Review: Freya Starlet in Peppermint

February 28th, 2015 @ Amber

The Freya Starlet was one of the designs I was most looking forward to from the brand for SS15. The Starlet design is available in two colors for SS15, this Peppermint light green color and in April a gorgeous electric blue color. It’s also available in two different cup styles, a balcony plunge and a vertical seam cup. Both styles are lovely, with the Starlet offering sheer unlined cups with a geometric shaped lace along the front and tops of the cups. The Peppermint color is a creamy cool green mint, with contrasting light pink bow at the center gore and the top of each cup. The band is stretchy, stretchier than their other bands, probably due to the super buttery soft material of this set. The cups are true to size. I like the vertical seam as it adds a really nice rounded shape and pretty lift and makes a really pretty feature compared to other paneled bras. I was worried this style wouldn’t work with my softer breast tissue, but the vertical seam was a success! this bra reminds me of cotton candy or salt water taffy on the boardwalk. It’s so cute! I’m a total lover of all things mint, so the colorway really looks quite lovely.

The matching bottoms are available in a shorty or thong design. I got the shorty, though I’m usually not a huge fan of this style. I tend to go with a size S in Freya bottoms, but I totally should have gone with a XS, as the material has a lot of stretch. The bottoms offer a bit of a cheeky cut, with a matching sheer geo lace panel at the front with a small pink bow at the waistband. The panties are available in sizes XS-XL, but if you’re between sizes, maybe size down to compensate for the extra stretchy material. The vertical seam bra is only available up to an F cup, unlike the balcony which is available up to a G cup. With band sizes 28-38 available in both options. This set is super cute, pretty, and probably one of my very favorite Freya sets ever. Theres just something about that sheer geometric lace paired with the cool minty color and the velvety smooth microfiber material that makes this set a real winner. Can’t wait until the blue colorway is available in the next few months! You can find the Freya Starlet in Peppermint at Figleaves.

Sweet Pins Retro Seamed Bow Stockings Review

February 27th, 2015 @ Amber

How cute are these bow backed Retro Seamed Stockings from Sweet Pins? Sweet Pins is an Australian lingerie boutique, but they also make a line of their own in-house stockings, including these gorgeous retro inspired stockings with a seamed back, reinforced toe, and cuban style heel. Underneath the welt, where the seam nearly meets mid-thigh, there is a cute black bow print. So sweet! They’re available in black, or a beige and black colorway. I really like both colorways, but as I don’t have a lot of beige hosiery, I especially liked this colorway, as it also looks great with the contrasting black welt, seam, heel, and bow detail. These stockings are available in three sizes, and I went with the smallest which is small-medium. These stockings are very affordable and feel soft against the skin. Made of 20 denier, these are sheer, and definitely have the pretty retro style. Sweet Pins designs the stockings on AU, but they’re made in Italy. They’re stretchy and offer a nice transparent finish and can be paired with your favorite open bottom girdle with suspenders or garter belt. These are so cute! Even the packaging is cute!

These are super soft, the nylon feels nice and comfortable. The welt is black and stretchy, and I got the smallest size which is a perfect fit but would still offer some stretch if you’re closer to a size medium. I really like the sweet little bow design on the back, and the seam adds a nice touch of retro flair to this modern stocking. The cuban heel looks great paired with stilettos and a garter belt, and I like how light these are, almost feels like I’m wearing nothing at all. Can’t wait until the warmer Spring weather is here so I can show these off under a dress or skirt!

You can check out the hosiery line and other lingerie goodies at Sweet Pins!

