Triumph Endless Comfort Wire-Free Bra Review

Hi all,

Welcome to another vintage style bra review. Today I am reviewing the Endless Comfort Wire-Free bra by Triumph. I have previously reviewed and adored their Poesie bra so I definitely had high hopes for this.

I bought this bra as I was desperately searching for a wire-free bra is my local stores -read: Farmers and Bendon. I have recently gone up a cup size and grown to despise wired bras so I just really wanted a new bra that fit my criteria. Continue reading

The Most Supportive and Flattering Wireless Bra? – Lovable Lingerie Review

Hi all,

Welcome today to a new lingerie review – and one which isn’t a vintage style! As much as I love my bullet bras, I have found myself wanting a more modern shape for some of my clothes. I wore my What Katie Did bra recently with a loose shirt to my course and it looked very odd and not in a good way. So I popped off to my local Bendon hoping to find something suitable and I did! Continue reading

Liz Suspender Knickers – What Katie Did Lingerie Review Pt. 2

Hi everyone and welcome back to part 2 of my What Kate Did review! If you missed out on Pt.1  you can catch up here.

Today I will be talking about the Liz Suspender Knickers, a piece from their Liz collection which focuses on soft-cup bras and comfortable pieces. I had thought about purchasing this set for a long time before now. Generally at least one colourway pops up in their larger sales and I’m always tempted. I did purchase the bra but returned it for fit issues. Continue reading

Making Detachable Bra Straps Permanent – Tutorial Thursday

Hello everyone!

Welcome to another sewing post for Tutorial Thursday! This week I will be showing you how to make detachable bra straps permanent, this same method can be used to move bra straps.


I will be working with this Nichole de Carle bra which I previously reviewed here as I have decided that I want the straps to be set and not detachable. I also found the straps to start too far around for me as you can see in the above picture.


What you will need:

  • A bra with straps that need to be made permanent!
  • A sewing machine
  • Two metal sliders (or O-rings) to fit the elastic
  • An unpicker
  • Snips/preferred thread cutting tool
  • Pins (if you usually use them)
  • Fabric scissors (optional, they just make cutting easier)

Part 1 Detaching the Hook and Inserting a New Slider/O-Ring

So first thing you need to do is take off your bra straps. If they are detachable then just slip them off, if you’re shifting them just unpick them where they are secured.


Next you need to unpick the stitching that holds the strap to the flat part of the bra strap as you can see here. If your bra straps are very long then feel free to just cut them off for ease.


Next up is disassembling the slider and loop. What you’re going to want to do it unpick the section that is attached to the slider then remove the hook and the slider.


Now put the new slider piece/o-ring through the elastic. If you are using a slider remember to just put the elastic though one side.


Next slide the elastic through the centre piece of the old slider.


Now stitch it closed. I am just using a plainsewer machine for this, ideally the best option is to use a narrow tight zigzag to do this stitch like how it was originally sewn. A plain straight stitch will work fine, I just went over it 4 times so straight-backtack-straight-backtack to secure it.


This is how it should look.

This is how to thread the slider, and now this part is all done! Below is a picture of the original (top) and the replacement (bottom).


Part 2: Attaching the Straps


Here is a picture of the inside of the cup and the fold of fabric/strapping which the bra hooks onto.


Next mark beside it with chalk and use an unpicker to remove it. I decided to move it a little closer to the centre but I still marked where it had been so I could get an idea of how much I might want to move it.


Next using a straight stitch attach the strap to the place where the loop was marked. Pin it if you need to.

Leave a little bit of a tail on the strap just to make sure you catch it properly and then it can just be trimmed off after being sewn.

Here is the back loop! It is sandwiched between the elastic and wing fabric which makes it a little more tricky to unpick. This will vary from bra to bra.


You just want to then slip out one side of the loop and hopefully the other side will stay put inside.


Take the strap and slip the exposed side of the elastic through the other side of the slider/o-ring that the strap is attached to.


Next slip it back inside the hole made by unpicking.


