KLKingDesigns

Sewing Patterns, Custom Designer Gowns, Gifts

Arizona, United States · 658 Sales

KLKingDesigns

Sewing Patterns, Custom Designer Gowns, Gifts

Arizona, United States 658 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(259)

Announcement   Welcome! I'm back after my wedding, and my shop is being re-stocked.
*************************************************************************************** Here's My Story:
I am a Custom Designer, with about 35 years professional experience. My background covers many areas of the sewing business, including Bridal, Pattern-Making, Theater, and the Advertising Balloon Business.
I began sewing , knitting and hand embroidery at the age of six years old. It wasn't until I was 20 that I realized this could make money. People loved the things I made. They even wanted to pay me for it! Wow! As a young mother, expecting my daughter, I began taking in sewing from a local alterations shop. This was my first real sewing job. Since then, my journey has taken me to New Orleans, to make costumes for the 1984 World's Fair, The costume shop at Sea World-San Diego, and even the San Francisco Opera Costume Shop; in 1994. All the while, I kept a lively business in Bridal. Living in San Francisco from 1991 to 2003, I made custom Bridal Gowns for local designers.
Moving back to Southern California, my brother, Dean, brought me into the Advertising Balloon Business.
My experience is vast, as is my knowledge in this work. It is my life's passion to create hand-made things, whether for myself, a client, or even just to Bless Someone!
My ETSY Shop was born during recovery from a leg injury. I am now care-giving for my Dad and tending this shop.
Please feel free to write . I am available as a sewing mentor. I am able and willing to assist my customers in any way possible, with their projects, and working with the items purchased.
All materials are to the best of my knowledge smoke free, and we have one small dog.
Most supplies are not stored at home. There is a very low risk of allergens in your package.

Thank You for stopping by, Karen

Announcement
Last updated on Nov 12, 2015

Welcome! I'm back after my wedding, and my shop is being re-stocked.
*************************************************************************************** Here's My Story:
I am a Custom Designer, with about 35 years professional experience. My background covers many areas of the sewing business, including Bridal, Pattern-Making, Theater, and the Advertising Balloon Business.
I began sewing , knitting and hand embroidery at the age of six years old. It wasn't until I was 20 that I realized this could make money. People loved the things I made. They even wanted to pay me for it! Wow! As a young mother, expecting my daughter, I began taking in sewing from a local alterations shop. This was my first real sewing job. Since then, my journey has taken me to New Orleans, to make costumes for the 1984 World's Fair, The costume shop at Sea World-San Diego, and even the San Francisco Opera Costume Shop; in 1994. All the while, I kept a lively business in Bridal. Living in San Francisco from 1991 to 2003, I made custom Bridal Gowns for local designers.
Moving back to Southern California, my brother, Dean, brought me into the Advertising Balloon Business.
My experience is vast, as is my knowledge in this work. It is my life's passion to create hand-made things, whether for myself, a client, or even just to Bless Someone!
My ETSY Shop was born during recovery from a leg injury. I am now care-giving for my Dad and tending this shop.
Please feel free to write . I am available as a sewing mentor. I am able and willing to assist my customers in any way possible, with their projects, and working with the items purchased.
All materials are to the best of my knowledge smoke free, and we have one small dog.
Most supplies are not stored at home. There is a very low risk of allergens in your package.

Thank You for stopping by, Karen

Karen Leanne King- Gonzales

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Karen Leanne King- Gonzales

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(259)
cakeandcookies

cakeandcookies on Jul 10, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

It was a true pleasure to work with Karen who is both reliable and professional. I am in New York and Karen is in Arizona, and she designed the most beautiful Mother-Of-The-Groom dress for me. I wanted a gold dress and could not find anything close to what Karen designed for me. We had several conversations, I gave her measurements, and the dress fits perfect. In the end, Karen realized this golden dress represents 50 years of sewing! She started on doll clothes at age six. I will share a usable photo after the wedding at the end of July.