Introducing: Cloud Hunter Lingerie and Loungewear

February 26th, 2015 @ Amber

I jut found an independent handmade lingerie brand that I am SO excited about! Introducing Cloud Hunter Co, a handmade lingerie, loungewear, and decor brand. All handmade in Los Angeles. They make pillow shams, bedding, throw pillows and other decor, as well as a lingerie and loungewear line that is fun, colorful, whimsical and oh so sugary sweet. I’m totally obsessed right now and need to own the entire line. From thigh highs, to thongs, to a bodysuit, overall romper, wrap, chemise, playsuit and more. This brand is so happening! I really like the lookbook photos too, they’re so fun and bright and playful. I really want to try the quality and see how this brand compares, because if their quality fits their style aesthetic, then I am totally a fan. Check out some of the lookbook below! What do you think of these designs?

Curvy Couture Exotic Allure Bra Review

February 25th, 2015 @ Amber

I really like the pretty plus sized lingerie line Curvy Couture‘s designs. They’re cute, offer a nice selection of colors, and a size range from C-H cup (European sizing, so no FF) and band sizes 34-44. I really liked their pretty light pink and multi-colored Love Affair set, which is the design that drew me to the brand. The folks over at Curvy Couture wanted to send me a set to review, and they sent me the purple and embroidered Exotic Allure Bra. Unfortunately the knickers they sent me were 4 sizes too large, so I can’t review those except to say that they were cute and the embroidery on the matching panty is feminine and pretty. The bra is padded, with an inner curve on the padding in each cup to offer push-up and support. The band size is stretchy, so if you’re between sizes, size down in the band. The cup feels very true to size, and the straps are adjustable and made of soft purple satin. This balconette style offers some cleavage, without the cups being too low-cut, so this bra is ideal for those with soft breast tissue and would be ideal for those with full on top breasts as well. I found the bra to be comfortable to wear, and while I should have sized down in the band, the bra had a nice fit.

I think where this bra shines is in the gorgeous color and the embroidery! It’s stunning. The color is a pink-purple Wild Aster, with a gold coated bead at the center gore. The material on the bottom of the cups almost looks gathered, for a sweet detail. The embroidery is made of a richer purple shade and a light gold thread. So pretty! I’m actually really pleased with this embroidery, and really like the floral design that the embroidery adds. this isn’t a boring floral, and the fact that the bra doesn’t have a bow or ribbon at the center gore, is also a plus. The little gold charm looks great with the embroidery colors. The tiny addition of small bows at the end of the bra straps at the tops of the cups adds a lovely touch as well. I feel like this is a really beautiful bra for plus sized and larger cup/bands and smaller cups/larger bands. This was a really great introduction to the brand, and I could see myself wanting to finally try the Love affair set to see how it compares to this bra. I feel like this is a great budget friendly bra for curvaceous ladies out there and I’m really pleased with the quality of product that Curvy Couture is putting out there.

You can check out the entire line of bras, panties, bustiers and more at Curvy Couture Lingerie.

Review: Hanky Panky Lace, Tap Pants and BARE, oh my!

February 23rd, 2015 @ Amber

So I’ve been a huge fan of Hanky Panky since before blogging about lingerie, and I’ve been a big fan of them even more since. I love all of their limited edition prints, the comfort and versatility of their pieces, and their new lines such as their bridal collection and their new BARE collection. I’ve always said that their thongs are the most comfortable, and have suggested the brand to many people for this reason, but I’m pretty excited about this review because this was my first time trying the BARE line, and all I can say is, I’m hooked!

I recently got one of their basic Signature Low Rise Lace Thongs in the color Turkish Tile, which is a lovely turquoise bright blue. I also got the bridal Sterling Lace Ruffle Thong, the comfy and floral Daisy Dot Chiffon Tap Pants, and the new BARE Eve Thong.

Seriously, the comfiest lace thongs ever. Hanky Panky excels in creating comfortable basics in pretty colors and prints, and they’re always wadding a new print or colorway to their classic thong and panty ranges. They also have camisoles, boyshorts, camisoles and more. I also really like their bridal thong, the ruffle on the back is such a fun and flirty touch. The tap pants are flowy, light and airy, soft to the touch, and feature a cute floral and polka dot print that is perfect for Spring! The standout for me in this new Hanky Panky haul is definitely the BARE thong. Oh. My. Gosh. Softest panties ever! Ever! I’ve worn my fair share of pretty panties made of sleek and soft materials, but the BARE thong is so velvety smooth to the touch. The material is thin and breathable, and it’s very stretchy. It’s made from a microfiber knit that gives it that gorgeous buttery feeling. I am so obsessed with the BARE line right now. It was love and first touch, and now I need the entire collection! They also make the a bralette, high waist thong, and a boyshort in the BARE collection.

