Are you ready for another alterations saga?! I bought this bra used from someone on reddit.com/r/braswap, and I have no clue how long this person had it, but the band's mesh near the hook and eye tape on each side was showing some wear and stretching. When I received this bra and tried it on for the first time, as you'll be able to see in the first two sets of photos (I wrote in my captions which pics are before/after alterations, etc.), the bra was overall too big for me. I also own the CHP Marcepanowa Magnolia and CHP Brzoskwinka in 60FF, and both fit ...similarly to each other, but the Brzoskwinka doesn't have cookie pockets. The Cappuccino fit larger than both of these, at least in its well-loved state. So upon my first try-on of the Cappuccino, the band was far too large, and the cups were far too large, which was not remedied as much as I had hoped when I inserted the foam pads. The straps were also extremely wide set in the front, and were rubbing the front of my armpits, which normally isn't much of an issue for me. I knew what needed to be done; I had to take in a large chunk of the band, and I had to move the straps inward.
I dealt with the band first, because I wanted to see how much, if at all, it would affect the fit of the cups and lessen the gaping that was happening. But rather than just removing the hook and eye tapes and chopping off the outermost portion of the band and reattaching, I wanted to try to move the whole strap attachment inward as well so that the band would maintain the same angle (I found that by just chopping off the outside of the band and reattaching the hook and eye tapes, such as I did with my Periwinkle Marcie and my Aqua Lily both in 30E, the bands ended up with an angle that made them feel like they were riding up). So, I marked in chalk where I wanted to move everything to (I moved everything inward by about 1" on each side), and then I started ripping out all the seams. Once the hook tape and the strap attachment elastic were removed, I resewed the strap attachment with that segmented zigzag stitch to its new position (I was trying to replicate the original stitching as much as possible), then I threaded the top of the elastic back through the strap like normal, folded it down on the inside of the band and sewed it shut. I trimmed off the excess mesh on the outside, which got rid of most of the worn out mesh, and then reattached the hook tape as normal. I didn't even bother to try and reattach the tag. Then I repeated the same process on the eye tape side, and held my breath.
I tried it on again, and thankfully, the band now fits wonderfully for me. The altered band measures 20.5" resting, and 26.5" stretched. However, the cups were still gaping, and the straps were still cutting into me. I had recently seen a picture of someone who moved the straps in on their bra, not permanently, but reversibly. So I used their method of folding the strap behind the cup and kind of over itself so it creates a "V" shape on the inside of the cup, and it both moves the strap inward and also folds down a portion of the outside of the cup and makes it slightly lower. So I did this for both straps, and lo and behold, this turned out to be the ideal solution for my problem! The more central position of the straps now eliminates the gaping and makes the cups sit flush to my body, and also lowers the outside of the cups slightly, so there's no more rubbing and chafing! YAY! I just had to loosen the straps slightly because I essentially shortened the front of the straps. (And I only realized that the straps are now slightly uneven when I uploaded my photos and looked at them, but I don't care! It worked like a charm.)
It took me probably 1.5-2 hours yesterday, but I wanted to make sure I was taking my time to measure properly and test the stitches on a scrap piece of fabric to make sure they were the right length and width to be accurate to the original stitching. Overall, I'd say this experiment was a resounding success, and I am extremely happy with how it turned out. Read more 665 more words
I was offered this bra for swap, and I love the design of it. I really wasn't expecting this size to work even though the measurements seemed somewhat close. I've tried a few CHP and CH styles and haven't had much luck, I think the best fitting one was a 70DD Magnolia CHP which I sold because I thought it was also a bit too low coverage or too small. In a 65F I get a lot of gaping at the top while the bottom seems alright, but those also had a different cup edge than the Cappuccino or Magnolia.
I finally got the ...bra today and honestly wasn't expecting it to even come close to fitting. I open it up and look at it and it doesn't look ridiculously small. I hurry up and try it on and it isn't a bad fit, not a great fit, but manageable. It will fit without and extender but the wires get a bit distorted and I get slight quadding, with an extender the cups fit better and quadding is decreased to just slight bubbling that isn't noticeable under a shirt. I do think that the cups on the 65DD run a bit large, maybe not a full cup size but at least a half cup size. From comparing pics of the 65DD Cappuccino to the 70DD Magnolia it looks like they fit similarly. The wires are definitely in my IMF and a good width for me, they also seem a bit softer and more flexible than wires in other EM's. The cups are quite low coverage and a 70DD would probably be a better fit, especially since the straps are a bit wide and I think using an extender is making them fit wider than they would otherwise. Read more 202 more words
I ordered this bra from a different Bratabase user as a way of diagnosing EM fit before putting in my own custom order - at the time I was comfortably filling out a 28G Freya. I had heard that Ewa Michalak bras generally (and this one in particular) ran firm in the band, and that I would be most comfortable in a 65 band. The band rides up, even on the tightest hook, with the straps fully extended. I would definitely be more comfortable in a band size down. The straps also seem bizarrely short - I am only 5'5" and even fully extended they ...*barely* fit. I thought Polish ladies were tall?
Now for the good news - I went up a full cup size between when I ordered this and when it arrived (I now fill out a 28GG), so I was very concerned that it would be way too small. This does not appear to be an issue - the cups fit perfectly and give me AMAZING round cleavage. I'm totally filling up the cup with the straps fully extended, though, so if I grow even a tiny bit more I will start quad-boobing all over the place. The gore tacks but does not dig in, the underwires are in the perfect spot, and have I mentioned the CLEAVAGE! Wow!
I will definitely be keeping this - as of right now it is the only bra I own that fits without quadboobing, and the band issues can easily be resolved by altering the band down a tiny bit (or just reserving this as a special-occasions sexy bra once my other bra orders with a tighter band arrive).
