rolypolyvintage

real, vintage clothes that FIT real, modern bodies

Washington, United States · 139 Sales

rolypolyvintage

real, vintage clothes that FIT real, modern bodies

Washington, United States 139 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(82)
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Lucy

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Announcement   Hate it when you're searching for a "plus size" vintage garment, find a cute one, & then click through & find that it's got, like, a 28" waist? Phooey! That's why the key measurements (Bust, Waist, & Hip) come first in my item titles--with more detailed measurements in all descriptions.

For info. about payment & shipping options, refunds/exchanges, sizing, and condition ratings, see here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/rolypolyvintage/policy
For a little more about me(Lucy): http://www.etsy.com/people/rolypolyvintage

Announcement

Hate it when you're searching for a "plus size" vintage garment, find a cute one, & then click through & find that it's got, like, a 28" waist? Phooey! That's why the key measurements (Bust, Waist, & Hip) come first in my item titles--with more detailed measurements in all descriptions.

For info. about payment & shipping options, refunds/exchanges, sizing, and condition ratings, see here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/rolypolyvintage/policy
For a little more about me(Lucy): http://www.etsy.com/people/rolypolyvintage

Lucy

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Lucy

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5 out of 5 stars
(82)
MJMORO

MJMORO on Apr 13, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This is a lovely dress and it arrived in perfect condition and packaged very well. Through absolutely no fault of the seller, I wish I had known then what I know now about measuring. I went off my current dress size, which is 16. This dress is quite tight in the bust and waist, but hopefully one day I'll get into it as it was very expensive. As a note to others. Vintage clothes are beautiful, but it's important to measure yourself carefully, don't "assume" it will fit based on what size you currently wear. Lesson learned the hard way

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About

I've got cool, old clothes: you wanna buy some?

I've been wearing, repairing, collecting, selling, copying, and falling in love with vintage garments for over 20 years. Over time, my style (and size) have fluctuated, but I'm mostly drawn to unique, figure-flattering, plus-sized dresses and separates from the 1940's-1970's.

RolyPolyVintage is not my full-time business (see below) but, rather, a way to clear out some of the gems from my storage space(s)--finding eager new owners to give them the public viewing (and wearing) that they deserve.

No worries on the quality of the goods, either; because I'm a dressmaker, I make sure that every garment I sell is structurally-sound, repaired/mended, cleaned & pressed, and carefully measured.

I also know the ins-&-outs of fitting plus-size bodies, so I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about fit. I can even make custom-alterations for an additional fee = $15/hour charge for alterations work (= this works out to around $10 to change the hem length, $15 to take in/let out waist or bust). Please contact me *before* making your purchase, so I can check that your vintage garment *can* be altered to fit your needs.

I also run 2 other etsy shops:
• HissyFit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/hissyfitoly
where I sell my handmade, one-of-a-kind, retro-inspired and (mainly) plus-sized clothing. Dressmaking is my day-job.
• 100Ladies: http://www.etsy.com/shop/100Ladies
which is dedicated to my hand-stitched, pin-up-inspired artwork, plus, now some wicked-cool cat toys.

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  • Lucy

    Owner, Vintage-clothing Smarty-pants

    Here's (some of) what I do: find all the vintage garments & accessories -- mend, repair, launder, & press them -- custom alterations -- research --photography -- PR & marketing -- customer service & question answering -- shipping & accounting

Shop policies

Last updated on November 8, 2014
Greetings from RolyPoly Vintage, bringing you fabulous, figure-flattering vintage garments and accessories from the lovely land of Olympia, Washington.

Being a proud fattie myself (and a bit sassy), I specialize in 1930's-1970's plus-sized dresses, but I also collect+sell other wear-ables (separates, coats, purses, shoes, men's wear).

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Payment
Paypal is preferred for all payments.

Want a lay-away or payment plan? Sure, just contact me before making your purchase and we can negotiate a plan that will make us both happy (send an etsy convo. = click "contact the seller" or "ask seller a question" links & let me know what item you'd like to place "on hold"). Typically, I'll ask for 50% down & final payout within 4 weeks, but we can negotiate different #s.

