Ewa Michalak: PL Cielus and HP Kobalt
I’ve posted about the PL Cielus twice already in the past, but I’m bringing up the topic yet again. No matter what size I try, I can’t seem to get a perfect fit out of this bra. Here’s a re-cap of my previous experience with it:
- 28FF PL Cielus: It fit alright when I first got it, but the cups were a bit too small. I out grew it quite quickly and sold it.
- 28G PL Cielus: The cups fit nicely, but the band was too loose. I started wearing it on the second or third hook depending on the day immediately. I grew a bit more, but the cups still seemed to fit well (they were pretty roomy when I first bought the bra).
- 26GG: The band is perfect, but the cups are too small?! They *almost* fit perfectly. When I am at my smallest size of my monthly cycle I can skirt by with just a bit of doubling over, but when my size fluctuates at all it becomes unwearable. I guess I didn’t notice that the cups were a touch too small in the previous 28G because the band was a bit loose, but I believe I have also grown more.
I love the fabric of the PL Cielus, and the colour is a near perfect match for my skin tone, so I absolutely want to make this bra work. I’m holding onto the 26GG for now because if my size shrinks down when the warm weather hits, it should be a perfect fit. I’m wondering if perhaps the HP Cielus could be the answer to my issues? The HP is a halfcup style, but unlike the CH and CHP styles I tried in the past, the shape is held closer to the body rather than pushed outward.
The Cielus differs from any other EM bra I’ve tried in the past in that the seam at the top of the cup is quite tight. I do think the cup depth of my current 26GG is correct, but the cup is just too tight. The HP shape is more open on top (given its halfcup) so I think the Cielus could work for me in that style. I’ve decided to investigate the HP shape by purchasing a used bra from Ejay over at Dimpsey Bra Fit (her lovely blog is over in my Blog roll, I encourage you to check it out!). I am incredibly fortunate that she had a 26G HP Kobalt waiting to be sold, as it no longer fits her. Custom ordering an HP bra from Ewa herself can take up to a month to arrive here in Canada, and of course the cost of a new bra is greater than a used bra. Given that I don’t even know what size I need, I’d like to hold off on that whole ordering process. I’ve heard that the HP cups are quite a bit larger than the PLs, so here’s hoping that a cup size down from what I wear in PLs works out!
And perhaps I should mention how LOVELY the HP Kobalt is. I almost custom ordered it upon first seeing it on EM’s website, but ultimately decided not to. I’m very glad to be able to give this beautiful bra a shot.
Yeah, I really just don’t understand it either. I custom ordered two PLs (Stalowka and Ametyst) in a 40JJ thinking that I would have more coverage in them than the 40Js…..but seriously? They don’t fit right! The center gore won’t lay flat, the cups are the *same exact depth*…. It’s so weird. I’m not really certain how EM scales their cups (like what amount of difference in depth there is b/t cup sizes) but oh my goodness. It’s impossible to get a 100% perfect fit. I say just go with what feels right and looks right to you!
**Also, the different colors and fabrics are not cut the same. So….yeah….that’s even tougher.**
I don’t have a true source for this, but I have heard that EM sister sizes aren’t exact. Meaning a 30FF wouldn’t be the same as a 28G which wouldn’t be the same as a 26GG. I have no personal experience with it, but I’ve heard this several times during fit help requests for ladies who bought a 30 band who really need say a 26 band. I wonder if that’s the issue, or if there’s any truth to this at all?
Hi Lily! Yes, there is some truth to that. I do find that as a general rule though that I need to size up in PLs, and have historically done well in my usual UK size with CHP bras. I do think there is some level of consistency within the different EM styles, though the bands can be quite all over the place sometimes. I’m also not sure if there’s any truth to this statement, but I’ve found that EM’s newer styles seem to be a bit more consistent.
So trying an HP bras at a lower cost first may give me an idea of how they fit, even if I can’t know for sure that my size will be exactly the same from one bra to another 🙂