SugarKittyCouture

Hand Crafted Luxury Pasties & Burlesque Accessories

Columbus, Ohio 3131 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars (967)

SugarKittyCouture

Hand Crafted Luxury Pasties & Burlesque Accessories

Columbus, Ohio | 3131 Sales

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SugarKitty Couture

Announcement    ⚫ SHIPPING UPGRADES ARE NOT FREE. IF YOUR ORDER QUALIFIES FOR FREE SHIPPING, IT WILL BE SENT VIA FIRST CLASS MAIL. IF YOU WISH TO PAY FOR FASTER SHIPPING, PLEASE SEND A CONVO REQUESTING A SHIPPING UPGRADE LISTING.

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⚫ NOVEMBER 1, 2019

2019 has been an exceedingly busy - and difficult - year for SugarKitty. In the past few months, I had to make a lot of difficult decisions, least of which was whether or not to keep SugarKitty's doors open or to close for good. I have decided, for now, to keep SugarKitty going, but with several major changes in place as outlined below.

As you may or may not know, I have cervical spondylosis with vertebral subluxation. This is a fancy way of saying that I have arthritis in my cervical spine, and my vertebrae don't line up properly when my neck bends forward. This is a result of a minor car accident I was in several years ago. While I don't have issues with my neck per se, I do have issues with my hands, wrists, elbows and arms. The arthritis pinches my nerves, causing pain, numbness and lack of dexterity. Arthritis is incurable and degenerative, so in an effort to preserve what use of my hands I do have, I need to cut back.

As always, I thank you for your continued support and patronage. It means the world to me to do what I love and have so many people love it, too!


EXTENDED TURNAROUND TIMES WITH MINIMAL RUSH ORDERS:
This change was bound to happen regardless of the situation with my hands. As SugarKitty grows, so does the demand for pasties and the size of my clientele. Unfortunately, 3-4 weeks is no longer feasible as a general turnaround time (though there will be times of the year when I am able to complete orders more quickly). For the same reason, I have also cut back on the number of pastie styles available for rush order.

CUSTOM DESIGN FEES:
This, too, was an inevitable change. 30-40% of my current orders are custom, one-off designs. While I absolutely love custom work, I have always taken these orders on at a financial loss. Custom designs take 2-3 times as long as my stock designs, which means I work for many hours for free. As the demand for custom designs grows, it is no longer sustainable for me to do them at no cost.
The fee will be approximately $50/design PLUS the cost of pasties. Expect to pay a minimum of $100 for custom work.

GENERAL CUTTING BACK:
As of October 2019, SugarKitty has retired from vending. I will be selling off the remainder of my vending stock through the website, via the SugarKitty Instagram or as part of grab bags. Throughout 2020, I will be reducing the number of pasties available in the SugarKitty Etsy shop. Eventually, pasties will be available only at SugarKittyCouture.com. I am suspending wholesale orders indefinitely (though this may change in the future).

A friend and I have started a new business, GildedTilly. We make custom air plant, succulent and cactus arrangements. Because this puts far, far less stress on my hands and arms, I'm going to be shifting my focus primarily to this business.

PRICE INCREASES:
This, too, was yet another inevitable change. I have underpriced and undervalued my work for years. As well, supply costs have risen enormously over the past year. At this rate, it is financially unsustainable for SugarKitty to remain in business. I love my job, I love my work, but I can no longer operate at a loss.

CUSTOM QUOTE REQUESTS:
This is a minor change, but should help expedite the quote process. I've made a form specifically for custom pastie requests that can be found at the bottom left-hand corner of every page on SugarKittyCouture.com. Please use this ONLY for custom requests!


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★ We have a couple new homes on the interwebz: sugarkittycouture.com/ for pasties or
www.amazon.com/handmade/SugarKitty for jewelry!

★ JANUARY 1, 2014 - SUGARKITTY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING ANY NEW CORSET OR SEWING COMMISSIONS INDEFINITELY.

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 1, 2019

⚫ SHIPPING UPGRADES ARE NOT FREE. IF YOUR ORDER QUALIFIES FOR FREE SHIPPING, IT WILL BE SENT VIA FIRST CLASS MAIL. IF YOU WISH TO PAY FOR FASTER SHIPPING, PLEASE SEND A CONVO REQUESTING A SHIPPING UPGRADE LISTING.

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⚫ NOVEMBER 1, 2019

2019 has been an exceedingly busy - and difficult - year for SugarKitty. In the past few months, I had to make a lot of difficult decisions, least of which was whether or not to keep SugarKitty's doors open or to close for good. I have decided, for now, to keep SugarKitty going, but with several major changes in place as outlined below.

