MY SHAPE: Narrow, projected, short roots, close set, center full, even fullness (not FOT or FOB)
FIT: I love the shape SF bras give! It's almost as round as Cleo Marcie, uplifted and centered like Ewa's S cut bras, and even though it's a soft cup bra it conceals nipples very well. I am currently breastfeeding and tried this one when one side was very full and the other side was very empty, and it accommodated both equally well. There was no quadding on the larger side or gapping on the smaller side. The band on this feels a little stretchier than my 75G - Ewa Michalak ...» Sf Gładzioch Beż (849), which is good since that one is on the verge of being too tight. This feels more like a typical firm 34 band. The straps are less of an issue on this one as well, but still need to be adjusted almost as long as they'll go. I have a super short torso and usually have the opposite issue - straps are too long - but so far all my SF bras could really use just another inch or two of strap. The SF bras are all a really good match for my shape - wires sit right in my IMF, ample projection at the bottom and near the gore, and the gore itself stays out of the way of my center fullness.
APPEARANCE/QUALITY: I am not typically a huge fan of the black/blue combo, but I really love the shade of blue used here. I wouldn't have called it royal blue; it's got more of a purple undertone. It's like a dark/bright periwinkle color. I wasn't sure from the stock photos, but the blue lace overlay is the exact same shade as the blue straps. The gore is really nice as well - I'm not sure how to describe it. It's got crisscrossing ribbon and a see-through mesh section; almost like a keyhole design with bows on top and bottom. The blue lace is only on the cups and about an inch past them to the vertical wing seams; the rest of the bra is a single layer of black material. I like that the blue lace is a more abstract floral design; nothing against floral, but must ALL the bras with stretch lace use the same oversized floral motif? The black (floral) lace panel at the top of the cup is stretchy, similar to the Panache Envy/Jasmine models. The lower part of the cup itself has some seriously strong mesh backing, which is where (I assume) this bra gets its lifting power.
OVERALL: I was on the fence about this particular SF bra, but now I'm happy I ordered it because it's really quite stunning in person! I'm glad I picked up the matching briefs in the Black Friday sale as well, this is definitely worthy of owning the matching set.
Update - I like this bra so much I ordered the matching briefs in Ewa's Black Friday sale, and I'm glad I did because the SF Royal Blue set has disappeared from her site! I'm very short, and most of my shortness is in my torso (normal length legs), so I usually stay away from high-waisted briefs because they basically come right up to the bra. These briefs have me rethinking that strategy - the lace isn't super stretchy, so I am careful when I pull them on because they feel delicate, but they are so flattering! The do have the double-layer of tulle on the butt with a slight ruffle effect, so I can't use them under fitted skirts etc, but they'll be nice for flowy dresses or other high-waisted pants/skirts. Possibly TMI, but I've had 2 cesarean sections and I'm a US size 14 in pants; I usually just deal with the way my underwear rolls under my scar-flap and gets trapped there. That's not an issue with high-waisted briefs, and these feel much sexier than your typical high-waisted Hanes. Really a stunning, gorgeous set - I'm wondering if Ewa has other plans for that material, since she pulled the SF Royal Blue off the website? Read more 584 more words
My love affair with Ewa Michalak bras continues! So I got this one on clearance from Zathiya, right before she closed. (sob) It's not my normal bra size (I usually wear a 70G) but it is close enough that I could justify buying it. (Plus, it was half the price of what I would usually pay, so score!) The straps are, as always, too wide for my narrow shoulders. Even after doing the strap re-placement surgery, the fabric still digs into my right side armpit. I know it's because of the larger cup size, but it's not annoying enough for me to give up on it. Plus, the bra is ...really pretty! The lace is a deep royal blue, with the stretchier black lace on the top part of the cups. The gore has a little peekaboo window, that I, surprisingly love. (It's not an open part, but has black mesh lace covering the keyhole part. Hopefully I am making sense, hahah! You can see it in the stock pictures.) I am really liking the SF styles so far. I feel like they give me a little more oomph than the BMs, but it might just be in my head.
Less stretchy all over than SFs made of the shiny microfiber of an SF Gładzioch. This makes the cup a lot more closed on top, and a lot less projected at the bottom of the cup (less immediate projection... ☹).
So these cups are a lot less tolerant of fluctuations in size, the projection needs of really projected boobs, AND any fullness on top. I am FOB but still found this less-stretchy upper section cutting in, even though it is made of stretch lace.
Even though this bra is a lot more aesthetically appealing than an SF Gładzioch, I think it probably works for less people. But this bra also feels more likely to hold its shape longer. The SF Gładzioch bras are so stretchy that I found the band to stretch out way too quickly.
I got this one along with Kleks and Zenith. I really like this bra (it’s beautiful!) but found the lace at the bottom a little bit itchy. (Same level as Panache Jasmine to me) The stretch lace on top was really soft, and could have been a bit more supportive. To me, it felt like it ran a little small, but we’ll see when I measure it.
SF Royal Blue in 70JJ This bra is added for data purposes only. This Bra is not owned by me at the time of addition to the database, but since I did measure it, I decided to add it anyway.
SF Royal Blue is what EM classifies as a Semi Soft underwire bra. This is misleading, as Semi Soft indicates half padded, which this is not. The top is a stretchy sheer lace, and the bottom is a stiffer layer of double lace over tulle type fabric. If held up to the light, you can still see through it. These SF bras are NOT padded in any way. That ...aside, the bra is gorgeous!
The band measures 24.5” to a max of 33.5” & has 3 hooks but 4 rows of eyes.
The cups measure 12" (measured by hovering the cup between the knees and placing the tape measure into the cup without resistance) but stretch to 14.5"max over the knee. The lace tops are very stretchy allowing for size variation between sides, as well as weight gain/loss and changes due to hormone fluctuations. The cup construction consists of 5 sections-3 lower vertical sections, 1 upper horizontal section, and an outer wedge that connects the cups to the straps.
It is this outer wedge section, that is stiffened like the lower sections, that causes many discomfort during wear. Narrowing this section slightly while lowering the armpit curve often helps eliminate this pain without needing to actually move the straps in.