Tag Archives: custom lingerie

Custom-Made Lingerie by Impish Lee – A Review

12 Nov

Hi there folks! How are you doing? I am doing fabulous, just started my own business so been busy busy busy! I am now doing burlesque full-time, which means teaching classes and workshops, performing and producing. I am absolutely having time of my life! Still, I would like to keep the ol’ blog alive and get back to you from time to time. This time for an excellent reason!

Recently I got approached by the amazing ladies at Impish Lee, who I have written about in the past as well. Since then, the brand has grown to be quite an Instagram phenomena with its body positive imagery and a fresh take on luxury lingerie. I have been a fan since day one (thanks to my friend Jessica at Warning, Curves Ahead!) and now I got to try one their custom-made sets myself. I was so excited! *This set was sent to me as a gift by Impish Lee. All opinions are my own.*

75241163_436625356988446_485252964244520960_n74279435_1049622578703121_3704169869848084480_n

The process of ordering from Impish Lee is a bit different, if you go for a custom-made set. When I say custom-made, I mean that the customer is able to put together a completely original look choosing all of their own materials and colours. The sizes are not custom per se, but the brand has a pretty good selection of sizes going up US J-cup. Their size calculator seems to be up to par as well, even though calculators may not work for everyone, as we well know.

Impish Lee offers ready-to-wear sets but if you have the chance to try them, I would gladly recommend trying the set customizer. Their variety of fabrics, colours and design choices is very vast and I had a ton of fun choosing my exact materials! Impish Lee offers 16 different top options and 11 bottom options, meaning there is a lot of things you can do with your design. I went with a balconette bra and high-waisted short, as it was obvious to me that a set this special was going to end up on stage – I don’t like skimpy costumes on stage so I wanted go for a more retro flirty look with the pants.

72951128_560064038105094_2515959445058486272_n72489676_2516082685179434_4846037666233319424_n

The materials range from more everyday fabrics like modal to luxurious velvets and shiny options as well. I decided to use velvet as my main fabric choice, because of the rarity of it in full-bust lingerie. I loved the rich shades of fuschia and burgundy and decided to pair them with a classic black ornament pattern. I decorated the set with a couple of cute bows and that was it!

The Pricing of the set depends on what you choose as your garments – meaning that more simple designs such as tank tops and thongs are less expensive than longline bras and underskirts or shorts. This way you can alter the price of your set and get something custom-made depending on your budget. However, custom lingerie is never cheap and nor should it be. Impish Lee produces its designs ethically in USA and it’s a woman-led business creating something very unique in a vast size range. This alone makes it worth every penny.

73270561_765766127203261_2304426447395094528_n73322065_1681172735349686_2700828212006486016_n

The Quality of the set is also very noticable – there are no loose ends or cheap materials and overall the set feels very well made. It is sturdy and offers me good support. The velvets are very plush and overall the materials feel great on my skin, even with a bad skin condition. The cups have a fairly good amount of depth to them, which is rare for an American brand. The straps get a special mention with this bra, as they have been placed quite well for a balconette bra. These don’t fall off my shoulders and still, the bra is not a full-cup but a true balconette. Other brands, listen and learn! The shape of the bra is also quite lovely, yet more on the natural side so not ultra round. This may put off some customers but I really like the shape the bra gives me.

The Sizing of the brand is a regular US sizing, meaning it’s pretty similar to EU-sizing after F-cup. As a result from the calculator, I got a 32I but resulted in ordering a 32J according to my ususal size. This is a rough equivalent to a size UK 32GG. I was right with my choice and am happy with the size! The pants go by US sizing as well, so keep that in mind if you are more familiar with EU or UK sizing. For example a US 8 is a UK 12.

My overall experience with the brand as people and as lingerie-makers has been extremely positive. They were darling even with all my hassles with the Finnish customs office (which is a absolute dumpster btw) and have been very helpful along with the process of making my own set. I cannot recommend this company enough! I know I blog extremely rarely these days, but when I do, I like to promote brands that actually earn it. This was definitely one of them!

What do you think of my colour and material choices? What would you choose for your very own custom set? Let me know in the comments!

 

Lingerie Review: Sonata Rapalyte “Elektra” Bespoke Bodysuit

6 May

In addition to pretty bras and panties, I am extremely fond of all kinds of lingerie. Teddies, bodysuits, gowns (oh those Boudoir by D’Lish ones!), babydolls and slips – I will pretty much take anything if it’s my style and high-quality to satisfy the lingerie elitist in me. Unfortunately, my big bust usually means I cannot wear most of the beautiful indie/luxury designer pieces that I lust for. When Sonata Rapalyte contacted me about gifting one of their bodysuits for review purposes, I was so worried at first I could not fit into one – they all looked so small-bust friendly according to the look book pictures, so I almost gave up the whole thing. However, when the lovely team at Sonata asked if I wanted a bespoke bodysuit made according to my specific measurements, I could have not been happier! I had been lusting over their designs for so long and now my dreams were going to come true.

