A little bit about Custom Made Lingerie by Hopeless
Since the very beginning of Hopeless something we have always loved doing is Custom Orders. In case you don't already know about this service, we wanted to write a little bit about what is possible, alongside some pictures of the beautiful Lauren of Vixen Lingerie.
Lauren has been a loyal customer going back quite a few years, and we discovered early on that we share almost the same measurements. We have spoken a lot about which styles might work best for her, and what adjustments we can make to make each piece work in the best possible way for her shape.
This is something I love doing with customers. It can be difficult buying things online, and I really enjoy speaking with people about problems they may have had in the past, and how our items can potentially solve them. We hope you enjoy reading about some of the custom items we have made for Lauren, and please feel welcome to get in touch here if you have any questions about what we can do for you.
The Antoinette Bodysuit with an L Bust, M Waist and XL Hips
The Antoinette Bodysuit from 'The Awakening' collection is definitely one of the most complicated designs I've ever created a pattern for. I spent many hours making sure each piece, and each strap, was in the best possible position for not only a flattering cut, but also the most flexible fit. With a little adjusting of the slides this piece fit Lauren perfectly.
One of the best things about strappy lingerie is being able to adjust the fit so easily. Many customers have concerns about straps or elastic cutting in and being uncomfortable, which is why we make nearly every single strap fully adjustable. Lauren has quite a small waist compared to her hips, so for styles such as Darla, Dionne or Nadine all we need to worry about is fitting her hips, and the waist strap can adjust down to sit snugly on the waist. This also is true if you have a column or apple figure with smaller hips.
The Barbara Knickers in L
Sometimes I will design things with a particular body shape in mind, and then am totally surprised (in the best way) when I try them on. This was the most true for the Phoebe Knickers, which in turn led the way to the Giselle Knickers. I never imagined, that a cut out on my hips would be at all a good look on my pear shaped figure. But as seen on Lauren, the cut outs actually sit so gently on her curves, and sit at just the right place to compliment her shape rather than cut in.
The Lydia Bodysuit in L
I have an undying love of the 1980s. The movies, the music, the lingerie. I spent many, many hours drafting the Lydia Bodysuit for our 'Ghosts' collection as a homage to 1980s high cut teddies and rompers. I started with a vintage piece I borrowed from Tori, it was a woven bias cut one piece and figuring out a way to transform it into a plunging neckline halter was challenging to say the least. I went through at least 5 or 6 samples to get the final result, but starting with that vintage shape - even if the end result looks nothing like it - was definitely the best way to get the fit just how I wanted it. The Lydia has been one of our most popular styles, and I made one for Lauren especially for our shoot. She fit perfectly into a straight Size L, even with proportions that don't exactly fit into our size guide, it works so well for her.
The Clarice Knickers in XL
Many of our bottom pieces come in a full brief style. But we know lots of customers also like thongs, or a more cheeky cut. Something we can do for nearly any of the underwear in the shop, is convert the back to a thong. So if you like the front of the Dionne, Carrie or Selene but want a thong version, just ask!
The Lula Gingham Top in M
Something I hear all the time is that women with bigger busts wish they could wear bralettes but they need support, or they just can't find bralettes in their size. As I previously mentioned Lauren and I both share the same bust size, so creating custom sizing for her is something we could do very confidently. While a soft bralette is never going to give you the lift of an underwire, we can still make one for any size. It might just be the perfect thing to wear at home after you take off a firmer underwire, to hold you in place a little more gently. Lauren and I both wear a 10FF/10G (in US sizing that is a 32FF/32G).
Something else we can do with all our bralettes is convert the straps into plain back straps, or racerback. Basically we can mix and match nearly any of the fronts, with any of the backs. We know that the halter neck is not for everyone, so if you want Stella with a plain black, or Mina with a racerback, we can do it. There are a few pictures of when we did this for Lauren here and here.
The Lydia Bodysuit in L
One of the first knickers I ever designed were the Charlotte Knickers, way back in 2010. The idea came from looking at vintage mens magazines and all those moments of girls tugging at their underwear while still wearing a suspender belt, and the negative space created by this action. See an example here. These are so great for customers who prefer not to wear a thong, but are looking for a different way to show a bit of skin.
Lauren and I had so much fun taking these photos, we hope you enjoy them too!
Photos 35mm & Digital: Gabrielle Adamidis
Model: Lauren @ Vixen Lingerie