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Fits ribcage0.0
B. perimeter0.0
Stretched Band73.5
Band Length60.0
Stretch ratio1.2
Cup width13.0
Cup depth24.8
Depth ratio1.9
Wire length22.5
Cup height15.8
Cup separation2.0
Gore height7.0
Wing height9.4
Strap width1.5
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I ordered Kayla and a Cleo Hettie Balconnet Bra (9011) at the same time to compare, and I wouldn't say there is a true "sister cut" relation between both, as they fit very differently.

There are some similarities, of course: Both are unpadded Cleo balconettes with a George/Marcie kind of cut pattern, and stretchy lace in the upper part of the cup (which George/Marcie do not have). They have identical wires and identical bands. Both are tight/true to size in the band.

The main difference: Kayla is considerably deeper in the cups than Hettie, therefore running notably larger. The difference is so large it's reflected in the measurements: Kayla has 1.6 cm (.75 in) more cup depth and 0.5 cm (.2 in) more cup height than Hettie in the same size. That's a lot.

I found a good fit in Hettie, while Kayla was too large. Sizing down would not be an option, because I need that wire width and side coverage (narrower underwires also means shorter underwires at the sides, and boob tissue might escape).

OTOH, if you find that Hettie is too small for you and you don't want to size up because the wires would end up too wide, try Kayla in the same size instead. It will give you the same underwire shape paired with a deeper cup.

As AnyOtherName mentioned, Kayla seems to be related to the Meg/Lily/Erin style Cleo balconettes ( in terms of projection, but with a stretchy upper cup.

The tl;dr version:
Try Kayla if you need narrow wires and lots of projection in the cups. Be prepared that it might run slightly larger than other Cleos (e.g. Marcie), and can accomodate varying levels of upper fulness very well (due to the stretch lace part).
Try Hettie if you are okay with medium to wide wires and average projection.

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