Deconstructress

Custom Couture and Costumes

227 Sales On Etsy since 2007

4 out of 5 stars (51)

Deconstructress

Custom Couture and Costumes

227 Sales

Steph

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Steph

Announcement    I specialize in custom costumes, bridal gowns and couture. My dresses are created from scratch or by piecing together sample and vintage wedding gowns. I use new and old materials. Many of my gowns are hand painted using a variety of techniques to create wearable art. My inspirations come from art, literature, film, music, nature and anything else that I can interpret into a piece of clothing.

PLEASE NOTE: If your measurements for an order fall outside of standard measurements for children or women (sizes 2-16), contact me before ordering. Plus sizes and special measurements require additional time and materials so we must discuss this prior to your order.
Also, if you are ordering for a special event, please communicate the date and time of the event and the exact date and time that you will need your item so that I am sure to get it you at the right time.

I have a large studio where I also teach a variety of sewing classes for locals in Salt Lake City.

Come see my custom work on Instagram!
https://instagram.com/deconstructress_designs/

And follow me on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/Deconstructress

Places where my work has been featured:
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Announcement

Last updated on Nov 2, 2016

I specialize in custom costumes, bridal gowns and couture. My dresses are created from scratch or by piecing together sample and vintage wedding gowns. I use new and old materials. Many of my gowns are hand painted using a variety of techniques to create wearable art. My inspirations come from art, literature, film, music, nature and anything else that I can interpret into a piece of clothing.

PLEASE NOTE: If your measurements for an order fall outside of standard measurements for children or women (sizes 2-16), contact me before ordering. Plus sizes and special measurements require additional time and materials so we must discuss this prior to your order.
Also, if you are ordering for a special event, please communicate the date and time of the event and the exact date and time that you will need your item so that I am sure to get it you at the right time.

I have a large studio where I also teach a variety of sewing classes for locals in Salt Lake City.

Come see my custom work on Instagram!
https://instagram.com/deconstructress_designs/

And follow me on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/Deconstructress

Places where my work has been featured:
Reddit Front Page
Huffington Post
Daily Mail UK
Good Morning America
ABC News
MSN Now
Playboy
Buzzfeed
Laughing Squid
Perez Hilton
Think Geek
Jezebel
Cheezburger
Dorkly
The Mary Sue
Geekologie
Geek Tyrant
Neatorama
Incredible Things
The Frisky
Pajiba
The Salt Lake Tribune
San Antonio Current

Reviews

Average item review
4 out of 5 stars
(51)
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quality 9 shipping 8 customer service 11
  • Elizabeth Miller on Feb 14, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    This woman is amazing. From the beginning she was prompt and courteous. She’s been accommodating and truly listened to my needs as I wanted a custom gown. I received it today and it is just beautiful. It’s elegant, well made and she did everything I asked her for and more. I even got the dress a few days early! Thank you so much, I highly recommend!

  • sarahmariepower on Jan 4, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing art work and construction. Loved working with Steph. Ludo is magic...full of talent this artist is!!

  • Billie Szablewski on Dec 28, 2018

    1 out of 5 stars

    Most of the seams were not back stitched and were pulling apart. The edges were not finished and most of it was frayed. Buttons and beads fell off the first time I tried it on. The top was very uneven, and with the lack of material my seamstress could not fit it correctly. Paid for it in April, didn't receive it until September. With only 3 weeks until my wedding I had no choice but to wear it. The owner of this shop cancelled this order due to her having" jetlag " and misunderstanding my email, 3 weeks before my wedding. After some conversation she let me reorder. I was stressed because time was ticking. She had my order for 7 months, I feel the dress was thrown together at the last minute. Contact me for pictures. For $800 I would have expected the buttons not to fall off, seams to not come apart, nor the fraying.

