Archive | December 2016

Freya Flourish longline 28F

 

I bought this after buying the parade longline, and the hopscotch longline. The hopscotch longline fits okay, but the band is too big, so when I saw this pop up on bratabase in a sister size to the hopscotch (30E), I jumped on it.

This isn’t a bra that I can say I was really interested in. I more or less wanted to try it for the size. Plus I like longlines.

 

I only ended up wearing this bra for around 3 hours, because the bottom of the band felt very tight on my skin. It was very uncomfortable. Luckily for me, I just so happened to be at home, so I could change before going out. To comfortably wear this, I’d need an extender. The front of the band also flips up easily.

 

Currently I am slightly quadding, but it may be from the bottom of the bra being too shallow at the wire. There’s almost a fingers worth of space there. The cups are also too wide. Much like the Freya fancies longline, this may be an issue of pliable wires, because the width of the cup is 5 inches (normally perfect for me). The cups run small, the depth of the cup is 8.5 inches, which is the depth of 28E/30DD.

 

 

The straps are so wideset. 😣 I rarely have the issue with straps being too wideset, but it was noticeable on this bra. It wasn’t unwearable, but it wasn’t 100% comfortable either.

 

The gore was too wide. It was sitting on breast tissue.


Do you own this bra or any other Freya Longline? What are your thoughts?

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Freya Parade Longline 30D

This will be a short review, because I didn’t keep the bra, because it was obviously the wrong size.

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As much as I want to say I bought this early in my fitting journey, I didn’t. According to bratabase, I added this bra back in January of this year (2016), so it was at least 6 months into my journey-enough to know 30D wasn’t going to work. I think part of the reason I bought this was because I’d tried on the Freya instinct half cup in size 28E, and it was too open for me (at the time. I think if I had it now, it would fit).

 

The cups were ridiculously small on me. There was plenty of side boob, and quad boob. The width of the cup was 4.5 inches, and the depth was 7.4 inches, so, half an inch too narrow, and about 1 inch too shallow. I believe at this time cup height was not a measurement on bratabase, but it would have been too short for me as well. My nipples were right at the top, but swooped back in.

 

The gore doesn’t tack, and is nowhere near tacking. At 1 inch wide, the gore would have been too wide for my close set breasts, so f it did tack, it would be sitting on breast tissue.

 

I don’t have any pictures of the back of the bra, but I put that the band rode up. The band stretched to 31 inches, so it was about 2.5 inches (currently), – 3 inches (back then) too big.

 

 

This bra is is very cute (just not on me), so I am definitely thinking about getting it in the correct size.

 

Have you tried on this bra? What did you think?

Ewa Michalak PL Opium 65E

This is part 2 of my Opium series, you can find part one (CHP) here, and part three (M) coming soon.

For this bra, I decided to go with Aisha from Zathiya ( I think it ended up being cheaper ordering from Zathiya, than directly from Ewa). For this particular order all I did was email Aisha, and tell her I wanted the Opium bra made into PL cut, since CHP has wires that are too hard for me. I asked her if I needed to leave a deposit, because that’s what I had to do when I ordered a custom Comexim. She said leaving a deposit wasn’t necessary. When the bra arrived to Aisha from Ewa, she sent me an invoice (I had asked to purchase something else that was in stock on her site, and she added that to the order)

When I received the bra, I wasn’t in love with it. As we’ll see below: (This review will be short, because I only tried the bra on twice, once when I first got it, and then again to take pics)

 

 

The main thing I didn’t like about this bra was the way the cups looked/fit. The depth of the cup was 8.5 inches, and the width was 5 inches, so it was within my range. This was the same size as the other PLs that I own, but the shape that it gave me wasn’t very nice. One thing, is that the apex of the bra was a lot higher than where my nipples are. I’d say it was off by around an inch or so- as in my nipples were lower, and more centered than the apex of the bra. The shape of the bra was relatively pointy. I do wonder if it was because my nipples weren’t close to the apex of the bra. But even so, the bottom of the cup didn’t have a curve to it the way my older Ewas do. It kind of went up like this: /   So this bra seemed shallow at the bottom (my 65E fairytale also fit the same, but that was also too big). When I emailed Aisha she told me if I sized down there woud be even less depth at the wire(something I didn’t even think about). So I opted to get this bra made in the M cut, since it works so well for me.

