Lester Rochester on Mar 14, 2016
very nice hand crafted pouch, fast shipping
Mandy Eldred-Tyler on Aug 13, 2015
Fab outfit and excellent fit thank you.
Welcome to my fairytale!
Oshun began from a love of two things: 1. Creating and 2. Gorgeous fabric. Oh and 3. The fact that I can’t find the clothes I want to wear in shops. I didn’t realise it at the time, but it all started when I was 15 and cut up and altered cheap clothes from charity shops and jumble sales; partly because I liked the shabby grunge style, and partly because I simply couldn’t afford to buy new clothes (at least, not the ones I liked).
Since then I studied Art, Photography, English and Creative writing and had a teenage novel published. The book is set at Glastonbury festival, a place I love and fills me with inspiration every year. I used to save up money all year so I could buy my clothes from all the interesting stalls and wished there were shops that sold these clothes near where I lived. That is how my website www.JustABitDifferent.co.uk began. I enjoy the business of buying and selling cool clothes, particularly sourcing items from new designers and fair trade and British-made manufacturers, but it didn’t fulfil my creative side. Why didn’t I have a go at making my own clothes again? I thought to myself.
With no funds to buy rolls of new fabric, I looked into the idea of recycling and realised this could be my little contribution to lessening the landfill problem. Luckily, I am naturally a hoarder and already had a few bin bags full of clothes I hoped to fit into again one day, and clothes my kids had grown out or worn out of. Then for a donation to the nearby primary school PTA, I came home with a car full of jumble that hadn’t been wanted after their sale. Nowadays I have a fantastic contact from whom I buy discarded Indian clothes. These are my favourites because they are often made of soft cotton or beautiful pure silk and the embellishments and decorations are just amazing. I also trawl vintage markets and fairs for lovely time-worn fabrics, Victorian corsets and antique lace and crochet. There is a real satisfaction in re-working these items into something new and hope to make the wearer feel beautiful in them.
Oshun is the Yoruban African Goddess of love, and delights in the creation of beauty and art. This is the feel I hope to achieve in my work. As a child I watched a film called The Slipper and the Rose over and over again, sketching Cinderella’s costumes. I am heavily influenced by historical fashions and fairytales. I also love steampunk styling and the romantic gothic. Despite Etsy's advice to have one particular style, it means I have several different alternative looks to choose from. Please have fun browsing my shop and it may help to use the categories on the left to look around :)
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer
As I child I spent my weekends writing stories, making clothes for my dolls, and drawing and painting and crafting things. Despite assuming I would end up in a proper job; I actually now do all the things I loved doing then. I feel very lucky!
I try to be eco-friendly so I often use vintage or pre-loved materials. Although occasionally I follow similar trains of thought, I don’t use patterns; developing each garment organically, so every outfit is completely unique , handmade and one of a kind. No-one else will own one like it!
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
UK postage is sent 2nd class 'to be signed for' delivery.
Overseas shipping is sent with 'International tracked & signed for' for most items; I'm sorry about the cost - I don't make any profit on posting. Parcels to the USA take approximately 5-7 working days, but can be 3 weeks to some parts of the world. I'm sorry, I cannot be more specific than this, I have no control once I've posted it!
Smaller items are usually sent with regular airmail and may take up to 3 weeks.
There should be no customs costs as I mark packages as 'Gift'; however if customs open the parcel and decide customs costs need to be paid, then I'm afraid I can't be responsible for this.
I'm often asked if I can send an item with express shipping. I'm sorry, but tracked and signed for is the fasted posting method we have at a reasonable price. 5 day delivery is about £60.
Refunds and Exchanges
I'm sorry I can't be more generous with this, but I am a very small business in early stages; I hope you understand.
NB. Exclusions. I don't offer refunds on made-to-order items. ALSO, no refunds on halloween costumes unless I receive it back before September 25th - don't forget to allow 2 weeks for overseas postage. UNLESS the problem is my fault, in which case, of course I'll refund.
Additional policies and FAQs
All seams are serged/overlocked where appropriate. I sometimes leave edges raw, which means with wear and washing, they may fray slightly. I do this deliberately because I like the effect it makes and believe it adds to the ethereal quality. If I think this will be severe, I run a line of stitching near the edge to prevent the garment fraying away!
I welcome custom, made-to-measure orders; please message me to discuss. I can usually complete an order within 3 weeks if I have the fabric already. If not, I will let you know immediately to avoid disappointment. I have a listing for a deposit, which informs you of the custom process: https://www.etsy.com/listing/110309578/deposit-for-custom-dress-fairy-costume?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=custom
Sizing. To allow for the differences in international sizes, I use broader terms like Small, Medium etc. I always give measurements, so please check before purchase. Generally speaking I relate to these UK sizes. (USA sizing is 1 - 2 sizes smaller.)
Extra Small: 4 - 6
Small: 8 - 10
Medium: 12 - 14
Large: 16 - 18
Extra large: 18 - 20
(NB This is different to many brands. Eg. surf brands often have size 14 as extra large!)
Care advice. Hand washing will no doubt help all garments last longer, however our lives are usually busy ones, and as long as the fabric allows, several things I make - particularly kids' clothes - should be up to machine washing on a delicate cycle at 30 degrees C. If your machine doesn't have those options, please hand wash to be on the safe side. If there are any special instructions that differ from this, I will mention so in the listing description eg. I'm afraid silk items will have to be hand washed and more and more I'm using beading, sequins and delicate vintage fabrics which aren't suitable to go in the machine.
Special notes about the Indian Summer Collection - please read.
This collection is made from upcycling and recycling traditional handmade Indian clothing, mainly in silk, but also chiffon and cotton. I hand-washed all of it first and discovered that some of the items were not colour-fast, so please bear that in mind. I personally like the effect of colour-run, but if you don't, please dry clean, particularly if the garment contains different colours.These items aren’t machine washable - only hand wash or dry clean. It’s worth it - the fabrics and detailing are just gorgeous.
International differences. Please remember I am in the UK and there is often a time difference - we're 6 - 9 hours ahead of America depending on area and time of year. Therefore, please be patient with your questions as I may be getting ready for bed when you ask something and unlikely to reply till the next day!
There are also differences in phrases or names of things. If you're not sure of something please ask. (Eg. your pants are our trousers; our pants are your knickers; your vests are our waistcoats, your tank tops are our vests, and I won't tell you what your fanny packs are!)
Likewise, I do know how to spell! Words like colour, jewellery, customise etc. are correct English spelling in the UK!