It is certainly no secret around here that our lingerie drawers are filled with beautiful pieces from our favorite designers and boutiques. But as appealing as those mass-produced pieces are, I get an itch sometimes to have something completely my own. To cure this, I went looking for handmade lingerie on Etsy, a website for independent craftsmen to sell their wares. I love these pieces because they are pretty, but also because they are so unique and unlike anything you’ll find in a conventional store. Plus, you can get custom-made pieces so you know no one has exactly what you have, even if they buy from the same seller! All of these sellers ship internationally.
Vivalavida has stolen my heart with her screen-printed vintage slips and camisoles. All of the prints up currently are nature scenes, so you can get branches or vines sprawling up your figure. I love the color combinations – like a deep red swallow on a champagne cami, or this bright blue kingbird print on a white slip.
Reconstructionist gives boyshorts a cute update with little forest creatures, snails, and doves on the hip of the jersey knickers. All products can be custom-made (such orders are encouraged), and you can even get a discounted pair if you buy the fabric yourself. Also offered are adorable ruffly bloomer undies, but my favorites are still the boyshorts with custom-made appliquÃ©s.
Last but not least, Swoon offers bras, panties, camisoles, garter belts, sleepwear, and now even matching pocket pants for the man in your life. Everything is offered in what seems a zillion different fabrics â€“ from a Beatrix Potter print to a bodice-ripping romance scene. My favorite products by far are the lace-trimmed panties with side bows! Custom orders are available.