*** The fit is set without extender, ergo the 'doesn't fit'. With extender this bra fits absolutely perfectly though. ***
I ordered this bra as an exchange for the 65E CH Onyx I tried earlier. That one run too loose in the band and the cups and wires too were a less than perfect fit. In a conversation following a fitting help request for a different Ewa Michalak bra it was mentioned that instead of 'true' sister sizing, Ewa Michalak cup sizes differ by half a cup. 60F would be half a cup size up from 65E, which indeed seemed what I needed, hence my decision to have ... this bra custom-made.
A sleek, black, matt satin bra with black, shiny satin binding along the cup edge. Two shiny, faceted, black buttons whimsically decorate the centre gore. the cups are lined with black cotton jersey. The lining contains pockets for the included sturdy foam 'cookies'. The bra comes with two kinds of detachable straps: regular 12mm wide straps and padded, 32mm (at their widest) wide comfort straps made out of the same matt satin the cups are made of and edged with shiny satin bias binding. The comfort straps are only partially adjustable.
First of all, I've fallen in love. With my breasts. They're perfect -- as long as they're in an Ewa Michalak bra https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" /> Seriously, this CH Onyx I had custom-made in 60F is just the kind of stuff dreams are made off. The cups and wires fit me like nothing has ever fit me before and the shape the thing gives me is just UNBELIEVABLE. Really, I thought I hit the jackpot with the HM Gold, but this CH Onyx is just MINDBLOWING.
The difference with the 65E I tried before is striking: the cups and wires are just ever so slightly roomier, but the fit is a thousand times better. Also, the cookies work wonders in evening out the asymmetry between my larger right and smaller left breast. There is the tiniest bit of gapping when I move my arms/shoulders forward, but it is nowhere near as bad as with the plunge version (PL Onyks), which confirms my 'theory' that this is simply a better shape for me.
The straps placement is fairly wide, although I don't experience the problem of them cutting into my arms the way the straps on other bras do. The comfort straps are, indeed, ridiculously comfortable and although they are only partially adjustable I find I don't have to tighten them much, which doesn't often happen. Again, I guess this confirms the shape and size of this bra is just right for me. The entire bra is ridiculously comfortable: it almost feels as if I'm cupping my breasts with my hands, so gentle, soft, and supportive! And the shaping is just jaw dropping: very lifted, round and up-front -- I never knew I had such 'assets' https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" />
Anyway, so far the good stuff. The not-so-good stuff is that the band on this thing is really tight. I mean REALLY REALLY tight. The band on the 65E I tried before clearly was too loose and also in other ways it was not as good a fit, but this otherwise perfect 60F I can barely close, especially if I also want to continue breathing. Luckily I had the foresight to include a bra band extender in my order, but seriously, what's up with the sizing of these things?!
I LOVE this bra. It's perfect, except for the band. I measured this 60F and its stretched band is indeed a full 10 cm shorter than the stretched band of the 65E I tried before. This explains why it is too tight for me: the difference is 5 cm too many! Now, the question remains whether I happened upon a particularly loose 65 band or is this 60 band particularly tight? For this bra it doesn't really matter -- besides, it fits PERFECTLY with the extender -- but it would be nice to know for potential future orders *sigh*
Edited To Add:
t_maia has informed me that the bandsize discrepancy is due to the 65E I tried being 'old stock' and the 60F (obviously) 'new stock'. 'New stock' items run more true to size and are therefore tighter in the bands. Pity that one cannot know whether the item one receives is old or new stock, but I suppose that is just part of the 'game' https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" />
In my case it would not have made much difference anyway as the cups of the 65E didn't fit as perfectly as the cups of the 60F. In the discussion that followed from my PL Onyks fitting help request (find it here: http://www.bratabase.com/troubleshoot/dhker/) it already became clear that true sister sizing doesn't work in Ewa Michalak bras (from scouring the internet I've since found that the same may be true for other brands/models too, such as the Panache Andorra). The cups of the 60F are, in fact, half a cup size LARGER than the cups of the 65E. Likewise, a 70DD would be half a cup size SMALLER than the 65E. Extrapolating from this logic, a 60E would be half a cup size SMALLER than and a 70E half a cup size LARGER than a 65E. In addition to this the cup shape changes too: smaller cups are relatively shallower and wider, whereas larger cups get deeper and narrower.
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