HandmadeRetroTopShop

HandmadeRetroTopShop

| Freeport, Florida

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This seller has a history of 5-star reviews, shipping on time, and replying quickly when they got any messages.

Announcement    🎉 SALE!!…Check out my NEW “Louise” bag colors that just arrived (only one available each)!! …&….Treat yourself to a new hair wrap or handbag! 15% off the Charlene Handbag and 25% off the Louise & Elaine Handbags through Sunday, January 23!

➡️Orders over $90 upgrade to Priority shipping for FREE (US only).

I aim to provide fun, unique, retro-inspired, high quality products to treat yourself or give as a gift to someone special!🎁

✨Welcome to my shop, “HandmadeRetroTopShop”!✨

As the name implies, everything is designed and handmade by me (except the handbags made by my Etsy production partners). I LOVE Retro, so all my designs are based heavily on my favorite eras.

Enjoy looking through more than 1,000 Miranda Hair Wrap options! Due to the high demand for my wraps, I add new options nearly every day. So, keep checking back!

Everything you see listed is made and ready to ship. I ship daily, and I ship FAST - within 1 business day of cleared payment. NEED IT SOONER? Upgrade shipping in the cart.

Have questions? Just ask! I try to respond very quickly.

Custom Orders - I’ve had to shut down all my clothing custom listings and requests because of the overwhelming need for me to make hair wraps during this time. Please understand that I need some time while my shop finds its new “normal” - whether or not this will include custom, I don’t know. Thanks for understanding!

International buyers - because of COVID, I’m temporarily suspending all shipping outside the US. I will closely monitor and keep assessing the situation, as I want open it back up as soon as I can. Sorry for this.

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

Enjoy shopping!❤️
~Charlene

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 17, 2022

🎉 SALE!!…Check out my NEW “Louise” bag colors that just arrived (only one available each)!! …&….Treat yourself to a new hair wrap or handbag! 15% off the Charlene Handbag and 25% off the Louise & Elaine Handbags through Sunday, January 23!

➡️Orders over $90 upgrade to Priority shipping for FREE (US only).

I aim to provide fun, unique, retro-inspired, high quality products to treat yourself or give as a gift to someone special!🎁

✨Welcome to my shop, “HandmadeRetroTopShop”!✨

As the name implies, everything is designed and handmade by me (except the handbags made by my Etsy production partners). I LOVE Retro, so all my designs are based heavily on my favorite eras.

Enjoy looking through more than 1,000 Miranda Hair Wrap options! Due to the high demand for my wraps, I add new options nearly every day. So, keep checking back!

Everything you see listed is made and ready to ship. I ship daily, and I ship FAST - within 1 business day of cleared payment. NEED IT SOONER? Upgrade shipping in the cart.

Have questions? Just ask! I try to respond very quickly.

Custom Orders - I’ve had to shut down all my clothing custom listings and requests because of the overwhelming need for me to make hair wraps during this time. Please understand that I need some time while my shop finds its new “normal” - whether or not this will include custom, I don’t know. Thanks for understanding!

International buyers - because of COVID, I’m temporarily suspending all shipping outside the US. I will closely monitor and keep assessing the situation, as I want open it back up as soon as I can. Sorry for this.

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

Enjoy shopping!❤️
~Charlene

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About HandmadeRetroTopShop

Sales 11,577
On Etsy since 2015

I sew and design what I love - timeless, cool retro clothing & accessories to share with others.

My current love to create retro/vintage clothing & accessories 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.

Growing up, art and music played a big part in my life. When I entered college I pursued a major in Studio Art and a minor in Mathematics & Psychology. After graduating, I worked in the Industrial Design Department as a Design Support Specialist at Navistar, the Design and Engineering center for International brand Trucks & Buses.

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.

There was a period of time when I had to care for myself and my health above all else and stepped away from the large industry business world. Enjoying marriage, new health and having children changed everything. Once my boys grew old enough I knew there was something creative waiting for me to dive head first into. I just didn’t know what it was....but whatever it was, it was STRONG!

I felt like deconstructing clothing I owned that was ho-hum to create something new and exciting. Soon I found myself taking apart clothing item after item, even buying things for the sheer purpose of deconstructing and reconstructing - all done by hand without a machine. Without thinking about it, I was learning a lot about clothing construction and design.

My love for Retro clothing design, mainly the 1940s & 1950s, was always a reoccurring theme in what kept flooding my heart - as if it was just waiting to be realized and the sewing skills developed.

While living in a very small 350 sq ft condo in a converted 1880s hotel (I probably had about 25 sq ft of space to sew on top of a dresser, and I had to walk down the long hall to the laundry room to press open each seam!), I bought a used (probably defective😳) cheap, mini sewing machine and the amount of frustration was way beyond what I anticipated. But learning can be rough. I ditched the thought of using a sewing machine for a time until a number of friends encouraged me to try it again with a GOOD machine.

In August 2015, that pursuit became a reality when I bought a base level $25 “new” sewing machine from a friend and I hit the ground running!

As soon as I bought it, I knew that THIS WAS IT!!! This is what my heart had been trying to lead me to all this time. I used old sewing patterns from the 1960s and 1970s to start, adjusting each one to reflect more of my style. Then I got a hold of a few 1940s and 1950s patterns. I would take each one and adjust it to my aesthetic - making it “modern with a strong Retro influence”.

When my friends and family (especially my husband Joe🥰) saw all I was creating they suggested I try selling them. I thought (while laughing), “Who would buy what I make?!? I don’t even know what I’m doing!”

Well, the continual, strong passion to learn everything I could and create all the items I wanted to wear myself lead to my base designs for my shop that I still sell today... Ava & Daisy Mae Halters, Jayne shorts & different length Circle Skirts, Miriam Wiggle Skirts, my most popular Miranda Hair Wraps & my newest handbag designs (the “Charlene”, the “Elaine” & the “Louise”).

With my heart racing and my spirits high, I started “HandmadeRetroTopShop” in December 2015. From that moment until present, I feel my soul is constantly fed by fulfilling the creative passion I knew was waiting for me.

This is my dream, and all my lovely customers are to thank for believing in me and what I create with love!

❤️Thank YOU!!❤️

Charlene


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My very popular Miranda Hair Wraps are a simple accessory that makes an outfit perfectly retro. My handbag designs (the Charlene, the Elaine & the Louise) were designed to take everywhere with you, adding a vintage vibe! Celebrating the female form, I make clothing to accentuate curves with the utmost comfort! Each of my items 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, use 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.

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.

Production partners

  • Irem from DesiBal

    Istanbul, Turkey

    Irem has helped me fulfill my handbag design dream by using her craftsmanship and skills to construct the”Elaine” Handbag for my Etsy shop

  • Taschenkinder

    Schlangenbad, Germany

    Taschenkinder brings their superb craftsmanship to create my handbag design and make it a reality!

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.