HandmadeRetroTopShop

HandmadeRetroTopShop

Freeport, Florida 1190 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars (271)

HandmadeRetroTopShop

HandmadeRetroTopShop

Freeport, Florida | 1190 Sales

All Items

Charlene

Contact shop owner

Charlene

Announcement    Happy Autumn! I will have my custom flannel and cotton skirt listings available at times, depending on work load. Please contact me if you need something you don’t see listed.

Enjoy being feminine! I design and construct clothes to enhance the beautiful female form.

Please scroll down to see answers for my most frequent questions!

Check out my IG @Handmade.Retro.Top.Shop for my creations and my inspiration.

Announcement

Last updated on Oct 9, 2019

Happy Autumn! I will have my custom flannel and cotton skirt listings available at times, depending on work load. Please contact me if you need something you don’t see listed.

Enjoy being feminine! I design and construct clothes to enhance the beautiful female form.

Please scroll down to see answers for my most frequent questions!

Check out my IG @Handmade.Retro.Top.Shop for my creations and my inspiration.

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(271)
See reviews that mention:
quality 46 shipping 43 customer service 24

About HandmadeRetroTopShop

Sales 1,190
On Etsy since 2015

I sew what I love - timeless, cool retro clothing to share with others.

My current love to create retro/vintage clothing goes back to when I was a little girl who was incredibly inspired by a WWII themed restaurant my grandparents used to take me to. The memorabilia, the music, and the fashion really struck a chord in me.

Fast forward to when I met my husband, Joe, in 1995.

He was in a Rockabilly band, which was an immediate connection for me....the music, the dancing, the tattoos, and of course, the clothing! I fell in love with him, and I fell in love with the whole style. Men were men, and women were women.

Celebrating the female form, I make clothing to accentuate curves with the utmost comfort!

I love making simple, feminine tops, skirts, shorts and Playsuits that are reminiscent of the 1940's and 1950's eras.

Each design starts with what I desire for my own wardrobe. So, I create it, wear it, and love it before I offer it to others. I just want to sew what I love and share that love with others.

I try to keep all my fabrics natural cotton. There are a few cotton/poly blends, but these are kept to a minimum. Shorts and capris are made with a slight amount of spandex for fit and comfort.

I also am happy to say that most all of my clothing can cover up a two-piece retro bikini (like the Esther Williams brand or other basic high waisted bikini styles)...a must for warm weather months!

Keep checking back since I’m continually experimenting and making new items most every week.

Do you need something you don’t see? You can always contact me and I will try to accommodate you!

Shop members

  • Charlene

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    Self-taught sewist. Lover of all things vintage. Life-long artist. This intense desire to design retro-inspired clothing is the base for the creation of my shop, “HandmadeRetroTopShop”

  • Joe

    Photographer, Inspiration

    Husband to Charlene, providing input in creative and design decisions. Photographer for Charlene’s modeled handmade items.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Sep 9, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

Although I have done many custom orders in the past from little girl dance teams to full figured PinUp dolls, I am limited on the number of custom orders I can accept.

I specialize in creating designs that are somewhat “free size”, fitting a range of bra sizes and waist sizes. Each listing includes detailed information on sizing.

Please contact me with your need and I will let you know if I can help you out!

Charlene

Care instructions

Almost all of my items have the same instructions:

Machine wash in a lingerie bag (or hand wash) in cold water (to prevent fading and shrinkage of material). Air dry (to prevent fading and shrinkage of material). Ironing can vary depending on the fabric - most use steam setting.

Since my items are handmade, and I use predominantly cotton, proper care will make them last and look great!

I include a handwritten tag for each garment or accessory with care instructions.

Gift wrapping and packaging

I wrap each item with colorful tissue paper and a foam sticker.

I include a handwritten care instructions tag for every item to ensure it’s lovely longevity!

A business card with my online shop name is added to help you easily re-order, if you’re ever in need of more of my clothing or accessories.😀

I also include a packaging slip with the item(s) and cost. Mark as a gift if you don’t want the receiver to know the purchase price.

I seal the item(s) in a colorful (polka dot, gingham or pretty solid color) protective shipping bag (unless an express priority ship is ordered, or the amount exceeds a bag, which then a shipping box is used.)

Sizing details

I probably get this question asked the most. What size should I order?

I don’t have different sizes (except a few of my shorts and skirts).

I design my tops in a way to be highly adjustable, fitting the range of bra sizes given in each listing.

My shorts, capris and skirts are usually made of a stretch cotton (twill, poplin, sateen or denim), allowing for a number of waist/hip sizes. I give detail in each listing for what waist size range they will fit.

NOTE: As with all my halter tops where a bra can’t easily be worn, the construction of them usually allows for perfect support. However, you can always add a bikini or bra pad/liner for added fullness, protection or shape!

If you have any sizing questions, please ask!

How quickly do I ship?

Once I receive an order, I pack and ship within one business day. Occasionally I even ship out the same business day.