I do not have time to edit this to everyone's liking. First you complain there are no photos, then I'm finally able to upload them around my schedule with the problems mentioned below and now some of you are having an issue with lack of descriptions. Sorry, but I just do not have time to hold your hand along the way.
EDIT: I have WiFi for about 2 minutes at a time on my laptop. The only way I was able to fix the photos below was to spend an hour going back and forth between my phone and laptop and using whichever one I could that had the better connection, meanwhile turning wifi on and off to get it to respond. I've removed the broken photos and also their descriptions. The photos below are not in the correct order. The very last two are the sewing process. The one with the chalk line where I'm holding the cup is where you mark your stitching. Go in with the needle catching only a little of the fabric. You don't want it to go through to the outside (think of it like large tailor tacks). That's all I'm going to add. Easy fix for this...buy better quality bras and don't order through the mail. Just in the time it took to write this measly paragraph my WiFi has once again timed out so now I have to shut it off and wait just so I can update this stupid post...
One of the reasons I buy Freya is not just for their somewhat extended size range and the availability of a t-shirt bra that fits rounded boobs made of naturalness in a 28. It's also for their somewhat better quality. I'm not going to find the same type of durability or size that fits from a bra bought at Victoria's Secret, Target or Walmart - or any American brand for that matter. Sometimes...even Freya falls short on their own quality. Perhaps their QC team is made up of a bunch of monkeys, or 5 year olds, or disgruntled sweatshop workers...or all of the above? I don't know. But if I'm paying $60+ for a piece of underwear that has a tag loaded with those wretched QC stickers that leave residue to prove they've been inspected then I expect something decent! Because $60 is more than I even spend on groceries in a single week!!
That being said...last year I ordered the last of Freya's "original" shaped Deco bra: Deco Honey Plunge in Jade. (Currently they are making them all with an overstarched trim that only fits women with shallow boobs. The original design does not have this.) Upon receiving it in the mail I noticed one of the cups was badly deformed. Having to avoid shipping it back and waiting a month (Figleaves.com - overseas - they're mad slow!) I kept it and figured maybe it'd work itself out. Not only that but I ordered a larger cup size because my others were getting small and thought maybe if I wore this one enough I could mould it to my shape. Then I lost weight...! Well I gained the weight back so now I can wear it again. I had it on yesterday and Luke noticed the flaw, "If I can notice it then it must be bad!". Yes, thank you!
I searched online for a cure. The most popular result, and pretty much the only one, was to iron it with a cloth to protect the fabric. I actually tried that when I first got this but it only lasts a short while, like, 1 wear, and eventually the cup refolds.
Why does this happen? A couple of reasons:
- Shoddy workmanship!
a) The main fabric has not been cut correctly, usually because it's too short for the foam so it has to stretch over the top of the foam cup and this causes it to pull the moulding out and down. - or
b) When stitching the main fabric to the moulding, either one of them could have been pulled too much in the process resulting in the fabric being stretched and the thread in the stitches actually keeps this shape.
- The bra is old and has stretched out - except this would most likely happen equally to some degree in both cups.
- The bra has been washed/dried incorrectly. Never put them in the machine and always line dry them letting them hang from the center gore so neither the straps nor band can get stretched out in the drying process.
So why did it happen to mine? Reason 1a. There is a super quick and easy fix for this that involves chalk, thread, a thin needle, and a pair of scissors. Below are photos, pretty self explanatory but I'll briefly describe them as needed.