Hopeless Handmade Lingerie

Gaby of Hopeless Handmade Lingerie specialises in high end lingerie and sleepwear, handcrafted from silk, organic cotton and the softest bamboo jersey, with exquisite detailing and vintage flair. Her mission is to provide garments that empower the wearer and celebrate the female form.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
My mum taught me embroidery and finger knitting when I was about 5 or so, and I have been sewing every since. I started sewing my own clothes when I was a teenager, and I loved altering second hand and vintage pieces I had found. I studied fashion, garment construction and pattern-making for a few years and always knew I wanted to have my own business.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Pretty much anything creative. I love painting, drawing, sewing, sculpture, collage, home decorating, cooking you name it. I go through phases where I will enjoy certain creative things more than others. At the moment I am really enjoying blogging, and curating little mini features that are usually colour themed using a selection of the thousands of pictures I have stored on my computer. I am definitely a hoarder.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Definitely the business and financial end of things. I usually have my head on the clouds and mostly think about new designs or themes, so when I have to come back down to earth and get into all the paperwork and excel documents it gets a little tough.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Definitely the Trawler Silk Apron. So completely impractical, but so pretty and soft! I love collecting things like this that I can dress up in at home and think of faraway places, things that allow an escape.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
It probably isn't too far from what I am actually doing. I remember always saying that I wanted to do something creative, and there is this photo I have, from when I was about 7 or 8 I think, and I had made my whole bedroom into a shop, and made little cards and cut outs and play-doh things, and tried to sell them to my parents.

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
So many! I love the artwork of Caitlin Shearer - www.pepperminte.etsy.com, we have actually done a little collaboration so I am really excited for when that is ready to launch. My friend Jane has a great shop at livingthread.etsy.com - I love looking at the cute things she makes up with her embroidery machine. starletvintage.etsy.com always has gorgeous pieces and really pretty photos. There are so many more I could go one forever!

What have you been working on lately?
At the moment I am very excited about the bamboo jersey pieces. The fabric is beautiful and incredibly soft, I am so happy to have found it. The Fred Briefs are the most comfortable bottoms I have ever worn!

There are so many great things about bamboo - it grows much quicker than cotton so it is easier to harvest, it is more absorbent than cotton, and it is also anti-bacterial so it is perfect for underwear that is worn close to the body.

I am really excited to design more pieces using this fabric, and really promote eco-friendly fashion.

What does your future hold?
Eventually I really want my own little boutique stocking hard to find beautiful pieces from around the world. And maybe then one in Paris and New York too!

Visit Hopeless Handmade Lingerie at Etsy or stop by the blog at spokesndaggers.blogspot.com