Custom Costumes, Masquerade Ball Gowns, Wedding Dresses

Ashaway, Rhode Island · 2596 Sales


Custom Costumes, Masquerade Ball Gowns, Wedding Dresses

Ashaway, Rhode Island 2596 Sales On Etsy since 2006

5 out of 5 stars

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Announcement   Are you a Victorian Vixen, a Gothic Goddess, or a Steampunk Siren? ;-) I’m a fashion designer who makes high end costumes and unique wedding dresses. My outfits are all handmade from high quality materials. I draft my own patterns for a figure flattering fit, and all possible flair. It's my passion to help you feel drop dead gorgeous!


Last updated on Feb 10, 2018

Are you a Victorian Vixen, a Gothic Goddess, or a Steampunk Siren? ;-) I’m a fashion designer who makes high end costumes and unique wedding dresses. My outfits are all handmade from high quality materials. I draft my own patterns for a figure flattering fit, and all possible flair. It's my passion to help you feel drop dead gorgeous!


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5 out of 5 stars

maryg09 on Jun 12, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

The Leggings are more beautiful in person then in the picture. And arrived fast.

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About Me

If I had to choose one motto or adage that I live by it would be that I refuse to EVER outgrow playing dress up. Whatever the occasion, if it’s a chance to go in costume, I’ll be there with bells on! (Literally speaking, most of the time, as I’m a belly dancer!)

I’ve been designing clothing since I learned to hold a pencil at age 4. At 12, my Mother sat me down and showed me how to use a sewing machine, and I started designing and making barbie doll clothes. In my early teens I disovered the Victorian era, and was hopelessly, irrepressibly hooked.

I made gowns from whatever I had on hand, which at the time, wasn’t much. Old curtains, donated fabric, thrift shop prom gowns de-constructed – if it was pretty and had a remotely Victorian aesthetic, I could make something cool out of it! My friends and I started a high tea/historical society of sorts, and we had a ball getting together in our re-constructed finds, and playing Victorian lady for an afternoon here and there.

I started belly dancing in early adult-hood. It was then that I saw the possibilities of doing what I love for a living. With a continual market of new dancers looking for pretty things that can’t be bought in the store, I saw an opportunity, and opened an online store.

My store has evolved over the years – from Tribal style flair to Burlesque to Gothic Victorian. I love lace, and can’t seem to resist sneaking it into almost everything I make.

I live in Rhode Island with my husband and two adorable young sons. When I’m not sewing or spending quality time goofing off with family, you can find me wandering round unusual places and spaces. Steampunk meets, belly dance haflas, high teas, cosplay conventions, and drum circles are a few of my favorite activities.

Thanks for reading!

~Kristina, aka “auralynne”

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  • Auralynne

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    I'm the designer of all the pretty things you see here. I live in Rhode Island with my husband and two young sons, close to plenty of old Victorian mansions and gorgeous scenery for inspiration.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 10, 2017

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Other Method
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept 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
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
I offer returns and exchanges on in-stock items. The item must be returned to me, unworn and undamaged, within 30 days of purchase. Buyer pays return shipping, and I refund just the item price (not the amount paid for shipping.) If you have doubts about your size, please feel free to contact me before purchasing! I'll be happy to help you determine your perfect size.

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Custom Made Items
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I'm afraid that I cannot offer returns on custom made items. The caveat is this, however: If I make a mistake, I will consider it fully my responsibility, and fix it. Thanks to a level of perfectionism bordering on neurotic, I've been sewing things via online orders since 2006, and can count the total number of mistake related returns, on one hand, and have fingers left over. I've even caught a good number of customer mistakes (incorrect measurements) because of my policy to ask for a re-measurement when a number seems off.

My patterns and my designs are at least partially adjustible, with elastic waistbands in all skirts, waists that can be loosened or tightened with ties or corset lacing, and pattern shapes that are designed to fit multiple styles of figures. If you have concerns about fit because of an unusual body shape, please contact me before placing your order. I may want to tweak my pattern to be sure your gown fits properly.

If you receive a custom made item from me and are not pleased with the fit, my next step is to try to determine what went wrong. I'll ask you to re-measure yourself, and put the item on and take pictures. If I determine that I made a mistake, I will fix it. If we find that it was caused by incorrect measurements or a mistake on your part, I'll feel terrible, but I will have to insist that it be your responsibility.

Please be sure to measure yourself properly - and get a friend to help if at all possible. Be sure you are reading the tape from the right end, and double check if something seems off (I.E., a waist measurement larger than bust or hips).

