I've been wanting this bra since I saw it in the fall of 2016, so 1 1/2 years. Botanical prints are my favorites, especially tropical ones, and although Panache is too tall for me, I decided I would give it another whirl, this time in a more likely to fit size than the 38J - Panache » Thea Balconnet Bra (9261) I tried previously. I liked the print so much I even ordered a matched set, on sale for only $60 total, which is pretty good for Panache in the US. The bra was probably over $60 full price here.
Thea fits me ...a lot like Jasmine, which is to say, a little too tall, with the fullest part of the bra about an inch above the nipple. The depth at the wire is not great compared to my Elomis- the bottom of the bra kind of comes up to the apex at a steep angle, whereas my Elomis are much more curved. The Panache thus gives a more pointy profile, and since the apex is above my own bust point, I get rocket boob, my trademark look in all Jasmine-like bras (Hettie, Blake, Thea, Jasmine). It's pointy and points upward.
I think this this bra would fit full on top, average to tall rooted women really well. The stretch lace, the top room, would balance out the pointier bottom portion.
The band is quite stretchy, the cups are roomy, so much so that someone who measures 42K (UK) might fit this bra if they really are full on top and have taller roots. The straps are pretty wideset.
All the fabrics are super soft. No scratchy yucky Panache fabric here- everything is silky. The band and strap elastics are really nice and plush.
I'm going to see what I can do to add new wires, shorten the gore, and take in the lace to make the shape a little rounder. I was trying it on and my husband was like, oh I love that print (he loves all things tropical), but it's so pointy! If I can make the profile a bit rounder with my sewing skills, it will be perfect.
VERY stretchy band, I think. My 32 panache have been feeling too tight, but I had to fasten on the tightest hook and I'm pretty sure it will stretch out enough to be loose.
I tried sizing up and it seems I did not grow as much as I thought I did. Slightly big on my bigger side, crazy big on my smaller side. I actually like the pattern, and I even like the shape on my bigger side. This bra has amazing uplift, but I think the peak of the cup is higher than most. I would really like that if it fit right - but I'm afraid a size down would be too small.
I do like the way it looks under a shirt! I might consider keeping it if the band wasnt so big.
According to bloggers, this bra is designed to lift heavy breasts and boy does it do that! A little too much for me. The shape of the bottom of the cup does not give immediate projection. Instead my breasts are lifted up to the sky. The apex is actually pointing upward a little and there is plenty of room. The top of the cup is a reduced stretch lace and mesh. The fabric is very thick and strong but comfortable, so my breasts only slightly fold over the bottom. The gore is high and everything is enclosed. Though the cup is wide, ...everything is pushed to the front and very centered. The straps are padded and soft but fully adjustable. The band is true to size so I need an extender.
The fabric is lovely and smooth and everything is high quality. The pink roses on pink is a more mature print but not dowdy. The elasticity are thick and padded and the band is a double ply soft fine gauge mesh.
Because of my soft tissue, omega shape, and short roots, this bra actually lifts my breast and folds it over my chest so I get a crease at the top of my breast root. I saw similar action from Ewa Michalak bras so this might be great for fans of her S, FB or SF lines that have wider roots. Read more 136 more words
My shape: center-set mid-height FOB teardrop with super tall and super wide roots that give functional allover even fullness, super close center tissue, and very firm tissue that fights back when pushed around.
This review is also for the Blush/Floral colorway.
Basically, the fit problems that I have with the 30F - Panache » Thea Balconnet Bra (9261) are exacerbated by the larger cup size: the gore is even taller, more wrinkled extra fabric in the upper cup, more obvious underwire riding down due to shallowness in the bottom of the cup, and the apex is even higher. The cup edges under my arms still have little ...to no stretch and I can't really tighten the straps without hiking them right up into my armpits. Curiously, the band feels firmer, but the photos don't seem to indicate any difference, and I still tried it on the tightest set of hooks.
Definitely one for someone with shorter roots than mine!
