OnceUponABustle

Once Upon A Bustle

California, United States · 649 Sales

OnceUponABustle

Once Upon A Bustle

California, United States 649 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(188)

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Note from shop owner 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) If you have an order on my schedule...don't worry...the orders are being completed😊

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!!!!

Esther

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 5, 2016

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) If you have an order on my schedule...don't worry...the orders are being completed😊

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!!!!

Esther

Esther Skandunas

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Esther Skandunas

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(188)
Matt Gajda

Matt Gajda on Jul 5, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Esther did a really great job with the construction and picking the fabric as I described what colors and tones I wanted. The fabric is really great! It is a very nice woven pattern. In fact, I have been wearing it as an ascot under my contemporary shirts and I have been getting many compliments!

Matt Gajda

Matt Gajda on Jul 5, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Very excellently made! It fits perfectly in the right places, and the extra blousing material makes me feel so luxurious. I was really surprised to see how different the fabric is compared to contemporary shirts. I love it! It's so soft, comfortable, and actually quite breathable. Wearing it as I write this review. :)

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About

Once Upon A Bustle

I began my Etsy shop "Once Upon a Bustle" because I have always wanted to make beautiful items for people to enjoy all over the world.

I personally hand tailor each item that I sell....from start to finish. I mostly create one of a kind menswear pieces, I do create womens wear as well, but my first love has always been menswear. I see my creations as art, I do not see the items that I create as merely clothing. I look at and approach each item that I make as an artist, and each creation as my artwork and the final product as an investment for my customer. Each piece is made with extra fabric hidden on the inside of the garment. The reason I do this is so that my pieces can be altered to be made larger (or smaller) over time. This way I ensure that my pieces will last and be a functioning part of my customers wardrobe for many years to come.

Since opening my shop in 2010, I have created items for Independent Films, Celebrity Photo Shoots, Museums, been featured in several blogs, and have made pieces for clients that have appeared on Television. I am the costume designer for the band Steam Powered Giraffe as well as Glenn Hetrick's (judge on reality show Face-Off) personal tailor. I am also a professional prototype costume fabricator for Sideshow Collectibles, in which I create costumes for 1/6th scale and 1/4 scale collectible figures. (comic characters and super heroes, movie characters)

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  • Esther Skandunas

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    I have loved creating menswear for as long as I can remember. I have been a professional theatrical costume designer for the past 14 years. Tailoring is my passion as is quality craftsmanship. I personally hand tailor each piece in my shop.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 23, 2016
Hi and welcome to "Once Upon A Bustle", the store of all things Victorian, Steampunk, and the Wild West! I hope you enjoy the items in my store.

Let me tell you a little about myself. My name is Esther and I am the crafter of all of the items here. I am a professional Theatrical Costume Designer and Seamstress, and when I'm not here crafting items for my shop, I run and manage a College Costume Shop full time.

I began creating and sewing at the young age of 5 and I have never stopped. I have been a professional seamstress since the age of 17, by landing my first job working for the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. I was a seamstress in the costume shop there for 6 years before moving on to run my own costume shop. So, needless to say I love quality and detail and I pay close attention to both aspects for each of my creations.

Accepted payment methods

Payment
********************************Payment Method************************************
I only accept payment through Paypal. If you are requesting a custom item, I begin working on that item when I receive payment for the order. If I do not receive payment within 48 hours of order placement, I reserve the right to cancel the sale.

********************Possible Extra Cost in Regard to Custom Orders****************
Some custom items may require me to create a whole new pattern based on personal measurements....if this is the case I do charge a patternmaking fee, as patterns require much time to create. If a pattern is necessary I will let you know immediately. Most of my items will NOT require a patternmaking fee.

If requesting an item that is larger than what I offer, I will charge extra for the item due to the cost of the extra material required to create the item.

****************************Order Completion Time-Frame****************************

Depending on the detail and/or difficulty of a custom order please allow between 4-8 weeks for construction and completion. I do not offer a rush on an order since all of my orders are placed on my production schedule on a first come, first served basis.

