Once Upon A Bustle

OnceUponABustle is taking a short break.

Welcome to Once Upon A Bustle!!!!

I am currently on vacation due to several large projects. If you are looking for a custom vest to be created for you, and you are not in a hurry, please contact me :o) I hope to reopen my shop in September/October 2015 :o)

If you need to reach me, please send me a convo, I will answer all messages as soon as I can :o)

Please take the time to check out my sold orders to see the items that I offer in my shop. When I open my shop again, I will have some new items added to my shop :o)

If you are a new customer or have been referred to my shop, please send me a message.....I would love to work with you on making your Steampunk and Victorian clothing dreams come to life :o)

Thank you so much...I look forward to working with you!!!!


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OnceUponABustle's Shop Announcement

PLEASE NOTE: MY SHOP IS CURRENTLY ON VACATION: Sometimes you may see my shop open for a short period of time. The reason I am still on vacation is because I have some very exciting projects that I am working on outside of Etsy...which I am extremely excited about.

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Hello Ladies and Gentlemen! :o) Here is where you will find some very important information that you should read before you place your order:

My name is Esther. I am a professional Tailor/ Menswear Designer/ Theatrical Costume Designer. I PERSONALLY hand make each item that I sell from start to finish. I create all items in a smoke free environment :o)

All new orders for custom items have a completion time frame of 6-8 weeks from the purchase date (does not include the shipping travel time) ....this is due to the amount of orders currently on my schedule and because I personally hand tailor each piece to your specific measurements...which takes time :o) All "READY TO SHIP" items will be shipped either on the same day the item is purchased or the next business day :o) Please convo me and we will begin the ordering process :o)

If you would like to order an item, please allow plenty of time for the order to be completed as well as shipped. All orders are placed on my production schedule once payment is received....first come, first served :o)

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Price changes: You may have noticed a slight increase in prices. The reason for the increase is due to material costs rising. Thank you for your understanding :o)

************************** RECENT PUBLICITY *********************************

I am the Personal Tailor/Clothier of the talented Special Effects Makeup Artist, Glenn Hetrick:

I am the Costume Creator for Steam Powered Giraffe

I am the costume fabricator for the 1/6th scale Destro, the 1/4th scale Captain America, and partial fabrication for the 1/6th scale Batman displayed at San Diego Comic Con.....more to come...

A new 2014 blog feature:

A new 2013 blog feature for the Steampunk Wedding that I created accessories for:

I invite you to see some of the Steampunk accessories that I created for "The worlds best Steampunk wedding" as featured in the Alice in Weddingland is the link:

***Come and check out my February 9th 2012 Blog interview with Unabridged Andra Lyn here:



Sewing is my life...and Menswear is my first love.....LITERALLY!! I am a professional Theatrical Costume Designer and Tailor/ Dressmaker. I have been sewing since birth...almost!!! I have been a professional seamstress for the past 17 years and I am pleased to finally share my work with the rest of the world!

I began sewing at the age of 5...with my mother teaching me. From there I continued to sew through grade school, junior high, and once I hit high school I was able to enroll in a course for Fashion Production. Upon graduating high school I was hired as a seamstress for the OLD GLOBE THEATRE in San Diego at the age of 17. I was a seamstress for the theatre for 6 years, and continue to work at the theatre during the summer.

I now work at a local community college in San Diego as the Costume Manager/ Technician. I was hired at the college on my 24th birthday, and I have been in charge of costume creation and construction at the college for 11 years now. I am now 35 years old and decided to open up an Etsy shop in 2010 because I LOVE to make beautiful quality pieces and I wanted the general public to be able to purchase my creations.....not just have them be on stage in the theatre :o)


*****All of my items are made in a smoke-free environment*****


If you are interested in purchasing my items, and you live outside of the United States, please convo me with your destination and postal zip code. Please be aware that orders going out of the states have a higher shipping rate. Once I have this information I will update the shipping options with the new shipping cost and your destination so that you may purchase the item from my shop.



Please check out my shop policies for more information :o)

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