Several weeks ago a few friends and I planned a trip to Royal Oak, Michigan (about 2 hours away) with three targets in mind: Haberman Fabrics, Ewe-Nique Knits, and most importantly, Bra-vo Intimates. Of course I did not take any notes or bring my camera. Growl.
1. Haberman Fabrics. Holy Mother of God. If all you have is a big box chain fabric store in your town, a trip to a Big Fancy Fabric Store is highly, highly recommended. It was truly overwhelming to step inside the door. They have an entire 15-foot long table full of rolled up silks. One friend bought some gauze for about $5.50 a yard to make some peasant blouses. The other friend bought some beautiful fabrics to make some skirts. I bought one of the fabrics that she did. I would like to go back with more specific projects in mind.
2. Ewe-Nique Knits. I had been here once before. This is a sweet little shop with lots of Rowan, mohair, and patterns. They also sell fleece, but I am not a spinner. The prices seemed comparable to other shops. The owner is pleasant and willing to chat and share information. Shop staff didn’t hover, but someone was available to answer questions. I would go again.
3. Bra-vo Intimates. I have to admit, this was a letdown. I first wrote a long and honest post about this, but then felt like I was being too negative so I deleted it. I think I had high expectations of learning more about what size is best for me, what style is best for me, and WHY these are the best for me. I really didn’t get any of that information. I did end up buying two things, one of which is the perfect bra, so I guess I can’t complain too much.
The perfect bra is the Freya Pixie. Image below is from Freya Lingerie.
I ended up in a 34″ band, though I have it on the tightest setting and it rides just the tiniest bit. I think a 32″ would probably hurt. The cup has two vertical seams, which gives a great fit and silhouette, in my opinion. I am very glad to know this fits me, so I can look on discount websites for similar Freya styles. I know the other styles I tried do not work for me, and I had pretty much given up on Freya, so I am pleased.
I also got a Panache plunge molded cup bra. Jury is still out on that one in terms of fit, but it’s better than what I had. This is also a 34″ band. The fitter told me both Freya and Panache bands fit tighter than other companies, and so far that is my experience. Other bras I own in 34″ ride up my back all day long and drive me crazy. Not so with these.
Overall, I am very glad to have made the drive to a real shop where I could try things on instead of continuing to order online and pay to ship back returns. I highly recommend finding a specialty lingerie shop and making a day of it. Find some friends, research what else there is to do in town, split the gas, and go to it!