requested that the gore be lowered

 

The design on the bra, looks like it’s glittery red hearts, but it’s actually glittery apples. In case you’re wondering the glitter does occasionally come off. I’ve worn this bra often, and I’ve noticed some glitter in random places (like on my steering wheel)

 

The straps

The straps are plain, and stretchy. They don’t particularly seem wide set, but my shoulders are not narrow.

The band

The band is TTS, but very stretchy. There is 4 sets of hook and eye closures so if you’re between band sizes, I think you’d be okay with sizing down. The design on the cups (red apples) goes all the way around the band

The cups

The cups are lightly padded, perfect for hiding ‘headlights’, but not overly padded. There could be more depth at the wire- it’s not shallow, but it’s not like an Ewa bra. I do have some creasing in the cups close to the bottom, but it’s not buckling.

Pic on left is when bra was first out on. Pic on the right is at night after being worn for a few hours.

When I first put the bra on and swoop and scoop, I get a lot of quadding on both breasts. But since the band is loose, my breasts don’t  stay that way for long. The quadding is due to the bra being a cup size too small. The width of the bra is 5 inches exactly (12.7 cm-which is optimal for me, but I can go up to 5.25- 13.33 cm), but the depth is only 7.5 inches (19.05 cm), which is too small for me.

Seeing as how I’m low set, with tall roots the sides of the cup don’t cup up too high on me, and there isn’t any space where the straps and the cups meet.

Left: quadding Right: creasing at the bottom of the bra.

The top edge of the cup is picot

The wires

Click on pic for larger version

Comexim wires are very soft, and as such, I didn’t feel the wires at all. Since this bra is technically 1 cup size too small, the wires were sitting on breast tissue. But I literally didn’t feel it. The combination of the wires being soft, and the band being ultra stretchy, the wires didn’t leave any marks on my skin

The gore

I asked for a reduced gore, and the gore measures approx 2.25 inches (5.72 cm). I believe I read the ‘normal’ gore height is about 2.75 inches (almost 7 cm), so {if that’s true} then this was reduced about 1/2 an inch. The gore is a little more than half an inch wide. 

I think since the cup was too small, the gore was being pushed by my bigger breast, so it wasn’t centered (something I wasn’t aware of until after I took the bra off). The top of the wire channels are slightly overlapped, but the actual wires of the gore aren’t. One thing I noticed about Comexim, is that the bottom of the gore is stretchy. I’m sure other brands are also stretchy at the bottom of the gore, but I really took notice when I started wearing Comexim.

The gore has a soft tack.

 

Under a top

Excuse the lighting, this picture was taken at night.

The seams are somewhat visible. Since the bra is lightly lined, it doesn’t add any inches or cup sizes to my breasts.

 

When I first started wearing Comexim, I didn’t care for the way it made my breasts look (compared to Ewa). Imo, Comexim gives off a more natural shape whereas Ewa gives a very rounded, add a cup shape (which is not bad). I considered Comexim to be minimizing.

I should probably sell this bra, since it’s too small. But I love it, it’s red, and glittery. I do own this bra as a 3 part halfcup, which you can read here.