High quality historical costumes, corsets, & clothing

Boulder, Colorado · 1315 Sales


High quality historical costumes, corsets, & clothing

Boulder, Colorado 1315 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars

Redthreaded is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Cynthia (Redthreaded's owner) is travelling through May 29th. We have set the Etsy shop to Vacation mode to simplify order processing while she is away. Orders may still be placed via The Etsy shop will be back by May 29th.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 17, 2018

Cynthia (Redthreaded's owner) is travelling through May 29th. We have set the Etsy shop to Vacation mode to simplify order processing while she is away. Orders may still be placed via The Etsy shop will be back by May 29th.

Cynthia Settje

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Cynthia Settje



Bringing beauty to costume enthusiasts around the world

About Redthreaded

Redthreaded is a costume business specializing in high quality historically inspired costumes, gowns, corsets, and millinery. These are not your average Halloween costumes, these are truly investment pieces. Cindy's technical theatrical costume training combines with historical costume knowledge and research to bring you quality garments which will last through the ages and make you feel beautiful each time you wear them. Our clients range from the individual costume enthusiast to the Broadway stage.

About Cindy, the Owner

I have had a passion for sewing, historical fashion, film, and theater costumes since my early teens. I received my BFA in Costume Technology, and I have worked professionally at a number of theaters throughout the United States. I opened Redthreaded in 2009 as a way to offer my costuming passion and love of fine workmanship to a wider audience.

I run Redthreaded from my studio just outside of Boulder, Colorado, where I am lucky enough to enjoy a view of the Rocky Mountains just steps from my door.

Professional theatrical costume portfolio and technical resume can be seen at

Shop members

  • Cindy

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Cynthia (Cindy) opened Redthreaded in 2009 as a way to offer her costuming passion to a wider audience. She carefully oversees all work in the studio.

  • Alyssa


    Alyssa works full time at Redthreaded.

  • Allison


    Allison works part time in the studio. She also runs her own millinery business at

Production partners

  • Mile High Workshop

    Denver, CO

    Mile High Workshop makes the corset busks for Redthreaded. A local non-profit, their mission is to create and support employment opportunities and provide job training for members of our community seeking to rebuild their lives. A wonderful cause!

Shop policies

Last updated on December 17, 2016
Thank you for visiting Redthreaded on Etsy! We work in a smoke free, pet free studio.

If you have any issues at all with your order, please do not hesitate to contact me. Customer satisfaction is very important to us.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Other Method
Returns and exchanges
In all cases, you MUST contact us before making a return. Unauthorized returns cannot be guaranteed a refund or replacement, though we do our best to make our customers happy, and will certainly work with you.

In-stock items are returnable for 100% of the cost, minus return postage. Must be put in return post within 7 days of receipt, with tracking number. Must be returned in original like-new condition. Items damaged from abuse or inappropriate wear, as well as items that have obviously been worn to an event, are not returnable.

Custom items are returnable completely for 50% of the original price, because of the lessened chance of re-sale. Must be returned in original like-new condition. Items damaged from abuse or inappropriate wear, as well as items that have obviously been worn to an event, are not returnable. We are not responsible for fitting problems due to inaccurate measurements, weight gain/loss, pregnancy, or other body changes. Must be put in return post within 7 days of receipt, with tracking number.

(Items made specifically for you, to your measurements): We want you to be absolutely satisfied with the fit of your custom item. Because of this, we go above and beyond industry standard and allow one return for minor fitting fixes at no extra labor cost. In this case, Buyer pays insured & tracked return postage.

We are happy to make adjustments to in-stock items before shipping, for an additional fee. Please contact us to discuss your ideas/needs.
Full payment is due before shipment.

No layaways or split payments will be accepted.

A non-refundable up front deposit of 50% is required for supplies and initial labor on custom orders. Full up front payment is always preferred, and is the simplest for both Redthreaded and for you, as we can ship your finished piece as soon as it is complete.

Due to the nature of custom work, your initial 50% deposit is non-refundable should you decide to cancel during the custom order process. If you have paid more than 50% towards your balance, you will be refunded minus the deposit.
Ready-made items usually ship within 2 business days of purchase. Custom orders ship by the agreed-upon date, according to my turn around times and prompt responses/payment from buyer.

All items will be shipped USPS, generally Priority, with tracking and 3rd party insurance. If you would prefer a different carrier, or to use your own shipping account, please contact us prior to purchase for other options. We often ship with clients FedEx accounts for our theatre orders.

Signature confirmation will be included on all orders worth $200 or more. This insures that your valuable purchase makes it into your hands. We may also add signature confirmation for apartment addresses, at our discretion.

We ship USPS First Class or Priority International, insured, depending on item weight. We have had good luck with shipments arriving within 3 weeks around the world, but please understand that in some cases shipping times can be as long as 6-8 weeks. In the event that you need the item by a certain date, please contact us before purchase, or choose one of the expedited shipping options.

International customers are responsible for paying any duty fees incurred at customs in their country. In some countries, these can be as much as 40% of the item price, so please familiarize yourself with your country's duty fees, VAT, etc. to avoid unpleasant surprises. Under no circumstances will a package be marked "gift" or at a reduced value.

