You're living your fairytale; now dress for it!

Glastonbury, United Kingdom

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Last updated on Jun 17, 2020

Fashion for wild gardens, castle shadows and romantic adventures. Dresses, costumes, wedding gowns, festival outfits. Welcome to your fairytale!
Type in 'Sale' in the 'Search This Shop' bar below to find reduced items!
For news, updates and special offers, please follow my facebook page at
Threads of a Fairytale can also be found at
Find sneak previews and more Threads of a Fairytale photography at
My personal blog is at

This shop used to be called Oshun, so please don't be confused if it crops up every now and then!



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Helen Hobden

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Helen Hobden


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About ThreadsOfAFairytale

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On Etsy since 2010

Welcome to my fairytale!

Threads of a Fairytale 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 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.

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. Please have fun browsing my shop :)

Shop members

  • Helen Hobden

    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!

Shop policies

Last updated on January 15, 2020
My aim is to make beautiful clothing perfect for your own fairytale!
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

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I'm sorry I can't be more generous with my returns policy, but I am a very small business; I hope you understand. Occasionally things aren’t quite right, so please e-mail me at helen [!at] within 14 days of receipt of your parcel to see if I can help in any way.

Before purchasing, please check measurements to try to avoid returns. I will refund items only if I receive it back within 21 days of receipt and in completely new, unworn condition. If I need to wash or repair, I will deduct an amount to cover this. I only refund the cost of the item, not the cost of postage. Return postage is at your expense and responsibility and I strongly recommend you use registered delivery. If the item is lost in the post on its way back to me, I’m sorry, I can't refund you. If you are returning an item from overseas, please be absolutely sure to mark the labels as a return, otherwise I will have to pay customs to receive it back and I will pass this fee onto you.

NB. Exclusions. I don't offer refunds on made-to-order items or items that have been altered at your request.
Please pay by Paypal or use your credit or debit card by Direct Checkout.
My local post office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. If I receive an order before noon on one of those days, I will most likely post that afternoon; if not, it will be the next day possible.
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 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 and cannot be accountable for the postage system!
Smaller items are usually sent with regular airmail and may take up to 3 weeks.
There should be no customs costs; 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.
Additional policies and FAQs
Occasionally I buy new remnants or organic fabric off a roll when I need large pieces of the same material, however as much as possible I reclaim fabric that has once had a life before, be it recently or from the early Victorian times. This is my small contribution to help the environment and reduce landfill. I never send out anything that I wouldn't be happy to receive and I really hope you will be completely delighted with your Threads of a Fairytale item. Please note that whilst I do my best to select fabrics that are as good as new, occasionally you may spot signs that it has previously been loved - slight fading for example. I will never use any fabric that spoils the look of the garment, however I may use slightly flawed fabric for lining where it won't show. The savings from not buying new are passed onto you.
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!

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 roughly relate to these UK sizes. (USA sizing is 1 - 2 sizes smaller.)
Extra Small: 4 - 6
Small: 8 - 10
Medium: 12 - 14
Large: 16
Extra large: 18-20
XXL: 22
(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 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 bare 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!