Now I chose to just go with a black straight stitch, but ideally you’d want to use a matching thread. Anyway simply secure the strap down and close the hole made by the unpicking. And that’s it!


Ta-daaa! Hope you all enjoyed this. I think it’s definitely handy for those of us with narrow shoulders as it’s so much easier to just move in the strap rather than get frustrated all day by slipping straps. Also there are some really beautiful strapless bras out there and this way you can just rip off some straps from an old bra and sew them on! I really don’t like the feeling of strapless bras personally.

I know it’s been a couple of quite intense tutorials recently, I’m not sure what’s next but perhaps showing how I curl my short hair? I welcome suggestions too!

I’m also very excited to reveal that I commissioned a piece of art from Subplague to finish off my blog posts! I love it and I’m so excited to use it to sign off! And as always…

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Paranoire SYL+TERRY Lingerie Review

Hi all,

Welcome to another lingerie review, I feel like it’s been too long but let’s be honest even if I got lingerie once a week it would feel like too long! Today I’m going to be reviewing a set by ParaNoire Design, one of my favourite indie lingerie designers! I’ve previously reviewed some mystery panties by them here.


As soon as I saw the picture of the underwear put up on Facebook I knew I had to have the set! I’m going to actually have to tell a short story about my order process so you can understand just how fab ParaNoire is!

So I first saw a post about the underwear on the 20th of Feb and I was instantly in love “So, if Piet Mondrian and Windows 95 had a secret lovechild and it turned out to be a panty… this might be it. I’m weirdly in love with this very 90ies print & palette” was the caption and yaaaassss. I adore the 90’s I think everything from that era is hideously gorgeous the clothing silhouettes, the prints, the music, Leonardo DiCaprio’s hair, I could go on!


Anyway on the 25th they posted about the pants again which jogged my memory! I had a voucher from them for a competition I entered so I decided to use it and bought them on the 26th. Then the next day I saw that they had posted about a matching bralette (!!!!) I commented saying essentially ‘I need this release it asap and I will buy’ and I got a response saying that the sample would be finished as soon as some new elastic arrived then I could make an order and have it shipped with the underwear! So it was listed and I bought it on the 29th and it was shipped by 00:30 on the 1st! Crazy fast and amazing service!

For reference I received it on the 17th of March so it was only 2 and a half weeks to ship from Germany which is pretty speedy for something to get to this little country! Anyway onto the actual review!

ParaNoire’s envelopes are made out of outdated topographic maps so they are recycled and recyclable, and the invoice sleeves are even 100% paper! The inner bags are plastic to make sure things don’t get wet but the inner brown paper is recycled and old wrapping paper is used sometimes too.


Here’s my nicely folded lingerie!

The lingerie is always made to order and it is sized by centimetre measurements. I bought the bra in the size 75/92 as my underbust measurement is 77cm and my bust measurement is 95cm so it was the closest option. I also bought the briefs in the size 106 as my hips measurement is 107cm. There are many sizes and they are so close together measurement-wise it’s so easy to get a great fit, there’s no guess work about ‘will a medium work?’ or anything.


First of this lingerie is so soft, it’s made from a cotton jersey which is great as it means this lingerie is also very breathable! The elastic is really nice and soft too with a plush back and there’s no cutting in at all. I have trouble with straps slipping off my shoulders as mine are quite narrow so the racerback is really nice.

Look at this print though! Isn’t it dreadfully perfect! I love all the colours in it and the variety means you can match it with so many other underwear if you haven’t got around to washing the matching underwear yet (I am so bad with washing). I also love that this is actually older fabric so it makes it extra special!


The labels are hand stamped with waterproof ink and I believe a typewriter is used to put the sizing on. They are very cute and a nice unique touch. They are easy to remove if you are inclined to do so as there is only a small part stitched down. I always leave my labels in and you don’t notice these at all throughout the day.


