Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Ewa Michalak Modelująca Halka Koronkowa Lace Petticoat Shapewear 18/46

Polish lingerie brand Ewa Michalak have brought out a number of new items over the past few months, and the one I will be reviewing today is the Ewa Michalak Modelująca Halka Koronkowa (the direct translation is 'Lace Petticoat Shapewear').

Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak


This is Ewa Michalak's first shapewear offering, and I have to say I was impressed with the photos! It looked really pretty and as if it would provide a decent amount of support and smoothing. I was offered the chance to review the Modelująca Halka Koronkowa, so I asked for it in a size 18/46.


The slip is made from fabric with limited stretch so that it provides a decent fit but also compresses one's bumps and curves where necessary. It's a 'wear your own bra' kind of slip, which suits me down to the ground as the built-in ones are never anywhere near large enough in the cup for me. This way, I can wear whichever bra I want and also adjust it however I desire.

Please note that in the photos below I am wearing my Ewa Michalak PL Laguna bra 36K/80Kmy amazing Prague Lady Microfiber Opaque Hold-ups from The Big Tights Company, and some huge stiletto heels from Primark.

I am intentionally wearing no knickers (yikes!) as I wanted to show the full smoothing/shaping effect that the slip provides. As you can see from the photo collage above, there is a built-in gusset to the slip, and at first I felt like it wasn't really in the right place and didn't have enough depth to it. It felt rather uncomfortable to begin with and I kept fiddling with the slip to try to make the gusset sit in the right place. My persistence paid off, though, as after a little while it became less bothersome.







First of all I must share with you how difficult it was to get the slip on. It was quite the struggle! I decided to step into it and pull it up over my hips and tummy until it was in the correct position, and this took an awful lot of pulling and tugging and perseverance. However, once it was on and I saw how it looked on me I knew it had definitely been worth the effort, no matter how exhausting it was.

I really love the vintage underwear look that this shaping slip provides. It's not quite a girdle, but there's a very strong girdle style to the design and cut of the Modelująca Halka Koronkowa. The slip really is tight and thanks to its double layers of shaping fabrics it does a great job of smoothing out the majority of one's lumps and bumps.

The stretch lace is very pretty, and combined with a single - and in some places double - layer of thick black stretchy fabric it is very much a piece of firm control shapewear. With me I think the fact it's probably a bit too tight on my hips also contributes to the smoothing/supporting effects of this shapewear slip.

I donned my bra before putting on the slip, but of course 'wear your own bra' shapewear like this can be worn in any way you choose. I found the side boob and underarm areas of the slip helped to add a bit of extra va-va-voom to my boobs as my bra and boobs were being pushed inwards a bit from the sides. Hello extra cleavage!

The Modelująca Halka Koronkowa has fully adjustable straps that are quite a bit thinner than those I am accustomed to on EM bras, but despite that they do not dig in or cause me discomfort.

I wanted to show the lacy front sides of the shapewear slip in their full glory, so I pushed my hold-ups down a little and took a few more snaps.



Perfect! By pushing them down I was worried my hold-ups would look like Nora Batty's tights but thankfully despite the fact they got a touch wrinkled they didn't look too bad at all. I think showing just a touch of flesh between my stocking tops and the bottom of the shapewear slip is pretty darned sexy! I shall have to hunt down some hold-ups that come up lower than these ones.

For me, the Modelująca Halka Koronkowa didn't work well enough overall. My main problem is that although the slip is offered in dress sizes from 8/36 to 20/48, as you can see from my photos I am a different dress size on my waist compared to what I'd need for my hips. I requested the size 18/46 and hoped the waist wouldn't be too big, but unfortunately I have found this to be the case and at certain angles the slip hides how much I go in at the waist. I suppose this wouldn't matter if I was wearing the slip under a tight dress with a belt, but it's still rather frustrating. I have this problem with all shapewear that sits on the waist - either I go down a size or two for my waist and find the item is too tight on my hips, or I size up for my hips and find my waist is swamped. Oh, the problems of being an ultra curvy woman!

Since first publishing this post, I've been asked a few questions about recommended sizing for this shapewear slip. If you'd like to give this item a try but are unsure about sizing, hop over the the item page here and have a read, as Ewa has tried to cover off as many FAQs as possible. For sizing, she says: I suggest going for the same size you buy Effuniak briefs or size down. Do not try down to size down by two or more sizes, as instead of hiding skin folds you will highlight them even more. The elastic fabric of the slip will cut into every fold when it is too tight and the effect will be the exact opposite of what the slip was made for.

In conclusion I think the Modelująca Halka Koronkowa is a good first shapewear offering and despite my never-ending quandary of whether to size for my hips or my waist I think it generally does a pretty decent job of smoothing and supporting the lower half of my body. I'm really looking forward to seeing what Ewa Michalak comes up with next - I have seen pictures of a corset on social media so I'll be itching to give that a try if it's ever made available to the general public.