Orders shipping to a Washington state address are charged sales tax.
Shipping
Listed shipping costs reflect the lowest-priced option given the weight of the garment + minimal packaging = usually USPS 1st class or parcel select (USA) or 1st class international package (non-USA).

All orders over $10 are shipping with insurance for the full value, so we can both rest easy & be covered.

I ship out within 2 business days of full payment (usually that same day or the next morning), so packages tend to arrive with "Priority speed" (but at a lower cost to you & me).

If you'd like a faster shipping method—Priority or Express—you can upgrade your shipping speed (for additional cost) at Checkout.

*** International customers ***
please note that your purchase payment DOES NOT cover any customs fees, VAT, or other import duties that may be assessed by your national authorities. Here's a link to a Duty Calculator that can help you estimate the import fees for your location:
http://www.dutycalculator.com/new-import-duty-and-tax-calculation/
I also can NOT mark your package as a "gift" or change the value on the customs form. I know, honesty is painful, but it's, well, honest...
Refunds and Exchanges
All sales are final.

The vintage items in this shop are sold as-is &, since they're vintage, most/all have been used/worn/loved. Please fully read the item description, as I am scrupulous in my examination of each item and thoroughly describe item measurements and any imperfections (stains, discoloration, weak seams, frays, holes, repairs, alterations, etc.). If you would like further photos or description of any flaws, simply contact me & I'd be happy to oblige.

Lost or damaged packages are covered by shipping insurance (see "Shipping Policy" above).
Additional policies and FAQs
PHOTOS:
I've photographed all garments on my plus-size dress dummy (whose max. measurements are 48-38-50).

SIZING:
Just a reminder: vintage clothing sizing is NOT the same as modern sizing. I have translated garment measurements to modern sizes, but these are variable, so I *highly encourage* shoppers to take your own measurements and compare these to the garment measurements, being sure to leave *at least* 2 inches of extra room in flexing/constricting areas like the waistline, bust, hips, and armholes. Or, if you prefer a looser fit, more like today's clothing, add 3" to 4" of wearing ease in waist, 5" to 6" through bust & hips. Another option is to compare these to the measurements of a similar garment you already own (& like the fit of).

BASIC MEASUREMENTS to consider include your:
• Bust = fullest point, taken while wearing a supportive/"good" bra. (if you're measuring a dress you own, this bust point should be about 1" above the top of any waist-to-bust dart, or in line with the point of a sideseam-to-bust dart)
• Waist = about 1" above your navel on many bodies, or at the slimmest part of your torso (at waist seam on garments, usually 6" to 8' down from bust)
• Hips = fullest point below waist (1/2" below any perpendicular darts on a dress/skirt, usually 7-8" below waist)

But, I also recommend that you measure your:
• distance from neckline to waistline = measure at center back, down from the spine "bulge" where your neck-meets-back; If you're "short-waisted" or find that you favor higher- or empire-waisted styles, this will help you gauge how a dress or top will fit your curves. Remember, though, that dress necklines tend to be lower than the nape (so use neckline-to-waistline garment lengths to determine your fit).
• distance from your waistline to your knees = best measured either at your center back or at your side, over your curves; This will help you tell skirt length, especially if you're under 5'3" or over 5'8" tall.
• upper arm circumference (if you tend to find sleeves too tight)

Want more measurement help? Convo. me anytime with questions, and check out this great web-resource for measuring diagrams & info:
http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/how-to-measure-yourself

CONDITION?
In line with most other vintage sellers, these terms describe an item's overall condition:
• "Mint" = like new, no signs of wear or laundering
• "Near Mint" = shows only the slightest signs of wear or laundering
• "Excellent" = has some typical signs of wear from occasional use
• "Very good" = wearable but has surface flaws (such as: small stains, repaired seams or holes, light pilling or fading/wear in unobtrusive areas)
• "Good" = wearable but cannot be returned to excellent condition even if repairs are made (larger/more prominent stains or fading, weak/worn areas of fabric)

ALTERATIONS:
want a garment re-hemmed (longer, shorter) or taken in/out? Just contact me & I'll see if it's possible (check the existing hem or seam allowances) & quote you a price for your alterations. I charge $15/hour for my skilled seamstressing, so most alterations cost around $7 to $20 dollars for a custom-fit = what a deal!