These are so well made, and essential to any underwear drawer. These undies are budget friendly, and some of the most comfortable underwear that I own. When I’m looking for comfortable panties, I can’t help but think of Hanky Panky first. It also helps that they share the same initials with Harry Potter. Ahem. You need these undies! I need these undies! I love them, and I hope you will too. If you haven’t tried the Hanky Panky brand yet, or even if you’re a Hanky Panky pro, try the BARE collection, its truly a treat for your bottom, so rich and creamy. Dessert for your derriere. Yes, I said it. And I meant it.

Review: Sarafina Dreams

February 23rd, 2015 @ Amber

Sarafina Dreams

I’ve been swooning and daydreaming of the gorgeous luxury handmade brand Sarafina Dreams on Etsy for a few years now. So I’m pretty excited to be able to share my review with you! This handmade brand is based in Florida, and each piece is made to order by Janet. She’s an artist at what she does. Her lingerie is flowing and lacy and billowy and fairytale-like, with gorgeous silhouettes and beautiful robes, nightgowns, babydolls, and more. Janet is a one woman business, and she sews each piece so intricately, with the most lovely attention to detail. While there are many pieces of Sarafina Dreams on my wishlist, this beautiful Waiting in the Shadows of Moonlight Babydoll was at the top of my list. This is one of Sarafina Dream’s best selling items, and it’s also very affordable at only $95. Janet offered me a wonderful experience, and answered any sizing questions that I had promptly, and when I was unsure of sizing, she even offered to make my piece made to measure. See, this is what excites me about handmade brands, especially handmade brands that are doing it right, and thats exactly what Sarafina Dreams is doing. Offering beautiful handmade lingerie, with made to measurement options, at very fair prices for a beautiful luxe piece, with gorgeous gift packaging and custom service to boot. I am sort of in love, and now I just want to lounge around all day wearing nothing but a huge wardrobe full of Sarafina Dreams lingerie!

Ugh! I can’t do it. I can’t handle how much I am totally smitten with this brand. Especially as I’ve had a few “eh” purchases and experiences with Etsy lingerie brands lately. Sarafina Dreams is the real deal. It’s a breath of fresh air, and my only regret with this brand is that it took me so long to finally try this splendidly perfect lingerie line! First off, can we just talk about the gift wrapping? Sarafina Dreams focuses on luxury pieces, and they offer many gorgeous bridal pieces as well, though all of their pieces are ideal for treating yourself to something truly delicious and unique. So when I opened the package to find a beautiful cotton lingerie bag, adorned with the Sarafina Dreams sloganĀ  on it, yeah, I was pretty much obsessed from the get-go. I love when a lingerie brand makes me feel special and beautiful before I even put their lingerie on! The lingerie bag is soft and stamped with a beautiful motto that immediately made me smile and reminded me why I love handmade luxury brands. This attention to detail not only on the lingerie, but with the gift wrapped bag, is just the complete and total package. Janet, thank you for making me feel super special with your quality, service, and gorgeous lingerie bag. Thank you for reminding me what handmade lingerie is all about!

Sarafina Dreams Packaging (excuse the wrinkled fabric, mea culpa!)

