I really went through the stages with this bra. I have been wanting to try Sculptresse for ages now but haven't been able to get a good deal on one. At first, I was ready to send it back. It's advertised as a full cup bra but gave me way more cleavage and uh, bounce than I was expecting. That's not a bad thing! I don't know if it's me or the bra, but it fits me more like a balconette.
But wow, what a balconette it is. At first I was sure it was going back because I had so much gaping in the mesh ...at the top of the cup, reminiscent of my struggles with the Tango II balconette. However as I started moving around the house (and adjusted the wire to better settle into my IMF) everything smoothed out, and quite nicely at that. My breast tissue is very soft and malleable; once I got everything settled the wires actually sat quite firmly in my IMF. Even with the most comfortable bra I have the urge to put them back in place during the day. Honestly, I'd kinda chalked it up to a nervous habit. I love the round shape it gives me.
As usual, the wider set straps drive me nuts. They're closer set than usual for Panache as you'd expect with a (technically) full cup bra, but still a little too wide set for me. To make things worse, they're not fully adjustable. They are padded with soft fabric per usual for Panache and larger sizes. I am having some luck with silicone bra strap holders.
I know Bratabase shows this bra as not fitting me, but I'm really pretty happy with it. I like Panache bras more than they like me, so I'm happy that Sculptresse might be a good option for me. Read more 201 more words
I have finally found a band that is firm enough to not roll in the back when I sit down. Yay!
However, I'm not sure the cup width is right for me. I'm having a lot of trouble determining my breast root width is. I have pushed on my breast tissue to see if I could find any definition of where my breast tissue ends and my underarm fat begins, but no luck. With the last bra I reviewed, (Elomi Eva Bandless) I noticed that the underwire dug into my underarm fat. I've been wearing it for a few weeks, and it still does that, but is tolerable ...throughout the day. I'm having the same problem with this bra, but the wires are moved forward more. It doesn't hurt, but you can see it is pushing in on the sides. The wires are also digging into my armpits when I sit. I guess they are too long? I'm not too keen on deconstructing a brand new bra. I may just sew some cushioning in that area, along with the top of the gore, as that is rubbing on my fuller side.
As for the cup volume, it's a great fit, till you get to the top of the cup in the clear mesh area. It seems I'm continuing to have this same shape issue in all the bras I've purchased so far. (Not all I've tried are listed.) The top mesh area is too big, and it's super loose and wrinkly there, making my breast tissue squishy/wiggly because it's unconfined. I plan to tack in the top part of the cup with some creative sewing. That should help confine my upper tissue.
I do like the up front look this bra gives me. I have a feeling Polish bras would be good for me in the projection area, but since the wire length is so short on them, I'm not sure if they will be comfortable for my breast tissue. Read more 223 more words