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|Strap width||1.9 |
Band length: 63.2cm
Cup width: 15.5cm
Cup depth: 27.2cm
Wire length: 28.8cm
Cup separation: 2.8cm
Strap width: 2.0cm
Comfort: 4/5 (minus one for when I have to tuck my boobs back into the cups)
Appearance: 4/5 (kinda jumping out/quadraboob-ish.. will update after full day's wear)
Patsy is a stunning little green bra with white polka dots. Color is very light almost minty but still crisp where the green overlays a white layer underneath like the cups and straps. The fit is identical to my first and second Freya Padded Half Cups: Monet (http://bra.pe/RIR/) and Lauren (http://bra.pe/RSL/). Keisha's cups (http://bra.pe/RN1/) fells shorter and were much less successful. Typically, the band ... is "Freya-long" and so I have to start it on the 2nd hook although I could do it on the final one but I'd like to have it a bit longer so I'll make due.
It seems that these half cup styles are a bit difficult for me and there's a bit of a learning curve (pun intended!) atop the cup. If I adjust and stand still I can fit well into the cup and there's a natural curve continuation from the top cup edge. It's super comfy and although the gore sits just about 1cm away from my chest and I have to pop my nips back in every now and then I have to say this is a worthwhile purchase. Isn't that really the cost of wanting Freya's stretchy 30-band and only up to G-cup Half Cup bras? Seriously though, it wears the same as my Monets and Lauren. I am very happy to see so many patterns available in this style although ideally I'd love to see the range rise above a G+.
This was my most anticipated bra of the season and I hope it will last at least throughout the summer.
Measured immediately before wearing.
Purchased late-June 2012 from ASOS.
Updated on Jun 26, 2012 Flag this
The Patsy Padded Half Cup was my first bra that really fit, so it will always hold a special place for me! Honestly, the cut is probably the best I could hope for. I might not have ever tried a half cup style at all had it not been for the light padding (can't stand unlined bras) and the very attractive patterns. After a lifetime of wearing ill-fitting, plain and rather ugly minimizer bras, being able to find a pretty, feminine bra in my size has been an amazing feeling.
I now know that the bands on Freya are known as being looser than others, but the 30 ... has remained firm, yet comfortable for me on the outer hook for quite a long time. I never got any poking, chafing or pain. I do have to tighten the straps nearly all the way otherwise the underwires start to sit below my IMF. Similarly, people talk about Freya having "soft wires", but I don't find that to be the case. At first I thought I would have to bend them for a better fit around my ribs, but had trouble bending them so just wore them in instead. I haven't noticed any kind of weakness in the wire and they are much more comfortable than other bra wires I have tried like Panache and Cleo which hurt my bony ribs.
This is a really easy to wear bra. The padding is just enough for modesty, but not too much to add any bulk. The material is also lightweight so it washes and dries really easily. You don't have to worry so much about damaging the cups when washing or packing them (I travel a lot), which is a big plus for me. All these things make it an ideal bra for all seasons.
The only negatives I have about my trusty Patsy are the lace trim and very visible seams. I wouldn't need to buy any other bras if the cups were smoother, the lace less bumpy and the seams somehow flatter. I therefore tend to wear this bra more in the colder months or when I will have a jacket on top. Wearing a camisole underneath did not help mask the lumpiness of the lace or very obvious lines of the seams.
Another thing I had to get used to is that this cut of bra has a minimizing effect on me. It lifts and supports well, but my breasts look at least two sizes smaller in it.
Even taking in all of these small faults, it's still my favorite bra.
Updated on Mar 27, 2015 Flag this
Check out my review of the black version (30G - Freya » Patsy Padded Half Cup Bra (1223) for more info.
The only difference between them is that the Ink (blue) colorway is a softer material and stretches easier. The black is stiffer and the cups have less give at the top.
Updated on May 01, 2015 Flag this
My shape: slightly shallow teardrop/FOB with super wide/tall roots and very close-set tissue in the middle
This review is for the Peacock colorway.
I love polka dots, and this bra is cute! I wanted the longline bra, too, but I do not really like salmon-pink. Anyway, this bra is really comfy and fits me decently well in this size, although the cups gape some. The foam padding is nice, and the shape is good in spite of the non-molded cups (I appreciate the convenience of cups you can smoosh when you are washing or packing your bras).
I have always had minor issues with balconette styles, such as the tops of ... the cups gapping when I slouch or let my shoulders drop forward, and this bra is no exception. However, it's pretty slight and any shirt I wear keeps it in place and it has never been noticeable.
My only real issues with this bra is how wide the straps are set (I thought I had pretty wide shoulders, but maybe I was wrong, because while the straps do stay on pretty well, I do feel sometimes like they are sitting at the slipping-off-point) and the center gore, which starts to press on my breast tissue after a little while.
Updated on Oct 11, 2014 Flag this
This bra is really cute. The vertical seams give lots of shape and support. The straps are long and it can be worn with a racerback clip.
As with most Freyas, I recommend going down to your sister size in Panache/Cleo. I wear a 32FF in Panache/Cleo, and I wear a 30G in Freya padded half cups.
Updated on Jul 08, 2013 Flag this
This is one my better fitting bras. It doesn't seem to smoosh my breast like some of my padded bras. But is has many problems: gore to high and wide, wires too wide, the cups are slightly to tall/large. It also does not quite sit in my infirmary fold. I think my boobs are more flat at the bottom and underwires have too much curve in them. Yet I am thinking about buying another one or some other Freya halfcup because it makes my boobs look great. And I just don’t know what to try. Need to find a balconette that caters to close set breast.
Updated on Nov 12, 2015 Flag this
Not very good for tall roots, soft tissue or projected breasts. Very cute bra but I found the mesh uncomfortable against my underarms.
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Updated on Oct 20, 2015 Flag this
This bra technically doesn't fit correctly, but I am going to try to make it work because it is so cute. I do get a little quad, especially where I have center fullness, but it is not noticeable under a tight, thin t-shirt, so that's good enough for me. The band is forgiving; I like comfortable and stretchy 30 or 32 inch bands, just to give you an idea. The wires are a bit wider than my root, but that is ok because it is not uncomfortable. My primary concern is the fact that this bra seems to be a bit too shallow for my lower fullness. I have frontal rib flares, so if the bra is too shallow to the point it slides down and digs into my ribs, it's a no-go. Guess I should wear it and try it out and then re-evaluate! On first try-on, though, it is comfortable and cute.
Updated on May 09, 2015 Flag this
Another bra I was very fond of when it fit me. Sadly it's now too small in the cup.
It's cute, it's comfy, and I'd probably buy it again someday if they made 30H's.
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Updated on Nov 15, 2014 Flag this
This is ridiculously large. My review isn't even important because this is flat out the completely wrong size for me. Although I guess if the underwire length is the same regardless of cup size, then they are too long and uncomfortably hit my sternum. The cups are also flimsier than I like since I like molded cups and these probably don't count as molded.
Updated on Jun 14, 2014 Flag this
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