Glamorous Vintage Inspired Bullet, Cone and Underwired Bras
Here at What Katie did we're most famous for our circle stitch Bullet Bras, but there's more to us than just concial bras. If you love vintage fashion, but aren't sure about going pointy, you'll also find a range of underwired bras that can be incorporated into any modern wardrobe. Only you will know about the hint of vintage glamour that lies beneath!
But let's start with out most famous bra: the Bullet Bra. The Bullet Bra was really where What Katie Did all started. Although we were already selling Seamed Stockings and 6 Strap Garter Belts, I was hell-bent on creating a 1950s style Bullet Bra as I couldn't find a vintage one in my size. It took over a year to find a factory that was brave enough to tackle a Bullet Bra, and 15 years on I'm proud to say that all of our Bullet Bras are still made in the same factory.
Bullet Bras became extremely popular in the 1950s (rather like the Wonderbra did in the 1980s). They really were the 'must have' bra and were made in their millions. The key piece in Bullet Bras is the circle stitching you see on the cup: the stitching gives your breasts the conical shape and also adds support.
Although our Bullet Bras are adapted from 1950s patterns, I have to admit the bra manufacturing has evolved over the years, so last year we revisited our patterns and regraded them. Our Bullet Bras now have an improved fit on the cup, and we've also changed the position of the straps at the back slightly.
If you find a Bullet Bra little too much for every day wear, then a Cone Bra might be another option for you. Our Cone Bras still have a conical 1950s shape, but they aren't as pointy as our Bullet Bras. They are also slightly easier to fit, so if you've neve got on with our Bullet Bras are well worth a look.
Both Bullet and Cone Bras really come into their own when it comes to vintage fashion. The bust darts on 1950s dresses and blouses are positioned with Bullet Bras in mind. If you wear a modern bra with a 1950s dress, then you'll find the darts are in the wrong place and the dress just doesn't sit quite right. Wearing a Bullet or Cone bra can make all the difference when it comes to vintage dresses.
Underwired Bras were actually around from the very late 1940s, although initially they were only made by the very top lingerie designers. Gradually they became more popular and by the mid 1950s they were quite mainstream, although the Bullet Bra was infinitely more popular. Our underwired bras are miles apart from the mass produced molded cup bras you find in most stores: each of our bras is hand cut and sewn from several pieces of fabric. Our underwired bras are designed to give a natural shape as push up bras didn't become popular until the 1960s, an era after our time!
matching Suspender Belts
All of our bras either have a matching garter belt, or can be co-ordinated with a garter belt which incorporates the same fabric. Even if you team your bra with a garter belt that isn't officially from the same range, it will still match perfectly.