We try to measure as accurately as possible. Measurements are the fabric when laying flat. Keep in mind you will need to account for comfort in your measurements. The vintage old sizes are not the same as modern sizing. When measuring for fit, please follow these instructions to ensure your measurements will work. We measure items in their unstretched state (if it stretches) unless description says otherwise. We measure exactly not approximately, so keep that in mind when measuring yourself.
Scroll down below for a chart showing UK and US size equivalents. The chart is approximate, not exact. Different designers have different sizes. The best way to go is to compare the measurements of a similar item you already have to the one you see on our site.
Please keep in mind our measurements are the item's size not yours. If the waist size says 26" you will need to be a little smaller to fit. How much depends on you and your idea of comfort. We usually take measurements while the item is lying flat. This is the way we measure:
Tops, Coats, and Shirts:
1. Arm length is measured from shoulder seam to wrist hem.
2. Bust/chest measured from underarm, across the chest to the other underarm, the measurement is doubled.
3. Length is measured from shoulder to hem, or straight down the back not including collar.
4. Waist is measured across where a normal waist would fall and then doubled.
5. Back is measured from shoulder seam across to other shoulder seam (see diagram below).
Skirts and Dresses:
1. Dress length is measured from shoulder to hem.
2. Bust/chest measured from underarm, across the chest to the other underarm, the measurement is doubled.
3. Waist is measured across where an average waist falls, then doubled.
4. Skirt length is measured from waistband to hem.
5. Hips are measured across where an average hip falls, then doubled.
Your vintage item has survived for years already. We would like it to continue to thrive, but to do that it sometimes needs some time and love lavishing on it to equip it for the next phase of its journey.
Keep your vintage clothes in a dry, dust-free place away from direct sunlight. Humidity or damp will damage delicate fibres, and sunlight can fade vintage prints and colours.
Hang your vintage clothes on good, shaped hangers. Delicate fabrics should always be on padded fabric hangers; they'll tear through the shoulder fabric otherwise. Heavy beaded dresses and anything exceedingly delicate should be stored flat in a breathable container or wrapped in acid-free tissue paper (normal tissue can bleed into the garment if wrapped for years).
Always hand wash pre1960s vintage, rather than machine washing and drying it. If you are really concerned because the fabric is very old or delicate, consider not washing it at all : a good airing can often work just as well for removing odour without damaging the garment.
To keep your precious clothes in good condition, wash them less. Repeated, vigorous washing can damage the fibres of vintage clothes (and new clothes too). Washing (machine washable) clothes at 30 instead of 60 degrees will also prolong their life and is much more eco friendly too.
Never wash embroidered silks or satins. Always dry clean or simply air.
If you want to dry clean special vintage items use a reputable dry cleaner that you can build up a relationship with, or take advice from the store that you have purchased your piece from. It's good to use someone that you trust to know what's best for your clothes and will take as much care of them as you would.
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"Thank you so so so much for all your help and support in finding and tailoring my wedding dress! I felt so beautiful on the day, and genuinely as though this dress was made for me to wear it - I cant even say how grateful I am to Louise and Martha for your help in her and I finding each other, and then in making her entirely my own. From the moment I stepped into H & H for my first appoinemtn I felt truly cared for and supported, with every member of the team continuing to make me feel this way though the process - you are all so wonderful!" Mariamah
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"i couldn't have hoped for a better dress. It was perfect and made me feel very special" Tessa Mansfield
"Thank you again for the dress and cooperation with all the changes. We had an absolutely fantastic day and received many compliments on the dress and asking where it was from! " Galilee Roper
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"Thank you so much for all your time, effort and care put into making my dress. And thank you for being so gorgeous and welcoming to all four Pott women coming to every single fitting. You made it the most delightful experience." - Becky Pott
"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you did to make my wedding dress so special. Everyone loved it and I felt amazing. It was truly incredible. I had the best experience with Hope & Harlequin; you went above and beyond to accommodate me, my mum and my sisters, and I always felt looked after and loved coming in to see you all.I have been recommending you far and wide!" - Sophie Brickley "Thanks so much for being so patient and kind with me as I chose my dress and through all my fittings. My dress was much admired on the day, and quite right too!" - Holly "Thank you so much for making such a beautiful wedding dress! From the first day coming in and trying on all the different styles, to taking my dress home, you guys were amazing; an experience I will never forget, and in my dress and veil on the day, I felt supa dupa fly! It was really special and really nice to meet you all." -Cate "Thank you for all your time and help with my beautiful wedding dress - I loved wearing it so much!!! It really made me feel special and super happy - so many people loved it too." - Aleks
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"I have to say the dress was a dream to wear! I was So comfortable and literally so many friends said it was one of the most beautiful dresses they had seen! I felt incredible in it so I cannot say thank you enough to you both. I only wish I could wear her again!! It was an amazing day." - Donna Fawcett
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"Thank you so much for all being so wonderful in the lead up to our wedding. I absolutely love my dress and felt truly special wearing it on the day! You were all so wonderful with all the brilliant advice you gave me and made the whole experience a fantastic memory. Thanks again, I'll never forget your kindness to me." - Becky
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