Also, if you are measuring yourself to determine your size, my sizes run about a half to a whole size large. Sometimes a Medium in store will be a Small in my sizes, and so on.


I accept cancellations on any in-stock order that hasn't shipped yet. If I'm making you something, I can accept a cancellation as long as I haven't ordered anything yet, or started sewing your order.
I accept payment via Paypal, and thru credit card via Etsy Direct Checkout. The etsy checkout system will default to Direct Checkout, so if you wish to use Paypal, please select the "Paypal" radio button from your etsy shopping cart.

I also keep "Other" payment enabled in my shop. If you wish to pay via split payment ($2 fee) or via a Paypal invoice for the total, this is a possibility. Please contact me before checking out for instructions on using "Other" payment method.
I ship all orders via USPS. When you check out, you’ll choose between First Class Mail (if the item is a light enough weight), Priority Mail, and Priority Express Mail.

I do not ship via UPS or Fedex.

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Domestic (US) Orders
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First Class Mail: 2-5 days
Priority Mail: 2-3 days
Express Mail: 1-2 days

I'm in Rhode Island, so if you live in or near New England, your shipping time should be near to the lower numbers listed.

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International Orders
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First Class Mail International: Average of 2 weeks, up to 8 weeks if held up by customs
Priority Mail International: 6-10 days if not held up by customs
Priority Express International: 3-5 days if not held up by customs

International shipping times can vary greatly, and none of the above services guarantee on-time delivery. My personal experience with each of the services, is the following:

First Class International packages get delivered within 21 days, about 99% of the time.
I haven't yet seen a Priority Mail International package run later than 10 days - but I have heard that it can happen, and late packages are usually delivered only a day or so past the schedule.
I've only shipped Priority Mail Express a couple times - but I believe it should be just that much more secure than regular Priority.

I do insure ALL international packages against loss, and that insurance is included in the shipping total.

International customers please note: I am afraid that I cannot falsify customs forms. Etsy automatically marks the customs with "merchandise" when I print labels, and since I insure all packages worth over $100, I cannot declare a value other than the insured value of the package.

If you would like assistance in determining the fees associated with your package, here's a website that can help:

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Last updated on Dec 9, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Can you make (insert picture or description here) for me?

I can’t take on any order that would require drafting a custom pattern. I’m afraid that I stay too busy with orders from my own designs!

If you aren't dead set on an exact design, and think that your concept could be made using my existing patterns, feel free to contact me. I have a fair number of pretty patterns already drafted. The range of them can be seen in my online portfolio:

How much will a custom order cost?

In-stock skirts and tops are priced at a 15% discount, so a version made from your choice of fabric/trim will cost about 18% additional. “Photoshoot Special” skirts and tops are priced at a 20% discount, so a version made from your choice of fabric/trim will cost about 25% additional.

Custom gowns and outfits are a bit more complicated. The custom made items will cost extra, but your corset, and underpinnings (bustle/underskirt/etc) will be at the same price. Typically the price difference works out to about 10-20% additional for a custom version of a photoshoot special gown, and 5-15% additional on a custom version of an in-stock costume.

I want to place a custom order - what information should I send you?

To start the custom order process, please send me a message containing the following information:

1. Your measurements - bust/waist/hips, and height.

2. What you wish to order.

3. When you need the item by - and if you are not in the US, your location.

4. Your budget, if applicable.

How long will it take to complete my order?

If you are purchasing an item that is in stock (check the listing title for "Ready to Ship" or similar) - then I will ship within 10 days time - almost always within 2 business days. The 10 day window gives me extra time to re-stock bundled items like underskirts and bustles, if needed.

My turnaround time for custom orders is 6 to 8 weeks plus shipping.

Do you offer rush orders?

Yes I do, when possible. Rush orders add on 15% to the cost of the item, to cover my overtime hours. Often, however, I even book all possible overtime hours, so when possible, please allow plenty of time to receive your custom made order!

Do you offer order updates while I'm waiting on my custom made item?

I’m afraid that I do not usually send order updates. I haven’t yet found a way to automate the process - and you would be surprised how much time correspondence can take when my shop is busy! So I prioritize sewing over order updates, to be sure I do not run late on my custom orders.

Can you do a payment plan?

I offer split payments - 50% down, then 50% plus shipping. The terms for split payments are as follows:
$300 minimum order amount.
I add on a $2 fee for this service.
I send an invoice via Paypal for the total, which allows a half payment.
The first payment is due when you place your order. When I receive it, I'll reserve your space in my schedule.
The final payment is due before I'm scheduled to start on your order.

If you need a specific amount of time to be able to make the final payment, just let me know, and I'll be happy to schedule your order accordingly.