*SQUUEEEEE* MY BRA FINALLY ARRIVED AFTER BEING HELD HOSTAGE IN THE POST OFFICE DUE TO BAD WEATHER.
I'm actually in the midst of a size change, and I'm finding that getting a good fit is becoming a challenge. I spoke to a few Bratabase users and read a TON of reviews before I ordered this bra ALLLLLL the way from Australia. (Sometimes paying a bit extra is worth it.)
I have always been leery about the BM cut. It never gave me the rounded shape that everyone swore up and down they gave. I always had a lopsided look. Never uplifted. I spilled out. The straps dug. It was an ...absolute nightmare.
Then I decided to give it another go when I saw that Brava Lingerie had Sofia in stock yet. Yay, since EM sold out quickly, right? Wrong. They only had a cup size up from what I was guessing was my BM size. So I decided to ask around, and I gave it a shot.
I was not disappointed. I get that miraculous rounded look. It's uplifted. It's comfortable. It's.. a well-fitting bra (excusing the strapgate issue). I'm so happy that I decided to try a size up, because it would have been too small had I tried a 65J. My larger side actually might be on the verge of spilling out, whereas my smaller side is dwarfed in the extra fabric depending on the angle. The fabric is nice against my skin, it's not irritated. The one thing I did notice was that the extra bit of fabric that "hangs" off the band rolled up a little. Maybe it's due to a loose band, as I think I might have to go in a set of hooks as the loosest seemed that it could have ridden up? I'm not really sure. I'll keep you all updated.
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So, a little update: I've worn this bra for about 20 hours over the course of two days now, each day at work where I'm constantly moving around. I don't spill out or anything which is fantastic, however, the band was riding up my back on the loosest hooks Day 1. Day 2, I switched to the second set in on the bra. The band is STILL riding up. So, I measured my underbust, and I'm sitting at approximately 27.5 inches right now, so I must have had some of my inflammation go down. Yay, but sad for the bra. Second thing I noticed (which I'm going to add a picture of in a moment), was that the strapgate issue is a real problem with this bra. I'm crossing my fingers that it's not a BM issue itself, but the straps are rubbing my skin raw on my arms when they're not falling off of my tiny frame. I'm so disappointed that Ewa will not address this issue. Read more 381 more words
This bra is lovely. I wasn't into it at first and I didn't get it when Ewa had it, but then it sort of grew on me and I was sad I had missed it. I ended up finding it in one of my wearable sizes at Brava. Thankfully, they ship to the US and I picked it up along with the matching bottoms in a size 36.
It came and I squealed when I opened the package, it is so pretty! It also inexplicably smells like Anthropologie. I can't describe the smell, but if you've ever been in an Anthropologie store, or had them ship you clothing from a ...retail location, you know the smell. Like their Volcano candle mixed with smoke. I don't know, but I love the smell so this isn't a bad thing to me!
It does measure out to be a 70F in depth, but it fits me like a 65F. The band is tighter than a 70, and measures 30" stretched. Depth is what it should be but I find the materials to be less stretchy than other BMs, so the measured unworn depth is what my 65F/70Es measure when they are on my body and the Sofia doesn't really stretch much when I put it on. Because it's firmer, the shape it gives is a little rounder than some other BMs and it looks quite nice I think. The one concern I have about this is I bought this set to wear as a period set, as the crotch of the bottoms is black and I needed another BM in my larger size for hard and tender breasts. Since there's not much give in the cups I don't know if it'll work, it may be too firm for my comfort that time of the month but I'll have to wait to try.
The cups are a little high on me, but I'm functionally FoB with shallow upper root tissue so this isn't an unusual occurrence for me, there's just a single small wrinkle in the upper lace and it's not terribly noticeable without a top and not noticeable at all when dressed.
The lace is super pretty and I love the little polka dots in the pattern, they're a cute and playful touch on an otherwise sexier set. I also adore the back of the briefs, the lace on top of tulle is my favorite style second only to the double layer of tulle. What the underwear looks like will often determine if I buy a set or not and I love these ones. They only had a 36, with 38" hips I can sometimes make the 36 size work, usually if they are jersey knit, the mesh is a little snug just like the bra and I would prefer a 38. But, they don't look bad and they are comfortable so I'm content. Read more 368 more words
BM Sofia is a gorgeous purple over black non padded underwire bra in Ewa’s BM style. The cups are done in the standard format of 2 lower sections connected by one vertical seam, one upper stretch lace horizontal section, and a 4th triangle/wedge section that connects the straps to the cup. The BM style is a fuller coverage bra that separates the breasts beautifully.
Unique features of this bra is the sheer peek-a-boo gore and wing section.
The band measures 22.625” and stretches to a max 28.9”. It has the typical 3 hooks and 4 rows of eye loops.
Cup Depth as measured by: 1 Hovering the cup between the ...knees, then placing the tape measure into the cups without any resistance. This measurement is: 12.25”
2 Placing the cup over the knee and stretching it similar to what a breast would, to the maximum resistance. This measurement is: 15”
I feel these two figures give you a general idea of the minimum and maximum depth that the cup can accommodate, just like the flat and stretched band measurements do with bands. Since Bratabase only has one cup field, I enter the larger of the two, as it’s this larger number that determines if a cup is going to fit me or not since I am on the max end of the cup scale, but do realize that some may need the lower number to determine fit for their needs, so I will always include both figures in the reviews for full disclosure.
The gore is wider at 0.7” while the normal is 0.5-0.6” for this size. I didn’t notice this as being an issue when I tried it on for photos, but felt it was worth mentioning as it is a bit wide for this size.
As for fit, it’s a bit disappointing. The cups are a very full fit, with the top lace straining, doing a slight flattening and cutting in. While it is still wearable, at least at low tide and in winter under sweatshirts, it is not as comfortable as the BMs usually are in this size and that’s only with 5 minutes in so I’m not sure this one is going to work for me. The gore is just over a finger off the sternum which isn’t bad for me. The hook set is comfortable on the tightest hooks which is also typical.
The mesh that lines the stretch lace on the top of the cups is *a lot* firmer than my other BMs, so it doesn’t have as much give as I’m used to, making it less accommodating than most of the BM models. If it wasn’t for that mesh being so firm, I think this one would be a good fit.
Marking down the quality on this bra because the band was made too large. It is a 30" band on a bra that is supposed to be 28". While it is wearable without too much wiggling on the tightest hook, it doesn't feel quite right. I get some sliding on both sides even though I don't have any wrinkling on the bottom of the cup. The bottom of the band rolls up on my stomach, but it's not painful. I do love the colour and peek-a-boo gore on this bra, just would have been happier with my purchase had the band size been correct.