What new lingerie/shapewear items would you like to see next from Ewa Michalak? Let me know by commenting below. Personally I'd like them to design a decent sports bra, a bra-sized body, and also a vest with a built-in bra in both wired and non-wired options. I'm not looking for too much, am I?!

22 comments:

  1. You look fab! Totally agree with the lower hold-ups... swit swoo!
    I've never bought anything from Ewa Michalak but I get the newsletters and every time I read one of the emails I'm so tempted. I'm a little unsure of the sizing and sadly that's put me off so far. Shame because the bras are beautiful! xx

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment :-) If you're thinking of ordering from Ewa Michalak, do check out Bratabase (there's a link in the right hand side bar up there ^) as it's a very useful resource for helping you to work out sizing. And there's a lovely community on there too who are only too happy to help. Let me know if you do take the plunge! x

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  2. Thank-you so much for your wonderful reviews. It's great to hear about these bras before they appear on the shelf of the only retailer with them in Melbourne Australia. You write and review so well.

    I've been wearing Ewa Michalak bras for about a year now and I've just fallen head over heals in love with them. I used to wear Freya and Curvey Kate, but as I've aged and changed shape, and their basic shaping has changed I needed something more in and up, I have boobs people, I don't want them around my waist!

    As you mentioned, it would be FANTASTIC to see Ewa Michalak, someone who actually knows how to shape a bra, make a sports bra!
    I would also love to see some longlines bras for the bigger cups. With the weight of a JJ cup pressing the lower elastic edge of the bra into the skin, it can easily irritate the skin under the bust (and yes I've tried different fittings to avoid this, but it doesn't make a difference how tight or loose I wear a bra, and it happens with all brands) Freya made some longlines styles, but they refused to make them above a G cup, cup discrimination!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, and I'm so pleased you agree about the sports bra and longline ideas! Who knows what Ewa will design next... ;-)

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  3. Oh wow, I had no idea EM were making shapewear now too until I read this blog post. They have really taken the lingerie world by storm!

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    1. Yes, they really are an innovative brand and never seem to stand still. I am so excited to see what they come up with next!

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  4. Such a neat piece of shapewear. I have tried these shaping dresses before and they roll up or don't smoothe or don't do anything much at all. Good to see this one really is the business. One thing you didn't mention is if the skirt is restrictive when walking and if it moves around at all?

    P.S I would love to see a lovely body made by Ewa Michalak. She has all the beautiful fabrics, it could be fabulous.

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    1. I don't find the skirt restrictive for walking around at all. However, there is a visible line of where the skirt finishes when I sit down (and therefore when the fabric of the dress or skirt I am wearing is more stretched across my legs).

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  5. Lovely photos, shame it did not work for you. I have the same problem with all lower-body shapewear... my hips are very wide but fairly incompressible, so if an item is big enough to even put it on, it does nothing for my tummy area beyond barely-noticeable smoothing... it just slightly rearranges my softish midsection into more of a cylinder, which I don't feel to be a huge improvement. If you ever find a ready-to-wear shaping design that is suited to a bigger hip-spring I will be the first to buy!

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    1. Thanks Wendy. It's a blessing and a curse to be so shapely, isn't it? Surely designers must be able to come up with something that does the job for us small-waisted-large-hipped ladies?

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  6. This is great. I have been waiting to see a review of this before I buy because I wasn't sure about it. But I always trust your words because I know you will be truthful with what you write. I will be buying this shapewear dress as soon as I get paid :-)

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    1. Thank you for reading my reviews. I do hope you find this shapewear works for you x

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    1. Thanks - it is a great piece of shapewear that works pretty well.

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  8. Haha! You even make shapewear look good! You should be a plus size model, your curvy body could sell me anything!

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    1. Thank you so much. I like to add some finishing touches so what I'm blogging about looks good :-)

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  9. This looks fantastic! I saw Ewa brought this out a few weeks ago and I wondered if you would review it on your blog. I didn't want to buy it until I heard what you thought of it as you are the bra and shapewear guru!!!! I have a thicker waist than you so I think I will give it a try. I don't mind my thickness and curves but sometimes when wearing a tight dress a girl needs a bit of smoothing ;o) x

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    1. This will do a great job at smoothing you underneath a fitted dress. Do let me know if you decided to buy it and how you got on! x

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  10. I'm in two minds about this one - I've 10 inches difference bust-waist-hips so am unsure whether it'll fit too well. However, it looks bloody awesome and I'm debating getting it come payday.

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    1. I have a 19" difference between my waist and hips and it works pretty well on me, so I reckon you should go for it!

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