loriann37

LoriAnn Costume Designs

Inverness, Florida · 5979 Sales

loriann37

LoriAnn Costume Designs

Inverness, Florida 5979 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(2421)

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Julie Hartmann

Julie Hartmann on Mar 22, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Very cute and exactly what I have been looking for for a while. The colors are just what I needed (burgundy outside with black trim and interior) for my existing costume and it completes the look better than I could have expected. The fit is spot on and I would recommend highly to other buyers, thanks!!!

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LoriAnn Costume Designs, Inc

My name is Lori Ann Gerlisky and I am the owner and designer for LoriAnn Costume Designs Inc. I am also a designer for Simplicity Patterns.

Who am I ? That's a great question...

You'd never believe it if I told you! Haha

Let's see, I've been sewing since being a wee one. Maybe around 5 or 6 my mother taught me. The first thing I made was an apron. And I never stopped. I made all of my clothes through High School. I remember coming home after being an Exchange Student to Australia and one girl stopped me in the shopping mall to say: "I remember you from school, you used to wear crazy clothes. You wore a dress with frogs on it once." I just started laughing.

I was planning to go to FIT in NYC, but I gave it up to be an Exchange Student. Which was the year I designed my "LoriAnn" logo. I printed and silk screened it as one of my projects. After that... it's been a non stop roller coaster.

When Ebay opened in 1995 I think, I jumped on the band wagon and started selling bodices. I just went with it from there and came up with my own Pirate designs. It's actually something I still sell today. Once it got into a steady pace I decided to be more creative and move into Movie Gown Reproductions. I did the Sleepy Hollow gown first. It opened my eyes to bustles and I was hooked. Oh and when Pirates of the Caribbean came out... I couldn't make enough of the Elizabeth Swann gowns. And then my Sweeney Todd Reproductions! WOW!

I remember being the first person on Ebay to use the word "Fantasy Gown" I had a good few years until other people caught on to what I was doing and they were copying my listings and trying to reproduce my work selling cheaper. That's the sort of move that kept a fire under me and I try to keep designing new pieces every year. I even had a lady admit to me in an email that she only bought my bodice to copy it, but it wasn't worth her time to do all of the grommets! That's what makes my pieces unique. I love to use grommets. I think they look sexy. My goal when I started actually the concept of my designs and to move in the direction of costumes, were to make pieces that are basic and can go with all of my other items. That way clients could have several different looks with only a few pieces. And they’d only need to add a piece each year or so to create another look!

Times have changed over the years. I left sales on Ebay to the overstock and mass production people and moved on over to Etsy where the creative minds are blending together to create a magical crafty world! I mainly sell corsets and bustles in Etsy but the Pirates have always been popular. Renaissance costumes aren't what they used to be because the market is just flooded with them. And now there is STEAMPUNK! What a wild and crazy eclectic genre. It is the rage right now and so exciting to design! I never dreamed I'd be making hoodies or spats! But there you have it. Cosplay... let’s go there for a moment! I started getting asked to do video game characters and comic book characters several years ago and I think I found my extreme passion! I love the vibrant colors that can be used and the dramatic impact these characters have! I love to see pictures of smiling faces when I receive photos from each event. It really is what keeps me going. I like to make people happy. The cosplay then led me to a dream I never imagined possible...


In late Oct 2014 I received an email from Simplicity Patterns. I asked my husband “Do you think this is real?” I emailed back and asked what they were looking for and it all just snowballed into one crazy fast ride. I can officially say now that I am a designer for Simplicity Patterns. How crazy is that! Two patterns are releasing June 2015 that will include 5 costumes. I’m so excited! I can’t believe they even knew who I was in my little corner of the world.

I do this because I love it. It's like breathing. If I didn't do it, I would shrivel up and die. I love to make people happy and see their smiling faces in pictures they send to me. How great is that? My job is 100% satisfaction. I wake up and get to work. My husband has to let me know sometimes that I need to stop when the 2am mark rolls around on the clock! I’ve been married for 25 years and I have two beautiful daughters that I’ve been able to stay at home and be apart of their lives. I'm living the dream.

Have a great life! I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!


LoriAnn

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    Hi! I'm LoriAnn and I've been designing and making costumes for over 25 years! I also design Simplicity Patterns to offer some of my designs to the public! Living the dream in my world of fantasy! What more could I ask for?

Shop policies

Last updated on August 10, 2015
Hi, and thanks for your interest. I love designing and creating new and exciting costumes with my own two hands! I make all of my own patterns, and take pride in every stitch! I have been actively making costumes for the last 20 years and you will probably see my items scattered across the world at various renaissance and pirate festivals, cosplay conventions, I can't even list the number of places I've sold costumes for. I've worked for Theater productions in locations around the globe from Australia, Scotland, London, Germany, Chicago, Orlando.. oh.. there are so many.. I absolutely love what I do.

I do sell wholesale to a few companies so you also might see my items in shops...

Thanks so much for looking around in my corner of the world.. I look forward to working with anyone who wants to step out of their normal life for a time and live in the wonderful world of fantasy!

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I expect payment to be made immediately after purchase. Unless other arrangements have been made. Please do not click to buy if you can not also click to pay. I accept Paypal

PAYMENT PLANS

If you enter into a payment plan with me, you understand that all sales are final. I am agreeing to take payments and you are agreeing to the full purchase.
I am specifically setting aside my time for you on my custom order list and ordering in all of the fabric. If you can not complete the transaction you understand that all payments are non refundable. $50 will be charged for the deposit on all fabrics and space held. The balance will be issued in the form of store credit.

Thank you.
Shipping
I ship USPS Priority Mail. It includes delivery confirmation. If you require express mail please email me. I work with everyone if they need a costume FAST! We can do it!

INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS: I do ship internationally. Packages generally take between 12-14 days in transit from the United States depending on your location. Sometimes they get their faster... sometimes they take longer... it's impossible to give an exact delivery time frame.

I am not responsible for items once they leave my hands at the post office. I can not control how fast an item is delivered or how diligent the post office is on updating their tracking information. Please be patient.
Refunds and Exchanges
I'm sorry but I do not accept returns or give refunds. These are all hand made items. I take pride in my work and feel my prices are fair. I would not send out something that I would not wear myself.

If you have questions about how to measure or sizing. Please take the time to email me first before you purchase. I answer all emails quickly. I want you to be not just happy about your purchase from me, but overwhelmingly joyous! That's what it's all about for me.
Additional policies and FAQs
Enjoy life... I make these costumes for fun and fantasy..to step away from life for awhile and imagine a world that is stress free! I do not claim to be selling anything formal. I do sell these sometimes for theme weddings.. but remember, it is a costume.