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10 Nov '17

Important Dates for Lingerie Buying 2017

Posted by NATALIE O'NEILL

With Christmas just around the corner I want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to get their hands on some handmade lingerie this season. 

 

Nearer The Moon lingerie typically has a 3 week lead time, this means the last date for ordering is a little bit sooner than you might be expecting for Christmas orders. Any orders placed after the dates below are not guaranteed for delivery in time for Christmas. 

UK - 8th December

EU - 1st December

USA & Australia - 27th November

For all other territories, please get in touch before buying if your item(s) are needed for Christmas. 

Nearer The Moon will be taking a break between 20th December and 10th January, although emails and Facebook messages will be checked on all working days. 

18 Oct '17

Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by NATALIE O'NEILL

Nearer The Moon

Where's my order?

All Nearer The Moon items are handmade to order unless specifically stated in the product description. This means the minimum time from ordering to your product being shipped is 2 weeks, generally it's more like 3 weeks and at busy times and for custom items this increases to a maximum of 6. After I have a few products ready to ship I go to my local post office (usually every 2-3 days) if your order is going to the UK, it will arrive within 1-2 business days, if elsewhere it is anything from 5-14 business days (plus any delays at customs). See >>here<< for more delivery information 

 

Can you make *this* in my size?

Depending on what *this* is, yes most likely. It is always worth getting in touch if you see something you like that isn't available in your size. You can e-mail me to ask: tilly [at] nearerthemoon [dot] com. 

 

Why don't you make this in my size?

If I can't make something in your size it will usually be for one of the following reasons:

  • I don't have any/enough or the fabric left and the sizes listed have already been made.
  • The design or fabric or components used are not suitable for a bigger size. 
  • I can't source the size wires you need.

 

I have an idea, can you make it for me? 

Yes! Although please don't send pictures from other brands and ask for an exact copy. Inspiration pics are fine but copyright infringement is not. 

 

Why don't you make this anymore?

Usually when a product is retired it's because I can't source one or more of the components, the product didn't sell well or I had a lot of orders for it in a short space of time and got bored of making it. In the last case that means a product will eventually come back into play again. 

 

How long does a bra take to make? 

It all depends on the complexity of the design. In general if a sewing pattern is already designed a bra can be constructed in about 4 hours from start to finish. Check our facebook page for some timelapse construction videos. 

 

I need my order yesterday, is this possible? 

I do allow rush orders for a fee. It is still not possible to travel back in time though. If you need your order very quickly, check the delivery page and send me an email before ordering to avoid disappointment. 

 

I'm a model/ blogger/ insta queen can I have freebies? 

Get in touch! I have a long standing 50% discount for models and bloggers who want to try Nearer The Moon. You will need to have very active social media accounts and followers with a strong look to your brand that fits well with Nearer The Moon. 

 

Lingerie Buying

How do I buy lingerie for my partner?

Talk to them! Or at least take note of what they usually wear and don't go too far from that... go for similar styles in different colours or fabric and vice versa and peek at the underwear they wear most often to get an idea of their current size. Alternatively buy a gift voucher! 

 

I have small boobs/ I'm losing weight/ I don't have anyone to show it to, why should I bother with lingerie? 

I believe everyone should wear things that make them feel nice. For me, that involves lingerie. Why wait until this or that happens or exclude yourself from a whole world of beautiful things just because you don't think you fit the ideal of someone who enjoys lingerie should look like - rubbish! And if you need any inspiration of awesome women wearing lingerie for the hell of it, check out the #lingerielove and #lingerieaddict hashtags on instagram! 

 

How do I find my bra size?

