Retro Diner and Candy Shop Aprons and Patterns

Scottsdale, Arizona | 3015 Sales


Retro Diner and Candy Shop Aprons and Patterns

Scottsdale, Arizona 3015 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Love of the 50s and diners turns into apron biz!

Hi thanks for stopping in. I really appreciate YOU and all of my wonderful customers over the years. I love you all!

I have been here on Etsy since 2009, whew that seems like a long time ago. In the time I have been here I've met so many wonderful people, mostly by email and convo, it's such a different world from my day job, where I design printed circuit boards for a large defense contractor in Scottsdale AZ.

Anyhow, 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.

Shop members

  • dottie dana

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Awesome Apron Madame

    Hi I'm Dottie~Thanks for stopping in! 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.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 20, 2018
Welcome to my Etsy Shop!
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.


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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 2 days of purchase
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
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
If for any reason you are unsatisfied with your purchase from my shop or damage/loss occurs in shipping, please drop me a note within 3 to 7 days of arrival/or expected arrival. Returns, exchanges or refunds will be granted after discussion.

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.
I accept Paypal or Direct checkout with a credit card. If you have not shopped on Etsy before, here is a little explanation on how to checkout with direct checkout:

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:
I ship as soon as possible, usually within 12 - 48 hours of completing the order, and once payment is received.

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.
Additional policies and FAQs
Current Lead Times for Custom Orders: 2 weeks.

Dottie’s FAQ’s;

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; Yes! Currently I need Toddler 4T-6T models and Girls size 8-10, preferably a mom photographer/child model combo. If you are interested let me know. I also need models all the time for my pinup aprons. I prefer models who have ready access to photographer and a pinup set of some type. Just convo me for details all you malt-shop cuties!

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.
My Blog:

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 or Dotties 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).