Ewa Michalak CH Perelka Bra

I already own the Ewa Michalak PL Perelka and love the fact it’s a new, very feminine take on the nude bra so when I saw it was available in the CH (halfcup) style, I was keen to try it out.

I had already added the PL Violet to my shopping basket on the Dopasowana website so it made sense to throw the CH Perelka in there as well as I’d be paying 27 zlotys for postage regardless of the size of my order.

Padded Bra Pearl Beige CH Ewa Michalak

Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

As with the PL Violet, my usual size was not available so I had to size down to 32/70HH.  My CH Miętus is a 36/80H and I’ve recently returned the CH Pawie Oka 34/75HH to exchange for a 32/70J so I thought this would fit me well in the band but not so much in the cup.  I was quite correct:

Darn it!  This bra is every bit as classy and pretty as its PL counterpart but gives the same uplift, support, shape and uncovered boobage as the CH Miętus.  However, I had in effect ordered a bra that was a cup size too small, when my other CHs were already very tight in the cup, so it was no surprise that this one turned out to be beyond my reach.

The straps on this bra are fully adjustable and feature a lovely embroidered runner down the middle.  This is not only a delicate decorative touch but it will ensure the strap adjusters do not slip during wear.  The straps are slightly narrower than my PL Perelka but feel every bit as strong and as unlikely to fold over as with some EMs.

The padded cups are overlaid with the most beautiful cream lace which has a very slight sparkle to the threads used.  This gives the bra a magical shimmer effect, which is very pretty indeed.  The bra is completed with miniature bows on the central gore and at the point where the straps meet the front of the cups.

The band is less stretchy than some of my EMs but moreso than, for example, the PL Czerwona Panterka.  There are four rows of three hooks so plenty of options for adjusting, should this be required.

I will most certainly be ordering this bra in a 32/70J when Ewa Michalak restock the site next week.  I am sure this size will fit me much better and I will of course update this review with the results.



  1. Bizzy
    21 January 2012 / 19:31

    I've been following your blog and I just want to thank you for your very helpful reviews. I've been drooling over your EM bra collection and after much research on sizing I finally took the plunge. I live in the US so I wanted to carefully select my size. I went with the size the EM calculator suggested for I feel I measured myself exactly as they instructed. I also combed over your measurements on bratabase and feel I got it right. The calculator put me at a 36H and I can wear a 34/36 (I tend towards 34)band GG/H cup. I will post my results here when the bras arrive. You have the biggest selection of EM bra reviews so I just wanted to contribute here for I think that will be most helpful. I will also post on bratabase. Thanks again for all your help. Sorry for the long post.

    • CurvyWordy
      22 January 2012 / 13:32

      Hi Bizzy, thanks so much for your kind words. I do hope your order turns out well for you and I look forward to hearing how you get on 🙂 x

    • Bizzy
      1 February 2012 / 23:31

      My bras came in today but I was not home to sign for them. Ack! I will go to the post office tomorrow to pick them up (I can't wait!). BTW I ordered them on Jan 21st and they arrived Feb 1st. That's an impressive delivery time from Poland to the US.

    • CurvyWordy
      3 February 2012 / 00:11

      Ooh I am so excited to hear what happened! This is better than a cliffhanger on Eastenders!Ewa Michalak have always despatched my orders extremely promptly too. The despatch time in your case is even more impressive when you consider they had a huge order backlog from being closed over Christmas and New Year.

  2. Bizzy
    8 February 2012 / 13:21

    And now the moment of truth. I thought Ewa Michalak bras would be the answer to my bra dreams and I was right. Even though I still need to work out my exact size I know that these are now the only bras I ever want to buy. I have had two kids and find it very challenging to find a bra to hold the girls up . These bras do the impossible. I haven’t seen my girls this lifted ever. As far as sizing the EM calculator put me at a 36H and it was pretty accurate. I normally wear a 34GG/H (leaning toward H these days) in UK brands. My underbust measurement is 34 in. I think that EM bras work with a woman’s body so well that you could fit in a couple different sizes without compromising comfort, fit, and support. It’s just a matter of one’s own preference in how they like their bra to fit. I ordered three bras in 36H.First I tried the PL Malachit. This was the most comfortable bra I had ever put on and most importantly the underwires did not pinch my sides which is a common problem for me. I agree that the bands are tight but not uncomfortably so. But after wearing it for awhile the band seemed to get tighter so I am going to try a 38 band next time. Although the bands are stretchy when you pull them by hand, they do not stretch on the body. They hug you tight. Also this bra did not have fully adjustable straps which was the ultimate deal breaker. I needed to adjust much more than the bra straps allowed. In the future I will only purchase fully adjustable straps. The cup size was accurate although if I could pull the straps up more I might want to try a cup size up as well.Next I tried the CH Toffik. This bra gave a beautiful shape under clothes but unfortunately I don’t think the CH style is for me. This bra came up too high in my armpits which is a problem I have with a lot of bras. The PL style came nowhere near my armpit which was a welcome change. I wanted to love this bra so badly but I can’t deal with armpit bras anymore. That is one of the major reasons why I was still on the search for the perfect bra. The band was just as firm as the PL Malachit. The final bra is the HP Turkus. This bra went into my armpits a little but not uncomfortably so and not as badly as the CH style. This band felt the least tightest of the three but still firm. This is the only bra I kept and after wearing it a few days I feel comfortable with ordering a 38 band next time. I noticed that the Turkus has a double layer mesh band and the other two bras had a double layer solid fabric band. I think this attributed to the PL and CH feeling tighter.While all three bras fit in the cups I think I might be able to wear a cup size bigger. My exchange order includes the PL Garden, PL Retro, and HP Cielus in 38GG and the PL Toffik in 38H for comparison. It can be pricey with all the shipping charges but I feel these bras are well worth it. The fabrics are divine to the touch and the range of choices is amazing for us bigger gals. Even though the bands felt tight they were still not cutting me but rather hugging me. The materials are magic. To anyone wanting to try EM measure exactly as the website instructs and don’t be scared to go up a couple sizes in band or cup if you need to. The tight underbust measurement has to be super tight. The measurements on bratabase are also very helpful (and there’s a bunch of them thanks to Curvy Wordy! ; )). Good luck!(Sorry if this is a double post. I don't think it went through the first time.)