This babydoll fits like a dream. It was made to my measurements, and fits my full bust without a problem, and while it has a relaxed and flowing fit, it’s not too big on my small bottom like most ready made babydoll tend to be. Most babydolls will fit my hips or my bust, but not both, but this design is very free flowing, and Janet created the perfect fit for me that just makes me feel like a magical queen. The babydoll is made of a very soft and smooth white nylon (it can also be made in cotton) and white lace. The sweeping hem of the babydoll is lined with lace trim,and the short sleeves are slightly belled and ruffled, with a thin nylon tie so you can customize the fit even more if you’d like. The lace is beautiful, and I love how it looks at the sleeves, leading down to the neckline. Because of the tie at the neckline/shoulder area, it almost gives the babydoll a ruched look in the center, which is just gorgeous, and I also love the length of this babydoll, it’s flirty and pretty and it’s not too long. I also love that this piece is so pretty, it could essentially be worn as not only lingerie but as outerwear. Imagine pairing it with a nice pair of leggings and a belt around the waist, or a blazer over the top and denim cutoffs underneath paired with strappy heels.

I could walk around in this babydoll all day. It’s not only aesthetically pleasing, but it’s also really lightweight and comfortable. So perfect for Spring/Summer! I have a feeling this babydoll is going to be my go-to lingerie/loungewear piece once the Spring weather begins. I can imagine sitting on a porch swing in this beauty, while working on my novel while a light Summer rain falls. This piece has really re-stored my faith in Etsy brands. Sarafina Dreams stands out from the crowd, and for good reason. This brand deserves all of the attention that it gets, and I think it deserves even more. Sarafina Dreams, thank you for restoring my faith in handmade!

Review: LuminoGlow Lingerie

February 18th, 2015 @ Amber

Glow in the dark lingerie! Cool, huh? This isn’t cheap stuff you get in a corner sex toy shop or your local Spencers. This is a pretty lingerie lingerie with a fun factor of being made with glow in the dark lace. I really like the designs. The current collection is entirely white. White bodysuit, panties, bralette, babydoll. All made of super buttery soft mesh, lace, and chiffon. LuminoGlow Lingerie is based in AU, and all of their pieces look like a pretty and basic piece of white lingerie, that is, until you place the garment underneath a lamp for a few minutes, which activates the glow in the dark composition of the white lace. Then turn off the lights, and the lace on the lingerie glows a pretty lime green! With all of the green color, it makes me want to Slytherin-to these pieces (sorry, dorky Harry Potter joke).

When I imagined glow in the dark lingerie, I thought it might be cheesy or juvenile, but not LuminoGlow. These designs are actually very pretty, you’d never guess they hold a glow in the dark secret! This feels a bit like magic lingerie for me, and I can’t help but have a bunch of fun cosplay and super power scenarios while wearing these pieces. The creators of LuminoGlow asked me if I was interested in checking out their brand, and kindly sent me two pairs of panties. I was interested in the bodysuit, but was worried with the size chart that it might not fit my bust. However, I can now say that the lingerie is sized a bit generously and is very stretchy, so I could probably definitely try the bodysuit in the future! LuminoGlow is also working on their second collection which will feature other colors of lingerie instead of white.

I have the pretty French Brief and the Side Tie Bikini. Both are a size Small, but comfy and because of the stretch I would say that they offer more of a generous size. I tried to get a good photo of these babies glowing, but it turns out that it’s really hard to take a photo in a completely dark room unless you have amazing photography skills, which I totally lack. You can see a photo of the brief glowing on the brand’s website, and photo is below for reference.

I love that these feel and look like real lingerie and not some low quality raver apparel. We don’t have any glow in the dark lingerie brands in the industry right now, and I think LuminoGlow is a really fun and unique addition to the affordable lingerie market. Glow baby, glow baby, glow!

Review: Licorice and Cream Black Heart Girdle

February 16th, 2015 @ Amber

I’m a huge fan of Licorice and Cream, and Australian based handmade brand that offers quirky and fun pop culture designs. Lydia puts a lot of love and detail into her work, and each piece is made to order. She also has super affordable prices, her stitching is on point, and her quality of work is so impressive. She makes a lot of cute bras and panties, but just recently introduced a few open bottom pull on girdle designs. The Black Heart Girdle is all sorts of cute. It’s fun, it’s modern yet it has a vintage flair, and I love the fabric, the white with black hearts is just so pretty and unique for a girdle print. I also really love the added bows, the suspenders so you can attach them to your stockings, and the lined panel along the front of the girdle. This girdle is available in sizes XS-XL, but Lydia also will take special requests for custom sizing!