    Steph

    Steph responded on Jan 25, 2019

    Dress ordered w/measurements off by 10”. I requested any correction. Sent new msrments 3 wks later. Finish was Oct. (no specific date) so I altered dress. 1st pics of dress sent early Aug. She wanted more color. Apologized and gave full refund. I was traveling end/Aug to early/Sept. Responded that she wanted dress and loved my work. Replied I would finish when home, thanked me, and reordered. Final pics 9/18 (“It is perfect! I love it! I can't wait for it to get here. Thank you very much for adding the extra dye. I'm going to be the best looking bride ever!“) Clarified delivery address 3x. Arr’vd 9/21 Sent FREE veil as thank you 10/7. 1st negative review in 13 years here with no warning. Offered her a refund or reimbursement with any proof. Never responded.

  • gbash on Dec 18, 2017

    5 out of 5 stars

    It is really large. I wish it was tailored a bit more to fit. Looks just like the pic.

About Deconstructress

Sales 227
On Etsy since 2007

How the deconstructing began...

I began Deconstructress Designs in 2005 when I decided to make my own Corpse Bride dress for a Halloween party. I had so much fun that I decided to make another one to sell. The next Halloween, I had created 35 different designs and they all sold out immediately, two of them to a ballet company. I've just kept growing from that point forward.

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Shop policies

Last updated on December 27, 2016
Thank you for your interest in Deconstructress Designs.

My passion for creating these garments is what keeps me going. I strive to satisfy every client by creating a unique and beautiful gown for each and every one.

I take on each project with the utmost sincerity and design every gown with every attention to detail.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Because most of my dresses are custom made, returns are not accepted. However, if you receive the dress and feel it is nothing like what you wanted or have anything other than minor fit issues, please convo me.
Payment
I accept all forms of payments available through Etsy. Payment must be made within 24 hours of purchase or the sale will be cancelled. Taxes will apply if purchased within the state of Utah. Payment in full must be made before the work begins on your costume or gown.
Shipping
I generally ship Priority Mail,I will ship the dress anyway you choose, so make sure to tell me if you want me to ship it any other way.

If your garment is for a specific event, PLEASE be sure to specify the date and time of the event, as well as the date that you wish to receive the dress.

I can only guarantee a ship date and carrier. I am not responsible for lost or delayed shipments. You are more than welcome to ask for a specific shipping carrier and insurance. I will charge exact shipping if you wish to use FedEx, UPS, or any other upgrade to shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
COPYRIGHT
Please note, several of my items are created from patterns copyrighted by Deconstructress Designs. Purchase of these items for the purpose of pattern creation is solely prohibited and will be pursued within the limits of the law.

QUALITY GUARANTEE
I guarantee the workmanship to be of professional quality. Please note that due to the process in creating these garments, perfection is not possible. The dyeing process and very nature of the garments require raw edges, variations in color and other irregularities, all of which add to the unique style of my garments

FIT GUARANTEE
All garments will be created according to measurements provided by you. It is often necessary to have some minor alterations done by a tailor local to you once you receive your dress due to my inability to fit your dress in person.

COMMUNICATION
I agree to answer all questions in a timely and considerate manner. You agree to communicate any questions or concerns in a timely manner throughout the design and construction process. Communication is an important part of a couture garment ... plus I'm kinda fun to talk to.

DELIVERY OF COMPLETED GARMENT
Deconstructress Designs agrees to deliver your garment on or before the requested delivery date. If you do not specify a delivery date, please allow at least 8 weeks for delivery.

RUSH ORDER
A rush order can be made for an additional 25% of the total cost plus any extra shipping fees for express shipping. Due to my limited orders that I accept, rush orders are not always possible (usually from August to October.)

ORDERING INFO
Once I receive your payment, these Terms and Conditions will be in effect. The materials will be ordered for your gown immediately and all work will begin on your garment. I will remain in close communication with you throughout the design process.

GARMENT CARE
It is recommended that your item is only cleaned by a reputable dry cleaning facility. Each garment that has been painted is completely permanent and will not wash away or fade. However, certain garments that are painted in layers may lose detail if they are cleaned. I will notify you in these cases about proper care.

DISCLAIMER
I am not responsible for any accidents or injuries that may occur while wearing any garment manufactured by me. You are responsible for your own actions and agrees to hold Deconstructress Designs blameless.

By making a payment to Deconstructress Designs, you agree to the above terms and conditions.