Greek Chic Boutique

Greek Chic Boutique on Dec 28, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Karen is absolutely wonderful! Thank you again for a perfect purchase and amazing customer service! :)

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About

DressmakerTurned Etsy Shop Seller

I started my shop when I was recovering from a serious leg injury. I was housebound. In my neighborhood, I stumbled on an estate sale of a former designer and bought a lot of patterns and laces.
This purchase launched my shop almost 6 years ago.
Now that most of those patterns are sold, I am offering designer quality sewing supplies.
I spend a lot of time knitting. Perhaps I'll get to the point where I'll be writing my own patterns?
I spent my career as a Bridal Dressmaker, until I began working with my brother in the Advertising Balloon Business. That's where the rip-stop nylon products come into play.
Eventually, my elderly father needed a live-in caregiver.
I "play" at all my craft projects while taking care of Dad. Occasionally I list something I've made- but mostly this has become a supply shop.
I'm still available for custom sewing on a limited - "One Order at a time " basis.
Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

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  • Karen Leanne King

    Owner, Curator And Artist

    I've been sewing and making crafts since I was 6 years old! I Love Barbie... She was my first client! I can now say I have mastered the sewing trade, but there is still much to learn! I help my pattern buyers learn at no charge!

Shop policies

Last updated on February 2, 2015
Hi! Welcome to my shop! HERE ARE MY SHOP POLICIES:
*If your item is lost or damaged, it will be replaced.
* All Priority Mail packages are insured.
*First Class Postage is used for small packets These are 5x7 to 6x9 envelopes. Some are padded, some are reinforced with cardboard- as needed to protect your items.
* Patterns cannot be replaced- I will refund the money and file a claim.
* IF you have an active coupon code, you must enter the code DURING checkout to qualify.
*The listed prices do not reflect the discounts.If you have a coupon code, it is your responsibility to type it in.
* All sales are final, unless you request an even exchange. In that case, I only ask you pay return shipping, and send back in sellable condition.
*IF YOUR ORDER IS A CUSTOM DESIGN,. A 50% NON-REFUNDABLE deposit will be required to commit the project. I will set up a Custom Listing for the deposit, and will bill you in the same manner for any installments- or a lump sum final payment. Balance must be paid before your project is shipped. Your package will ship insured .
*Your deposit money is to purchase supplies, & seller fees, plus design and shipping costs.
*You and I will develop a close-working relationship as we move forward with your project. I will need your personal e-mail included, and phone if possible.
+I will send photos thru ETSY CONVOS ,and consult you when a design decision needs to be made.
*SHIPPING INFO: click on the SHIPPING/POLICIES TAB; you will find an options list. It may not cover all possible combinations, but it will give you an idea of how I can save you money. If you are overcharged, I will settle up when funds are available, or you may request merchandise credit.
* Please remind me if you feel I have overlooked your refund!
*Thank You for taking the time to read this. I greatly appreciate your business!
Karen L. King

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
1) I accept PayPal- and your funds are available immediately- allowing me to ship faster! PayPal automatically insures orders up to $50.00 U.S. funds.
2) ETSY has Direct Checkout. This is the default system for Non- PayPal purchases.
When ordering thru ETSY's Direct Check-out~ however ~funds take 72 hours to become available. I usually ship smaller orders immediately, but must wait for funds to clear when the shipment is leaving the U.S.A.
3) I only collect sales taxes in the State of California.
4) I now have a P.O. box for those who prefer to send a money order- or need to send me color samples to keep on file.
MY P.O. Box is:
KAREN KING (please use only my name per P.O. regulations)
P.O. Box 742
Garden Grove CA. 92842-0742
Shipping
PLEASE READ! Below is a list of shipping options and examples of what items can fit in each size. This list does not apply to international shipments. I must calculate those orders individually.
USPS FLAT RATE SHIPPING IS 2-3 Day Priority Mail.
1) USPS SMALL FLAT RATE BOX OR Padded Envelope @ $5.90
The small box fits sewing tools, needles, small- odd shaped items.
PADDED ENVELOPE:
Up to 8 spools of thread, or one 50 yard bolt of 3/4 inch elastic.
One roll of 1/2" elastic, and up to 4 spools thread will fit the padded envelope; up to 3 rolls of the narrow elastics- 1/8 to 1/4 inch can fit in this envelope. (Or 1 narrow roll plus 4 spools thread)
2) MEDIUM FLAT RATE BOX @ 11.50 The elongated flat box holds several 50 yard flat rolls, in any combination up to 3.5 inches thick . There is extra room for up to 7 cones of thread, or 1 narrow elastic, and some sewing notions/ or your sewing tool kit.
3) The LARGE FLAT RATE BOX @ $16.80 can hold 5 spools of 1/2 " elastic.
*In that box, I can also fit up to 6" deep stack of the 50 yard flats of the wider knitted elastics, Plus 4 cones of thread or other smaller items.
* This box holds a many combinations of other items. Patterns , trims, buttons, tool kits can all be worked into the corners as filler items.
4) SMALL PACKETS- Sent First Class Mail- must weigh under 16 ounces, and are priced by weight and distance.
*These can cost from $2.50 to $5.00. This package includes a tracking number, although it is First Class Mail.
********* PLEASE CONSIDER THIS A GUIDELINE****** I have found Parcel Select to cost more in most cases; and also to ship much slower.
*It is always to your advantage to communicate with me so I can set up the proper shipping cost for your needs. I will usually respond within 4-6 hours, unless I am asleep.
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*Due to many potential package combinations, the "with other item charge" may not reflect your actual package. In many cases, you will receive an overage refund.
I will happily refund any costs above $1.00. and will combine your purchases whenever possible. The refunds will be processed after the shipping is completed.
I primarily use US Postal Service. I have found this to be more affordable than the other freight carriers, with the exception of large packages.
***LARGE, HEAVY PACKAGES- such as full cases of thread- (17 lbs) will ship by
Fed EX GROUND.
Fed Ex delivers only on Monday thru Friday, unless an upgrade is paid.
*** Any EXPRESS SHIPPING UPGRADES will be priced per-order. It is not possible to pre- determine all cost variables, especially out-of-the-country. If you want special insurance, or a certain carrier, I will need your details to get a quote, then upon approval, we can complete the transaction.
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***INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: I will gladly ship anywhere in the world, I only need a personal message with your country and Postal Zip code, to obtain shipping rates.
My patterns are shipped US POSTAL First Class International Mail. There are no tracking numbers, but there is US Customs I.D. number available.
***Tracking is useless past the US. Border, which is why I don't even bother with higher priced shipping options. (Unless by specific request)
*** Insurance is only available on International Express Mail. If a package is lost, I will send an equal-value replacement once.
*** I will make every possible attempt to satisfy your needs, and resolve any problems.
*** If the item is Custom-Made, it will be insured for the total price paid plus shipping.
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*** Please note: Shipping prices have recently increased. I will refund anything over $1.00 in excess . I will combine items to save you money.
Thanks for taking the time to read this info!
***Finally, If I have forgotten your shipping refund by chance, you will receive complete credit on your next order, or contact me and I will refund you.
Thank You for taking the time to read this!
Karen King
Refunds and Exchanges
.All sales are final. Even exchanges are acceptable, if the buyer pays shipping.
If the problem is my fault, I will pay the shipping.
If you order a color and are not willing to send swatches, you are assuming the full risk. I have invested in a P.O. Box for this purpose.
In the event of a lost or stolen package, I will file an insurance claim and come to an agreement with you . Communication is key to a happy transaction!
Thank You~
Karen
Additional policies and FAQs
*On the issue of thread matching- I will send a few color samples or elastic cuttings free of charge, if your request is specific.
*I can create a wholesale or custom order for you. If you are a re-seller, we can discuss the terms on an individual basis.
Factors will include: Quantity, Arrival Date, and of course, your budget. I will try to work with your budget.
* In the case of custom orders, I will require a 50% deposit to begin work, and the balance at the time of shipping.
***We will meet all deadlines ! If a deadline date is not possible for us to commit to, the order will not be accepted.
*** Again, these factors are determined on an individual basis.
Thank You~
Karen