 

 

Please ignore the unevenness of the straps

Please ignore the unevenness of the straps

The band stretched to 29 inches, and I don’t recall it feeling loose, Although it does look like its riding up in some of the pics.

 

The straps felt okay, from what I remember, but they do look like they’re wideset

 

The gore was nice and low, at 1.75 inches ( cm)

 

Freya Fancies longline 28E chilli

I decided I wanted this bra after I saw a few reviews of it. Granted, neither review put this bra in the bet light, but it’s red, and its a longline. So I “needed” it. My review will be similar to theirs, but from the prospective of someone that’s FOT (full on top)/has tall roots. The other reviews were also on this red color. I think the black is cute too, but for some reason, the white version doesn’t do anything for me.

Often times when I’m bored, I’ll search for bras, just to look. And when I become fixated on a bra, I’ll google it often, which is what I did with this bra. It seems to be $60 on just about every website, so when I saw it on amazon for $35, I jumped on it. The other reviews I read mentioned going down a cup size, but on amazon the 28DD was $60, and the 28E was $35, so I went with the 28E. The very next day after I ordered the bra, it was $36 on Bare Necessities. I did debate about whether or not to order the 28DD. I knew if I ordered it, one of them would have to get returned, and I try to cut down on the returns I need to do, so I stuck with the 28E from amazon, and prayed that it fit.

I had to iron the cups to get the creasing out, and it didn’t come out completely.

The bra came in 2 days, and much to my dismay, the bra was folded in half, and since it was packaged in a thin envelope, the cups were crushed.

 

Since I use my brother’s amazon prime account, I had him email Amazon to see what could be done. They originally offered a 20% refund, or a replacement. I opted for a replacement, but when my brother tried to follow the steps to get a replacement, there was only an option for a refund. I didn’t want a refund, so I decided to call about it. When I called, the woman was only able to offer me a refund since the only other available bra in that size was from the UK, and $60. I had to ask if there was some sort of partial refund I could get, since I really wanted the bra, and I was offered $10. With the $10 refund, it brought the price down to $25, so that was good enough for me, since I haven’t seen it for that cheap anywhere.

Was originally going to review this with the wires replaced, but they were too hard, so this is a review of the bra as I received it.

From the front, the bra looks really nice. From an angle the bra still looks nice. But from the side this bra doesn’t look good.

 

The cups are very lightly lined. They’re not thin enough to be unlined, but they’re not thick enough that I’d call it padded. (If it was unlined, it being folded the way it was from Amazon wouldn’t have been an issue). Although the cup has 4 parts, it doesn’t give a good shape. I think the shape would be considered “upside down seven”. There is no uplift with this bra. I *think* there may be good projection at the wire with this bra, but because the wires are so wide, and the cups were creased, there’s some folding of the cups.

In some of the other reviews it was recommended(?) to size down, but I’m glad I didn’t. My tall roots/FOT-ness definitely wouldn’t work in a size down. A size down would be too small overall actually. I don’t get any quadding, nor is there any cutting in. So IF you want to try this bra, and you’re FOT and/or have tall roots, stay your size, don’t size down. If you are FOB/have short roots, then you can probably size down.

 

The wires on this bra are extremely soft and pliable. Initially I thought they were plastic, but when I took them out of the casing I saw that they were metal, but very thin. Because the wires are so thin an pliable,  when you’re wearing the bra the wires distort, which is something mentioned in the other reviews (they said once putting the bra on the cups were wide, even though the measure narrow).  When worn the wires go very far back. I did swap the wires out for some wires I got from Sweet cup bra company, but within seconds of putting the bra on, I could feel they were too heavy (at least for this bra. The actual width of the wires/cup is 4.5, which is really .5 an inch smaller what I prefer, but as you can see above, it stretches a good amount.

My hand is where my tissue ends

My hand is where my tissue ends

http://v9.tinypic.com/player.swf?file=1j4w1l&s=9
Original Video

(^this will hopefully show up as a video of the wires when the bra is stretched)

 

The wire on the right is from Sweet cup; the wire on the left is the fancies wire. Notice the fancies wire is almost half as thick as the other wire.

The wire on the right is from Sweet cup; the wire on the left is the fancies wire. Notice the fancies wire is almost half as thick as the other wire.

