hissyfitoly

it's not your body, it's your clothes that suck

Washington, United States · 444 Sales

hissyfitoly

it's not your body, it's your clothes that suck

Washington, United States 444 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Lucy

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Announcement   [pro-tip: enter SALE in the "search items" box to find all the super-snazzy garments with prices reduced 50% or more]

HissyFit = brand-new (retro-inspired) designs [+] rescued (un-used vintage) materials [+] radical (skilled handmade) dressmaking [+] real (plus) sizes = together (4ever) • • • Each garment is one-of-a-kind, made one-at-a-time, by one person, to give you real, slow-fashioned, quality & style.

See something you want but it's not your size? Contact me & I'll see if that one-of-a-kind garment can be altered to fit. Or I can make you a custom-version of that design, tailored to your exact measurements, in a vintage (or new) fabric of your choice. Custom-orders = what I do best/most = here's all the info. = http://www.hissyfitoly.com/custom-orders.html

Now, also selling off some of my VINTAGE FABRICS! see the shop section (over there, on the left) for what's already listed up; fabrics still to be listed (make me an offer!) are viewable at = http://www.hissyfitoly.com/wovens.html

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Last updated on Aug 13, 2016

[pro-tip: enter SALE in the "search items" box to find all the super-snazzy garments with prices reduced 50% or more]

HissyFit = brand-new (retro-inspired) designs [+] rescued (un-used vintage) materials [+] radical (skilled handmade) dressmaking [+] real (plus) sizes = together (4ever) • • • Each garment is one-of-a-kind, made one-at-a-time, by one person, to give you real, slow-fashioned, quality & style.

See something you want but it's not your size? Contact me & I'll see if that one-of-a-kind garment can be altered to fit. Or I can make you a custom-version of that design, tailored to your exact measurements, in a vintage (or new) fabric of your choice. Custom-orders = what I do best/most = here's all the info. = http://www.hissyfitoly.com/custom-orders.html

Now, also selling off some of my VINTAGE FABRICS! see the shop section (over there, on the left) for what's already listed up; fabrics still to be listed (make me an offer!) are viewable at = http://www.hissyfitoly.com/wovens.html

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About

no more saying: "I wish they made that in my size"

HissyFit is a one-woman business dedicated to making uncompromisingly awesome clothes for real, one-of-a-kind bodies.

I've been sewing clothes since I was a wee lass (thanks, mom, for the mad skills!), & started HissyFit in 2003 with a line of fun, sassy skirts. Born out of my frustration with mainstream-fashion (& dwindling supply of cool, vintage clothes that fit plus-size bodies), I design & hand-make all of my clothes the old-fashioned way = one at a time, from scratch, using whole pieces of vintage fabric and vintage trims. The result: a one-of-a-kind vintage look and feel, but all the benefits of brand-new, contemporary clothes that are fun & easy to wear (& often wash&wear, easy-care too).

My design inspiration tends towards 40s and 50s silhouettes (often, it's right there in my closet, where my actual-vintage garments are almost-worn-out because they're so loved). So, I take the best design features, ones that help them fit just right or add a touch of lost-glamour or uniqueness, tweak what needs help, draft a brand new pattern, choose a vintage fabric that "fits" the design (complimenting the retro-style or mixing it up to make an era-bending mashup of quirkiness), and then, after about 8 hours alone in the workroom (cutting, sewing, pressing, and finishing each garment using just my 2 hands + my arsenal of sewing machines & tools), voila, a brand new garment!

While I enjoy designing, my true love is dressmaking: transforming an idea or look into a real garment for a real person to wear (& love). Fashion trends can be fun, but they don't always flatter every body, so the trick is to take what works (for a specific body type or style), and combine this with tried-&-true design elements (like a flattering silhouette or just-right length). And dressmakers (used to) do just this: working with clients to plan a whole wardrobe or a single look that combines fashionable style with personal taste, flattering fit, attention to all the details, and quality construction so it'll last for years to come. So, viva la dressmakers!

Dressmaking, to me, also means having a more personal connection to what we wear, to how it's made & how it fits our bodies, lives, and tastes; to how what we wear is part of a larger, social structure of how we live and who we are. This is why I've chosen (purposefully) not to outsource/off-shore my production work (despite the constant spam from garment factories in Guangzhou), because I think it's important to not be seduced by the convenience, ubiquity, & cheap-thrills of mass-produced clothing & other (so-called) "goods". The impacts on our environment, communities, & (I'd argue) sense of self are all "externalized costs" that we all pay, not to mention the inhumanity, greed, & resources wasted.

Lastly, I love working with vintage material because it tends to be of better quality for the cost (& not so-thin-you-have-to-wear-2-layers), with the added bonus of less-stuff-in-the-landfills and conserving our (human) resources. Over 90% of my raw materials (fabric yardage, zippers, buttons, other trims) are vintage finds rescued/re-born from the hidden, back corners of thrift stores, garage sales, and the like. These tend to be late-1950s to 1980s, but I can't pass up a so-bad-it's-good vintage 90s fabric either. All vintage cloth that I use is carefully inspected & laundered before it's cut (so no worries about the "vintage smell"), and I also launder & stress-test each garment after production (to make sure that the reinforced seams are solid & strong, so no worries about bustin' a move in your new dress).

Added bonus: because most vintage yardage I find is short (3 to 4 yards), each garment is truly one-of-a-kind, & I use up every last inch of fabric I can in making matching jackets, belts, purses or other accessories. Sadly, this also means that I usually can't custom-make another dress in the same fabric, but--whoa nelly--do I have a TON of fabulous, vintage fabrics for you to choose from for your custom dress order: http://www.hissyfitoly.com/vintage-fabrics.html

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    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I source all the vintage fabric & trims; design & draft every pattern; cut, sew, & press every garment; take photographs (& often "model"); then do marketing, PR, customer service, shipping, & accounting. No "staff", just me, rockin' the frocks out.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 12, 2016
HissyFit clothes are all handmade (by me) to fit and last. Because I use all kinds of vintage materials, each item I make is one-of-a-kind & will never be made exactly the same again--kind of like you, right?.

If you're interested in a custom, made-to-your-measurements garment, either send me a convo./request here or check out my custom-order website at: www.hissyfitoly.com

If you want to know more about the history of HissyFit, there's this:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/hissyfitoly/about/

For a bit more about me, personally, amble on over here:
http://www.etsy.com/people/hissyfitoly#

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
• Paypal or Direct Checkout (Etsy gift cards) preferred = both allow you to use your credit card to pay
• personal check, postal money order, & cash are also options = contact me in a message/convo & we'll arrange this before you purchase.

Lay-away & payment plans: yes & yes!
Let's negotiate terms ***before your purchase*** My usual offer is for 30% to 50% down, total balance due within 4 weeks, but I'm flexible, so hit me up with your plan.

Orders shipped to Washington State addresses are automatically charged applicable sales tax for the state + your (ship-to) zip code.
Shipping
Listed shipping charges reflect the best, lowest-priced option given the weight of the garment + (minimal) packaging:
• USA under 4 pounds = 1st class or parcel select = normally 3 to 9 business days delivery time
• INTERNATIONAL under 4 pounds = 1st class international package = normally 8 to 20 business days delivery time (varies based on customs delays)
• ALL ORDERS over 4 pounds = Priority Mail = 2 or 3 business days USA, 6 to 10 business days International

Want it faster? You can choose shipping-speed upgrades (to Priority or Express Mail) during the Etsy checkout process.

All packages are insured for the full order value, so we can both rest easy & be covered.

You can find the tracking # for your package on your Etsy "Purchases" page (+ your Paypal transaction record, if you paid this way).

*** International customers ***
please note that your purchase payment DOES NOT cover any customs fees, VAT, or other import duties that may be assessed by your national authorities. You are responsible for these fees & I cannot mark your package as a "gift" or change the declared value on the customs form. Here's a link to a Duty Calculator that can help you estimate the import fees for your location:
http://www.dutycalculator.com/new-import-duty-and-tax-calculation/
Refunds and Exchanges
Because all of my garments are hand-made & one-of-a-kind, this shop has a ***NO REFUNDS*** policy (see final paragraph below for damage in transit). If you're at all unsure about a garment that you like, why not send me a message/convo. before purchasing? I'm happy to give advice about fit, style, & feel/fabrics; we can even skype or email pics back & forth to discuss fit questions, measurements, or possible alterations.

Because I also sincerely want you to love (& love wearing) your HissyFit clothes, ***I do accept RETURNS in EXCHANGE for store credit*** which can be applied towards another ready-made garment or even used for a custom-made garment from my website.

Exchange Rules = within 14 days of delivery, send me an Etsy convo or email hissyfitoly [!at] yahoo.com to request a return; then ship the item back to me, in the same condition as it was sent to you (I suggest tracking + insurance on return shipments, just to cover your risk/loss in transit). I will notify you when the return arrives here. Exchange credit does not include shipping costs (to you + from you), but it also isn't dinged for any "restocking fee" or other nonsense (meaning, you get more credit, less run-around).

If your order arrives damaged, please contact me right away (+ photograph & keep any damaged garments & packaging), so I can start the claim-filing process with the insurer & work to make it right = refund, replacement garment, entirely new garment. If your order fails to arrive within 18 business days (USA) or 36 business days (International), please let me know I & will work to track down your package &/or file an insurance claim to reimburse this loss.
Additional policies and FAQs
HissyFit clothes are all handmade (by me) to fit and last. Because I use all kinds of vintage materials, each item I make is one-of-a-kind & will never be made exactly the same again--kind of like you, right?.

If you're interested in a custom, made-to-your-measurements garment, check out my custom-order website: www.hissyfitoly.com

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MEASUREMENTS & SIZING:
Okay, back by popular demand, I've included "sizing" numbers in shop sections & descriptions *but* I still think that: (a) modern clothing "sizing" is totally bogus and unreliable, (b) different body types don't actually "fit" pre-set sizes which are based on some ideal, "proportional" dummy, & (c) since you can't try stuff on (on-line) the only way to tell if clothes will FIT---and actually fit you *well*, not just fit *on* you---is to use real measurements.

Seriously, I make clothes for my living, full-time, and I've seen a 10"+ difference in basic, body measurements from customers who "wear the same size" in off-the-rack clothing. This is NOT our fault, it's just the stupidity of modern women's clothing sizing. Don't let a number define you! Your body is unique & beautiful, so let's make some clothes that fit your body, not "everybody".

I strongly suggest comparing the measurements provided in item descriptions to those of similar clothes you own & like (this is the easiest way to judge fit); or compare these to your body measurements, adding ease-of-wear (2 to 5 inches through bust, waist, & hips, depending on how tight/loose you like your clothes to fit).

For details about how take your measurements (step by step, with pictures), check out: http://www.hissyfitoly.com/how-to-measure.html

If you're at all concerned about if an item will fit, I'm here to help--I've been custom fitting "hard to fit" bodies (including my own) for years. Just send me a convo. (click the "contact the seller" or "contact hissyfitoly" links). I want my clothes and, more importantly, YOU to look fabulous, so I'll try my best to give you honest feedback and descriptions.

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Handmade FYI:
Prices reflect the cost of my (skilled) labor and materials. I gave myself a "raise" this year (from $12 to a whopping $15 an hour!), and I know everyone loves a deal, but I'm not willing to sell my (skilled) labor for less than this amount. Please respect this (and me) when/if you request a deal or price reduction.

Readymade dresses (what you see in my shop) take 3 to 10+ hours to make (plus the initial design and pattern-drafting time); skirts take 1 to 4 hours. Custom garments usually take a minimum of 6 hours to alter designs, (re)draft patterns, cut, sew, and finish.

My material costs are lower because I use vintage yardage and remnants (which cost less + are of better quality than many modern fabrics). But, using vintage materials also means that my design and production time is greater, since I'm often working with limited fabric (so, I need to be more "creative" and careful with piecing, layout, and cutting versus if I had whole bolts of new fabric). Oh, and I spend hours hunting for beautiful, larger pieces of vintage yardage (I think this counts as my "hobby"?).

Basically, I'm saying that one-of-a-kind clothing takes more time & costs a bit more, but is totally worth it, when you end up with a one-of-a-kind garment made just for you.

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Because y'all have asked:
- Shoes worn in my photo shoots are made by Fluevog, Earth, or Blowfish.
- Socks come from either: http://www.thesockman.com/
(bright, solid color Sock Man brand thigh high/over-the-knee socks work super as plus-size knee high socks) or http://www.sockdreams.com/
(the *best* source for striped & polka dot socks + fishnets, with a separate plus-size section where they give actual stretch measurements for calves so you know they'll fit!)