I like a very snug band and this bra is a little on the looser side. I find that it can ride up a bit during the day because of that. But it is exceedingly comfy and it’s not a big issue, just if you like a tighter band I suggest sizing down. This is the ultimate lounging set though, not one part of it will be uncomfortable no matter what you do!


I haven’t owned a pair of boyshort cut underwear for about 3 years and I am so happy to have these. It took me about an hour to get used to them as I was so used to regular cuts and high-waisted rises but now I am loving them! I love the partial leg coverage and I think I will definitely buy more in this cut.


Dun-dun! I ruined them! I handwash my lingerie most of the time but I have one awful pair of black underwear that will never stop seeping dye, I’ve washed them so much and they still do! Anyway I made the tragic mistake of leaving them in a wet pile before hanging them up. I’ve tried to remove the stain with a  couple of cleaners but without success. Oh well I guess I have to order another pair now ;).

And there we have it. I adore this lingerie and it is my #1 go to comfort lingerie at the moment. These are truly well made, I’ve never seen any deterioration from any of my ParaNoire pieces and they are constructed very well. You can buy it from the ParaNoire Design Etsy store and this particular set costs around $125 NZD, which is a great price to pay for something this comfy and well made.

Thank you to ParaNoire (Eva and Liz) for being so lovely to me all the time, and for being so quick with making and shipping the lingerie <3!!

Thanks for reading!

Taking in a Bra – Tutorial Thursday

Hello and welcome to this week’s Tutorial Thursday post!

Recently I purchased a set of lingerie from Soda Fontaine but it didn’t fit quite right as the bra was too big, so I thought I’d do a tutorial showing you all how I take in bras which are too large for me. This is the Secrets In Lace Bettie lingerie in Leopard/Red and a set I have been after for literal years.

I bought the bra in a size 36B and I am a 32D/DD so by taking it in 2 band sizes the cup size would be equivalent to a 32D’s. I won’t be showing how to move the bra straps over as it isn’t necessary for this bra as the straps are close to the centre back. Also I will be enclosing the elastic in the seams, rather than removing it and stitching it back down. I will be doing this with french seams.


For this you will need:

  • A bra to take in
  • Fabric scissors
  • Snips or embroidery scissors
  • Pins
  • A sewing machine – you will only need a straight stitch


First I tried the bra on and pinned the excess fabric at the sides. It would be much easier if you could find someone to help you to do this. Pin from the top down so that you don’t stab your armpit while trying it on.


Now it’s time to sew! On the right side where you pinned it stitch down using a foot width from the side seam. Remember to backtack (sew back and forth) at the start and end of each row of stitching you do.


Next you need to trim the seam down using your fabric scissors. Cut it so there is about 3-5mm of fabric left free.


This is what the inside now looks like.


Now you’re going to want to fold this along the seam.


Next you need to stitch along this fold, again at about a foot width. Here I’m sewing right against the previous seam tape.

This is how the wrong and right side of the bra now looks. And that is also how to do a French seam! Now I will be stitching it down to secure it and also so that it looks like the original side seam.


Next you need to have the seam folded to the right side underneath so you can stitch it down. It is best to edge-stitch this which means to sew close to the edge. Preferably and as you can see in the picture the width from the needle to the side of the inside gap on the machine foot. This will usually be around 1mm wide, so tiny!


Now you can stop here but I want to secure and flatten it more so I will be top-stitching it. Top stitching is again, sewing at foot width.

Here’s the bra, now top stitched and finished on the inside and out! I like how neat it looks and how flat it lies.


Now you’re all finished!!


Here is the finished bra on me! As you can see it fits well now! I’m also wearing the matching girdle. I am sooo in love with this lingerie and I am so happy I was able to make it fit.

Being able to take in bras makes it really easy to shop for bras if you have a smaller band size as you can just take any regular ones in. Make sure you know your sister sizing though, which is scaling the cup and band size. Everytime the band size goes up by 1 the cup size goes down by one, for example 30D=32C=34B=36A all the cup sizes are the same. This also makes shopping in clearance sections so much easier as you can look for numerous sizes knowing you can make them fit so you can snap up all the bargains!

