So I'm getting the tiniest bit of quadding only on my right boob but this is otherwise a really good fit, I think. The band is pretty comfortable, feeling just the littlest bit tight, and I'm so excited to have a cakes-on-a-plate bra that I would be tempted to keep this even if it didn't work as well as it does.
One small issue is that I feel like it splays my boobs a little? Ideally it would be pushing them forward more. There's a pretty substantial gap between them in this bra.
ETA: ahh, I see Fauve is Fantasie, which makes me nervous because I have a loooong history of liking how Fantasie fits in the dressing room well enough to buy them, and then only later finding that they're too shallow and wide (initially they'll contain my tissue fine, but during the day they tend to migrate as my boobs struggle to find more depth in the cups). So I will keep the tags on until I can give this a proper test drive on Sunday to make sure it's _really_ a good fit.
ETA2: I didn't even have to do the Sunday test. I tried it on again after getting home and spotted the wrinkling in the bottom/sides of the cups. ALAS. I will be sending this one on to a better home! Read more 134 more words
I tried this on in the store Intimacy. Since I'm mostly a 30FF I feel like this bra ran a little large in the cups and like usual, stretchy in the band. I have the Lucia in red and love it even though it's a tad bit small for me. Primarily I enjoy the cakes on a plate cleavage I get from my Lucia and was disappointed at not achieving the same level in the Lavina. The cups fit perfectly but it was just not the same sort of construction. The gore was lower and the sides higher so it didn't lift my breasts in quite the same way.
This is a beautiful bra! It's very well constructed, and it feels like it won't stretch and wear out anytime soon. The fabric is very stiff and a little scratchy. I could probably get used to it, but sadly the bra didn't quite fit me. I have a lot of centre fullness, and this bra seems to want breasts that are fuller more on the sides. I also felt that I should go up a cup size, as my nipples kept threatening to pop out the top of the cup.
Even though some girls seem to not like the hard wires of this bra I like them because they do not bend easily and on combination with the bras cut they give good support for wide boobs. I had Lavinia as a nursing bra size 32E and it had a wider cup than all my other bras and it was a little bit bigger too. Freya would sell this as an F cup.
Green and black (and silver) are my colors. But this combination is pretty rare to find in bras, so when I do, I am all over it. The Lavinia is a beautiful green and black bra. It also doesn't fit me. *cries*
Probably the most disappointing thing about this bra are its wires. They're hard. Which means that the narrow wires are truly narrow and that the gore will stab me in the chest. All the Fauves I bought before this one had soft wires, so this was rather unpleasant to find.
The cups are also super projected. They run big, in my opinion, because the wires aren't super ...narrow, so it just wants way more volume than I have. The cups are also a little closed on top. They're still quite open, but the lace across the top brings the top edges of the cups in ever so slightly. I think the shape of the cups is typical Fauve half cup- front and center- but since the cups are laughably big on me, it's hard to tell.
The gore isn't very high (about typical for halfcups in this size range), but the hard wires means that it pokes me in the sternum. I bent the wires out to a more comfortable width and bent the gore out. It's now tolerable to wear, but the cups are still a problem.
The straps are...odd. Not very wide at 3/16", but the entirety of the strap is stretchy. It is not, however, fully adjustable. The front half of the strap is covered with lace, so the buckle can't adjust past that point. While I appreciate that the entire strap is stretchy, the straps just barely adjust short enough to fit. It should be an easy fix though- just remove some (or all) of the lace, and boom! More room to adjust.
The band is typical Fauve stretchy, but it does feel decently comfortable on the tightest hook, so it does a little better than other Fauves. Though this might to be due to the hard, narrow wires.
The green lining is a gorgeous spring green. The front takes on a slightly blue tinge in certain lights. The embroidery is pretty smooth, so that the vertical seams are the main issue (not much, really) under shirts. The bow in the center unobtrusive, as are the bows on the straps. I don't find the lace itchy, but if you're sensitive to that kind of stuff, it might be a problem.
I'm going to try sewing darts in the cups at the gore to reduce cup depth. I'll update this review on how it works out. Read more 331 more words
It is easy to see why Fauve is beloved: the fabrics are exceptional. They are not soft like Anna Pardal, but seem more robust and tolerant of wear and tear. The green has hints of blue and contrasts well with the black embroidery. Despite the pattern, the texture is smooth and is it is not visible under most garments.
The band is both supportive and stretchy. Because I often prefer 28-29" bands, I expected to find this band unsupportive. Although I do use the tightest hook, this 30" band feels wonderful.
Because the straps are half adjustable, I used a Strap Saver to provide the lift I needed. Surprisingly, the depth and width work very well. I thought shortening the straps would be a perfect remedy. However, when the straps are short enough (thanks Strap Saver), the cup cuts into my underarm. And, the gore remains too wide for my very close set breasts. Oh the challenges of the close set, petite bra seeker.
Lavinia is an amazingly comfortable yet extraordinarily beautiful bra. The pale green and black "baroque" pattern looks very periodic, while the black lace and delicate bows are gorgeous in an understated way. The cups are very open on top, wonderful for FOT shapes. As always with Fauve halfcups, the shape is very round with a subtle cakes-on-a-plate effect. Lavinia is lined with soft fabrics and is very easy to wear; my only complaint is that the straps are quite stretchy.