The quality of the garment is amazing, an what I’ve come to expect from Licorice and Cream. Comparing this girdle to most ready to buy girdles from larger brands, in my opinion, Lydia’s designs exceeds the quality. I have girdle from brands much more popular and well known that Lydia’s indie brand, but can’t compare in craftsmanship. This girdle is true to size, and really comfortable for a girdle. It’s made of a thick cotton lycra blend, so it feels soft and slightly stretchy, without being made of powermesh or a firmer tummy control fabric, which makes this girdle stand out to me. It’s more of a fashionable girdle than one that is strictly meant for shapewear. That being said, it hugs your curves wonderfully! I did fit that the front panel gave my tummy a sleeker more slimmed shape and look, without the discomfort of a tight fabric. This is definitely one of the most comfortable girdles that I own. Lydia adds pretty details like bows at the suspenders, picot edging, and vertical lines down the front panel. I also like the monochrome look of the black and white, with the cute print of the hearts in black, rather than a usual red. I’m smitten.

You can find the Licorice and Cream Black Heart Girdle on Etsy or the Licorice and Cream website!

Sultry & Sexy Lingerie for Full Busts

February 16th, 2015 @ Amber

Blue Reign Lingerie

So I just recently read a blog post from Becky at the lingerie blog Becky’s Boudoir about how even though the full bust market has grown, the full bust market doesn’t offer as many sexy designs that we often see in small cup sizes. I was thinking about this a lot, and I really have to agree with her. While I have no shortage of bras, and new full bust brands and fuller bust offerings are becoming more readily available, I was thinking that it’s true that we often get floral designs, pretty designs, colorful designs, but we don’t get a lot of “sexy” marketed lingerie. If you’re in the DD+ range, you’ll find a variety of pretty plunge bras, balconettes, and full cups, you can even find bodysuits, chemises, and robes if you know where to look or don’t mind buying custom made lingerie. But truthfully, I do feel like sexy tends to be marketed to a small bra range, or “core” sizes.

I was looking through a lot of my sexiest pieces, and most of them are either custom made to order pieces that were made to measure to my size, or are sets that I had to size down in, sometimes sacrificing a better fit in exchange for some delicate lace and sheer mesh. While I love all kinds of lingerie, from the cozy and comfortable loungewear designs, to ready to wear pieces that can be layered and worn as outerwear, to fashion inspired camisoles, teddies, and stockings. The truth of the matter is, we tend to get the more mature designs, or the opposite, and get overly youthful designs. Florals, soft pastels, foam padding, vibrant animal prints, colorful mesh, and rich satin colors. Thats wonderful, and I am a fan of many of those offerings, however, I wear lingerie because I like how it makes me feel, and yes, one of those feelings is sexy. While I know most full bust bras are meant for support, which is ideal, since I definitely need support for every day where. I don’t always need it, or want it. Sometimes I just want to wear a lacy bralette, or a demi cup of sumptuous french lace, or a silk longline bra, or a sheer lace teddy or bodysuit that will actually fit my bust. I have no problem with ordering handmade, I love handmade lingerie, and I appreciate and love many brands that custom make bras in fuller bust sizes upon request. However, it would be so rad and cool to see sexy and sultry styles being marketed to full bust ladies.