Hope you all enjoyed this tutorial, and find it helpful. Until next time!

New Pleasure State Couture Styles!

Today I went shopping as I wanted a few new makeup items. Mecca Cosmetica has just recently opened up a store on Lambton Quay which I am obsessed with. It’s a lot nicer than when it was in Kirckaldies as they aren’t competing with other brands in the shop and they have more space. I actually didn’t end up buying any makeup but I did pop into Bendon (I have to whenever I go past). I noticed they had some new styles in the window and OH MY GOOOOSH. I knew I had to make a post as they have some spectacular new styles!

*Note: Maybe these aren’t very exciting for some people, but we have one chain lingerie store in my country and a veeery small brand selection.

These are all by Pleasure State and are part of the Couture range except one which is White Label. I think the must have hired a new head designer or something because these styles are crazy amazing. They are definitely on trend and some are very unique! I’m not sure what order to post these in but I think I’ll just go for it! I may have to pop into Bendon at some point this week to try them all on and let you guys know what I think of the fit (though it’s hard to tell by just a try-on).

First up we have the Isla Domino – Couture range!

I love seeing such elegant strappy details on a mainstream brand! It also seems they put some thought into it instead of making it just a Marlies Dekkers knock off. I really like the centre front detail with the bow. I really don’t like plunge bras which only offer a thin strip to connect the cups and the amount of strapping makes it look very secure. The bow also doesn’t feel like an unnecessary afterthought. I think it lends itself well to the similar strappy lines and thank god it matches as I am not a fan of the neon contrasts which are on so many Heidi Klum Intimates pieces.

The pale pink is a nice subtle colour and I absolutely adore that shade on darker skin tones. Metallic fabrics are never as good in pictures but this gold of this galloon lace is fabulous in person, it’s so rich and vibrant with great shine. The colourway is officially Primrose Pink/Maize which I think is very accurate description. This set is quite pricey as it is the Couture label but all the pink trim is silk, as is the bra cup fabric.

There’s also a thong in this set which has the same front cut out detail as the brief but lacks the higher straps. I like that though they reused the style, they didn’t make one brief option boring.

Also this set is available as a bodysuit! I love this as well. It looks nice and structured and I could see it working so well under a semi-sheer white blouse. Also I can imagine this would look gorgeous on a lazy Sunday morning with the light streaming down onto the lace. I could see that making a beautiful seaside photoshoot. The bodysuit does have a thong back though, I personally like full backed briefs so it’s worth noting.

Next is the Vesper Fleur – Couture range

Look at this bra! This doesn’t look like the usual Bendon offering of t-shirt bra with lace overlay! I adore bras which have designs over the chest, and again this doesn’t feel like a direct copy of another design. It has clear inspiration but it is it’s own self. I can definitely see this with a boat-neck or off the shoulder sheer top for a party look. I did wear a bra under a lace shirt today so I have no trouble showing off my lingerie. Really this would look great with any lower neckline, scoop, v-neck whatever!

The brief has no cut out or layered detailing but I think the seaming is a nice way to mirror the bra. I do very much like leavers lace as it’s usually so soft and delicate and it’s beautifully sheer in this set. This is a great example of some classic black lingerie, it doesn’t need any colour or contrast but is still so interesting. This set does feature some bows – centre front of the pieces. These have long tails and are accessorised with Swarovki crystals at the end.

The Vesper Fleur also comes as a regular underwire bra, thong and suspender. I’m not super into the regular bra, but it does seem like another classic. But. Do. You. See. The. Depth. Of. That. Suspender?! So long! When I saw it in the shop I thought it was like a skirt and would start at the waist. You could probably still wear it that way though, but this was interesting to see. Of course I would insert stronger garter straps if I was to purchase this.

Of course there is a thong option. I’m not sure if I like the lace at the top of it as it feels a little out of place compared to the other pieces. I would have personally preferred a classic cut to showcase the pattern of the lace, maybe in the same vein as the regular brief.

