This is the longline version of the regular Sadie and was released in the autumn/winter collection 2011 together with the check/orange Sadie. Just as that bra this one has two-piece lightly padded seamed cup with pink lace along the top edge. It has plastic bone in the sides and at the front seames and straps that partly is made of the same fabric as the actual bra, which makes them not fully adjustable. It comes in 28- to 38-backs and goes from a D-cup to a H-cup.
I've wanted a lonline for so long! Initially found it ridiculously difficult to do up, but with practice is now fine. Cups fit perfectly, however the lace on the cups doesn't quite sit flat, a problem I've had with the Juno bra too. I do have to shorten the straps significantly to get any cleavage at all, or to fill the slight empty space at the top of the cups. I don't know if sizing down would have helped, couldn't try the GG in this one. The underwires on this one come up really high under my arms and rub throughout the day, tried loosening the straps but it didn't help, so again, maybe size down would have been better. The straps are a little far apart, but nothing major. The band sits firm, and is very supportive, however as my tummy is bigger than my underbust, it ...does curl up when I sit down, which can be a bother constantly fixing it. BUT, the nipped in shape is fantastic under clothes! It looks like it's cutting in, but because of my size, it's just tummy bulges, easily hidden by highwaisted skirts or shapewear. Overall, while not an everyday bra, I do love this one for when I want a nipped in look. The shape is nice and round, despite having one vertical seam. Probably fits better on slimmer people who won't have the cutting in effect, but I do really like this bra. Read more 97 more words
This is a really nice and goodfitting bra and the longline style offer a lot of support. It is really pretty and the cups are comfortable and true to size, compared with the longline styles from Freya are the cups on the bigger side (I own the Nieve longline bra from Freya in a 30FF). The band is also true to size and nice and firm in a 32 (I often wear a size 30). It gives a nice shape and only a little cleavage that I like, because I planning to use it as a bralet/top on festivals in the summer. You can´t see the longline when you wear clothes, and it definitely underlines the figure and avoid lumps. Compared with the Nieve longline bra from Freya, this has plastic bones in the sides, so it doesn´t “roll up” through wearing.
(The picture with the side shot shows a tendency to overspill, but I first noticed when I uploaded the picture, this isn´t how it normally sits)
The Cleo Sadie Longline reminds me of a vintage summer top in term of looks. When worn, the longline band covers until just below the start of the ribcage which prevents the bottom of the band from flipping up (as the Freya Nieve Longline has a tendency to do). It also has four pieces of boning down the front and sides. The color is a pink/orange plaid. The cups fit very similarly to the regular Sadie. The longline is unnoticeable under a tight fitting shirt.
I am very prone to back pain from bands being either too loose or digging in from being too thin, so I've been desperately searching for a longline bra. Being a 28GG/H, I'm sized out of the Freya longlines, which leaves this as the only longline bra sold in my size. By the time I discovered it, it had been sold out almost everywhere, but a user was selling a 28H on here, so I pounced.
Unfortunately, the fit, construction and appearance all leave a lot to be desired. The bra is a bizarre orange and grey plaid, which would almost give a sort of cutesy retro kitsch bustier top look, had it not been paired with Barbie pink lace straps and back hooks. I knew all this before buying it, and it would have been a small price to ...pay, had the bra actually fit and flattered well.
My first grievance, on trying the bra on, was discovering that the lace was the same construction as the Cleo Juna, that is to say, it is intended to be loose and fluttery. I don't know what exec at Panache ever thought that was a good idea, but they should be fired. Loose Barbie pink lace? Seriously? It shows through every shirt, and makes the bra look like it fits far more poorly than it actually does . The second thing to catch my attention was a very poorly thought out tiny piece of flexible plastic boning under each cup. This boning was only about 1.5" long, and ran from the bottom of the underwire down to the stiff elastic at the bottom of the band, but did not intersect the elastic. Every time I would bend over, breathe in or move, these little pieces of boning would bend or move around in their casings, and then snap back painfully. I am speaking here in the past tense, because I wore the bra for a grand total of 10 minutes before cutting out the offending boning. The longer side boning is actually very nice and definitely helps to stabilize the band
Once I cut out the front boning, the bra became significantly more comfortable. Unfortunately, the removal of the most obvious fit problem allowed be to see all the other ones. The reviews I read said that the band ran quite tight. However, when I received the bra, I discovered that the actual fit of the band is rather more problematic than simply being tight. The BOTTOM of the band is indeed quite tight, but the top of the band, directly underneath the cups, actually runs true to size or even a bit loose. Basically, it is made for a very triangular shaped ribcage, which mine is not. The practical implication is that while the bottom of the band is quite tight and has a tendency to want to sit lower on my ribcage than it should, the top of the band is just hanging there. The shallow cups get pushed out by my not-shallow boobs, and the cups end up just floating, and eventually just collapsing downwards. The cups floating issue is made worse by the too-far-apart strap placement - I have broad shoulders, so the straps don't fall down, but they are places so far out on the cups that there is nothing holding the middle of the cups in place, hastening the collapse and drop of the top of the band.
I've now worn this bra 4 times. I'm even more convinced that I want a longline bra, but I'm increasingly certain that this bra is not the longline bra for me. Because I've now cut out the boning, it's unlikely I will be able to resell this bra for much, which is unfortunate, because it would need major surgery to suit my shape properly. Read more 508 more words
A perfect fit, the longline offers great support and doesn't roll up thanks to the plastic side bones. Delightful colours and materials. I just love it ! It can be a little rigid and dig in the underchest when you have to sit down for a long time, but I have worn it during a day long walk and it was really comfortable.
Cups are too small for me, though it could just be that this size is too small. Made out of a very soft material, shame it doesn't fit The band is very comfy - the extra hooks give the extra support which is very comfortable
These cup sizes were much too small. I wear a 38GG in most bras (including several other styles of Cleo) but this bra didn't even come close to fitting. I ended up giving it to someone who wears a 38G and it fit her almost perfectly.
I bought this bra in a grab-bag sale with no returns or exchanges, so I didn't get a chance to try any other sizes, but I'd recommend ordering up a cup size.
This bra has very narrow wires. The bottom of the cups are a very tight U shape. The band was a bit too big for me, I'm usually a 30 or 28, so I ended up hand sewing from the stays at the bottom of each cup outwards along the elastic. This changed the stretched bra from 78 cm to 74 cm, which works great for me!