When writing this, I can honestly say I have been through about 50 different bras in the past (one look at my bratabase account will confirm this – which I have not updated for a long time!) and the struggle to find the best fit had been real until I found Ewa Michalak. If you do research online you will find some scathing reviews of Ewa concerning size consistency, Paypal fees and even abruptness when dealing with customers. I won’t defend or provide a lengthy rebuttal to any of these arguments but what I will say is given the independence of her brand some of these issues really are non issues. Given her bras are all hand sewn and not done in a major factory setting by machines there will be, on occasion, issues with size consistency. This is the reality of hands being involved instead of machines. As of late, I have not heard many complaints concerning size consistency so she has been taking steps to improve this. As to Paypal fees, again, I reiterate that she is an independent business who does not have the luxury of taking on excess expenses or cutting into her profit margin too far. This means her customers get to pay the Paypal fees. As to abruptness I would suggest that some of it may be language barrier involved – her customer service team is in Poland and English would be their second language and what seems “abrupt” to an native English speaker is likely being lost in translation from Polish.
Nevertheless let’s get to the good stuff shall we? Ewa has become my go to brand for my band and cup size – her attention to form and function is extraordinary and in my trials I have yet to find a bra that fits well and functions perfectly. Not to mention the comfort level is beyond any other I’ve tried. I can easily wear her bras for 12 hours and not be wanting to tear it off at the end of the day. That, to me, for my band size is worth the extra Paypal fees and a chance the sizing may be slightly off. Not to mention her bras accommodate some flux in sizing that I have yet to find with any other brand. The cookie inserts allow at least a cup size variation throughout the month and handles asymmetry with grace. Slip the cookie into your cup on your smaller side and it boosts enough to give you a more symmetrical fit and shape.
I also like wearing her bottoms with the bras I’ve purchased. The only pet peeve I have with them is the largest size is really only a 20/22 and as we all know, plus sizing should go higher to accommodate more plus size options. Perhaps she will expand this sizing in the future – crossing my fingers as her band sizing is very generous already.
The CHP cut is definitely on the top of my list for fit for my FOB and pendulous shape. With the CHP I have paired stockings from Glamory Hosiery and Kix’ies. Both of these brands have fabulously fitting thigh highs for plus sizes. If you are into stockings or considering them, I highly recommend both brands! My corsets are from either Orchard Corset or Mystic City Corsets. Orchard Corset is a great starter brand and reasonably priced if you are considering waist training. Mystic City is also another brand that is reasonably priced and does give more dramatic curving to their corsets. I am not into waist training per se but if you are, please do your research first.
And recently I have ventured into Ewa’s SF cut because well, when I saw the Queen set I really just could not pass it up! SF is a semi-soft cup and like the CHP I take the same size (95F). The SF is a much fuller cup style compared to the CHP but overall I was pleased with the fit plus matching bottoms! I paired this set with stockings from Kix’ies and also garters from Ewa herself. Ewa’s garters are quite unique in that there is an extra layer of tulle sewn in where your thighs touch each other. Another genius move from an independent maker who considered function alongside form. Who couldn’t use a little extra protection for thigh rub?!