This is very subjective and a contentious subject in lingerie circles! Here at Nearer The Moon, I use the following and tell customers to use the same:

  • Use a fabric tape measure
  • Take a tight measurement in inches around your rib cage where your breasts meet your torso. This is your band measurement, or the numbers in a bra size: 32x, 36xx etc. 
  • Take a snug (but not squishy!) measurement in inches around the fullest part of your chest. In most this will be where your nipple sits, if you have breasts that are full on the top or bottom or don't have nipples, stand sideways in a mirror and measure around the part of your breasts that are furthest away from your body. 
  • Now get ready for some maths! Take the first number (the tight ribcage measurement) and subtract it from the second measurement. The number you are left with now relates to a cup size. E.g. if you got 0, you have an AA cup size, if you got 3 you have a C cup size. 
  • At Nearer The Moon our sizes are: AA, A ,B ,C ,D ,DD ,E ,F ,G 
  • Remember that this is not a hard and fast rule many factors can affect the bra size you actually end up wearing such as weight, disabilities, personal preference, fabrics and brand. 

 

I'm "xyz" size with "abc" brand, so I will be the same size everywhere else, right?

No, I'm afraid not. Many brands still use the "+ 4 method" of measuring to create their bra sizes, some use the "+2", & I use the "+0" which can lead to wide disparity of sizes. Additionally in the USA, DDD is a size which throws off the whole sizing scale. It's always best to check with a new company before buying. 

 

General Lingerie

Do knickers go over or under suspender belts?

This is a totally personal choice, but my preference is knickers over belt, this is so you can use the bathroom easily and it helps keep rogue suspender straps in place. 

 

What's the best way to wash lingerie?

Hand wash! Use cool water, a gentle detergent and no scrubbing. Then lay your lingerie on a flat surface and let it dry naturally.

 

How do pasties and tassels stick? 

For bedroom use you can use double sided, toupee or tit tape, professional dancers and those who wear pasties in more public settings the go to adhesive is liquid latex (like you attach false eyelashes with). 

 

How do shelf and cupless bras look when you have large breasts?

This really depends on how heavy your breasts are. Even with small breasts, if the tissue is not self supporting there will be some spillage over the cups or band. 

 

What does ouvert mean exactly? 

This can mean many things as it has been adopted by the lingerie industry over the last few years. It can be backless, crotchless, frontless or everythingless! Here at Nearer The Moon it usually means that it has an open crotch with some or all of the back open too. 

 

Can I wear handmade lingerie everyday? 

Yes! I get asked this a lot in terms of how durable handmade lingerie is. There should be no drop in quality just because a piece has been made by an indie brand instead of in a factory. In some cases, handmade lingerie lasts longer as seamstresses have more time to check for loose threads can use more sturdy construction techniques such as french seams instead of overlocking. 

 

How do I get more wear out of my lingerie? 

With special pieces I like to layer - a lot! Beautiful bras under sheer tops, open cup bras over soft bras, stockings over tights, bodysuits under jeans. And remember you don't have to wear lingerie for anyone else to see. Just knowing you have it on under an outfit can brighten your day! 

25 May '17

New Beginnings

Posted by NATALIE O'NEILL

The more eagle-eyed of you will have noticed we have had a small rebrand...I spent my time off from Nearer The Moon deciding whether to re-start the whole company or just re-brand to a more refined aesthetic and went with the latter.

I began Nearer The Moon when burlesque was having it's big resurgence, the designs were influenced by this and so was the brands logo and typeface. As the company has grown and matured and moved away from the burlesque scene the look felt outdated and not reflective of the luxury adult brand I have come to see it as. 

 

Eventually I will be moving to a new website layout and introducing the new products, but for now I have re-opened the web store with selected products both in stock and made to order with our usual two week lead time, there is a new logo and type face and I am running a #meetthemaker 30 day project on instagram

28 Feb '17

Nearer The Moon in 2017

Posted by NATALIE O'NEILL

So here is a more personal post than we usually put out to give our customers and fans some insight into what's going on behind the scenes and how that will influence the brand over the first half of 2017. 

After our foray into bricks and mortar retail last year, which was ultimately hugely fun and broadened our customer base and understanding of the perception of our brand, it was also completely exhausting. I found myself making things I thought would sell rather than being true to what Nearer The Moon represents, it was a case of compromising on the aesthetic so I could pay the next weeks rent for the space. Ultimately sales suffered and the online business suffered.

This is partly why there has been no Spring/ Summer range so far this year, I am spending my designing time researching and sketching and going through old ranges to get back to what works and be true to the motifs that I love. Creating sketchbooks, mood boards and fabric samples to create truly luxury pieces once more.