***********************Want to Reserve A Ready To Ship Item?************************

If you would like to reserve a ready to ship item in my shop, please convo me. I will reserve item for 72 hours. If you need a longer period of time, let me know so that we can arrange the period of time needed. Once the agreed upon time has been reached and if the item is not sold to the reserved customer, then the item will again be available for anyone to purchase.
Shipping
**************************Shipping Carriers That I Use***********************************

I ship all my items through USPS Priority, USPS International Express, FedEx Ground or UPS Ground. Your shipping fee includes tracking and insurance....for international shipping the price includes customs fees. If you need your item shipped faster, please convo me BEFORE you purchase the item so that I can calculate expidited shipping cost and adjust the shipping cost on the listing as needed.

**********************************When I Ship Out Orders********************************

I ship out items on regular business days and business hours Monday-Friday. If you order a ready made item past 12:00 PM, I will not be able to ship your item until the next business day. Custom orders will be shipped on the date sent via convo. If more or less time is needed for a custom order, I will convo you with the new shipping/completion date.

************************* Estimated Shipping Arrival Time*******************************

If your item is being shipped to a destination within the United States, you should receive your purchase between 3-10 business days from the day it is shipped.

***************************Outside of the United States??********************************
If you would like to purchase an item, and you live outside of the United States, please convo me with your Country and destination including postal zip code so that I can calculate shipping costs and change the shipping destination and shipping cost on the listing of the item you are interested in.
Refunds and Exchanges
I go to great lengths to provide detailed descriptions, measurements and photos of the items in my shop, and I would be happy to answer any questions. With this in mind, I do NOT issue refunds....BUT please contact me if there is a problem with the item. I always work with my clients.

Please read each item description carefully before you purchase an item, for I include detailed measurements of each ready to ship garment. Please check and compare your personal measurements to the garment's measurements.

Custom garments are made upon order and are made to fit specific measurements. I do not issue refunds on these items because they are made to fit a specific person. Please send me a convo if you have questions regarding the finished product once it is received.

*****Please refer to my "Additional Information" section******

Due to the detailed measurements provided for each item and custom orders, I do not exchange or refund for items that do not fit...I will however correct the size by having the customer return the item...I will fix it and then ship it bac. ****It is very important that you measure yourself correctly********
Additional policies and FAQs
************All Items are created on a first come, first served basis.*******************

Your order is placed on my production schedule once the order has been paid for. If you need something by a specific date, please allow yourself plenty of time to receive your order in time....I suggest contacting me at least 2 1/2 months in advance or more....my schedule fills up pretty quickly.

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Important Information Regarding Ready To Ship Items:

Please read each item description carefully before you purchase an item, for I include detailed measurements of each garment. Please check and compare your personal measurements to the garment's measurements. If you will be wearing other garments underneath the item that you are interested in, I suggest taking your personal measurements wearing the clothes that you will have on under the item that you would like to purchase. If the measurements of the item in my shop are the same as your personal measurements, then the item will fit snug or tight on your body. If you want your garment to be a little loose order an item that is at least 1 1/2"- 2" larger than yourself at the largest portion of your body that will be covered by the garment......please purchase according to how loose you want your garment to fit your body.

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Important Information Regarding Wanting to Reserve A Ready Made Item:

If you would like to reserve an item in my shop, please convo me. I will reserve items for 3 days. If you need a longer period of time, let me know so that we can arrange the period of time needed. Once the agreed upon time has been reached and the item is not sold to the reserved customer, then the item will again be available to the general public to purchase.

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Important Information Regarding Customer Etiquette

I create custom one of a kind hand made items. Each item I create, I make myself, and I make them in a timely manner. In order for me to create your item in a timely manner I need to have several conversations with my customer regarding the item that they are requesting....therefore, I need timely responses back to my conversations.

If communication has begun regarding having a custom item made, (and there has not been a purchase of the custom order yet) and I do not hear back from the potential customer within 3 days of the last conversation, I will assume that the customer is no longer interested in the item and will void out any completion date that may have been spoken of due to other orders coming in and being placed on the production schedule....as all of my orders are on a first come first served basis....remember, in order to be placed on my production schedule, the order has to be paid for first.

***************I do reserve the right to refuse service to customers*********************

I reserve the right to refuse or cancel an order with a customer. What warrants a refusal or cancellation of an order immediately is harrassment and threatening conversations. I will not tolerate any customer that feels they have the right to bully, threaten or harrass either myself or my other customers. I will report the customer to Etsy and I will send copies of the conversations in my report.