A comparison of the wire that came with the bra and the wire from sweet cup

 

The reason why I could wear this bra with the heavier wires, is because the gore is too wide. The gore is sitting on breast tissue. When I first put the bra on, I don’t really feel it, but after a few hours it hurts (not on Cleo level, but it definitely felt better when I took the bra off). Because the gore comes up relatively high, I would need it to be overlapping for it to not cause any pain.

The tweezers are used to show where my breast tissue is. The outer portion of the wire is sitting on breast tissue

The tweezers are used to show where my breast tissue is. The outer portion of the wire is sitting on breast tissue

 

I do think the band is a hair too small for me, but sizing up would probably make the band too big. I could use a row, maybe 2 of an extender, but I don’t have a 5 row extender. I think the band feeling so tight could have an effect on how the cups/wires are stretching. One thing definitely worth noting, is that literally second after putting the bra on, when I bent over to put my pants on, the bottom of the band in the front flipped up, and stayed that way the whole day. I didn’t fix this because it would keep flipping back up. There isn’t any boning in the band, so the longline is more for show than function.

 

 

The straps are wideset, but it doesn’t bother me. The straps are also plain (boring), and stretchy.

 

East-west projection

East-west projection

As much as I dislike the wires on this bra, I do want to buy it in the pale pink that it comes in. I also want to try it in a 30DD. I wonder if a looser band would prevent the stretching of the wires.

For now, I’m recommending that anyone interested in this bra (that has narrow-average roots) wait until,you,can find this bra on sale.

Ewa Michalak CHP Opium 65DD

This will be a 3-part series on my experience with the Opium bra in 3 styles (as of now)

This will be a short review, since I didn’t wear the bra, and I ended up selling it. I owned this bra for 4 months before I  decided to sell it. I bought it with the matching shorts, so I need a bra to match. I don’t love the shorts, but I love the opium print. Hopefully I will get around to reviewing the shorts when I get a bra that fits.

I love the look of Ewa’s CHP, but on pretty much every one that I’ve owned the gore has pressed into my sternum. I’ve owned 3 CHPs, and 2 of them I sold…

 

As I’ve said, the gore on this bra was irritating- measuring at 2.25 inches (5.72 cm) high, and .6 inches (1.52 cm) wide. If the wires were softer, this wouldn’t have been an issue, but the wires are pretty hard, so the height and width were problematic for me. My breasts are close set (possibly center full, but I’m not completely sure), so I need a gore that is thin, and the higher it goes, the thinner it needs to get.

 

The cups were a little too open on the top, not enough to size down, but I would have been okay with the pads in (I hate wearing pads). If I still had the bra now, I may have liked the fit of the cups more. I’m not sure why they were too open, because in terms of measurements the bra should have been perfect– cup height 5.25 inches (13.34 cm), cup width 5 inches (12.7 cm), cup depth 8.2 inches (20.83 cm)

Smaller breast

Bigger breast

 

The straps are relatively wideset, but not wide enough to irritate my skin.

 

Ewa Michalak Braobsessed Exclsuive Fairytale bra 65DD + brief

I returned the 65E fairytale bra, and asked Jaimie for 1 cup size smaller- 65DD.  However, I didn’t respond to Jaimie when she asked me if I wanted her to add the fairytale 65DD to her current order (august), so it ended up being placed in her next order, and luckily I was able to get the last bra made out of this fabric. I say luckily, because I kept the panties, but returned the ill-fitting bra.

Jaimie let me know this bra was included in her Oct order, and it was shipped to me Nov 9th (2 days after my birthday). I don’t remember exactly how long it took, but in November all of my international packages took longer than normal to be delivered, I think I got it a little under 2 weeks.

I love it. The bra is all around comfortable.

 

There is no space in the cups. In the pics the cups appear slightly pointy, but the material has relaxed with wear (yes, I’ve worn this a few times, but not back to back). The height of the cup is nice and low, at 5.25 inches (a hair lower than the 65E). The depth of the cup is 8.25, which is a lot better than the 9 inch depth that the 65E had. Oddly enough the width of the cup in 65DD is bigger than that of 65E, 5.25 inches and 5 inches respectively.

 

 

The band is nice and firm. It stretches to 27.5 inches, which is 1 inch smaller than my comfortable underbust measurement, but it doesn’t feel too tight.