Sometimes, things go awry in shipment. If there is a problem (loss or damage), we will file an insurance claim and, depending on the item and the circumstances of the situation, re-ship, re-create, or reimburse value + shipping. You may be required to fill out a quick loss affidavit for the insurer, and provide us with photos of the damage and packaging. In the case of a lost package, we ask that you wait until the window for insurance claims opens (3 weeks in USA, 30-60 days international depending on country) before we re-ship or refund since the package may still be delivered in this time frame. We cover missing packages even if tracking shows "delivered," since we know that parcels can go missing from doorsteps.
Additional policies and FAQs
***What is your turn-around time for custom orders?
Usually about 4-7 weeks for individual corset orders, but we keep our schedule flexible to allow for last minute projects. Contact us for current scheduling.

***Do you take other orders besides corsets?
We make a wide range of costumes for theatre. We try to keep our focus on corsets for private clients, however, we do the occasional full historical ensemble or bridal order. If you have a fabulous idea, do let us know!

***How do I measure for a corset?
Take your measurements over a supportive but lightly padded or unpadded bra, and ideally get someone to help you. Keep the measuring tape horizontal to the floor. Measure your natural waist at the space between your ribs and your hips, usually at or just above navel. If you have a hard time finding it, bend to the side. Where your body naturally creases is your natural waist.

***How do I pick a size?
Your corset should be at least 2-4” smaller than your measurements, and more if you're very “squishy”. Larger women can frequently lace down more than smaller women. Victorian hourglass type corsets can lace in tighter than 18th Century Stays, Tudor Stays, and Regency. For reference, the models for our current standard white corsets are wearing the same size (M and 20, respectively) in all styles.

Our corsets are designed for a moderate reduction of 2”-4” and can be worn closed or with a lacing gap of 2-4” as well. The gaps are a bit large on some of our models, because the realities of photoshoots mean we do not have the time to slowly and safely lace down to full reduction.

If you have any sizing questions, contact us with your measurements prior to purchase.

***How do I wear my corset?
Your corset will come with wearing instructions. I suggest wearing corsets over a chemise, camisole, or other “liner” as this is more comfortable and it protects the corset from body oils and sweat.

It is important to lace down slowly the first few times you wear your corset. This allows the corset to “season” to your body as the fibers adjust a bit to your specific shape, and for you to get accustomed to the feel of wearing it. Therefore, it is best to wear your corset a few times for a few hours each before wearing it to a full costume event. When tightening a corset, keep the lacing gap as even and parallel as possible to avoid damaging the center back bones.

Hourglass corsets (Victorian, S-Bend, Titanic) lace to the waist. There are two loops of lacing called “rabbit ears.” This is where you should tighten from—do not undo the bottom lacing knot or tighten from the bottom. ALWAYS loosen the lacing before fastening or unfastening the busk. Busks are sturdy when they are fully done up, but the individual studs can break under pressure if the lacing is not loosened.

***How do I care for my corset?
Your corset will come with wear and care instructions. Generally, the white all-cotton corsets can be hand washed in warm water with mild detergent and then air dried. The steel boning is galvanized and will not rust as long as it isn't left to soak. Remove wooden busks and lacings first. Corsets with reed boning, fancy fashion fabric, or other ornamentation should be dry cleaned only by an experienced cleaner. All corsets can be spritzed on the inside with a mix of water and vodka as a deodorizer.

Store your corset over a hanger, or gently rolled in a drawer. Avoid putting anything heavy on it which might bend or damage the boning.

***How “Accurate” are your corsets?
Our corsets are historically accurate in silhouette and patterning (except for certain more avant-garde fashion corsets). We use modern materials when necessary to approximate historical products which are no longer available, such as whalebone. We use grommets for all corsets because they are sturdy and economical, but these did not exist until the 19<sup>th</sup> century. We are happy to do hand bound eyelets instead by request on custom orders. Our construction techniques are a blend of historical methods and modern theatrical methods. We choose one or the other by taking into consideration durability, visual appeal, and construction ease. All corsets are machine stitched.

***Why are your corsets so expensive? I can get one on Amazon for $40.
All of our corsets are handmade in small batches or one at a time in our studio in the USA. That immediately raises our overhead costs significantly when compared to the mass manufactured corsets made in Pakistan or China which are churned out in factories by the thousands. We also use top-quality materials and focus on providing excellent fit and historical accuracy. Our custom sizes are drafted specifically to fit you. You can't get that from Amazon.

***Why do your plus sizes cost more than your standard sizes?
Believe us, we wish they didn't have to cost more, because we understand how frustrating the current fashion market is for plus size women. However, our plus sizes are quite different from the standard range. They are different drafts, not simply scaled-up versions of standard sizes. We've taken care to add more boning and in some cases more seams to help with fit and support. All of this comes at an additional material and labor cost.

Large manufacturers are able to absorb the cost of the extra fabrics and materials used in plus sizing across their entire size range--the XS helps pay for the 2X etc. When you're manufacturing 1,000 or 10,000 pieces, that works. However, this is simply not possible at our small scale. We've done our best to keep the pricing differences as low as possible.

***Can I visit your studio? Do you have a retail storefront?
The Redthreaded location in Louisville, CO is a working studio, not a retail storefront. However, we are happy to arrange fittings and studio visits by appointment.