So today I’ll be a reviewing a bra I was sure was going to work for me: the Freya Ooh La La in 28E. It’s supposedly a sister cut to the Arabella, so I was sure that it would be a good fit. Unfortunately, Ooh La La runs VERY large in the cups and is more like Arabella’s second cousin once removed than her sister. This brings us to the next topic of the day: alterations. For a lot of us, it can be tough to find a bra that fits perfectly off the rack. In the immortal words of Tim Gunn, “make it work!”
Yikes, these are some pretty glaring signs of a bad fit. There’s wrinkling all over the cups, zero lift, and the gore is digging its way to China. In addition, the band (as per usual for Freya) is too large and is not giving proper support. Overall, this bra just is not working for me. Unaltered, the cup depth is 9.25 inches (23.5 cm) and cup width is 4.8 inches (12.2 cm). This makes it an incredibly narrow and projected 28E. In fact, this is deeper than any 28F cup I’ve ever experienced. If you’re looking into this style, size down! The band is loose for a 28, coming in at 28.5 inches (72.3 cm) stretched. This isn’t enough for most people to want to size down in the band, but it’s something to be aware of if you’re at the smaller end of a size.
Aesthetically, I’m a big fan of the Ooh La La’s design. The mesh is cool, comfortable, and perfect for a hot climate. The geometric pattern at the edges of the cups is unexpected and adds an interesting touch to an otherwise basic bra. The light pink color may function as a nude for some pale-skinned ladies.
Anyways, on to the fun part: creating a franken-bra! 🙂
I knew I needed to reduce the cup depth of this bra while making it less open on top, so I folded in the top section of the cup to make the geometric pattern start at the strap. I stitched (badly) on the edge of the cup and through the elastic at the bottom of the strap where it connects to the cup.
I put the knots on both sides in between the fold where I brought the cup over the strap to prevent skin irritation.
So here’s how it looks with one side done:
As with all alterations, I would recommend trying it on periodically while you sew to make sure that you like what’s happening. As you can see, here there is a big improvement on the altered right side.
Now that I was on an alterations roll, I decided to shorten the band as well using a method from All’s Fair in Love and Lingerie.
So again, I’m not a great seamstress by any means, but I’ve accomplished my goal. By taking in each side a very small amount at the boning, the band now only stretches to 25.5 inches (64.5 cm). Success!
Anyways, on to the pictures of my new, fitting bra!
Look how much improvement there is in cup fit! I’ve gained a lot of lift through my alteration and reduced the cup depth to my ideal of 8.7 inches (22.1 cm). I have to say, this bra still has the most immediate projection of any I’ve tried. If you can never get wires to stay in your IMF, try the Ooh La La. It’s an extremely projected, FoB style. Supposedly, it’s more open on top than Arabella, but I would still avoid it like the plague if you’re FoT. I would say it’s a great alternative to Polish bras for narrow and projected ladies in this size range who are FoB to even.
These wires are the perfect width for me! At 4.8 inches, they’re pretty close to the narrowest available with this cup depth. They are flexible, softer wires so they will stretch to some degree to fit a variety of shapes. The alteration has fixed the wrinkly upper section I had. These cups now fit like a glove!
As is typical of an unlined bra with this much projection, the side view is not spectacular. My breasts are lifted, but they aren’t rounded. Something about the upper section is still a bit flattening. Overall though this bra is now very comfortable and compatible with my shape.
The alteration I did on the band did make the straps wider set in the back. To me, that’s worth it for the added support and comfort of a fitting band.
Overall, I’m thrilled at the results of my alterations and excited that I managed to rescue this lovely bra from its exile at the bottom of my drawer. Have any of you had luck with alterations? How have your victims turned out?
Other Reviews of the Freya Ooh La La
Becky’s Boudoir: 30GG
Two Cakes on a Plate: 30GG