I can think of a few brands that make both small cups and some full bust sizing, but the smaller cup size designs tend to be lacier, sexier, and just more lusty and flirty, while the larger cups in the same style tend not to have those same specification and might have padded cups, less lace, and a slightly different cup shape. I understand that making larger cup sizes is no easy task, by any means, and I’m appreciative to all of the brands that include us full bust ladies, or specifically design for the fuller bust woman. But I refuse to believe in the “beggars mustn’t be choosy” belief. I’m paying for my lingerie, and I want to feel beautiful and sexy while wearing it, so yes, I will be choosy all I like. So I’d love to see any full bust brands, and lingerie brands that offer full bust sizing to consider including us in the sexy lingerie time. My money is good for it, I promise. Give us a chance. I don’t mind paying a higher price, just give me the sexy! I want sheer lace, I want quarter cups, I want faux leather, I want fully sheer cups, I want Chantilly lace, I want sensual shades of red and black, I want slinky see through bodysuits and teddies, & I want it now.

Here are a few brands that offer DD+ sizing that are on the right track to getting our sexy back. Because honey, we didn’t misplace it in the first place!

Dottie’s Delights offers handmade bras up to size 34E/36DD, but Stephanie is awesome and she offers custom sizing! Which means you can request a custom made to measure bra from any of her truly sexy and beautiful pin-up styles. I’m currently crushing on this Bricolage Black Lace Ribbon Bra.

Lalilouche, one of my favorite handmade brands! Liya creates each piece by hand, which means if you fall out of her size range, you can contact her with your measurements and she can make almost any design inf your size! Want a cupless bra? No worries, she can make you one. Want a sexy sheer mesh bodysuit? No problem, she’ll take your measurements and make sure it will fit your bust. Even though her sizes come in the standard XS-XL range, she does indeed create made to measure pieces, and I have many pieces from her that are beautiful and sexy that actually fit my boobs.

Blue Reign is a new lingerie brand that just made it’s debut this month, and offers bra cups B-HH cup. Each bra is handmade to order, and she’ll be adding new designs to her collection soon. I love their designs so far. This super sexy faux leather quilted set is amazing, and exactly what the full bust market needs. I truly think Blue Reign is going to be an important asset to the full bust lingerie industry.

Empreinte, one of my favorite luxury brands. They offer beautiful and well made bras in full bust sizing. They have a higher price point, but the fit and design so makes this brand worth it. Many of their designs are not only beautiful, but sexy too, in designs I rarely see in other full bust brands featuring embroidery, sheer cups, and a lot of beautiful unlined designs.

Maison Lejaby offers small and larger cup sizes, with their Elixir line offer gorgeous full bust bras. I just love this sexy red set! Also, they’re motto says “dedicated to women with fuller figures who do not want to feel forced to choose between support and seduction”. Yessss! This is exactly what I need. This is not a set we’re normally offered in DD+ sizing, so I’m thrilled with their gorgeous designs, and have you seen the bra cups? Swoon!

Playful Promises – PP has added F cups up to a 36 band to a few of their recently collections, and I’m basically all a flutter. Quarter cups? Yes please! We so deserve them, and I think the Playful Promises is the only brand I’ve found that offers open cup bras larger than a D cup. I so appreciate their effort, and think you should all buy a quarter cup bra from them if you’re an F cup or can sister size to an F cup.

What Katie Did – Vintage inspired bullet bras? Yes! What Katie Did makes a few of their bra designs in full cup sizes with back sizes 30-40 and cup sizes up to F. The Maitresse bra, pictured above, is a great choice for a bullet bra from WKD in that size range. You could essentially sister size up to a FF cup as well, depending on which band size you choose. Example, if you normally wear a 34FF, you could try a 36F. Would love to see more bullet bras on the market for fuller busted ladies.

All Undone is a luxe lingerie brand for small backs and full cups, with band sizes 28-34 and cup sizes DD-GG. You could also size up to a H cup depending on what band size you need. All Undone’s designs are sleek and sexy and every bra also has an available matching panty and suspender to complete the set. I really like the design of All Undone’s work, and think that their pieces aren’t just pretty but sexy too, especially this gorgeous Lola set, pictured above.