My shape: centered mid-height teardrop with super tall roots, super wide roots, super close center tissue, allover [even] fullness (slightly on the FOB side), and firm tissue that doesn't like to be pushed around.
This review is for the Blush/Floral colorway. It is a sweet baby-pink rose print with a sheer stretch upper panel embroidered with more satin-stitched roses in varying shades of pink. Very pretty!
I suspect that this bra would work a little better for someone with shorter roots and/or more FOB than I am, because on me the top half of the cups wrinkle something awful, and it is totally noticeable under thin tops. It doesn't gape ...at all because the actual edge of the cup is flush and actually lays smooth without cutting in, but if I were to size down to nix the extra embroidered mesh (which is a little shimmery, I might add, and I really like it), the edge would totally cut into my tall roots - hence, I think it would work for shorter-rooted ladies. The bottom of the cup is also too shallow for me, as evidenced by the different sort of tension-wrinkles along the seam shown in the photos. It almost looks like the solid-fabric part would be enough of a cup on its own (for me), but upon closer examination, at the seam it also wrinkles a little and would gape. I wonder if the apex might be too high for me, too, but can't be sure because as far as I know I've never had that problem before.
The most irritating thing about the cups is actually that the armpit-edge [between strap and side seam] of the cups is very straight and VERY high in my armpit. I can't say that the straps are placed too far apart because they attach to the cup quite high up on my chest, so its definitely the cut of the cup piece. There's elastic there, but it has almost no stretch at all. I was going to see if adjusting the straps shorter would change anything about the cup fit, only to find that there was no play there - so all the adjustment is in the back length, if that matters to anyone. Perhaps there's some fit issue I usually manage to solve by tightening my straps a bit, like a gaping neckline, but regardless, this one obviously doesn't fit well and also won't shift that way.
My fullness seems to be accommodated pretty well at the wing and at the center gore, which is great! The wires are also a great shape and wide enough, although the outside edge curve is too steep for my Nike-swoosh roots and the end of the wire channel rests on top of them - the same old song and dance for me. I am conscious of them around the outside curve of my breast, though, which is unusual - most of the time I forget I'm wearing a bra, or at least don't notice the little things, so that might mean that the wires are just a hair too narrow for all my sideboob, or that the seam is just very scratchy! The wires are also too tall at the center gore and not quite high enough under my arms; I tried pushing them along the wire channel, because there is extra space, but without placing a stitch there they won't stay.
The gore is too wide and very much too tall for me, so the wires resting at the tops of their channels there rubbed some welts in the 20 minutes I was assessing it that would eventually become raw spots or blisters, I suspect. Definitely not for me.
Also not for me: the band or the itchy fabric. I could ignore both, but I think a 28 band would help with some of the gore-stabbing, and that whole riding-up-on-the-tightest-hooks thing. The fabric might soften up after the first wash, but I won't be keeping it long enough to find out. Read more 555 more words
So! This bra doesn't fit, but it sure is pretty. I'm not really a pink flowers kinda person, but I saw this on sale and had to have it. It was part of Panache 's SS2016 collection so most stores are trying to get rid of it.
My shape/size: 34J (ish), short roots, narrow, projected, soft tissue, pendulous, even to full on bottom, some center fullness (I think).
TLDR this bra would fit: someone with similar breasts to me, but who needs wider wires and has more outer fullness.
It's soft. It's pretty. I really like the extra mesh lining inside the cup. For the love of glorb Panache ...can you just make your straps fully adjustable and move them in a centimeter or two.
Considering the band is too large (causing the wires to sink past my IMF) I was impressed with how much lift and projection I was able to get. I'm not sure if the pictures really show that, or the odd shape it gave me. I think that shape is due to it being too wide in the wire. I can only describe it as a softened triangle or bullet shape. I couldn't fill the outer half of the cup so there was no roundness, just weird looking flatness before the projection kicked in at the apex/nipple/front of my breast/not sure what the technical term is. I also like how closed it is on top for daily wear; I move around a lot at work so anything that can hold me in when I'm powerwalking or bending over is appreciated. I think on the right person it would give a nice rounded shape too.
