One of my favorite places to shop for Vintage Clothing is on Etsy; a vast network of independent shops from around the world where I have acquire some of the very best treasures that are now part my collection. While browsing for vintage novelty skirts, I came across a really amazing shop by the name of Hearts and Found that was based in Vietnam making incredible vintage reproduction clothing at very affordable prices. I had heard the name before and quickly realized that I actually followed them on Instagram since they post some of the most incredible old photos from the 1940-50’s of what we often refer to as vintage fashion porn. Seeing as the reason I discovered Hearts and Found was while searching for gorgeous rose border print skirts, I quickly messaged to inquire about custom ordering dresses using those very same fabrics. This lovely dress doesn’t have an official name as it was one that Marjorie fully customized to my vision but today we shall call her the Jessica Dress “Tea Time in the Rose Garden” in a Black Rose Floral Border Print.
Available XS-4X ~ MSRP $72.00 – $82.00USD
The wonderful thing about Hearts and Roses clothing being all made to order, you can choose from their standard sizing or have it customized to your exact measurements in addition to selecting the length of the skirt. Seeing as my measurements (bust 36″ waist 26-27″) fell in between two sizes, I knew that custom sizing was the best option for me. If you decide to select custom sizing, contact Marjorie before placing your order and she’ll send you detailed instructions on how to properly measure. Incredibly, my order was ready in lightning fast 4 days from start to finish! Shipping took approximately two weeks to arrive, and is very reasonably priced at $20USD for two dresses ($15 for one). It is not too often that I tear into a package like a child, but I could not contain my curiosity and excitement to see my custom designed dress become reality. The Jessica Dress fit wonderfully, the tie straps are perfect to make adjustments for varying torso lengths. I might have my seamstress take in the underbust at the sides a very small amount simply because I have a very narrow rib cage compared to most. The Jessica Dress is designed based on a vintage 1950’s silhouette with high straight across neckline, tie shoulder straps, pleated swing skirt, is fully lined and has a back zipper closure. Seeing as I prefer my skirts longer in length, I chose the option of Knee L (Tall) 26″ to fall a few inches below the knees.
Let me begin by saying that Marjorie made the whole custom order process absolutely wonderful from start to finish and she is truly a delight providing the best possible customer service experience. The Jessica Dress was based off one of Hearts and Found custom designs with slight modification to the neckline and request to have the border rose print incorporated into the bodice. I could not be more pleased with how my custom design turned out better than I had envisioned. The quality and craftsmanship is impeccable, the attention to detail can be seen throughout the construction and stitching. With the dress being fully lined, the extra layer in the skirt creates more fullness and drapes beautifully. The magnificent pink roses border print make a bold statement against the crisp black background; very reminiscent to the vintage border prints from the 1950’s. With such a classic high neckline front and back, the Jessica Dress is perfect to wear to for any occasion.
There is nothing more elegant than classic vintage inspired roses to brighten any ensemble. Letting these beauties have all the limelight, I kept my accessories simple and classic to compliment the Jessica Dress. I simply chose a black beaded bracelet, black thin belt (I really need to get one in pink for a pop of colour) and my Chelsea Crew T-Strap heels. For those of you who like the look of more fullness in the skirt, you can easily add a petticoat but it is not necessary.
Who says you can’t look fabulous on a budget? Hearts and Found makes their customer’s dreams a reality by offering customized Mid Century designs at affordable prices. If there is a vintage design you wish to replicate, they will happily work with you to make it a reality. Stay tuned to hear all about my second dress from Hearts and Found…coming very soon!