If you are in the Sculptresse size range (why can't you expand this, Panache?), can tolerate heavy Panache wires, and don't have super close center tissue, YOU NEED THIS BRA!!!
I'm sorry to shout, it's just the softest, most comfortable bra I've ever had the pleasure of putting on.
First of all, very soft fine microfiber double-bagged band and appropriately tensioned, perfect width elastic means band is smoothing and doesn't roll. The band should be more durable as well (I would need to wear it awhile but that's what I've heard for other bras that are built like this, for instance, Sculptresse Chi Chi). It is ...quite firm (tts but not likely to stretch much more than the band number).
The cup fabric is also incredibly soft and silky. The mesh and top stitching and elastic do not itch and are appropriately tensioned so there is no cutting in or in cup quadding.
The cup is a four part cut and sew with center pull straps. The design is basically an Elomi Rita/Caitlyn/Cate (two bottom panels, one long side sling panel, a top mesh piece) but way way better. First, the wires are narrower and won't stretch back like Elomi wires. Second, the bottom panels are narrower, producing a very round vs. pointy profile. Third, the tension on the top elastic and the stretchy mesh ensure room for full on top breasts, while those who are fob will probably have a perfect fit in a size down from their normal Sculptresse size. Fourth, there is more room for center fullness. This size Sculptresse is almost identical in size and dimensions to an Elomi Rita 40H, as an FYI for fit.
The gore, wings, and wires are comparable to some of Panache's narrowest offerings making this excellent for women in this size range on the narrower side of things.
The cup is tts, comparable with other Sculptresse and Panache bras in the same size or sister sizes. There is less apex projection than some styles like Jasmine, and less than Curvy Kate in sister sizes. However there is plenty of projection at the wire.
The color is a glorious rich red, a little bluer than most reds I've been seeing lately. It's really lovely. The shape is round and natural. It's pretty luscious all around. Read more 292 more words
I'm solidly in between a 38 and a 40 now and this band size is perfect for me. It is firm on the first hooks because the band fabric is so firm. The band tension is right for someone of my size and shape (H or A shaped back). While I liked the extra cup room/apex projection of the 42H, there is still plenty of room in this bra and the scaling of the gore and wings is better for me. It's nearly a perfect fit. In this size ...I can see the room for my center fullness being used. No flat center with my breast tissue pushed under my armpits like the Elomi bras. It's really an elegant, perfect bra. I hope they keep using this kind of scaling and band materials and make the bra in a range of nudes. A++ bra, the best plus sized bra I have ever bought.
I usually fit a Panache 38J or JJ, so plan your size accordingly. FOB can certainly size at least one cup down from their usual Panache size I bet. Read more 101 more words
My breasts are center-full, pendulous, FOB, and I have a lot of squish in my band measurement. My center-fullness is usually my dominant fit requirement. I suspect I have somewhat short roots, and narrow-to-average roots for my size. I also have narrow, somewhat sloped shoulders.
So, this bra was probably never going to fit me but I'm so excited about Sculptresse expanding their size range, I wanted to try it anyway. It has plenty of projection and could work for both FOB and FOT types, and those in between. The main reason it didn't work for me is my center-fullness.
I'd recommend this bra to someone who wanted a ...Panache version of Elomi Cate/Caitlyn or Goddess Keira/Kayla. It's a very similar bra with narrower (but not crazy narrow, Elomi just tends to run wide) harder wires and firmer band. I suspect the mesh upper part of the cup will work better for some folks with softer tissue as well.
One thing about the band - yes, this is a Panache subbrand and yes, it's a black bra but this band was *crazy* tight. I usually go for 36 in Panache, and 34 in some Curvy Kates (36 in the rest), Freya, Fantasie, etc. I'm usually able to hook a brand new Panache bra on the first row of hooks with just a little effort - again, I have a lot of squish in that area. I am not sure how quickly this would stretch out, so consider sizing up or committing to user and extender for awhile. Read more 148 more words