Unfortunately, thanks to the shape mismatch I really don't think there's a size this bra would work for me in.
As usual, I have to appreciate the typical Panache GG+ cup touches: extra, soft lining underneath the straps and near the hooks. I'm trying on a Curvy Kate bra right now and it could really use some of those details. Read more 231 more words
This is a lovely bra, however I found the cups too deep and wires too high. There was a fair amount of wrinkling in the lace top section of the cup. I’m quite short with short roots also. The Jasmine fit me much better in this size.
The bra is pretty and cheerful. So far seems soft and firm enough. I received it in a trade here, new with tags.
The shape is rounded natural, pushing the boobs to the front. Fits almost perfectly. There's some wrinkling on the outer part of the lace, where it connects to the lower part of the cup, but on the center and on the lower part of the cup there is no wrinkling at all. The seams are also perfectly filled, neither quadboobing nor unfilled.
I am mad, I am so mad... 30jj that stretches up 34!!! Look at the band - it constructed to ride up, it made to have the back higher than the cups, wired cups are supposed to stay low and dig into your rib-cage. Have you read those reviews: "Band does not reach as far back (as Jasmine)" - LIE!!! it does. While straps were meant to be set closer (that has not worked out either) there is nothing, I mean NOTHING to prevent them from sliding back except huge band. - No side panel for straps to be attached to (meaning no forward projection, but squishing ...some tissue under the arm), so what the point to move straps? - to squish the front (top) of your boobs. Conclusion: instead of making side panel and deepen underarm crease, they brought sides higher and squished upper outer part of your boob and creating underarm wing (side double boob), with empty fabric. and yes, the sides are higher (what the point?) when all ladies complain of high poking wires. Are we living in 21 century Panache? Is it difficult to google reviews and make conclusion? Don't you have enough smart people to gather information and analyze it? I understand, that this review may not let me sell it to you guys, but someone has to tell the truth. I will keep this sucker and alter it to show that with the needle and some desire bras can be better. Those manufactures make money and keep ignoring their customers. They refuse to put slightest effort into better constructing bras. Learn from Polish bra makers - they are flexible and develop quickly. Read more 172 more words
I was waiting for this cut since it was announced since it is supposedly based on my personal favorite Panache cut, the Floris. Despite the lack of reviews a few weeks after its release, I took the plunge anyway. The print fell a little flat for me, which is odd because I was very much excited about it. I'm not sure exactly why, but it feels a little plain to me. The lace is indeed stretch, but it offers only minor give; it's relatively firm and completely unlike lace from Jasmine/Andorra. I actually do like this type of stretch upper panel quite a bit, I feel it would ...be more forgiving than Floris's stiff mesh. I was a little disappointed in some aspects of the construction, most notably being the power net for the band panels. Floris has this luxurious silky fabric that makes the bra feel very high quality and smooth, while Thea has the ever-so-slightly scratchy power mesh. This may be good for summer, perhaps. The cup's construction seemed to be made with materials similar to Floris.
As for the fit: Compared to my 36HH Floris, the 36HH Thea does not allow for quite as much center fullness, therefore the gore floats enough to stick a finger underneath it. I did not have any quadding, however, so I'm not sure how sizing up in the cup would work for me. Because the band is a light pink, it is not terribly firm, and I would say that it is true to size for light-colored Panache balconettes.
The biggest turn off for this bra was the insane shape it gave me. I am not a stickler for shape problems - I accept that a few Panache cuts can make me a bit pointy (Jasmine, Andorra), while others give me a very round look (Floris, Envy to some extent.) Thea, however, gives me the most abnormal shape I've ever seen, quite pointy with odd cutting in along the outsides. I attached a drawing I made that helps me illustrate what happens with this cup on me. This shape can be seen in the model's photograph slightly (I took it as a fluke mismatch of cut and model), and it is made much more apparent in larger cup sizes. This issue was also likely further complicated by my softer breast tissue. I'm not really sure who will be able to find a match in the Thea, but this odd shape has me shipping Thea back ASAP. Read more 304 more words