This is one of my favorite bras, but I started wearing BMs long after it was sold out and never got it. It's been on my wishlist for years.
I saw a set pop up on a polish craigslist type of site and the 75F size was such a tease! So close yet so far https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> Being obsessed with the bra, and bad at financial decisions, I had my friend martka00 get it for me.
It came and surprise! It was too big, far too big. I sadly listed it.
The other day I decided to just keep it and experiment with it. ...I couldn't wear it anyway and I didn't have it listed for much so I thought it was worth a try.
I cut it up today. This was really stressful for me, because I can't sew very well. I have a sewing machine, but I don't even know how to thread it. I've never really altered anything and the last time I needed a band taken in I paid Noob to do it for me.
Not knowing how to sew a zigzag by hand, and unable to use my sewing machine, I needed to figure out a way to cut the band down without undoing and reattaching the strap material along the wing. The original hook and eye set of this bra was really small and there was no way I was going to be able get all that material back into it once it was cut down. I ended up using two three row black extenders I had around but had never used. I removed the hooks from one and all the eyes from the other. These were tall enough for my purpose and even though the wings are still wrinkled from being crammed in there, I think it worked out pretty well!
Now the band stretches to 29" exactly, which is my happy place. Cutting down the band so much also moved the straps in towards the center which is good as they were wide before. With a smaller band, the cups fit better. They are still too big and the upper lace is too loose for me, but I don't think this is visible under a shirt and I may just leave it as is. I've left the cup measurements blank for the time being, until I decide if I'd like to alter them or not. I'll need to actually wear it for an extended period of time to see if the loose lace annoys me.
I'll update here if I alter it more, but I wanted to get this down before I forgot how I did it.
I also added this as a new bra and marked my original measurements as no longer owned, so the dimensions of this bra in 75F are preserved.
Update: the wires were too wide and were digging into my underarm and sternum, I couldn't tolerate them with movement. I swapped them out for 65F SM wires which are both narrower and shorter. This provided immediate relief from wire pain but left a lot of excess material at the gore. Out of curiosity I folded it down which pulled a lot of the lose lace taut. This bra is not, nor will it ever be, an amazing fit but it is good enough. It's wearable and it doesn't look awful. I would still love to actually have my size, but I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I added a few pictures, if you look at the angle and side you can see the marks on my body from the old wires. Read more 498 more words
The Szarotka is a balcony cut bra made of four parts in this size, with the upper cup made of a stretch lace. The lower cup is made of the decorative powernet together with a layer of non-stretch stabilising fabric. The straps are fully adjustable and it fastens with 3 rows of 3 columns of hooks.
I'd say that the stock photos are a reasonably accurate representation of the bra. It's mostly a black and pink floral print with lighter pink trimmings and stretch lace. I found that the contrasting pink and black made the chances of the bra showing through a t-shirt reasonably high, but I find the ...print quite cute.
I got this band size as I bought the bra NW/oT. It's *very* stretchy, as I was fully expecting the band around my shoulderblades with a 70cm snug ribcage, but while it's not perfectly parallel all the way around, it's still somewhat stable. You may want to consider going for your larger preferred band size in this model.
The bra cut reminds me of the Panache Jasmine somewhat, but the wires are considerably narrower, and a good match for my narrow roots. The stretch lace is definitely large breast magic, providing light coverage and support without digging in. I'm genuinely suprised, as I'd probably take a 60M or 65M in an S cut, so I was thinking I may be sized out, but if anything, the cups look almost a little too large on top. They are a bit tall for my high-set, short-rooted breasts though, so possibly shortening them a little will fix the issue. I fill the bottom of the cup just fine. The cup shape is a bit less rounded and uplifted than the S or PL cuts, but this puts less pressure on the base of the wires.
At least based on inital impressions, I'd warmly suggest this bra for people with large busts and narrow roots. The stretch lace also means that those with upper or lower fullness should be able to get a good fit in the cups.
Edit: After wearing the bra for some time, I can add some additional impressions to my review. I reduced the height of the cups slightly, and I also took in the band extensively (the band did seem to stretch out rather rapidly, necessitating a second reduction in length). It is to some extent a confusing bra, as I can't quite decide whether the bra is too small (I bulge a little in the centre), or too large in the cup (my breasts seem to sit a bit low and away from my chest). I also have a minor issue with the fact that the gore tacks in this bra, as my breasts are close-set to the point of touching so it lies on breast tissue. My biggest problem though is with the straps on this bra, which are woefully inadequate for the weight of my breasts, even with a firm band. They're not reinforced enough, and so they buckle and fold inwards, even when worn as loose as they can go. I have very high-set breasts and will often need to tighten straps most of the way, so this is clearly some sort of material issue. These straps aren't quite as bad as the ones in my 75K - Ewa Michalak » Bm Bibi Bianka (532) , but are still rather uncomfortable. I have experienced issues with EM straps in the past and think that maybe the choice of materials needs to be carefully considered for the large cup sizes. Aside from the straps, the bra is still comfortable and flattering to wear, and I should really just go and replace the bra straps with another pair out of my stash. Read more 516 more words
I am loving this new and improved BM style that is perfect for summer! At first I wasn't a fan of the light pink lace and straps but the combo of grey and pink certainly grew on me.
Ewa has made some changes to the model that have definitely improved the fit of the bra. It is still a great fuller-coverage bra that gives a round shape, but now it has 2 layers of fabric instead of one. The entire patterned part of the bra is reinforced with a strong white fabric and the upper lace portion of the cup has an extra band of fabric underneath. This creates ...more structure in the cup and helps contain extremely soft breast tissue, effectively eliminating the bulging and sagging problems I was having with the BM Bibi Czarny Tulipan.
The entire bra feels far more sturdy in the stitching compared to the previous BM styles. The only downside I've discovered is that the reinforced fabric makes the band ridiculously tight and non-stretchy. I really needed a 75 band in this and I will be surprised if I can ever wear it without a band extender.
Despite the band issue I really love the improved fit of the BM and it's great to see Ewa fixing problems with her bras. If you have extremely soft tissue and the other BM styles didn't hold you in very well, try this bra! Read more 129 more words
At first I loved this bra. And then the gore which is very low, started stabbing me in the chest by the end of day, leaving me sore. It has to to do with the height and the tilt of the underwire and the weight of my breasts. This bra isn't very uplifting or supportive (as in you will be on the jiggly side from the light, loose fabric - I would not even try a brief jog, ow) but does fit in just about every other way. In fact, on the supportive front, it gives me the feeling of being strapped in every other way, but my ...boobs sort of "swing" around, freely, without exactly leaving the cup. It's an odd sensation.
It's a very good bra for boobs that may change in size frequently due to that time of the month, weight gain or less, or nursing. But I'm probably vain so I like uplift and I never felt like I had a nice sleek uplifted silhouette in this bra. I felt a bit matronly. I still would have kept it but the digging is far too painful and I'm glad I waited a few wears before writing a review. I may try another BM bra in the future if the gore is higher, since EM's bras seem to very a lot even within the model range. Read more 122 more words
This bra is too small in the band for me (not surprisingly since I usually wear a 70 band), but with an extender on I love this bra! I don't have tall enough roots that I really make use of the upper stretch lace, but I do function with enough upper fullness that it doesn't wrinkle either. Plus its such a pretty bra!
For a few little notes on the bra, it does have two layers (the outer fabric and a powermesh). It also has an overlapping gore