With the excitement of the 19th Viva Rockabilly Weekender in Las Vegas well underway…I wanted to mention that we are taking a little break this year but definitely planning to attend the 20th Anniversary in 2017. Fret not; I have enlisted the help of my best friend Amber who will recap the highlights of this year’s event for all of us that could not attend. In the meantime, let the rest of us continue shopping until our hearts content! Last week I introduced to you a fabulous Etsy designer, Hearts and Found. Seeing as one can never have too many rose prints in their wardrobe, I could not resist ordering a dress in each striking colorway. From the moment I saw the Penelope Dress, I knew it would look stunning in “Tea Time in the Rose Garden” in Buttercream border print.
Available in sizes XS-4X ~ MSRP $78.00 – 82.00USD
Before placing my order, Marjorie was kind enough to send me a digital rendering of the Penelope Dress in the Tea Time in the Rose Garden border print fabric to give me a clear visualization of the final design. It is needless to say, seeing the real dress in person was much more incredible of course! As mentioned in my first review, Hearts and Found offers off the rack sizing in addition to customized to your exact measurements. Seeing as my measurements (bust 36”, waist 26-27”) fell between two sizes, I opted to get the Penelope Dress made to measure. One word of caution, if your waist size tends to fluctuate like mine…it is always best to go with the larger measurement for comfort. The fit was quite snug in the waist since I mistakenly went with my smaller waist measurement of 26” (my own fault) but still comfortable regardless and motivation to lose those few pounds of winter weight. It is always a relief when dress straps are adjustable to accommodate all torso length; mine being quite short, I had to tighten them to the smallest point. The Penelope Dress features a classic scoop neckline with adjustable spaghetti straps, a boldly low plunging back, a full gathered skirt, fully lined with hidden pockets and back zipper closure. At 5’-4” tall, I ordered the skirt length as Knee L (Tall) 26” to fall a couple inches below the knees.
Hearts and Found recreates the most classic designs from the 1950’s whilst improving them to be versatile for the modern day fashionistas. With prices of vintage novelty prints and border prints skyrocketing, it is a blessing to find gorgeous alternatives that won’t break your wallet. The quality and construction of the Penelope Dress is impeccable for the price. I might add that it is wonderful to see that no corners are being cut with important elements like a fully lined interior on a light cream coloured dress. With such a classic design, it is easy to make the Penelope Dress transform from a casual outing like running errands to a very chic summer wedding. There is no doubt in my mind, I’ll be wearing the Penelope Dress to work and just about anywhere all summer long since I adore rose prints so much.
The possibilities to embellish the lovely rose print are endless; pearls, jewelry in just about any shade of pink, greens, etc. My favorite accessory to make summer dresses suitable for work are the super versatile MAK cropped cardigans as they come in all shades of the colour spectrum. Seeing as the Penelope features a very full gathered skirt, you can add a petticoat for extra fullness or go without depending on the look you wish to achieve.
Taking a chance on new brands and online shops can definitely feel like a gamble at times. I was not hesitant at all when placing my first order with Hearts and Found, thanks to their remarkable online customer reviews on Etsy. Customer’s feedback speaks louder than any pictures or price tag when your hard earned money is on the line. The stellar customer service from Marjorie made the whole experience wonderful from start to finish which instantly made another loyal customer out of me.