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Fits ribcage0.0
B. perimeter0.0
Stretched Band96.5
Band Length80.0
Stretch ratio1.2
Cup width18.3
Cup depth36.8
Depth ratio2.0
Wire length35.6
Cup height24.1
Cup separation1.8
Gore height10.7
Wing height13.0
Strap width2.5
Hooks3
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Index42:12
EU95HH
UK42HH

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Used to fit

Slightly too small, and slightly too narrow for my wide roots. Will post full review.

Gives great shape and lovely cleavage because of the slight quadding.

Updated on Feb 24, 2016 Flag this


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  • 1

    There must be some size-specific grading because this is the same volume as my 75KK and 70L but your wires are quite a bit wider (still too narrow for you, but would be much too wide for me). Everything else seems pretty similar. I would have expected that the gore height and wing height may perhaps have also changed with size as people in smaller bands have smaller frames and tend to need less coverage. I do remember reading that you're short and high-set too so you've probably got fairly high coverage with this wing height.

    Also, 3 hooks is terrible. Why are there not more hooks? I really think that everyone in this size range would benefit from more hooks at the rear of the bra to create an evenly distributed pull across the band. As far as I'm concerned, they could put hooks pretty much the whole way up the bra band and I'd be okay with it.

  • 1

    Ereshiy I don't have that much coverage for some reason, then again I'm used to bras like the Panache Tango and Elomi Rita. I actually found this pretty low coverage in comparison to most of my other bras.

    I'm not even sure how Ewa Michalak does their sizing. I don't even question it anymore.

    I agree with you about the hooks though. There's a tremendous difference between a 2 hook band and a 3 hook band, imagine the added support in K+ sizes if they had more hooks.

    It's funny, because I have a 42G Cacique bra that's actually more supportive than some of my British bras because it has like 4 hooks or something.

  • 2

    I'd really benefit from the support of the things you can mostly fit in like the Tango and some Elomi offerings, but they're just unwearably scaled or non-existent for my size. Elomi's plus-sized comfort features and bras designed for short frames would theoretically be great! I'm very slight, but I'm quite overweight too (I weigh almost twice as much as when I finished school though I was a tiny little thing then) and I'm just not skinny (I kind of associate with being plus sized, but I also don't really feel big enough to fit in with the plus sized community because I can still very comfortably fit into mainstream sized clothing. I've never seen any blogs of people with my body type or even met other users through bra fit sites). I suppose in comparison to that, this would be quite low. I've got used to EM and Comexim's lower wings (and completely inadequate construction for very large cup sizes; I don't get the hype) so this felt tallish for me. I think I'm rambling a little; sorry.

    EM does scaling very differently, so I think that they have different strong and weak points to most brands. I love the fact that they obviously do have a variety of fit models, but there's still some strange assumptions going on when it comes to grading and sister sizes.

    My mum had bras in 14E (36E) with 4 hooks before I got her some help shopping at stores with a wider range of sizes (she mostly wears about 34GG these days). If brands like Cacique and whatever my mum was wearing can use 4 hooks in an attempt to get more women into less sizes without them noticing there's something not right about their bras, why can't full bust brands do it too? All those unnecessary heavy-duty features in a well-fitted E cup would actually be really good in a K cup.

  • 1

    Ereshiy I understand what you mean. Don't apologize for rambling. :)

    I'm kind of in the same boat. I'm in plus sizes but my overall body shape doesn't match "plus sized" clothing. I've also never seen anyone with my body shape. Obviously I have a large bust, but when I look at myself in the mirror and see photos of myself I can't stop thinking that my boobs look small in comparison to my body. Most plus sized bloggers and fashion icons follow a pattern of being busty, voluptuous, hourglass shaped, on the taller side, and impeccably dressed. I'm busty but overall straight up and down, short, very short legged, not very voluptuous besides my boobs, and I dress like a slob. :x

    I've heard of the whole "Strapgate" dilemma from a few years back, and I honestly don't understand why scaling bras is so difficult for some brands to do. That being said, Ewa Michalak's scaling is worlds better than some Panache, Cleo, and Curvy Kate scaling. I think Curvy Kate has some of the worst scaling I've ever seen.

