I know longline bras are one of the pinup staples but it can be difficult to make an investment in something you aren’t sure will fit or flatter you. So I tried a cheap longline bra I bought from Ebay to see if it’s worth it! I puchased it from the store Value Heaven and I obviously bought black, but it is also available in white.
This bra size range is from 34-46 back size and B-DD cup sizes. At the moment I am a 32E so I purchased the 34DD and decided to make a small alteration to take it in. The waist measurement on the 34DD unstretched was 27” and it stretched out to 36” which is a huge amount of stretch and meant it didn’t have a lot of shaping on me. I think on a 34 band size it would be a much better fit and wouldn’t need taking in.
The before is above and the after is below. As you can see I took a large amount of fabric out of the wing. I did this through the same method as my Taking in a Bra Tutorial. The finished measurements were 22” unstretched and 29” fully stretched, this fits my 28” waist very snugly now.
One issue I had with quality was that one of the hooks from the second row was missing when I received it, as you can see above. Of course being a cheaper option it was going to have some quality compromises. The back strap elastic sewn to the back of the wing isn’t finished and is just a raw edge, but as this doesn’t fray it isn’t an issue. The sewing is relatively even and there aren’t any other glaring issues.
This is a lot more of a softer shape compared to more structured reproduction bra makers such as What Katie Did or Secrets In Lace. The fabric is stretchier and the foam in the cups is a lot less rigid. I like this for a more subtle and natural look and feel. I also love that it has no wires! I find due to the longline and fitted nature there is no issue with it gaping on me and my breasts still feel very secure.
The cups have a rather wide set shape, so your bust may not have a huge amount of forward projection. The breast tissue is still fully contained, it is spread more to the side of the cups and bra. For people with wider set breasts this will probably work amazingly for you.
The lace is different to the Ebay model, which is something that isn’t too unusual in the lingerie industry. Due to availability and cost materials can change between the model and actual versions. I actually like this lace a lot more than the one modelled. The elastics, findings and main body fabric are still the same.
The low back is extremely versatile as you can wear it with deeper cut garments and you will still have a sleek silhouette. I also love bras with low backs as they look so beautiful.
I do want to address any thoughts as to this bra seeming familiar. I believe this is the same cut and made in the same factory as the old House of Satin styles. As you can see in this review by Quirky and Curvy it is almost identical to the bra I am wearing. House of Satin have since reworked their line and produce more polished and styled garments. I like that very afforable still exists AND it’s made in the UK!
I bought the bra here from Value Heaven and it cost me around $30NZD including shipping. No you aren’t getting incredible quality or a structured garment but for only $30 this is a good way to take a dip into the world of retro lingerie without spending a huge amount of money. I would recommend this bra for people just getting into this style of lingerie and on a strict budget. For seasoned veterans it isn’t worth it, I will continue to wear it as it is the only longline bra that currently fits me.
Brands I really recommend for vintage lingerie and longline bras are: What Katie Did, Triumph, Secrets in Lace and Dita Von Teese. Search “Longline” in my search bar to find other reviews of longline bras I have covered in my series ‘The Great Longline Bra Quest’.