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Roses are red – Bonnie Dress by Hearts and Found

You could say I’ve been stalking the Hearts and Found Etsy shop and Instagrammers rocking their dresses for about a year. Their standard size guide classified me into a mix of different sizes, which meant I should opt for their made to measure option. Afraid I would take my measurements wrong  and the fact that Hearts and Found are based in Vietnam – I know it’s judgmental, but we all know a lot of rip off shops are based there – made me hesitant. However, the reviews of Hearts and Found are praising and the dresses I saw Instagrammers and bloggers wearing all looked so well-made. So, a few months ago, I took the plunge and placed my first order during one of their many sales.

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Hearts and Found is an Etsy shop, offering skirts, playsuits and dresses inspired by authentic 1940s-50s designs. Their mission is to support local family businesses by sourcing local fabrics and working with independent local tailors.

In their wide inventory of adorable dresses, the Bonnie dress stood out to me. Its design is inspired by late 1940s patterns.

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Original 1940s patterns clearly show the inspiration for the Bonnie dress.

 

What caught my eye in this pattern is the collared neck tie, which I find gives an elegant and dressy look. Together with the bow detail, this ‘Si Senorita Large Red Rose Floral Print’ fabric adds a level of class and cuteness as well.

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Just as I like my dresses best, the Bonnie dress features a fitted bodice and full skirt gathering at the waist. Plus the dress has roomy side pockets, always a big bonus. Reminiscent of a shirtwaist-style dress,  it closes with buttons in the front, which go all the way down past the waist.

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As all Hearts and Found clothing is handmade, you can choose the between a wide range of fabrics and sizes. You can either go with the predetermined sizes from the size chart or have it made to your measurements at no extra cost – how great is that? Guidelines on how to take the measurements needed are explained with pictures on their Etsy page. For the Bonnie dress the bust, waist, shoulder-to-waist measurements and shoulder width are important for a perfect fit. As I was ranging from a size S to XL according to their size chart for these separate measurements, I decided to take the leap and went for their custom tailoring service.

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I love the result and think the fit came out perfect! Word to the wise: be careful when taking your measurements, as they make it accurate to the centimeter! The dress is fully lined and in the details you can see it has been finished with care. The fabric is 100% cotton, which I favor for its lightweight and ease to wash and iron.

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Full outfit details
Bonnie Dress | Hearts and Found
Belt | H&M
Shoes | unknown brand
Earrings & bangles | Splendette
Hair flower | Shazam Pin Up Vintage Hair Flowers

 

The Bonnie dress retails at 84.96 EUR/ 96 USD up to size XL and from 2XL on at 93.81 EUR/ 106 USD. You can choose from the wide range of fabrics – I’m wearing the ‘Si Senorita’ fabric – and you can even choose your favorite dress length – I went for ‘knee L tall’, which is 26” and hits me perfectly below the knee. I can’t recommend Hearts and Found enough, the quality and fit are immaculate! And if the price is what’s holding you up, Hearts and Found frequently do holiday-related coupon codes, so keep an eye out at their Instagram page to grab yourself a discount for your order.

 

 

x Miss Lipstick & Pipettes x

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