 

I didn’t have to adjust the straps with this bra as much as I did with the 65E. The straps are about halfway adjusted in these pics, but I think I loosened them up a little more after wearing. (The ribbon on the front of the straps may appear whitish, but it’s actually a very light purple, and matches the ribbon on the cups)

 

 

The gore is low (but higher that the 65E), at 1.75 inches. The cup separation is .75 inches, but I think I need something narrower. It’s not sitting on tissue, but I think a narrower gore would suit me better.

 

The panties

The panties are size 36

One of the things I didn’t like about this set at first was the the fabric on the panties doesn’t match (color wise) with the bra. They’re more of a bluish purple. However, I do wish I also bought the thong.

I love Ewa’s panties/thongs, as they’re very comfortable. The material is very soft. They do ride up a bit when walking around with no pants on (the pic shows how they look when I walked from my room to my balcony), but this isn’t something I’ve noticed when wearing pants. They do have a considerable amount of coverage, but they’re not “grannyish”. The gusset is diamond shaped, and the seam is visible from the front.

 

Panache Fontaine 30DD

I have very few of the new Panache/Cleo bras. Actually now that I think of it, I’ve owned few Panache bras other than Jasmine. The first Panache bras I had were the Loretta (plunge & balconette). I decided to try this bra for a few reasons. The main one being that I saw it actually had a low gore. Another reason was the color- I loved the ‘boldness’ of it. The third reason was because I found it for $20 on zulily, which I thought was cheap. Since I’m more or less refusing to buy from zulily, I looked around and found it cheaper on eBay.

I bought it from “Lingerie outlet store” on eBay. They have a lot of Cleo/Panache/Freya/Curvy Kate etc. for cheap. I’d bought from them in the past without issue, so I didn’t hesitate to buy this. Thankfully I had some sense when I ordered this bra, because I was going to order both colors for myself, and one for my sister. According to Lingerie outlet store’s eBay page, they ship within 24-48 hours. I ordered the bra Oct 18, by Oct 24th it still hadn’t shipped out, so I contacted them. They responded quickly by saying they had some technical issues on their end, but that my order was going to be shipped that day (10/24). By Halloween, I saw the order still hadn’t shipped, so I asked them about it again. So they said again they would ship it that day, and this time they actually did. While I wasn’t in a rush to get it, I wasn’t happy that it took them 2 weeks, and 2 messages for them to ship the bra. When I posted about this on twitter I was made aware by one of my followers that they had shipping issue with LOS as well.

 

On to the review:

When I searched for reviews of this bra, I came across very few, and all of them were women a lot more busty than I. So I can’t say I found the reviews helpful.

This bra was an utter fail on me. To be blunt, it fit me very much like a Freya ‘plunge balcony’ (the only successful Freya plunge balcony I’ve had was Freya ignite).

 

The material on the bra was very firm, not one ounce of stretch. It was Freya like in that there was visible cutting in at the top of the cup, but right at the seam, there was some space. It was also very shallow at the bottom. So with those 4 things, I was left with a very pointy appearance. The top of the cup pushed my breasts down, and gave an unfavorable appearance. I can’t say who this cup would work for, but it’s definitely not for FOT, maybe even or shallow? If I sized up, I wouldn’t have had the quadding, and I possibly would have had enough room at the bottom, but there would have been too much space where the seams meet.

This looks so bad. 😣

 

The gore was very low, however I forgot to measure this bra before shipping out, so I can’t say how short it was. But it was definitely lower than 2 inches.

 

The band felt firm.

Ewa Michalak 3DM Burek 70DD

I bought this bra because 1 someone was selling this along with some other bras I was interested in, and 2 because I was waiting on my 3DM order from Ewa, and thus bra was the same size as those. I’ve always loved the way the bra looked, but since it’s a lighter color, I think it would look best on lighter skin. (If you look at the pictures on bratabase the bras has a pink hue to it on the fair skinned women, but it looks beige/tan on me). This bra won’t work for me as a nude bra, because of the color and the design, but I haven’t been wearing white tops lately anyway.

The 3DM bra is Ewa’s unlined bra for smaller breasted women. From what I can see with this bra, it is a cut that I like very much. And I am definitely anticipating my Amorek and Różowa Mgiełka (I wish I didn’t miss the Walentynka)

The cups

 

The cups are nice and low. Both the upper and lower portions of the cup are made up of a single piece of sheer mesh fabric. As you can see from the pics, my nipple doesn’t line up with the apex of the cup. My nipples are a little lower and more centered. If my nipples lined up with the apex, I wouldn’t get as pointy an appearance as I do. My nipples aren’t prominent, but I notice they often make my breasts look pointy in unlined bras.

