I went for my usual size in this bra, 60G, because my 65FF HP Cielus fits in the cups but is too big in the band. I don’t know what it is with Ewa’s band sizing but in the PL and CH/CHP that I’ve tried, the 65 is too big and the custom 60 is too small, so I’m going with a 60 band and wearing an extender.
60G is a custom order and I also requested a 3 hook fastening, which means that it was non refundable if it didn’t fit, and cost an extra 20pln, which I really do not agree with/think is fair, and why I put off making an order for so long.
The bra came within about 3 and a half weeks of ordering, not bad for a custom order, and I am really very pleased with it. The cups are a perfect fit, the band with an extender is perfect and it’s a gorgeous bright red with creamy silver accents on the band. The only problem, and very big problem, is the strap placement. The straps are almost under my arms, which is uncomfortable and also means that moving my arms around makes the cups gape. A lot of petite women have this problem with the CHP, which is a brilliant bra otherwise, so I decided to move the straps. This is not meant to be any kind of tutorial, I am not qualified to show anyone how to alter bras, just wanted to show you what I did.
1. Unpick the stitched holding the strap on. This is not easy, they are sewed on tight, but keep at it.
2. Pin the strap in different positions and find out where is best for you, I moved mine about 2 cm inwards.
3. Sew the straps back on by hand and check the fit again, then machine sew them with 2 rows of straight stitch, emulating how they were attached in the first place.
4. Neaten up the edges where the straps were removed, possibly add more bows in the new strap position which I intend to do just for aesthetics.
I know there are better ways to do this, Dressing curves has a better, more professional looking way of doing this, here. But I’m very happy with how my alteration went, and the bra is so much more comfortable and fits better now 🙂
So, after the alteration I can give this bra a much more optimistic review.
The shape is rounded and projected, but not rounded like the deco shape, more of a natural looking teardrop shape. The wires are narrow, typical of EM, but perhaps wider than the PL and about the same as the CH (only other styles I’ve tried). The band is very firm, and I think without the extender this would be a good fit for someone who needs a 26 band.
Overall, I love the bra and it was worth buying and altering. Despite the extra cost and non-returnable status, I will probably buy another CHP in the future, I LOVE this shape: