custom Made Handmade Retro clothing

Orlando, Florida · 1575 Sales


custom Made Handmade Retro clothing

Orlando, Florida 1575 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
Michelle Tan

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Michelle Tan

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5 out of 5 stars
Tina McGrath

Tina McGrath on Apr 17, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much for the awesome costume. We received it in the time frame promised, and the fit was perfect. Great quality in the stitching and fabric. You are very talented!!! It was worth every penny!

J Sal

J Sal on Apr 3, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

This cape was carefully and beautifully made and fit perfectly! Big thank you to Michelle for communicating clearly and thoughtfully to me throughout this process and for her diligence in confirming measurement sizes. Her dedication and workmanship are exceptional! (Shipping time to Australia was also very reasonable!). Very happy customer 😊


TheMadBlonde on Mar 26, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Beautifully crafted, durable custom item. Seller VERY responsive & conscientious. Fast shipping, great sale.

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bringing effortless clothing to the masses

I was born in Greenwich, London. A year after that, my family moved back to Borneo, to a beautiful tropical city called Kota Kinabalu. That's where I spent most of my young life growing up. As a child, my mother used to sew many dresses for me. She took sewing classes, and I used to tag along and sew Barbie doll clothes under the table. When I grew older, my mother taught me how to sew my very first skirt. From then on I was hooked, so much so that I was constantly in trouble at school because I was designing dresses in my textbooks!

By the time I was done with high school, I made up my mind to pursue a degree in fashion design. I enrolled in a three year college for Fashion Design called CENFAD (Center for Advanced Design). In my first three years of my Associate’s Degree in college, I attended classes like textile design, design concepts, and fashion sketching. I absolutely loved what I was doing.

After graduating, I worked at quite a few companies, like Harper's Bazaar magazine and even a bag manufacturing company. But I finally found myself in theater, designing costumes for a private production company. Here is where I discovered the my love for historical costumes especially costumes from the 1940's to 1960's.

After two years in theater, I realized there was more I needed to learn and accomplish. So I decided to head back to school to earn my Bachelor's Degree in the United States.

In the US, I discovered vintage clothing. I found it exciting to find dresses from the 1950's and other eras gone by. So while I was in college, I opened my first Etsy shop, Minicoops vintage clothing. During my vintage clothing hunts, I discovered that a lot of the clothes were in sizes that women don't wear anymore, and the condition of the clothes were less than desirable. It was frustrating that these things were out of my control.

Then a light bulb moment hit! Why don't I recreate these styles of the past and make it available to the everyday woman? So at last I found a perfect meeting ground for my love of historical costumes and designing clothing. That's how MichyLou retro clothing was born.

So right out of college I opened my handmade Retro Clothing shop. I am doing it full time and I didn't even have to look for a job!

Shop members

  • Michelle Tan

    Owner, Designer, Maker, Designing, Sewing

    I studied Fashion design for 4 years, graduating with a bachelors in fine arts specializing in Fashion design and merchandising. so far I have about 10 years experience in sewing and working in the fashion industry.

  • mittens and bootsie

    Curator, Assistant

    my only workmates at home. they keep me company and provide entertainment. although they are kept out of my sewing room to keep the fur at bay.

  • Christopher

    Assistant, Shipper, Handyman

    I am Michelle's husband. I am the handyman, I made the tables and peg boards and I also fix the machines if there is a problem. I also help drop off packages when I can.

Production partners

  • sewing production team

    Tampa, FL

    Michelle designs, creates patterns and sources fabrics. The Tampa production team then cuts and sews dresses in small batches.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 4, 2012
Hello! I strive to create clothing that is unique and high quality at an affordable price. I have 12 years of sewing experience.

your item comes from a smoke free home and pet free studio. please let me know if you are highly allergic to cats. but I do strive to keep my items and studio ( and my house) fur free.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If you are not 100% satisfied with your order, please contact me before you leave negative feedback. We can surely work something out.

I only except returns within 7 days, unworn and in the same condition as when purchased (package must be shipped within 7 days) My customer’s satisfaction is very important to me!
If you have not paid and I do not hear from you for 3 days I shall cancel the transaction.
I Ship using PRIORITY MAIL or FIRST CLASS which are shipping options of the UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE (USPS)
It takes about 2-3 business days to arrive anywhere in the US. it takes about 10 business days for it to arrive on international orders.

INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL CUSTOMS FEES. I WILL not put a lower cost on the package because of fraud.

Please know that all international orders will probably have CUSTOMS FEES
please check with your postal service on the customs fees of your country.

I will Ship to your ETSY Address so please make sure this is the address you want me to ship to.

I ship the next day after I complete the dress (which usually takes 10 working days/ 2 weeks) . I will also include free shipping confirmation.

I would love to combine shipping. If you want to buy multiple items, just send me an email or convo so that I can make necessary arrangements. I usually charge the heaviest item fist then add the discounted shipping for the second item.
all my shipping rates have Insurance included.

Insurance is available for international shipping.

If a package is unclaimed by the buyer or returned to me because of an incorrect address due to a mistake by the buyer, the buyer must repay the shipping & handling fees so that the items may be re-packaged & shipped again.
Additional policies and FAQs
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