I like the shape I get in this bra, my breasts appear lifted, and somewhat rounded (more rounded than normal)

The band

One of the things I don’t like about this bra (possibly the only thing) is that the fabric on the band has wrinkles. It makes the band look like it is loose. The band is a little big for me as it stretches to 28.5 inches before the wires start to distort, but it can stretch to 30 inches.

The wires

I did wear this bra 2 days in a row. And I noticed on my bigger side there was a small area where my skin was getting irritated from the wire (on the side of my breast). It didn’t help wearing the bra back to back. It wasn’t a huge pain, but it is something I occasionally felt. The wires feel like they’re possibly not as heavy as the wires on my BM, or CHP, so that’s always a good thing.

The gore

The gore does not bother me. 1.75 inches high. The top of the wire channels are overlapping, but the actual wires are not.

The straps

Excuse the darkening of my skin, as soon as I went to take this pic it got very windy, and I got goosebumps.

Excuse the darkening of my skin, as soon as I went to take this pic it got very windy, and I got goosebumps.

The straps are plain and unremarkable. They would probably be considered too wideset for someone with narrow shoulders, but they fit perfectly for me.

 

I really like the fit/style of the 3DM, and I patiently await for more bras in this style from Ewa.

Ewa Michalak M Carmen 70D

It took me some time to write this post. I’ve worn this bra at least twice a week since I got it. It took me so long because I was trying to find a flaw. This bra (along with all the other 70D M cut bras) is perfect for me–this bra is my holy grail bra ☺️. (I own 5, and have 3 on the way)

This set was gifted to me by Ewa.

The M cut is Ewa’s padded bra that is made specifically for smaller breasts. It comes in sizes 60A to 60G, and up to 95B. (70-95 come in AA cups). Although the M style is for smaller busts, if you like the particular pattern the bra can be ordered as S, PL, or CHP for 219 pln (this bra would look beautiful as a CHP). The M style does come with pads for asymmetry (all of my pictures are without the pads)

 

The cups fit me perfectly. I would say that the cups of the M cut are slightly wider than other cuts. The width of the cup on this bra is 5.1 inches, which does seem a little wide for 70D. After wearing this for the millionth time, I have noticed there is a little bit of folding over on the bottom of the cup on my bigger breast. The lacing at the bottom of the bra (in the front), doesn’t lay flat, but it doesn’t effect the fit of the bra.

 

The band is nice and firm. It only stretches to about 26.5 inches, which is my ‘breaking the tape’ measurement, but it’s not uncomfortable at all. I’ve worn this bra quite a few times since I’ve received it and I didn’t need to wear an extender with it. If I wear the band as low as it should be, it doesn’t feel too tight. The band has 2 layers of fabric, and the upper lace portion is a litte loose, so there’s a few wrinkles in the fabric.

 

The straps are nice and thin. They’re very reminiscent of VS straps, which is a good thing for me. I’m a petite woman, and I don’t like thick straps.  I would consider the straps on this bra, and all of the M bras, to be somewhat wideset. I consider myself to have broad shoulders, so the straps aren’t an issue for m, however they might be for those that have narrow shoulders. I do have the straps almost adjusted all the way, but they’re comfortable and not slipping off. Although the design on the straps is similar to others that I have, they’re very easy to adjust, but don’t slip once they’re adjusted.

 

The gore is nice and low- a real plunge. I don’t find myself falling out of the cups with such a low gore. The gore isn’t the lowest I’ve gotten at 1.75 inches

 

The wires completely encompass my breasts (they’re not too wide for me)

 

The panties

I was sent size 36 in the thong, which was the smallest size they came in. Ewa’s lace thongs there’s no elastic attached to the bottom, so they may feel a little looser than what you would normally expect. These fit true to size to the other size 36 Ewa thongs that I own.

 

I do wish there was a matching brief with this bra. As much as I’ve worn this bra, I think I need a matching brief as well. But I’ve noticed all of the M bras only come with thongs. However I’m sure if requested, Ewa would make a matching brief.


Beautiful

Beautiful


This set was gifted to me. All thoughts are my own.