For some reason the product picture of Sophia St Villier wearing our CC09 French Knickers / Tap Panties never made it up to our website! Never mind, better late than never.
French Knickers were a bit of a bugbear for me as most vintage Tap Panties from the 1940s had a non stretch waistband, meaning they wouldn’t fit everyone. A couple of experiments followed, with French Knickers featuring a half elasticated waistband and although nobody said anything, they weren’t as good as I intended.
In 2009 I decided it was time to go back to the drawing board. Forget practicality and go for beauty! Our CC09 French Knickers are adapted from a 1940s CC41 pair of tap panties (CC41 = utility mark used on British clothing during WWII) with original features such as no elastic (nearly impossible to find in the ’40s) and cute pearlised buttons at the side to close. They’re made from the softest satin in black and light peach.
Surprisingly, we have very few issues with fit in these - it turns out I was worrying over nothing!
By the way, if you do pick up pair of our CC09 French Knickers be sure to check the label inside which has it’s own CC41 inspired logo.
Haven’t worn this lovely thing very much since I’ve been seasoning my cs-201. This morning I seasoned my mesh Orchard Corset for the 11th time at 25.5” and right now I’m wearing my What Katie Did baby corset at 24.5”! I haven’t gone below 25” before, so I’m very excited :)
We’re about to celebrate our 15th birthday and were wondering if you’d like to get involved?
For the last few years illustrator Charlotte Thomson has designed the artwork to go on our shopping bags (examples below) which have become very collectible and which have been spotted in exotic locations worldwide! We’re looking for a new design to celebrate our 15th birthday and which will be used throughout 2015 for shop purchases.
@misscocodenoir is so totally in love with this @whatkatiediduk Union Jack #corset Trying it on in @whatkatiedidldn boutique. Thanks for the excellent service again! 😻💋
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Last weekend Richard (Mr What Katie Did) was invited to Finland as part of the judging panel for Pinup Finland. The competition is run by Pinup Garage, one of the leading pin up stores in Finland who famously gained backing from the Finnish version of Dragon’s Den (Shark Tank as it’s known in the US) a couple of years ago. Pinup Garage carries all the big names in pin up fashion, as well as their own label dresses, and What Katie Did - which is why we were invited. It was our first time in Finland, and it was great to see such a thriving vintage and retro scene.
Pics by Suvi Ahonen
Finally got a hold of the Gwendoline collection from work! Aka @whatkatiediduk if you haven’t gotten a set yet I HIGHLY recommend the Panty Girdle and Merrywidow for MAXIMUM curves 💋💄 #whatkatiedid #wkd #ashleeta #pinup #blackpinup
Guess what’s arriving tomorrow? That’s right, point heel fully fashioned stockings. Nothing unusual you might think, but let me tell you, behind the scenes there has been a bit of drama!
All fully fashioned stockings are made on vintage Reading knitting machines that are slow, cumbersome and extremely temperamental. Even when everything is going well they have a top knitting speed of 30 pairs an hour, and a defect rate of up to 30%.
Why bother? Even with the advances in hosiery manufacture there is nothing to compare to the elegant look and feel of fully fashioned stockings.
Have you spotted our peach satin Baby Corset in Porter magazine (Winter 2014)?
Our Baby Corset was inspired by the heavyweight waist cinching waspies Christian Dior used as a foundation for his New Look collection in 1947 - think super nipped in waists and voluptuous hips.
It’s short length means that it’s comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time while still giving a really defined silhouette. One of my proudest moments was when one of Mr Pearl’s friends visited our London boutique and admired the shape and construction!