Classic is simply the word I have for this set. You can have the look skimpy and sheer with the underwire bra and thong or you can go all out with the detailed bra, suspender and deep brief. I honestly long for that last combination to be under a scarlet red dress at a cocktail party. I just feel anyone could find pieces they adore.

Cara Kink – Couture

The elastic on these pieces reminds me sooo much of knitted lingerie! Honestly it’s the other pieces in this set I’m more interested in so feel free to skip down.

I have a friend how is very into the 70’s so I wonder if I could persuade her with this set. I feel like I visualise too many of these in specific situations but this set on a 70’s brown rug in the late afternoon sun listening to vinyl? That’s how I see this. Also I think this blue would be heavenly with brown.

This colourway is called total eclipse which I really like for this dark navy. I don’t like the underlay on the padded bra though, I would have prefered a softcup but I understand why they did it. The wide elastic/’textured band’ has a lace up detail, finished with a bow, at the front of most of the pieces which is a nice touch. Also have you noticed the wide hook and eye back fastenings? So wide! I find wider ones sooo much more comfortable – now we just need to petition for wider shoulder and suspender straps!

Like holy my gosh do you see that suspender?! The wedding-like garters are attached! Can you just imagine how much this would improve the look of your stocking tops? With some sheer Cervin navy stockings this could go down in history. Also adoooore the ruffles, they work well with the scalloped lace edges of both bra styles. I was so excited when I saw this hanging up in the shop. I’ve never seen a leg suspender done this well, but if others exist feel free to link me!

The thong front is similar to the brief but has a higher rise. It also has a little cut out at the front which is a nice point of difference

And finally the Ramona Ryder – White Label

This set is so attention grabbing, I’m pretty sure I audibly gasped when i saw this in-store. This has so many fun and interesting shapes. I really like the boldness of the black mesh cup detailing and the cut outs of the brief. That brief has 3 cutouts and 7 if you include the back keyholes, a-ma-zing, I need those in my life.

This set is a Black/Pearl colourway and I love that colour description. The pink colour on screen is so subtle in real life. It’s just every so slightly off white but with pink instead of beigey undertone which gives it so much softness. The black is a striking contrast and yes, that is leopard print velvet flocked mesh a.k.a the dream fabric. I love how the soft and hard colours play with the interesting lines and shapes. I also like that it is finished in a black trim to really keep all the lines clean.

I adore the sports look of the thong + alternate bra but I can’t find that other bra! It’s not on the Pleasure State or Bendon site so I hope it will still be released. These two together look super comfy as well. Although I like all of the pieces to the brief I love that the front of the thong is all one fabric with the inner pink detailing, it’s simplicity with interest. I also wish all the straps were black and pink striped.

Also another bodysuit, yaaaaasss. I really want this. I would totally wear this as a top, and it would go so well with a black chiffon skirt, a nice breezy summer look. It’s made of all meshes so it’s going to be comfortable. I also like that this one has waist detail, I adore bodysuits but waist highlighting is the best, it’s why high-waisted things are always great. Plus this one doesn’t have a thong brief, it’s not a full back but would still be comfortable. The bodysuit continues with the great lines, the new bodysuits have some uniqueness and don’t just look like some fabric slapped between the regular bra and brief.

Although this is the only really exciting set in the White Label collection I think it is a great way to showcase that more interesting designs can be made for the cheaper lines. The White Label pieces are usually around half the price of the Couture pieces as they don’t use such luxurious findings or details.


The one thing I did notice about all the briefs and thongs featured is that they are not very down-there hair-friendly. They are all so extremely sheer and of course wear what you want and do what you want with your hair but sometimes it’s nice not to have a design interrupted by it.

These are some wonderfully unique new pieces and I am very excited to see the direction the brand is heading in. Also definitely excited for some of these to come out in different colourways in future seasons! Anyway those are just some of my thoughts and hope you enjoyed!

*All the images I used were from