Fantasie Rebecca: Altered and Reviewed
Months ago, Cha of Large Cup Lingerie was kind enough to send me the Freya Lacey balcony bra when my size was fluctuating and I didn’t have very many options. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me at all, which you can read all about here. Cha asked if there was anything else I would like as a replacement, and at around that time I had been considering branching out to 30 bands and having them altered. Enter the Fantasie Rebecca in a 30F, altered to a 28FF.
When I first got this bra, it was very large in the band, larger than other 30s I’ve tried (I think it was fairly average for Eveden though, whose bands tend to run looser than other full-bust companies). I could stretch it all the way to 32 inches. I thought I might need somewhere in the ballpark of three-four inches removed from the band, so I called a well established seamstress in my area to ask how it would be done, how much it would cost, etc. Instead of getting good advice, I was shot down immediately because I wanted more than two inches total removed from the band (I was literally told it is “impossible” to do. Hmm). Even though the logical part of my brain knew that you could remove more than two inches by simply moving the strap placement, the shy part of my brain freaked out and ended the conversation as soon as possible. I’m not going to give the name of said seamstress, because I have it on good word that she is very good, but I’ll certainly leave my bra concerns to someone else.
From here I decided to ask the only person I could think of, Sarah, the shop owner of Ohhh Lulu! I told her about my alteration issue and she agreed to do it. Just to be safe though, she didn’t want to remove any actual fabric, since removing three-four inches is quite a lot of fabric, and she wanted the alteration to be reversible. I sent the bra off to her, and a few weeks later received it again. Sarah simply folded and sewed down the fabric, “removing” 3.5 inches total. I could fasten the bra, but it was rather right, so I wore it with a full extender for a little while. From here, I knew that 3.5 inches was too much to remove, and decided to go with 2.5 for the final alteration(since the band was sewn down in two locations, the stretch of the band was quite limited. 3.5 inches wasn’t too far off, but the method that was used to alter the band made it feel even tighter).
I think this is where I started getting impatient, as I just wanted to wear this bra. I think a little crazy person crawled into my brain, because before I knew it I was ripping stitches and cutting fabric. I just spur of the moment decided to alter the bra myself. I cut 1.25 inches from both sides of the band, and began removing all the parts that I would need to reattach later: the hook and eye closures, some fabric to finish off the edges of the bra, and the straps had to be removed at the back, as their location had to move when I cut the fabric. The whole process went fairly smoothly and only took about two and a half hours to do by hand. And the best part is that it actually fits (though it does look kind of like Dr. Frankenstein did the alteration). I’m decently proud of the alteration given that it was my first attempt at something like this. I’ve done little sewing projects before, but nothing like altering a bra!
Now, onto the review!
The Rebecca is a molded cup bra made of spacer fabric. This kind of fabric is lighter and more breathable than the average molded bra, and conforms to your shape, rather than your boobs trying to fit into the mould of a more rigid cup. I was willing to go through the lengths that I did to alter it because spacers bras are not available in 28 bands (yet! I have hope). This fabric feels like a dream! It conforms to my shape perfectly, and the beige colour is light enough to function as a nude bra for me.
The cups seem to run pretty true to size (perhaps a touch big, not enough for me to need to size down), but some have found that they need to size down in the cup because the spacer fabric is so stretchy. It is very full coverage with a tall center gore, which is exactly what I was looking for. My size seems pretty stuck in the plunge style when it comes to t-shirt bras (cleo jude, freya deco…), and I just wanted an everyday t-shirt bra, sans cleavage, sans plunging neckline. I’ve heard from many that the band on the Rebecca is quite firm, but I found that it ran loose as a 30. However, now that I’ve altered the band, I think I know what everyone is talking about. The fabric doesn’t have much stretch, so I could see how it would feel firm even though it doesn’t actually seem to run tight, if that makes sense. The straps are technically half adjustable, but it’s quite easy to slide the adjusters over the detailed front half of the straps.
Rebecca’s shape is really round and quite lifted, but this bra doesn’t really gather the tissue toward the center of the chest. Compared to a PL bra from Ewa Michalak, for instance, the Rebecca gives me a more subdued profile and wider appearance from the front. a PL would give me a more projected profile, and narrow view from the front. I’m not really miffed by this, as I really like the profile, and don’t mind looking wider. This bra seems to have a minimizing effect, which suits me perfectly for everyday wear. The wires feel like a medium width, not particularly wide or narrow, and very comfortable. I don’t really notice the wires when I wear this bra.
