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6 Plus Size Friendly Indie Lingerie Designers

Century Girl Slip by Dottie's Delights

Century Girl Slip by Dottie’s Delights

I get lots of questions about indie lingerie designers from plus-size women, but one of the most frequently asked questions is about which designers cater to larger bodies. One of the most obvious barriers to buying a piece of made to measure lingerie if you’re plus-sized is fear: after all, no one wants to feel judged or told that their money isn’t wanted. It doesn’t help that most indie lingerie is shot in a way that pleases retailers, which generally means using industry standard size models rather than a variety of body types. All of this can make it difficult to tell whether a designer welcomes (or has experience with) plus-size customers.

While there are lots of indie designers out there who will work with you to design a beautiful made to measure or custom piece of lingerie, today I’ve put together a list of six designers that are a good place to start with. These are places I have extensive experience with or have bought from and they represent a variety of styles and price points. If you’ve been itching to try a piece of custom lingerie but feel lost whenever you head to Etsy, check out these designers first.



Liberty Print Bed Jacket by Ayten Gasson

Liberty Print Bed Jacket by Ayten Gasson

Ayten Gasson:
I’ve ordered multiple pieces from Ayten before and loved everything. While her regularly offered sizing is pretty standard, she’s got a great understanding of curves that she readily applies to custom pieces. I think these gorgeous liberty print pieces are a great place to start, but her teddies and basic silk pieces have quite a following as well.

Stardust Maxi Gown by La Lilouche

Stardust Maxi Gown by La Lilouche

La Lilouche:
La Lilouche is back from her maternity leave, which means we’ll all have access to her amazing lingerie again. Liya is willing to go above and beyond to make her lingerie work for you — she’s gone as far as to double-line mesh pieces for me so I can wear a regular bra with them. She’s lovely, open, and fun to work with.

Purple Dress with Cupcake by Knickerocker

Purple Dress with Cupcake by Knickerocker

Knickerocker:
If you’re looking for something a bit younger or with a more whimsical feel, Knickerocker is your brand. From animal-inspired pieces to junk food lingerie, there’s something for everyone.

Spanking Shorts by Nearer the Moon

Spanking Shorts by Nearer the Moon

Nearer the Moon:

For those who are into the elegant bondage look, Nearer the Moon offers barely-there pieces with a real point of view. Her collections are smart and interesting, but she’s also great at customizing pieces to work with curves or larger bodies. She’ll talk with you about sizing as well as what part of your body you’d like to accentuate when you order something made to measure, so you can work with her to design your ideal lingerie set.

Century Girl Slip by Dottie's Delights

Century Girl Slip by Dottie’s Delights

Dottie’s Delights:
Dottie’s Delights channels pure elegance pretty much 100% of the time, so those looking to step back into another era should give her a try. This gorgeous slip is high on my list for my next order from her. She produces a wide variety of custom pieces and will tackle bras in larger sizes as well.

Dentelle Slip by Angela Friedman

Dentelle Slip by Angela Friedman

Angela Friedman:
While Dottie’s Delights oozes turn of the century American elegance, Angela Friedman pieces to me seem to channel a French sense of elegance. Her materials are incredible, she’s lovely to work with, and she’ll even send muslins for fittings through the mail for custom pieces. I love this cheeky yet elegant black slip that would fit perfectly in almost any lingerie drawer.

Have you ever ordered made to measure lingerie before? What did you think of it?


Holly
Holly Jackson

The Full Figured Chest provides creative and elegant copywriting for the high end lingerie industry.

10 Comments on this post

  1. Abigail Tyrrell says:

    WHEN is only up to LARGE Plus Size? Topping out at 18-20 is BARELY Plus Size.So sorry Holly, I got into this to spur the argument to provide more choice and I bang my head against the wall when so many jump on the bandwagon without embracing the the true meaning of Plus. The biggest selling sizes in Plus are 18/24/30-32. Dipping your toes in the waters is not friendly – it’s predatory.

  2. jessa says:

    Also, that Angela Friedman slip is so gooooooooooooooooooooorgeous, it makes me want to start a hope chest.

  3. jessa says:

    The slip in the lead image looks suspiciously like a Shell Belle piece I’ve been lusting after for quite a while…

    I’m not plus size but I’m pretty hourglassy and I’ve had trouble finding panties that contain my butt since I turned 25 and gained a sudden 2-3 inches on my hips. I can’t recommend Ayten Gasson enough – the customer service is excellent and the quality is beautiful, and so comfortable. I’m planning on investing in a custom wireless bra or two when my size stops jumping about. If you join the mailing list, there’s often sales and discounts.

  4. Jenn says:

    I have to get the name but there’s an up and coming designer that is having a kick starter in England and she’s doing made to order I am getting mine done. I want to say flimsymoon.co.uk but it’s called flimsy moon. Made to order great since I wear a bigger bra size and can’t buy the top and bottom sets.

  5. Angie says:

    I liked them but would’ve been nice to actually see them on a plus size person

    • Cora Cora says:

      I too wish we had access to more diverse model images, not just in terms of size, but also ethnicity, ability, age, and gender presentation. Unfortunately, we’re limited by the photos we have permission to use from brands…and they do follow a rather specific formula. :-(

  6. I ordered a bespoke set from Karolina Laskowska. The service and fit was amazing – she definitely understands larger sizes.

  7. Catherine says:

    We ordered a variety of a bras for one of the team last year who is both plus size and fullbusted, and she love, love, loves the custom-made Louise Ferdinand bra set the best.

  8. Ina says:

    I love the idea of getting something custom. Off the rack items don’t always fit. Too tight in the chest, too tight in the hips, not long enough to cover the booty, or just too long because I’m short, etc. I ordered a zig zag Mosh playsuit from Dottie’s Delights and it was perfect! I was worried about it stretching over my chest and hips but it fit beautifully without bagging around my waist.

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