    • CurvyWordy
      11 February 2012 / 09:59

      Wow, I am so pleased to hear that you were happy with your bras, even if some were the wrong style/size for you. I agree that the PL bra wires do not go anywhere near one's armpit but the CH and HP do. So thrilled to hear that another person has discovered the miracle that is Ewa Michalak bras!

  3. lynsey
    16 February 2012 / 21:18

    EM's sizes confuse me, I measure 32" underbust and wear a 32HH/J, according to the calculator on the EM site I would be a 36DD which in UK sizes would be awful on me. EM bras get such a lot of love online that I really want to try them but I think I would need to order a ton of sizes 🙁

    • CurvyWordy
      19 February 2012 / 17:31

      Aww Lynsey, don't give up! It's definitely worth the investment of time and a bit of money to find your correct EM size. I would say go for a 75/34 band (I measure the same as you underbust and this is usually a good fit as EMs are tighter than UK brands). I think the DD would be way too small for you so maybe order a couple of larger cup sizes and see how you get on…? Alternatively have a look on Bratabase as I have all the measurements from my EMs (and others) on there so you might be able to work out your cup from there x

    • lynsey
      19 February 2012 / 23:05

      Thanks for the advice xx

  4. Bizzy
    23 March 2012 / 18:15

    I finally got my exchange order and it was well worth the wait. I got all 4 PL's: black 38GG, Toffik 38H, Perelka 36HH, and Violet 36HH. The black is too small in the cup so the bra is a little uncomfortable. I will probably sell it on ebay. The Perelka and Violet are so beautiful. The band feels a smidge tight but I feel that it will loosen with time(as everything does). The HP Turkus I have is 36H and I have to put that on the second hook now (the cup is a little small though). The Toffik in a 38H does not feel too tight but is still firm. It is very comfortable. I think my Ewa size will end up being a 36HH. The cups fit so perfect in that size and finally I have a bra that does not invade my armpit. I will wear them for a month at least before ordering more so I can see what size will end up working out best.I just finally got to try Curvy Kate as well. I am a 34HH in their bras for anyone trying to figure out their Ewa size. The portia bra is amazing and gives me a rounded shape. However CK bras go into my armpits so I couldn't keep any of them. I would encourage everyone to give them a try though. They are not pointy like I thought they would be. I'll stick to my EM bras for now. Thank you for your posts which led me to the bra maker of my dreams.

    • CurvyWordy
      25 March 2012 / 21:55

      Aww Bizzy this is a great comment, thank you for taking the time to update me on your EM quest. It can take a while to find your correct size (and I am finding I need a smaller band than ever as seem to have lost some weight so will be trying to work my size out all over again!) but once you get there it's definitely worth it. It's a great idea to wear the bras for a month or so before reordering and from what I hear they sell well on eBay so you shouldn't end up missing out too much financially, if at all. Also you could list on the selling section on Bratabase. It's a shame Curvy Kate didn't work out for you but it might be worth trying various designs as they do come up differently. I am going to a fitting event next month which should be really interesting in this regard (and very exciting!).

  5. Carys
    7 April 2012 / 12:14

    Hi! I just wanted to say I discovered your blog yesterday when searching for reviews of Kris Line – and I was completely converted to the world of EM! While I'm fortunate to be on the cusp of bigger bra sizing (G/GG, depending on the bra) it was so incredibly refreshing to see so many beautiful bras available in my size in one place – all thanks to you! What an expensive discovery :)I also wanted to say I love your blog and style of writing – also, your figure and boobs are absolutely to die for. A new blog crush for me! 🙂

    • CurvyWordy
      7 April 2012 / 12:33

      Aww thanks Carys, that's a really lovely comment :-)EM are certainly an expensive discovery but one which I am sure you will never regret. The lingerie is not actually all that expensive but the fact you'll want every single item they sell could easily break the bank!So pleased to have you as a new reader x

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