Scantilly is an up and coming sister brand to full bust brand Curvy Kate, that is going to have sexier and flirty designs with a slightly higher price point. This brand will debut in AW15! So while it’s not available yet, I’m so looking forward to this new brand, and can’t wait to try their sexy sets!

Scarletta is another up and coming brand that will make it’s debut for AW15, the brand focuses on full bust sizes and has gorgeous sexy pieces like this black basque. I’m so excited to see what happens with this brand, as I feel like they’re really bringing something fun and sexy to the full bust market.

Gossard isn’t specifically a full bust brand, and most of their designs only go up to an E cup, but don’t count them out yet. They do come out with very sexy designs that sometimes go up to an F or G cup, like this gorgeous satin and lace Temptation bra, which also has a matching panty and waspie suspender belt. I also find that their sizing runs a bit generous, so you could probably sister size to an H cup depending on your band size. For example, I’m usually a 34F/FF depending on the brand, but I can usually sister size down into an E cup in Gossard depending on the style. So be sure to check their sizes when new collections come out!

Ewa Bien is one of my favorite Polish lingerie brands, and they have full bust sizing available in many designs. Quite a few designs go up to J cups. I love their designs, embroidery, sheer cups, and plunge styles. Their bras all have matching panties available, as well as many designs have suspenders. I love that their designs are both beautiful and sexy, and they have so many designs and collections to choose from.

Kiss Me Quick is a handmade brand from AU, that makes gorgeous bodysuits made to order. Kiss Me Quick isn’t a full bust brand, but as each piece is made to order, you can email the designer and she offers made to measure designs! So you can give her your measurements and she can make sure the bust fits your bodacious rack. Many of the designs feature sheer prints and a peek a boo bust, and I love that because there aren’t many bodysuits for full bust women that are offered in such a fantastically boobage-y design.

Buying Handmade Lingerie on a Budget

February 15th, 2015 @ Amber

Ohhh Lulu

Buying handmade can be overwhelming if it’s uncharted water for you. I’m going to be taking a break from trying new Etsy brands for awhile, as I’ve found myself not too satisfied with quality/service of the few new brands I’ve tried lately. I say this not to discourage you against buying handmade, but to simply caution you. So I’ve put together some tips and some great handmade brands that are both quality made and cute without going over budget to get you started on your handmade lingerie collection. These brands are a great way to dip your toe into the handmade lingerie pool. While there are many gorgeous luxury handmade brands out there, and I often feature them on the blog, there are also many handmade brands on Etsy that make budget friendly pieces that won’t break the bank. However, remember that handmade lingerie will cost more than mass produced lingerie, because of the extra time and effort and work that goes into making handmade and made to order goods.

However, I’ve noticed a few brands that offer lower price points and lower quality materials, but make their first few sales on Etsy, and suddenly mark up their prices double or triple what they originally were. Which wouldn’t be a problem for me, if it was luxury handmade goodies. But when it’s not, it just seems a bit deceptive to the novice handmade buyer. So another thing to remember when buying handmade, is to do your research. Check out the fabrics that the brand uses, carefully check the sizing guide, and also pay attention to the details in the photos. Does the lingerie look well made? Are the seams neat, is the stitching even? Does it look like a well made piece of lingerie? You often get what you pay for when it comes to lingerie, but a luxury price doesn’t always mean a high quality product, and a budget friendly price doesn’t equal low-quality either. There is a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to handmade.

I’ve purchased from many Etsy brands over the years, both high end prices and lower to mid price points, and have had mixed results. So here are some of my favorite budget friendly brands that I trust, and that I know produce quality lingerie! No guesswork here. Let me help you on the journey to finding your perfect handmade piece, without going over budget!

* I have personally tried all of these brands myself! So I’m vouching for their quality :)

Dottie’s Delights – While Stephanie makes some gorgeous luxe designs, and some of her more intricate pieces are over $100, she also has some wonderful options that are super affordable for the great quality of her products! These Peep Show High Waist Knickers are only $50, and they are made to order. For the quality of her pieces (which I have many, and constantly try to add more) her prices are pretty amazing! She has prices that range in the $100+, to the double digits. For example, many of the Dottie’s Delights sheer mesh pieces like the Mosh Playsuit and Love Letters panty are very low cost for the quality. A great option for those who want to try this gorgeous handmade brand!

