lisa bailey on May 31, 2016
This dress turned out absolutely fabulous... Esther provided excellent specifics on how to take the best measurements ..and end result, incredible fit! No one could believe it was made so perfectly tailored, first go round, with nothing but internet back and forth. I was amazed myself really --Esther absolutely knows her stuff! Sooo well made, inside and out. My daughter dreamed of finding a dress 'something like' this one that Marilyn wore, but never thought she could get 'the one' -- of course, in modern girl pinup dimensions ;-) THANKS SO MUCH, Esther for your work on this... i cannot recommend highly enough! Lisa
charlotte43221 on Apr 4, 2016
Amazing! Thank you:)
Custom Couture Pinup Clothing by Morningstar Pinup
I have been sewing since I was a small child and have always loved old movies particularly from the 30s-60s. As a young teen i would watch old movies and sketch the outfits. Then in my late teens i got a job in a costume shop where I would make simplified versions of film costumes for theater productions and party rentals. After that I co-owned a vintage clothing shop ''Threads in Time'' for 6 years and found that the best dresses were always tiny and some people were wary of wearing something with so much history. This lead me to started making vintage inspired things in modern sizes, which ended up being our best sellers and I started to get busier with sewing than hunting for vintage. When we made the move to online only and closed the physical shop I moved my studio home and started this little Etsy shop 'Morningstar Pinup'. Now i'm able to spend more time with my little family and continue creating as well as selling Vintage through my other Etsy shop 'Psychedelic Pinup'
I have over 15yrs professional sewing experience and I drape and draft my own patterns as well as work with vintage patterns. So i can alter a pattern you have or drape a pattern just from a picture. My work has been featured in ''Town magazine'', ''Belle Magazine'', the cover of ''At Home in the Upstate'' and worn by Miss South Carolina. It makes my heart happy to know that my work is all over the world being enjoyed. Creating is my passion, and i hope you enjoy wearing my work as much as i enjoy creating each piece.
I do take custom orders for Women's clothing in all sizes, I prefer to create vintage styled items only. Send me a message if you are interested in having something created.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Pattern Drafter, Photographer, Shipping Coordinator
I have been sewing since i was little and have been creating, sewing and designing professionally for 15 years.
Here you will find Vintage Inspired Pinup Clothing, Vintage Reproductions, Custom Couture Bespoke Clothing. I do accept a limited number of ''Custom requests'' all i need is a picture or sketch to create your dream outfit,.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Any taxes and duties incurred upon arrival of the package are the responsibility of the buyer and are not included in the sales amount.
Deposits paid reserves the fabric for the item only, no work will be done until the full amount has cleared. I cannot guarantee a ship date until the item is paid in full. Deposits are non-refundable. All items are custom made to order and may not returned. Alterations are available upon request. If you have a problem with your order please message me i'm more than happy to assist you and answer any questions. For more detailed information please see below.
Tracking numbers are usually provided within the US and ID numbers are provided for international packages unless priority is requested.
I am not responsible for items delayed by shipper due to weather or other uncontrollable events that may effect a timely arrival. I do ship to allow enough time for items to arrive on time according to normal shipping times to your location but i can not guarantee a delivery date, especially around holidays. In the event of a lost/stolen/late package i will assist in any way i can to locate the item and file any insurance claims if applicable. Buyer must cooperate with claims made and be wiling to sign an affidavit if requested by shipper or no refund will be given. All claims must be submitted before any reimbursement is made. Replacements may or may not be possible due to availability or time frame so please contact me to discuss your options.
*Please note that buyers are responsible for any and all duties, customs fees, carriage fees, handling fees or VAT charges that may be incurred when shipping outside of the United States*
calculate any taxes and fees your country may charge here
Refunds and Exchanges
***POLICY FOR CUSTOM, MADE TO ORDER ITEMS***
Due to the unique nature of each made to measure custom item, they are NON-REFUNDABLE. Turn around times can change dramatically between emailing me about an item and an order being placed. Please leave your event date in the notes when you check out so i can let you know if that date is possible.
-Custom Design Policy and Exclusivity-
Items that are custom designed for a client ( no finalized sketch or picture is given during consultation) are the design property of Morningstar Pinup, any sketches, photos etc made by Morningstar Pinup may not be used by the client without permission. The completed design and artwork will not be considered exclusive to the client, unless the client has requested this and has provided their own unique fully finished original design requiring no design input from Morningstar Pinup. If the client would like to delay images of the final product being shared before their scheduled event just let me know before work begins.
***If you would like a one of a kind design that will not be made available for sale to anyone else an ''exclusivity fee'' will apply***
All payments MUST be made through Pay Pal or Direct Checkout.
Please do not send payments directly to Paypal without purchasing a listing through Etsy. Do not send cash, checks or money orders, any such payments will be refused.
The clients deposit reserves my services and purchases and stores fabric for the item so that it would be guaranteed to be available when it is time to be completed.
The Deposit payment is NOT REFUNDABLE if you change your mind, your event is canceled, you decide to go in another direction or you don't make your final payment within 4 months unless other arrangements have been made ahead of time. If an item is canceled no claim may be made to the fabric or any other items purchased for that order. If you decide you want a different fabric you must send your final payment for the order as well as pay for the additional yardage cost for new fabric. A Deposit amount is generally half of the total cost not including shipping but may be more or less depending on cost of materials for the chosen item.