DSC_0009DSC_0061

The Design: I opted for the Elektra Ribbon Bodysuit as I loved the unusual colour combination of navy blue and fuchsia and thought it would suit my skin tone and eye colour the best. The bodysuit is made of extremely soft delicate lace which has a tiny bit of stretch to it. The contrasting ribbon and the satin-covered buttons are made of pure silk satin which feels luxurious to touch. Both the front and the back feature a v-shaped plunging neckline which give the bodysuit its sexy look.

The bottom is constructed in a way that suits my curvy figure the best – while looking at it laid down on the bed, you can see that there is very accentuated curve to the hip area and also some significant ruching at the back and on the bust part. The crotch part of the suit features a gusset that can be easily opened with a few poppers. This is particularly convenient when nature calls! However, it is not the easiest to close so I would recommend taking the suit off completely when you need to use the bathroom.

DSC_0030DSC_0054

The Fit: I gave my measurements to the Sonata team so they could make me a bespoke suit to my body only – there were quite a few measurements I had to take to make sure the fit would be right, but I can tell you it is totally worth it! I was quite worried at first as this was my first custom-size piece of lingerie and I just hoped I had taken all my measurements correctly. I also have a very long torso which sometimes makes things complicated with loungewear, as it recently did with the Gossard Harmony teddy.

I needn’t have worried though! The bodysuits fits me absolutely beautifully and also makes me feel beautiful. Sometimes lingerie can technically fit you but does not make you feel very confident. As an eating disorder survivor I am still at times a bit down about my body and a bit insecure – this bodysuit makes that all go away for a moment when I put it on, which is probably the biggest testimony you have ever heard from me! The bust contains my boobs well while still being quite revealing and sexy. Also my curvy butt is very happy with the suit and I don’t find the back part of the suit restricting at all. As I am more of an S-curve hourglass shape (my curves can be better seen from the side), there is a tiny bit of empty space at the curve of my back but I am not bothered by this at all. When it comes to fit the Elektra still deserves a 10/10 from me!

DSC_0014DSC_0062

Comfort: As the bodysuit is just the right length for me and can handle all my curves, there is nothing I can really complain about it. It serves me well while sitting down and walking around the house (and I actually wore it to a party as well!) so there is no way this piece should only be left for boudoir purposes only. It truly is a comfortable loungewear piece than can be worn solely to make yourself happy. The materials are dreamy and soft and feel nice on my sensitive skin.

The Sonata Rapalyte “Elektra” Ribbon Bodysuit comes in sizes XS-XL and retails for £151. If your curves require something special, I would truly recommend contacting them for a custom-size piece. The process of making a bespoke bodysuit is quite swift and the outcome so flattering and beautiful, it’s well worth the money. Perhaps try a white one for your wedding day?

More Burlesque!

MORE BURLESQUE! - Opettaminen, esiintyminen ja tuotantopalvelut

Mette Sofia - Makeup & Hair artistry

- for the beauty, the drag and the art ever-fab

CurvyGirlThin

a curvy girl's exploits in the wardrobe

Lucy's Corsetry

A Comprehensive Source for all things Corsets, Waist Training and Tightlacing

comicsgirlsneedbras.wordpress.com/

For the perfect fit and beyond...

The Lingerie Addict: Intimates & Lingerie Magazine

A lingerie blog with expert advice, reviews, and shopping guides for all sizes, genders, and budgets.

Sweet Nothings

Everyone deserves a little sweetness.

Big Cup Little Cup

UK Lingerie Blog

the musings of Renzilla

My thoughts one blog post at a time

Miss Victory Violet

Vintage Fashion, Hair & Beauty and everything in between!

Junebugs and Georgia Peaches: The Adventures of Modern June Cleaver + Amelia Jetson

A blog about lingerie, bra fit and all things D+. A love letter to lace, dresses and pinup lifestyle.

Bras and Body Image

One girl's perspective on boobs, bodies, self-image and society

Kupista asiaa

A blog about lingerie, bra fit and all things D+. A love letter to lace, dresses and pinup lifestyle.

Fuller Figure Fuller Bust

A UK plus size fashion and lingerie blog with a little extra padding.