Another reason there has been no SS17 range is I'm getting married in April this year - with all the organisation that entails! This will be followed by a short sabbatical/honeymoon to reboot and come back to the brand fresh and reinvigorated. 

This means from the end of this week (7th March), Nearer The Moon will no longer be working on a "made to order" basis, until May 2017 at least. I have so much beautiful stock in a wide range of sizes which I will put up on this site and our Etsy site.

I plan to reinstate made to order pieces in early May but will be discontinuing some ranges like the Geiger, Willa and Trouble and introducing new ones throughout the rest of the year instead of a big release twice a year. 

All orders made between now and May 31st will be shipped the first week of June at the very latest. Please consider this if you are ordering for a specific occasion. 

04 Feb '17

Last Minute Lover - A Valentines guide

A comprehensive guide to buying with us this Valentines Day. Everything we have in stock ready to ship and what sizes we have them in. 
Nearer The Moon is handmade, usually to order. This means when an order is placed we check stock levels of fabrics and components, find out the pattern in the correct size, cut out the pieces and stitch it all together. This usually takes 2-3 weeks, sometimes at busy times of the year like Christmas, when we have additional sales outlets or when a particular fabric is proving hard to re-stock this can take a little longer (up to 6 weeks).
This means without a little bit of planning customers can miss out on giving or receiving gifts in time for special occasion. This Valentine's day we have compiled a list of what we have in stock that is ready to be sent out to you. At this stage, we can guarantee worldwide delivery in time for Valentines, after Tuesday however we are limited to UK only.
Click on each picture to take you straight to the product page. Some links are to our Etsy site as they are sale stock already listed there. 
At the bottom of this post you can also find a flash code for 30% off all purchases made on 4th and 5th February to help make your gift giving that little bit easier. You can also get free worldwide delivery on all orders over £30.
Traditional Valentines Style Picks
Go classic with black and red in some of our best known styles...
Trouble
 
Bra £65 available in 32B, 34B and 34C, Thong £25 in Extra Small, Small, Medium
Vice
 
Bra £50 available in 30DD, 32B, Ouvert Brief £25 in Large
 
Occult Red
 
Bra £50 available in Small, Backless Brief £32 in Extra Small
Occult Black
 
Bra £50 available in Extra Small, Small, Backless Brief £32 in Extra Small, Small, Medium
Perfect Bodysuit
Bodysuit £50 in Small
Basic Suspender Belt
Suspender Belt £28 in Medium
Dreamy
 
Camisole £40 in Extra Small, High Waist Knicker £25 in Extra Small, Small
Lamia
Mini Knicker £20 in Small
Arcana
Blindfold £25 One Size
Geiger
Suspender Skirt £15, Medium
Coven
Ouvert Knicker £42, Extra Large
 
Freaky Chic
Show her how unique she is with our selection of unusual colours and fabrics.
Sibyl
 
Cupless Bra £50 available in 32A, 32D, 34B, 36B, Ouvert Knicker £30 in Extra Small, Small, Medium
Kraken
  
Kraken Soft Bra £40 in Small, Large, Brief £20 in Medium, Large, Bodysuit £50 in Extra Small, Small, Medium. 
Jerry
Bodysuit £50 in Small, Medium.
Curio
 
Bra £40 in 34B, Suspender Belt £20 in Extra Small, Small. 
Spring Fling
Pinks, florals and flirtiness, our round up of some of our more feminine styles.
Bekah
Soft Bra £40 in Extra Small, Brief £20 in Extra Small, Small, Medium
Helen
 
Camisole £40 in Small, Shorts £25 in Small 
Aurora
Spanking Knickers £45 in Medium
Eden
Soft Bra £20 in Medium
Juicy
 
Soft Bra £20 in Medium, Briefs £10 in Small
Use code LASTMINUTELOVE for 30% off all orders this weekend on both sites. Please bear in mind that any products not listed above will still be subject to the 2-3 week production time and may not be with§ you in time for Valentines Day. 

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