Announcement Hi There Dolls, I am open and taking custom orders now. Most of my aprons are made to order right now, but the turn around time is real quick.
Hi There Dolls, I am open and taking custom orders now. Most of my aprons are made to order right now, but the turn around time is real quick.
Steffani Christensen on Feb 7, 2017
Very helpful and fun read! Makes me want to meet her and go out for drinks and dancing!
Bernice on Jan 17, 2017
Gorgeous Apron. I love it a lot. You are an excellent seamstress, beautifully made. You have a wonderful shop! Thank you, I will add this to my collection.
Absolutely cute and usable! Time to dig out the ol' colored pencils :]
Thank you so much Dottie for thinking about us big girls too!
So colorful and informative. I've been wanting a guidebook on how to sell on Etsy because I still haven't found a successful niche. Hopefully 2917 will be the year that I set my goal on having a successful shop!
Love of the 50s and diners turns into apron biz!
Hi thanks for stopping in. My Etsy apron shop is sort of a hobby on steroids. I love creating new things. I have a day job in the electrical engineering industry, in a cubicle, with a big computer, and lots of engineers around me. So, when I’m not at work I spend a little time every day creating things like aprons and skirts, otherwise I would die of geek overload.
I decided to start my little apron shop a few years ago after hearing about Etsy. I thought it might be fun. Plus, I was drunk so that explains that decision.
I have always loved retro 50's diners, so I thought I would make aprons that kind of look like waitress uniforms, or counter girls. If you're old enough, you remember the sandwich counter at the drug store, the old ice cream shops and cool donut shops. I am old enough to remember that stuff, but I'm not old! I'm not.
I have the world's best customers ever, and many of my customers have more than one of my aprons. About a half dozen of my customers own over 50 aprons, and a couple of them have over 70. Awesome, right?
Anyhow, thank you all for stopping in and I appreciate all of you I really do.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Awesome Apron Madame
Hi I'm Dottie~ I am the one who makes all these damn aprons! I thought when I started this shop I would just make a few aprons for fun, but nope, I make a lot of aprons, like a LOT of them. Love you guys. I do.
Thank you for stopping in, I really appreciate it!
Have a look around, ♥ me if you like me and come back again, I am always adding cute new stuff to the inventory.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
If you don’t have a paypal account you can still pay through Paypal using your credit or debt card. If you are new to Etsy or Paypal you can find more information here: http://www.etsy.com/help_guide_checkout.php
CANADA: Please note that shipping time to Canada can sometimes be as long as 15 business days, or 3 weeks.
NETHERLANDS: Please note that shipping time to Netherlands can sometimes be as long as 6 weeks.
INTERNATIONAL: Sometimes it can take as much as 6 weeks to arrive in certain countries. I have heard Italy, Russia, Canada, and some others sometimes take longer than usual, but not always. Just be aware of that, keep your fingers crossed, and I will too.
DUTIES: Any duties or fees your country's postal service requires is your responsibility to pay, so please be aware of this if it is applicable to you.
All items are packed with care and sent by USPS unless specified otherwise in the listing. First Class usually takes 3 to 5 business days to arrive in the United States, priority take 2-3 days. International orders are sent by First Class Mail and may take 1 to 3 weeks to arrive. I do not send with confirmation, to save myself, and you, postage cost. I will however, ship with delivery confirmation if you request it.
If for some strange reason, your package never arrives, I will take care of you -don't worry. Either with a refund, or a replacement. I have had this happen once, so I guess it does happen.
The United States Postal Service is pretty consistent and reliable, but please keep in mind that these are estimated transit times. I cannot be held responsible for shipment delays after I've delivered your package to the post office. If you would like to upgrade for faster shipping please contact me before placing your order.
When you place an order for more than one item from my shop, you will be charged the full shipping amount of the first item and charged the secondary shipping price for each additional item. I try to be fair in my prices. Please feel free to contact me if you intend to purchase a large quantity of listings and are concerned about the shipping expense.
Refunds and Exchanges
I will accept returns or make exchanges if there is an issue with the item, such as wrong color, size or poor fit. Please be sure to unpack your order promptly and contact me with these concerns within 3 days of arrival.
Additional policies and FAQs
Q; Can I order a custom design?
A; Sometimes yes, sometimes no; it depends on so many different things. If you see a listing in my shop called custom order, then that means I am taking orders. If not, then no.
Q; Do you make children’s/men’s/hairdresser’s aprons?
A; YES! I do now! I am now making little girl's aprons, and the rest will follow soon!
Q; Do you make plus size?
A; YES! If you see the listing for custom orders in my shop; then go ahead and order any size you like using that listing. Don’t forget to tell me your waist size in the notes to seller at checkout.
Q; Do you ever bring back previous designs?
A; Yes I do! I love some of my previous designs so much; I make them over and over. I won’t bring back the ones that took too long to make or that I hated while making or that photographed badly, etc. It just makes me cranky, and I’m trying not to be cranky. If you want me to make something let me know and I'll see if I can find the fabric and make it for you.
Q; Can I model for Dots Diner?
A; I love it that I meet some really awesome and cute models! I have been really lucky to have some really exceptional pinup and other gals send me some photos that I can use here.
I do use models once in a while just to add some life to the shop. (Actually aprons sell better without models- I don't know why this is, it just is). If you want me to remember you, post something on my wall on Facebook so I can find you if I need a model. I hate to say no to lovely young models, because I know it makes you feel like you aren't cute enough, and believe me you are cute enough! You are adorable, you are sexy, you are all that. I just only need models once in a while. I hope you understand.
Q; Can you tell me what pattern you use/where you get your fabric/how to make aprons like yours for myself?
A; Yes; Check out my Blog- I have a ton of helpful articles on my blog, and you can get my pattern and tutorial right here in my shop: (please note that although I am willing to help you to learn how to make retro aprons like mine, that does not mean that I am open to blatant copying of my entire shop and designs (if you are also selling on Etsy). Please exercise polite restraint when using my shop for inspiration, and try to come up with your own unique styles and combinations. I understand that you might REALLY like some of my ideas, but when you outright copy my designs, at a lower price, you are competing with me, not flattering me. That hurts me as a designer, and makes my heart sink.
Q; Can I copy your apron designs to sell in my Etsy shop?
A; I sell my pattern for my retro apron, so yes you can copy my design. I prefer you don’t copy my actual styles, such as; using the same combination of fabrics and trims, arranged in the same way, using the same titles and tags. If you do, I can’t stop you, but I will assume that it’s ok to copy you as well.
Q; Can I use your shop name, Dots Diner, in my own titles and tags in my own shop so that when your customers are searching for you, my shop comes up in the search?
A; I prefer you don’t use my shop name; Dots Diner, Dotties Diner, DotsDiner, Polka Dots Diner (yes people do this, I don't approve).
Q; Do you have any other apron designs that I don't see here?
A: YES! Check out my new website, where I have tons more styles at www.dottiesdineraprons.com