    One of the biggest issues I had when I discovered properly fitting bras was the fact that I gave up so many innovations and special features in order to get a bra that did it's job. I'm absolutely in love with Cacique bras, and the only fit issue I ever had in any of them was that they were too small. I wish a full bust brand would come along that made bras like Cacique, but in larger sizes. I mean, I love the Cacique strapless in 42H because it has 5 hooks, but I'll never buy it just because I know I'll wear it all the time and have back pain. The fact that there's no such thing as a strapless bra in my size while Cacique can make one in large bands AND cups is baffling.

    Screw this. Let's just go in business together. ;)

  • From a bit of messing around with making my own bras (you can see my weird finished attempts added to the site, including the one I drafted from scratch which gives a truly horrendous shape and I love it but my husband can't deal with it :D) I've found there are just some material and design limitations when it comes to making bras for a very large bust. Some of this could be alleviated if you weren't a home sewist because large companies have access to bespoke wires and heavy-duty powernet and such, but the fundamental way bras are designed to work really doesn't service the very large bust especially well. Underwire bras provide lift in a similar fashion to a cantilever bridge; the backwards and slightly downwards pull from the underwire springing open against the body creates lift and pull towards the body from the wire at the centre. There's a limitation on how much backwards pull the elasticity of bra materials can provide, and how much lift can be generated from the underwire. You can't just take the moulded cup from a 42G bra and make it into a functional 28KK bra (I had some weird experiments with bras from Target), as the person wearing the 42G has so much more chest wall where their tissue sits and doesn't need the same kind of material strength to make the bra work. Some stuff just won't scale. Moulded cups in a 36L would pretty much need to be made of cast iron in order to hold their shape and give support.

    The thing which does really work is the support from a corset which instead of lifting and separating by design holds breasts upwards and against the chest. A bra-like object (maybe longline to waist if you didn't actually want waist compression) designed along these lines would perhaps not create a super fashionable shape, but would give excellent support. Think something like this overbust http://exquisitelywaisted.tumblr.com/post/134126247345/sample-sale-for-small-business-saturday-i (I eyed this off on a few occasions but had to remind myself that I cannot make a 34" hip work ever even if the other measurements look pretty close to mine) but not necessarily extending over the hip. I think that things can be done, but I do think that it would perhaps be necessary to not be too hung up on the fashionable shape and design features of the modern bra. I can't even get a proper full cup to wear in my size because of companies being too hung up on fashionable designs. I really want one because something with centred straps and usually good support because of the good coverage would be excellent, but I can't realistically sister size into a 34K or 36K (some styles let me size down a bit if I'm prepared to deal with less projection because my roots are so short) to get into Elomi because the bras are not scaled with my small frame in mind.

    I have a few more innovations in mind that I'd like to try, but it's really hard trying to fit a bra to yourself and I don't know anyone around me who would get super passionate about this kind of project and thus be prepared to spend time helping.

  • Ereshiy I guess you're right when it comes to making bras for the exceptionally busty with small underbust sizes. I don't really have an issue with moulded cups myself, but I understand how they're more difficult to fit in the small band+large bust market. I have a 42G from Lane Bryant that has basically the same cup measurements as my Curvy Kate Daily Boost in 36K and it fits pretty similarly. I'll have to take pictures of it someday because it's really strange that it fits me so well considering that it's like a UK 36GG sister size. I'm guessing it's because Lane Bryant cups are considered super wide for their size, so they leave me with a lot of room to chill out in the cups. I also have really soft pudding boobs that pretty much do what they're told, and having the combo of being full on top and short rooted means I can wear stupidly small cups as long as they're super open on top. I also don't think I'm anywhere near as projected as some women in my size range.