I did mess up my alteration a little bit. First of all, I trimmed a bit too much off the band after my initial cuts of 1.25 inches on both sides. I probably ended up removing something like 2.8 inches total. The band is a bit tighter than I would like, but not terribly so, and I’m sure it’ll stretch out soon. I also didn’t have any proper fabric for re-attaching the straps to the bra (which I didn’t realize until after I cut them…), so I ended up using some teal ribbon that I had lying around. This was fine for a few wears, but it is starting to tear off now. I just need to find some nice, sturdy beige coloured fabric to re-attach the straps and the alteration will be complete. Since I did the alteration by hand, and I am no seamstress, it is rough looking. I don’t really mind though, as this bra has some nice quirk to it now! Honestly though, I would not go through the effort of altering it again, though I’m glad I did once as I do really like this bra.
Fantasie: Please consider making 28 bands, at least in select styles. There is literally no spacer fabric option on the market for the 28 band demographic, and I’m quite sure many women would love to have one.
Other companies who already make 28 bands (Panache, Freya, Anyone!): Please consider making a spacer fabric option for the 28 band demographic. This fabric feels amazing!
I mainly love the Rebecca because it is a smooth cup that conforms to me, and I was sure I wasn’t alone!
I had to go down a cup size – the spacer fabric really stretched out on me. The band also released about 1″ after ~6 washings….so you may have more alterations to come.
Thanks for the tip! I updated the review to include that some may need to size down in the cup 🙂
I wish more people would get on board with spacer fabric because of how well it contours, and to be honest, the ones from the Eveden brand are hands down the best. They’re more expensive, but you get your money’s worth from the materials alone. Freya now has a spacer cup sports bra, so I’m hoping they’ll come out with a basic style in the future. Did you see they are doing a plungier version of the Rebecca in December?
I did! It looks gorgeous 🙂 Though I must say that the diamond pattern on the Rebecca is so unique that I think I prefer it to the floral on the Rebecca Nouveau (but being a sucker for florals, I love the Nouveau as well).
Erica, I love the Fantasie Rebecca. It’s my everyday bra. Which bras with Eveden would be similar? I have never heard of that brand. I am close set and full on top so I am definitely looking foward to the Rebecca Nouveau. I love the front profile I get from the Rebecca, not minimized, really round and wide.
I was also told taking in the band of two of my bras was “impossible” by two seamstresses because I needed them altered down about 1.5-2 inches! I knew it wasn’t, but I’ve had awful sewing experiences in the past and am now terrified of touching a sewing machine, so I’m still looking for someone to do it :-(. I think more seamstresses need experience with bras, honestly.
I tried the Rebecca recently, and it was super comfy but not practical for the shirts I wear- and I’d also need the band taken in. But I’m now very interested in the lower-cut version Erica mentioned!!
Rebbecca does come up a little bigger as it is a more stretchier fabrics than say the 4510 which is a rigid preform. Eveden have to to make sure they can warrant making it in 28 backs as these are usually the younger range of customers so they tend to make the Deco for these and the Rebecca is aimed for the Fantasie ladies but well done on the alteration .
Umm… Excuse me for asking this, it might come off as kinda rude and it may be very personal to you, but I’m wondering because I’m seriously considering getting this bra and altering it as well. I’m looking for a t-shirt bra, preferably a lighter one that breathes better than the typical molded ones, would you say that you’re nipples protrude a lot and often? (With a lot I mean in inches/cm) I’m sorry, if you’re not comfortable responding to this I completely understand, it’s just that I thought spacer foam provided the same coverage (nipple coverage, no high beams) but with a lighter feel. Is it just a lighter feel with less nipple show-through protection, or is this something that you often have? Do you get nipple show-through in rigid molded cups like the Deco for example? I’m very uncomfortable wearing bras that allow the nipples to say hello to the world haha, and that’s why I’m wondering because I’d love a spacer foam bra for summer if it’s just as protective as a normal molded foam bra. I got confused when I saw your review, I thought it had the same protection like usual foam bras?
Don’t worry about the question, I have no problem answering it. The spacer fabric doesn’t provide the same level of coverage as a rigid foam bra. I would never have show through in something like the deco, for example, but it can happen with this bra. I would say that my nipples don’t protrude especially much or especially frequently. Since it is a light fabric you do sacrifice a bit of nipple protection for the breathability and flexibility. I know in the front view they’re definitely showing in the bra, but for them to show under clothing I’d have to be wearing something very thin and form fitted. I don’t really own clothing like that so they don’t really show up under clothing for me, but if you wanted to wear it with very thin fabrics then you might not have as much protection as you want.
Thanks for the information. Now since reading your post, I may give this a go with my bra. Fingers crossed. 🙂
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Can you describe the difference between the Rebecca and Esme? The 32GG Rebecca is a tad too small and the Esme comes in a 32H. Does it give a similiar profile? Really round and wide? I love my Rebecca and if the Esme is similiar, I may give it a try or wondering if I should get the 34GG Rebecca and alter the band down instead. Hoping to get your thoughts!
Hello Lisa! Unfortunately I have never tried the Esme, so I’m of no use. Sorry! 😦