The bra is gorgeous, well-made, lined in cotton and perfectly shaped so that it doesn't dig in anywhere. I'm seriously impressed. Read more 197 more words
Edit (21 May): SIGH! I've had this bra for, what, a month and a half, and it's already non-wearable without alteration https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> The band is already completely stretched out, even though I haven't used this bra on a daily basis, more like once or twice a week. Very poor performance, if you're asking me! And as a result, of course, the band now rides up, doesn't give enough support, and the straps (all stretched out, too) are really digging into my shoulders. I have to correct this bra all the time now when I'm wearing it, and it's a huge relief to ...take it off. Definitely not good https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> Changed "Quality" and "Comfort" accordingly.
What a ridiculous adventure of trial and error I have had with this bra for 5 months now! I started out with a 75FF which was waaay (I mean WAY) too large in the band, exchanged it for a 70G which I soon grew out of thanks to breast tissue remigration. Thus I ordered a 70GG, which was insanely large and stretchy in the band, and today, I finally got my 65H.
And... it fits! Thank you dear bra lord! Even here, the band is really stretchy (it stretches almost 20cm!), but luckily the starting point is snug enough, at least for now. As new, I’m wearing it on the loosest hooks, and it’s very comfortable as such. I really hope it won’t stretch out too soon...
If you’re between sizes as I am, do size down and maybe even a size below that. The band is so stretchy I think I could have ordered a 60HH and used it with an extender for a while. Then it would have been just fine, and no risk of stretching completely out of range. Quite a difference compared to the CHP Mak, which would have been insanely tight as a 65, even the 70 is still very snug after some time of wear.
As always with the CHP, I love the shape – round and uplifted, not too projected. The gore lays nice and flat and it’s not too wide for me, but does separate my close-set boobs just perfectly. The straps adjust short enough (yes!!) but are a bit stiff and thus a bit uncomfortable, although not unbearable by any means. Hopefully they’ll soften up. The support is really good.
All in all, it has been worth the almost absurd trouble to figure out my right size, because this is such a beautiful bra and the shape is like tailor-made for me. Loving it <3 Read more 327 more words
Immensely frustrated by this bra! Would be great if it was the right size. I wish Ewa would have correct sizing information about their own brand bras, because it's expensive to ship back from my country to Poland.
Ewa's sizing info wanted to put me in a 75 (34) back, but I read reviews and thought ok, I'll only go one size bigger than my usual 30. Mistake! I can still get a whole hand easily under the band while on the tightest hook. I'll definitely need my usual 30 (65).
Similarly I think I'll need 2 cups sizes down, though I ordered from their chart. Definitely 2 cups ...for my smaller breast, probably more like 1.5 for my bigger one. But either way there is a huge amount of gaping. I think my Ewa size will end up being a cup size smaller than my Bravissimo/Cleo etc size because my not-full-on-top breasts don't fill up Ewa's very forward-projecting bras otherwise.
So, annoyed about information & fit inconsistencies, but I think it will be a gorgeous and much worn bra when I get the right one. I like the highish wings & underwire length and position is fine for my wide root breasts. Gore sits comfortable and flat. Like the four-row fastening. Very well made in terms of materials. And matching underwear gorgeous and true to size. Read more 117 more words
I had this bra custom made as it doesn't come in 65J in Ewa Michalak's regular stock. Well, it's definitely worth it, since it's a gorgeous bra. It seems like my true EM size would be 65J in half cups and 70HH in plunges (if PL Onyks is anything to go by). Pros: - absolutely beautiful - very comfortable (as all Ewas are) - sturdy band - divine shape
Cons: - not a regular size so no exchange posibility - the straps are just on the border of being too short, I have them set so long as possible - which is enough, thank goodness
Ewa's sizing is so inconsistent! This bra really shouldn't fit me; the band should be too tight and the cups should be way too small. But. The band is perfect, and larger than my 75 Perelka and damn close to my 80 Mak. The cups are 1 size too small, but because this shape is so open on top, I can make it work. No wonder it didn't fit the original buyer. Straps are half-adjustable, but very short. I am only 5'3" and have them as long as they go. Any taller and I'd be out of luck. 3 hooks. Comfortable. Super pretty. Great shape for full-on-top boobs. Nice support and lift. Not as lumpy under clothing as one might fear given the lace. Seems beautifully put together with quality materials. Update 12/2018: Lost weight/trying on stash and found this one. In my current UK size of 32H/HHish, it's clearly too small in all directions.
center gore tacks but leaves a mark after wearing, being too high and wide. wire is a bit wider that I would like again leaves mark further from my breast tissue. band is stratchy though hardley rides up. bit of gaping near the bottom but quading around center gore.
With Ewa's inconsistent sizing and individual construction, sometimes its a crapshoot. This bra seems to run roomy in the cups, both depth and width, although the band is true to size. Even with cookies it doesn't come close to fitting, although my 70G Ewa's are OK, and my 75FF's are also. Maybe there's just a big jump at these size differences? Tragic, because its a gorgeous bra, just elegant, sexy and sophisticated. Putting it on is empowering - the look is dramatic and understated at the same time! Black lace encloses taupe/beige cups, with the center part uncovered so it looks like a deep plunge lace bra against ...caucasian skin. In different lights the lace overlay creates a trompe d'oile look or appears solid black. The straps have a ribbon woven in halfway up, ending with a tiny black bow. The band is stretch black lace and of course the entire bra is wonderfully comfortable, well made and as a CHP brings the breasts up and close with lovely softness. I so wish I could make it fit...this would be a dream bra as an alternative to a boring all black bra. Purchased used and its EUC, but there is some dark staining on the inside of the right cup which is purely cosmetic. Read more 105 more words