    I've never tried to make my own bra at this point in time, but I have a bunch of bras that don't fit or are pretty horrific in quality that I'm saving to harvest for parts. If I had the resources I'd definitely take apart some of my old bras that used to fit me and see what I can change about the pattern to fit me better. I've seen your homemade bras and I didn't think they were that bad. There was a woman on A Sophisticated Pair's blog that was making her own bra based on the Panache Tango in a larger band and K+ size. From what I'm seeing it's easier to make huge cups in larger back sizes, which is unfortunate for someone like you because you have so many fit issues with commercial brands.

    I've never even tried a real corset. Isn't that horrible? I've experimented with the cheap Spencer's/Hot Topic ones when I was like 14 and I wouldn't wear a bra under them despite probably being around a 34FF/G at the time (comparing myself to BraBandProject pictures)

    I wish you were located closer to me because you're pretty much a genius when it comes to bra construction and this whole subject, and I think we could think of some great ideas together. The only thing I can think of for the time being would be to go back and forth through emails and try to see what conclusion we can come to. The biggest issue is that shipping from Australia to the US is ridiculously expensive.

  • I wouldn't really call myself a genius. I do have a lot of interest in the field of bra construction though. I wish I had more willing victims... I mean volunteers who'd let me make bras for them in a more average size range so that I could just focus on design and construction without worrying so much about material limitations. I'd be happy to provide free labour if they gave me parts but I really need people locally so I can test fit. It is such a shame that postage is so prohibitively expensive because it would be really interesting to brainstorm together and send things back and forth.

    Harvesting bras for parts is a really good way to see how a bra really works. If you have time, just pulling a bra apart and putting it back together can be quite a good learning experience. Once you understand what bits go where it can be a lot easier to make alterations. I'm happy to help where I can if you have any particular questions about this kind of thing. All my bras seem to end up altered one way or another.

    Corsetry isn't for everyone, but you may find you like it. Because you carry weight on your midsection, it should be reasonably easy to find an underbust corset which is curvy enough for you (as long as your vertical proportions match up) off the rack. Lucy Corsetry definitely has great resources both on info on corset wearing and also quite a lot of different OTR brands. Custom is obviously going to fit better and be good if you were seriously interested or had particular specs in mind (like you may be interested in an overbust but I wouldn't suggest saving for one of those until you know your bust size is reasonably stable because it's a big investment), but OTR options are 'good enough' for many ladies. It could be something to blog about if you decided to try out a corset, but I definitely suggest doing lots of reading first.

  • Ereshiy Thank you so much for your advice. I might message you about some fit issues I'm having with a bra I plan to review. I want to review it unaltered and then altered like I did with the Tango but I'm curious if it's a sizing issue or something that can be corrected with easy alterations.

    I don't think I'd ever go with an overbust corset just because I never know what could happen with my size. I read a lot of blogs and keep seeing corsets pop up. I might want to see a doctor first because I have spinal issues and don't want to exacerbate my condition.


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Fit information

On Apr 2017 View measurements

Center gore placement:
Doesn't lie flat against sternum
Straps adjustment:
Straps don't adjust short enough
Top of the cup:
Cuts into breast tissue (quad boob effect)
Strap separation:
Are too far apart
Cup's width:
Outer cup cuts into breast tissue in the sides

On Feb 2017 It fit her! View measurements

On Sep 2016 View measurements

Top of the cup:
Cuts into breast tissue (quad boob effect)
Cup's width:
Outer cup cuts into breast tissue in the sides

On Jun 2016 View measurements

Top of the cup:
Cuts into breast tissue (quad boob effect)
Cup's width:
Outer cup cuts into breast tissue in the sides

On Jan 2016 View measurements

Top of the cup:
Cuts into breast tissue (quad boob effect)
Cup's width:
Outer cup cuts into breast tissue in the sides

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