The most important thing for you to know about the 65F Ewa Michalak 3D Karmelki (539), if you're fond of the 3D cut, is that this one fits like almost all the other 65F (UK 30F) 3Ds I've tried. My successes:
My one failed 3D was the Bambino*, which had much higher coverage cups and lower wings than the other 3Ds I tried.
The band on this one stretches, when I pull hard, to 30." I like this. The Satine and Szykus bands required several outings with an extender to resemble a proper 30" band. They are still tighter than the Karmelki is brand new. ... The 3D Karmelki band firmly hugs me but doesn't punish my skin. At least, it does when I try it on. I haven't worn it yet.
The Karmelki color resembles Ewa Michalak Strapless Toffi's butterscotch color. Its value is darker than the Satine's. Karmelki is darker than my skin rather than a good match, but it'll be invisible under light clothing. I believe the detailing on the cups--seams, ribbon, and dot-accented diamond embroidered/woven fabric, won't show much either.
The seams of the Karmelki are sewn in a way that is less likely to show under clothing than, say, the seams of the Satine. Where the Karmelki's vertical seams meet, the two pieces of fabric butt up next to each other. The Satine's vertical seams have a noticeable ridge. One piece of fabric is higher than the other, like a tectonic plate that is subsuming the other. This ridge, I've noticed, shows up under some of my clothes. And, since I work full-time, I don't wear a lot of thin, clingy clothes. That means that vertical ridge is pretty pronounced for a bra seam. It's annoying, since I really like the Satine's color.
Edited to add:
The finishing of the 3D Karmelki and a few other recent Ewa Michalak purchases is rough where hooks meet eyes. I have to wear a cotton pad underneath the area. It's like they forgot to put a couple layers of fabric, where there is supposed to be cushioning beneath the hardware. This is irritating, literally and figuratively.
* I believe Ewa Michalak accidentally sent me an S Bambino instead of the 3D Bambino I ordered. This occurred to me only after I was sent an S instead of an M in another Ewa bra. Since I passed along the Bambino soon after I received it, I can't do the comparison.
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