All of us are quite familiar with the major vintage reproduction brands like Pinup Girl Clothing, Collectif, Heartbreaker, Stop Staring and so on. But do you ever seek out independent designers for a one of a kind design custom tailored to your body? Does the word “custom” automatically make you think “expensive”? Well, you are not alone in assuming this but we couldn’t be more wrong. While perusing Etsy for a vintage inspired wedding dress, I stumbled upon a particular piece that screamed “Betty Draper” aka from Mad Men. Initially I thought to myself, it’s probably made overseas and cheap quality so I simply passed it by. As time went on, I kept seeing the Betty dress come up in my searches so I decided to look into the seller Show Belles to find out more about them. To my surprise, they were located in the USA and created their designs using genuine vintage patterns. My curiosity was peaked so I decided to send the designer a message and fast forward until today…
The designer of Show Belles is a lovely lady by the name of Rhonda who is a one women operation with a love of creating vintage and period clothing. She could not be more kind and we quickly realized that we share a mutual passion. Rhonda loves to create custom pieces for her clients and amazingly offers them at affordable prices. I was quite ecstatic when she kindly offered to send me the “Betty” dress sample to review for my readers. There was no doubt in my mind it was going to be spectacular and I was so eager to share this with all of you.
Available in a variety of prints & colours ~ MSRP $98.99USD
I am delighted to say the Betty dress not only lived up to my expectations…it far exceeded them! As I mentioned earlier, Rhonda creates her designs using vintage patterns with high quality fabrics appropriate to the era. The construction is flawless and the details couldn’t be more exquisite. When it comes to fit, Rhonda will custom tailor the pattern to your exact measurements so you can ensure it will be picture-perfect. The white rick rack trim is genuinely from the 1950’s and finishes the dress flawlessly. The fitted bodice is fully lined with cotton muslin with a beautiful scooped neckline. The Betty dress comes with a matching belt and features a tea-length full circle skirt. What initially caught my eye when I first saw this dress on Etsy was the beautiful soft floral fabric and how is screamed classic 50’s housewife. From the moment I showed my husband, we nicknamed it the Betty Draper dress as it’s truly the epitome of her character. The timeless design is figure flattering for a variety of silhouettes.
The Betty Dress will make a statement where ever you go. Whether you wear it to an afternoon gathering or a more formal evening, you won’t go unnoticed. Pair it with you favorite set of pearls and some lovely Mary-Janes to complete the ensemble. Less is more with such a classic timeless design. Adding a soft cropped cardigan will transform it into a quite versatile outfit perfect for any occasion.
I cannot tell you how many ideas I have for Rhonda to create and beyond excited to feature her creations for all of you to discover. The possibilities are endless and it is such a pleasure to support an independent business like Show Belles. Make sure to check out the Show Belles Etsy shop in the coming weeks for the new fall/winter collection and do not hesitate to contact Rhonda about creating your own custom vintage dress!
~ Have you fallen head over heels for the Betty Dress? Well I have a surprise for all of you…Rhonda has generously donated the sample dress for a Blog Giveaway!!! ~
All are welcome to enter but please keep in mind this is a sample therefore the measurements are as follows: Bust 38”, Waist 28”, Hips Open.
The Show Belles Dress Giveaway will commence on Tuesday, Aug. 27!
P.S. Maybe you have someone special that you can gift it to?