The cut of this bra works really well for me. It gives me a good rounded shape and I can forget I am wearing it. My boobs start at my collarbone, I think they are average on the top, firm and bottom heavy with lots of projection.
Sadly I have had to retire this bra now due to wear & tear.
It's beautiful but too large for me. My breasts don't fill the cups at the top and there is a bit of wrinkling at the bottom on my smaller breast. The wires are much too wide for me but I'd be willing to ignore that if the cups fit.
The pattern of the fabric is unusual. Got compliments on it when it peeked out from under my blouse https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> The top part of the cups are made of sheer lace. Very pretty. Quality of the bra feels excellent. The band is snug but not painful. Love the 3 hooks. Straps are wide and comfortable.
The GG was a little droopy on me, so I tried the G, but it's far too small on my larger breast. It's also quite stiff - both the fabric and the lace on top. I imagine it would break in fine, but even if it had fit, I probably wouldn't have kept it to find out.
I've shrunk a bit and needed a smaller cup. As usual, the straps are a bit too wide for my small, narrow shouldered-frame. Oddly, I feel this newer Fantasie splays my boobs a little more than the Lizbeth. I feel contained and uplifted in this bra.
The gore does press in a little so maybe I'm continuing to shrink? Also, I now have some GI issues and a gore that tacks well puts enough pressure for me to be uncomfortable so maybe it's just me.
I get very light gaping at the top. Almost not noticeable. Bra does ride up in the back so the straps are not long enough for me. My size should be a 32 but i went with a 30 thinking that a size smaller would solve the problem but it didn't. I imgine that the gaping may become more noticeable if I alter the straps to be longer but am unsure.
One of the fancy bows on the straps came undone completely after 3 weeks of ownership (3 washes).
This bra should be identical to other cut and sew Fantasie bras but it's not. There is a slight--very slight difference in the height of the bottom panel that makes a HUGE difference in the fit. I feel uplifted and rounded but with the forward projection I prefer.
The straps are too wide-set but juuuust narrow enough that I think they will work. The colorway--a mottled purple--is very pretty and low contrast so I don't ahve to worry too much about what I wear it under. The left cup horizontal seam is not as flat/smooth as the right side. So now I wonder, is the difference in cup panels deliberate or a quality control issue?
It's comfortable, but it squeaks. But the shape is so wonderful and the cup--so far--doesn't chafe against my armpits, that it's a keeper.
Update Dec 2013: straps slip frequently. They are too wide-set.
This bra is beautiful and I really like the way it fits. The band runs a little small, which is great for people that measure 31" like me. The underwire is wider than I would need but it doesn't create any problems for me. It's really comfortable and one of my favorite bras right now!
This bra feels really sexy on... the fit is just sublime. A bit tight around the ribcage (as front photo shows) but this bra definitely pulls you in from the sides and up out front... sexy! I love the side profile - a natural, uplifted look. I am very happy that I have found another Fantasie balcony style that works for my post breastfeeding breasts. Just not sure I am in love with the pattern... will have to think on in but might exchange for another side support model...
Full cups are not my cup of tea, but the Nicola looked pretty enough on the rack, so I gave it a try. If it could present itself as a more cohesive whole, I might have given it a chance, but as-is, it has too much contrast going on in one bra. The impressionistic pattern of the bottom half is what caught my attention, and the fabric itself was so comfortable, light, and pretty that I wish the whole bra had focused on the sentiment that it evoked. Instead, the floral stitching on the sheer upper halves of the cups was trying to be a different, slightly less comfortable bra unto itself, and the thick, unremarkable straps just made everything worse. The band was firm and comfortable, but my smaller breast the had a little trouble filling the upper part of the cup.