Knickerocker – Nichola makes great handmade panties and crop bralettes for fantastic prices, many of her panties are under $30! Each pair is made to order, and Knickerocker is probably one of the most popular handmade underwear brands on Etsy, and for good reason. Her panties are comfortable, well made come in fun designs and prints, and are super affordable.

Ohhh Lulu – Sarah makes the cutest panties! She also makes matching bralettes, and lingerie sets, and sleepmasks. Her brand is one of the first Etsy brands I ever tried and her products are awesome. Her panties are so well made! Great stitching, wonderful fit, and just high quality well made knickers. She puts a lot of effort into her one woman business, and she uses beautiful lace, satin, cotton, flannel and other pretty prints and fabrics. Most panties are around $30!

Egretta Garzetta – Liga’s so great, and her panties and lingerie are so comfortable. Her designs are basic and relaxed, but come in a variety of fun fabrics, colors, and prints. Great knickers for every day wear. I just adore her panties and have quite a few of them. Most of her underwear is under $30 and her bras are under $50!

Sacha Kimmes – One of my favorite handmade brands! Sacha makes gorgeous panties, suspenders, bralettes and more. Most of her panty designs and other designs are around $50, which is a great price as her pieces are so well made, are a great fit, and I’ve said this many times, but Sacha Kimmes panties always make my butt look great! Sacha is so talented, she somehow creates panties that really fit and look great on any bottom! ;) She also offers custom sizing.

On the Inside – Elise makes such comfortable lingerie. Bralettes, panties, camisoles and more. Many in lace or bamboo fabrics. Her quality is fantastic and her prices are pretty awesome with most pieces being under $40!

Sandmaiden – Amanda makes gorgeous panties, bralettes, robes, and more. While some of her pieces are more intricate and therefore are a bit more expensive, many of her designs are under $50! From bralettes to panties to comfy sleep shorties. Her loungewear and lingerie is well made and definitely really cute.

Licorice and Cream – If you’re looking for quirky and fun lingerie, with pop culture and comic style prints, this is the place. Possibly one of the most underrated handmade brands I can think of. Lydia creates amazing lingerie in super affordable prices. Her designs are comfortable, made to order, and feature mesh, lace trim, and fun prints, with most designs under $40! She even makes custom panties in a print of your choice, if you contact her for details. Her quality is fantastic, and I think her prices should be a lot higher than they are for the quality of her work.

Miss Crofton – While Georgia does have some designs that are $50+, many of her designs are under $40, from bralettes to panties. Each piece is made to order, and her designs are so cute! I have many pairs of Miss Crofton panties, and these are some of the best handmade panties available on Etsy that I’ve ever purchased!

Dollhouse Bettie – Dollhouse Bettie is a lingerie boutique, but they have their own in-house lingerie of lingerie that is handmade in San Francisco. Many of their designs, such as their bodysuits and robes and waspies are closer to $100, but a lot of their panties, suspenders, and bras are under $50! So don’t dismiss a brand just because some of their items are out of your budget, it doesn’t mean that you can’t find a piece that fits your wallet! The quality of their products are amazing, made of great fabrics and styles that offer a wonderful fit, and a cute retro flair. One of my favorite handmade brands right now!

FRKS – One of my favorite handmade brands! Zsofi creates gorgeous embroidered handmade panties, bralettes, tees, and bodysuits. Most of her designs are $70+ but she does have a few great panty designs around $50. These are so well made, and she hand embroiders the designs on each pair. Some of her panties are $55 for pair that are truly unique and beautiful, so a FRKS piece is a great investment in your lingerie collection, so grab up one of her budget friendly pairs like the Turquoise Birds design above.