-Paid In Full
If you have paid in full and it has been 2 days or less since your order date you may cancel for a full refund as long as no fabric has been ordered.
If you have paid in full and no work has been done on your item, you may cancel the order only if the order has been open for less than 3 months. By canceling you forfeit a percentage as a deposit for your spot being held when other orders could have been accepted as well as the cost of materials that were custom ordered for you. The remaining amount will be refunded in the same form as your original payment. No claim to any fabric or materials that were purchased to fulfill that service may be made. It is the Buyers responsibility to check with me about arrival, sizing, materials etc to be sure of all details BEFORE an order is placed.
If you have paid in full and work has begun. The item will be finished and mailed to you as previously planed.
*Orders That Cannot Be Completed*
Any orders lacking size/measurement/fabric/payment after 4 months will be canceled. Any and all payments will be considered a deposit and will be forfeited to cover time my wasted, loss of other possible income/customers and the cost materials purchased for the order. It is the buyers responsibility to promptly provide accurate information, to send payment when scheduled and to answer their Etsy messages in a timely fashion.
-ALTERATIONS & FIT ISSUES-
*** It is the buyers responsibility to provide accurate measurements and fit information. Please do not order without first checking your body's actual measurements. My sizes may or may not line up with standard clothing sizes that you normally wear. Just because you wear a Medium most of the time does not mean you should order a Medium from me. A bra size is not the same as a 'Full Bust measurement' bra size and full bust can vary up to 3'' from person to person. Check your actual body measurements and choose the size that best suits your body or just send me your measurements.***
I Strongly recommend all Brides find a local tailor or seamstress they trust to fit them in person once their dress arrives so the best fit can be achieved for the big day. It is best to be able to show the seamstress or tailor what you would like adjusted and for them to see you in the dress to make recommendations. Even custom made dresses sometimes need a little adjustment when the person is not present during the creation of the item. There is no way for me to know how you want the dress to fit and feel when I cant fit you. Alterations should be expected so plan your arrival and your budget accordingly. Its not always needed but then its a happy surprise and not the other way around. I do not cover alterations costs done by others.
-Alterations US Locations Only-
If you have fit issues please message me to see if a simple modification is all that is needed, In most cases items can be altered. If you can tell me what the issue is i will let you know if it is something that can be done without having it fitted in person. Please contact me first so that i know to look for your item and so i know what needs to be done. I will alter an item up to 14 days after the item has been shipped. Just send it back and ill fix it for you and at no extra charge except for any shipping fees back and forth.
In some cases it may be best that you have an item fitted by a tailor in your area, this should be expected with any online clothing ordering process, there is no guarantee that it will fit exactly the way you expect. With online custom sewing sometimes there are fitting issues because i cant see you in person and everyone is built a little differently even if they have the same measurements. I do not cover any alterations charges should it be altered elsewhere.
In some cases materials shown in images will no longer be available, the new fabric will be shown in listing or you will be sent a message regarding the change. Small items like trims, buttons, zippers, lace ruffles, buckles, etc may differ slightly due to what is available from suppliers at the time of your order, these minor differences may not be mentioned in listings and should be expected with custom non-mass produced items. Fabric type is described in the listing, i am not responsible for colors not matching items you already own, or how fabric may appear in photos vs in person. If you have questions regarding such issues they should be asked before purchase. Im more than happy to message pictures of the items that will be used for your item.
I charge $30 an hour, shipping fees are NOT included. Alterations will be completed within 2-4 weeks of receipt. In most cases it is more cost and time effective to have alterations done locally. I do not cover alterations costs done by others.
*By purchasing an item you are agreeing to all of the above terms and conditions.**
Additional policies and FAQs
I price items based on three categories:
1. Labor - my time and talent creating the item, pattern drafting, size adjustments etc
2. Fabric and material cost - fabric, thread, boning, zipper, hooks eyes, ribbon, etc.
3 Fees- Paypal and Etsy collect a percentage of the sale for using their services.
These three categories are considered for every request and then added together for your final price, shipping costs are never included in a quote, that will be calculated later when you purchase the listing. If you aren't sure about the main aspects of a design i cant give you a definitive price until these things are decided. i don't just pull a number our of thin air, my prices change as the costs of materials change for each order, this keeps things fair for both parties.
All items are made in a smoke free environment. I do have dogs but keep them away from fabrics and materials. I do not have cats.
Frequently asked questions
Choose the size closest to your measurements from the drop down menu, if any changes are needed please leave info in the ''note to seller'' section at checkout
I do not do wholesale or bulk item discounts- Its not worth my time.
I do not have traditional work hours and can not accept phone calls
Models, Photographers, Reviews, Promotions
I do not allow anyone to borrow or use clothing, i dont make rental costumes.
I do not exchange clothing for publicity, reviews, photo shoots etc.
Womens Clothing Styles Only
I do not do Mens or Childrens clothing.
I do not make Accessories such as: hats, jewelry, shoes, leg warmers etc