As you may or may not know, I have cervical spondylosis with vertebral subluxation. This is a fancy way of saying that I have arthritis in my cervical spine, and my vertebrae don't line up properly when my neck bends forward. This is a result of a minor car accident I was in several years ago. While I don't have issues with my neck per se, I do have issues with my hands, wrists, elbows and arms. The arthritis pinches my nerves, causing pain, numbness and lack of dexterity. Arthritis is incurable and degenerative, so in an effort to preserve what use of my hands I do have, I need to cut back.

As always, I thank you for your continued support and patronage. It means the world to me to do what I love and have so many people love it, too!


EXTENDED TURNAROUND TIMES WITH MINIMAL RUSH ORDERS:
This change was bound to happen regardless of the situation with my hands. As SugarKitty grows, so does the demand for pasties and the size of my clientele. Unfortunately, 3-4 weeks is no longer feasible as a general turnaround time (though there will be times of the year when I am able to complete orders more quickly). For the same reason, I have also cut back on the number of pastie styles available for rush order.

CUSTOM DESIGN FEES:
This, too, was an inevitable change. 30-40% of my current orders are custom, one-off designs. While I absolutely love custom work, I have always taken these orders on at a financial loss. Custom designs take 2-3 times as long as my stock designs, which means I work for many hours for free. As the demand for custom designs grows, it is no longer sustainable for me to do them at no cost.
The fee will be approximately $50/design PLUS the cost of pasties. Expect to pay a minimum of $100 for custom work.

GENERAL CUTTING BACK:
As of October 2019, SugarKitty has retired from vending. I will be selling off the remainder of my vending stock through the website, via the SugarKitty Instagram or as part of grab bags. Throughout 2020, I will be reducing the number of pasties available in the SugarKitty Etsy shop. Eventually, pasties will be available only at SugarKittyCouture.com. I am suspending wholesale orders indefinitely (though this may change in the future).

A friend and I have started a new business, GildedTilly. We make custom air plant, succulent and cactus arrangements. Because this puts far, far less stress on my hands and arms, I'm going to be shifting my focus primarily to this business.

PRICE INCREASES:
This, too, was yet another inevitable change. I have underpriced and undervalued my work for years. As well, supply costs have risen enormously over the past year. At this rate, it is financially unsustainable for SugarKitty to remain in business. I love my job, I love my work, but I can no longer operate at a loss.

CUSTOM QUOTE REQUESTS:
This is a minor change, but should help expedite the quote process. I've made a form specifically for custom pastie requests that can be found at the bottom left-hand corner of every page on SugarKittyCouture.com. Please use this ONLY for custom requests!


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★ We have a couple new homes on the interwebz: sugarkittycouture.com/ for pasties or
www.amazon.com/handmade/SugarKitty for jewelry!

★ JANUARY 1, 2014 - SUGARKITTY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING ANY NEW CORSET OR SEWING COMMISSIONS INDEFINITELY.

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About SugarKittyCouture

Sales 3,131
On Etsy since 2009

SugarKitty aka The Human Sew-Nado!

SugarKitty Couture is the creation of former master seamstress & corsetiere, Shannon. SugarKitty is a one-woman operation - run out of a basement studio in Columbus, Ohio, and has been a lifelong project in the making. Her love of sewing was born around age 7, when she received her first counted-cross stitch kit. The love for sewing & creating never left her. After purchasing an inferior quality corset, Shannon decided that she should put her stitching talents to work. She began creating custom corsets in 2002, and by 2004 SugarKitty became a full-time (ad)venture.

In January 2014, Shannon went on indefinite hiatus from corset making. Due to the ever-increasing cost of supplies and materials, as well as a grotesquely over-saturated market, it was no longer feasible to make a living as a corsetiere. Additionally, Shannon suffers from cervical spondylosis as a result of a car accident. The symptoms it causes (cervical spine arthritis, vertebral subluxation, nerve pain in hands & wrists, elbow issues) have made it all-but-impossible to sew as a career.

She now focuses on making high end burlesque pasties, jewelry, and accessories.

Shop members

  • Shannon

    Owner, Designer, Stitcher, Photographer, Web Designer, Shipper, Purchaser, Customer Service Rep, Workaholic

    Shannon loves dogs, tattoos, the color pink, coffee, Mid-Century Modern, and Chinese dumplings. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her spoiled little dogs Pedro & Murphy, and her handsome boyfriend.

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Last updated on Nov 1, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

When available, custom pastie designs will now incur a design charge (typically around $50) PLUS the cost of pasties. Expect to spend a minimum of $100 for a one-off design.

Wholesale availability

We are not accepting wholesale orders at this time.

Return Policy (Excluding Pasties)

ALL SALES FINAL! NO RETURNS ON ANY ITEM!

● DeStash, Ready-to-Wear & Clearance/Sale items are sold AS-IS. Any flaws will be noted in listing description.

● If I've made an error with a custom-made item (other than pasties) I will fix/repair/replace it! You must contact me within 7 days of receipt with photographic proof. If your return is valid, I'll send a pre-paid return shipping label.

● Once an item has shipped, I have NO control over USPS, nor am I responsible for late/missed deliveries on their part. RETURNS ARE NOT ACCEPTED DUE TO USPS ISSUES! I will handle lost/damaged items on a case-by-case basis.

● PLEASE contact me directly with problems before leaving feedback. I rarely see feedback, so I can't fix what I'm unaware of!

Pastie Return Policy

● Due to their intimate nature, returns are not accepted on any pasties. PLEASE check the sizing & color choices before ordering. Sale/Clearance & Ready-to-Wear pasties are sold AS-IS!

● If I have made any construction/sizing error, I will fix/repair/replace it! You must contact me within 7 days of receipt with photographic proof. If your return is valid, I'll send a pre-paid return shipping label.

★★THANKS TO SCAMMERS, NO ADDITIONAL WORK WILL BE COMPLETED UNTIL ORIGINAL ORDER IS RETURNED! ★★

● All other issues (issues with USPS such as late delivery, damage, etc) will be handled on a case-by-case basis. PLEASE contact me directly with problems before leaving feedback. I rarely see feedback, so I can't fix what I'm not aware of!

Pastie Exchange Policy

● Under very strict circumstances, I will accept exchanges on pasties (and ONLY pasties - does not apply to any other item in my shop). Excludes sale/clearance & one-off pasties. Exchanges MUST be approved and certain conditions met. Don't just send items back!

● Buyer pays all associated shipping costs, & item(s) must be received before work begins on new order. If item(s) being exchanged are not returned in required condition, exchange will be canceled. Because time & money is lost on exchange orders, each item returned is subject to 10-15% restocking fee.

● Due to heavy workload, exchanges will be put at the end order queue and are subject to longer turnaround time. If a specific due date is required, a rush fee may be assessed.

Pastie Sizing

● Size charts are posted within every single pastie listing. I work hard to make sure there are no surprises about the shape and sizing of my pasties (or any other custom item). If you're still unsure about how to choose the correct pastie size, please download this printable size chart: https://goo.gl/4eUKzI. I am not responsible for you choosing the incorrect size!

● Please remember, this is a handmade item. No two pairs of pasties will be identical. There are minor variants in every pair, due to composition of materials, tiny flaws and size variations in rhinestones, among other factors. As well, paste size factors into the number of rhinestones each pair will have; obviously XXS pasties will have far fewer than size XXL.

Pastie Turnaround Time / Rush Order Policy

● Currently: 4-6 WEEKS. That means, your pasties will be handmade to order and SHIPPED within 4-6 weeks (does NOT include transit time). If you need your item sooner than the posted turnaround time, please ASK BEFORE YOU ORDER to verify availability!! Special requests made after purchase may not be honored.

Rush Orders:

⍟ 2 Weeks: Rush fee of $10 per pair of pasties up to 5 pairs* + required upgrade to Express Mail or Express Mail International.

⍟ 1 Week: Rush fee of $25 per pair of pasties up to 5 pairs* + required upgrade to Express Mail or Express Mail International.

*If schedule permits. Please inquire before purchasing. Order here: www.etsy.com/listing/545252793/

How do I put on the pasties?

● SugarKitty Pasties are NOT self-adhesive. They are built from an extremely tough material that is intended to be used over and over again. Adhesive selection is as varied as the individual wearer, so making them non-sticky allows you to choose what adhesive you like best.

● Each set of pasties includes 4 pieces of double-sided body tape so that they can be worn right out of the box! Also included is a list of different adhesive suggestions & where to buy them.

● All pastie orders include a comprehensive set of instructions that includes information on how to store them, how to put them on & take them off.

Why does your website have more options/cost less than Etsy?

Simple. It's exorbitantly expensive to sell on Etsy. There's a fee to list your item, a fee when your item sells, and a fee to accept credit cards. It costs thousands of dollars annually to run a busy Etsy shop, versus ~$50/month to run a retail website.

Starting in 2018, I will be offering fewer items in my Etsy shop. Etsy all but removed seller protections, making it very easy to be scammed & abused by buyers. I'm tired of being called names, stalked, and stolen from while Etsy does little or nothing to protect my shop from these toxic buyers.

I offer high-quality handmade goods, and provide exceptional customer service. That should be rewarded, not punished.

Why was my pastie order canceled?

If your order was canceled, an explanation will be included with the cancellation. Most likely, the order was canceled due to missing color choices from the buyer. Each individual pastie listing has explicit ordering instructions (many include adding a 'Note to Seller' at checkout. If those instructions are not followed, your order cannot be completed.

I do not have the time to find missing information left off of orders. As well, it is very easy for me to make an error when rhinestone and or/tassel color choices are left out. Feel free to re-order with the correct/missing information.