Monday, February 13, 2012

More Bra Stories

So, the Curvy Kate Criss Cross (Lord, that alliteration is irritating) arrived in the bigger size and it fits fabulously. It's amazing what a difference a cup size makes. Note: The cup size up feels much looser in the back as well, strangely. Like too loose. I actually put it on the second hook first wear. So not my preference. Oh well. Not sending it back again or all of the sale savings will have been lost in return shipping charges. (I wonder if the first bra I tried was anomalously small in the back cuz this one is so much looser.)

I must be on a kick because I couldn't stop myself from ordering the Freya Nieve Long Line Bra:

It matches these cute undies:


I've been wanting this thing for a long while but I've held off because the cups are lightly padded. I don't do padding. I don't know what voluptuous woman does, frankly, but there must be a bunch of them out there, since there are so many padded large-cup bras, it's crazy.

Here's why I finally took the plunge:
  • The vertical cup construction intrigues me. I want to study it.
  • The padding is apparently almost inconsequential, according to various reviews I've read - all of which were remarkably positive.
  • It's long line. You know of my obsession.
  • It's comes in 30 and 32 back sizes so those of us who don't have 34 inch plus rib cages can still get in on the action.
  • It's pretty!
  • I am obvious need of more lingerie in my wardrobe.

10 points if you can tell me which one of the previous bullets is not true :-)

In truth, I'm concerned it's going to be too small a) cuz I read it fits small after buying it (Note: I did look high and low for evidence of this before purchase but couldn't find any then, natch) b) cuz the last bra I bought was so I'm a bit flippy and c) padded bras tend to fit small. I wonder if the vertical seams in the cup will make things tighter or looser than a regular 3-piece cup construction (having diagonal seams). Could I have ordered 2 of this bra in different sizes when I was buying? Yes, but I decided to live on the edge. Again.

I'm also a bit concerned that the bra is not going to flatter if it's too long in the line and it meets up with my flabodmen (ha! I just made that up!). It looks to stop before the waist curve on the model, but hell she's a model - with a very long waist as you can see.

I somehow managed to score this for 20% off - simply because I looked for a promo code online and it worked. I ALWAYS look for promo codes when online shopping. It's amazing how often they pay off.

The full set, including shipping, was $66.00 CDN. Incredibly reasonable, IMO. I only hope it fits and looks good. I've been playing fast and loose with the online lingerie choices lately - trying new brands or entirely new styles with unusual (to me) construction methods. It's a worthy adventure - but I have to remember not be irritable if the items don't fit when they arrive. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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  1. I'm really interested in hearing about the fit. There were tons of Freyas in my size at Nordstrom Rack, but I was not in a mood to try on bras, which means that I won't buy them either, because lesson learned already. Sigh.

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  2. Oh what a pretty long line.

    Maybe the padding in larger sizes has more to do with hiding nipples than wanting actual padding. Or the feeling of support even if it's not necessary.

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    1. I think it does, from what I've read...

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  3. I recently made KwikSew 3300 which isn't at all alike but has a vertical seam and I really like the way it fits. It's easy enough to convert a pattern to a long line bra.

    It's going to be quite fun when you figure out the how to sew a bra stuff. There's a class at BraMaker's in a week or so called MardiBra - one week about fit - that I wanted to take. I looked into it and would have called you to come with if it had worked out. Sigh... it didn't... maybe next time.

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    1. It is going to be fun - someday :-) I would love to take a bra-making class with you. One day we'll do it.

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  4. Ooh la la! I think you probably need more lingerie like I need more lingerie. HA! Then again, it is V-Day week and who couldn't use some new unmentionables this week?

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  5. Thanks for the nice post,Its really informative and valuable.

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  6. LOL! You absolutely need more lingerie, don't we always? It's funny that you purchased that longline bra--I eyed that pretty hard before deciding that with my poochy tummy it wouldn't work out. Let me know how you like it. :-)

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    1. Well, it could be a disaster. Fortunately, it's returnable :-)

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  7. That is terribly pretty---I must admit, my second thought (after the terribly pretty bit)was that the long-line would reach pretty much all the way to my natural waist. Which might be a good look, but might not.

    Here's hoping! :)

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    1. I know, it's a risk. But I'm badass that way.

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  8. I'm a well-endowed lady who likes padding. Not the kind of padding that's designed to make you look larger, and definitely not the big wedge of padding at the bottom of the cup in push-up styles. But the sort of all-over density that hides glass-cutting nipples? Absolutely, sign me up. (There is a fine line, however.)

    That's the one thing I don't like about the two Chantelle bras that are in main rotation at the moment... they're too thin, causing embarrassing visible nipples on a far too frequent basis!

    I'm intrigued by that bra, I'm looking forward to hearing what you have to say about it. I like the idea of a long-line bra that doesn't actually go all the way to the waist. (I'm also short-waisted so I always assume those would just cut into my hips in a most unattractive manner.)

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    1. I hear you and I imagine that's the value of the padding in this bra. I'll let you know how it goes.

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  9. ps - i have no idea about this brand, but goodness me do I want this one. (and the matching panties are so adorable!)

    http://www.brastop.com/SetDetails.aspx?setId=3600&Product=Gossard_Sassy_Plunge_Longline_Bra_Purple

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  10. I have no patience with online shopping, and I'm sure that eventually I'd end up keeping something I didn't want, that didn't fit, just because I didn't manage to get it sent back in time. But this price and this cuteness factor lets me see why you'd put the effort in.

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    1. It's a matter of just changing your philosophy, I think. The deals are really good. And, remember, I live quite close to 2 post offices so it's not difficult, particularly.

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    2. Yeah, that's a big difference for me. If a vendor uses Purolator, I have to fit a trip to pick up, as Purolator doesn't come to our little island (understandably). Sometimes that's really tough to manage within the pick-up window. Not so bad with post office, but still a pain.

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    3. I'd go crazy living on a little island. I mean, all the natural beauty and clean air would be awesome. But the only thing that makes being out of the fray feasible (in my insular urban opinion) is the option to get stuff sent in :-)

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  11. I tried this on and really liked it. I am very short waisted so I had to pass on it, but I wish it had fit better. It is totally adorable!!!!

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    1. Thanks for your feedback Kim. I'll let you know how it works for me.

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