Handmade in the USA ~ nelle*s, oh so sweet!!

Hebron, Maine | 283 Sales


Handmade in the USA ~ nelle*s, oh so sweet!!

Hebron, Maine 283 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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the story of nelle*s...

I'm Ellen, the girl behind nelle*s. I am a mother to 3 kids, a wife and the keeper of our home. I've been designing sweet clothing for little girls since January of 2010. It all started the Christmas before - when I received my very first serger, a Brother 1034D, a gift from my husband and children. Then the obsession began! I now am very fortunate to have a large studio space to design, create, and sew, right in our own home. My fabric "stash" is monstrous. The lace, ribbon, and button collection is almost as big! And my machine collection has grown to include a Brother Coverstitch 2340CV, a Brother Computerized HC1850, a Singer Heavy Duty, and a Singer Finishing Touch Serger.

Each design is lovingly created with my own kids in mind. My main goal is to offer affordable clothing that celebrates children and their desire to be comfortable – and for moms who wish for them to look cute. All of my clothes are made in limited quantities, some are designed around a certain theme and created to work together, while others are one-of-a-kind.

Everything is handmade by little 'ol me, with designer fabrics, gorgeous trims, vintage buttons, and of​ I work in a smoke and pet-free home studio.

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    I'm Ellen, the girl behind nelle*s. I am a mother to 3 kids, a wife and the keeper of our home. I've been designing sweet clothing for little girls since January of 2010.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 6, 2017
Hello and Welcome, Friends! I'm glad you're here :)

By purchasing from my shop, you agree that you have read my shop policies and know my turn around times.

Thank you for your support and patronage of nelle*s! :)

Accepted payment methods

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Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Do you accept returns or exchanges?
Should you be unhappy with your order in any way, please let me know. Due to the limited availability of most of my items, exchanges can rarely be made. Rest assured, I will do all that I can to make it right! Please keep in mind that since everything in the shop is handmade, there are going to be differences in each item. Not only is this expected of handmade items, it is what makes them unique and one of a kind.
Payments are securely processed through PayPal. Nelle*s does not obtain your credit card information. Your email and mailing address will be provided to me via PayPal for contact and shipping purposes only.

[Please note that if you choose to send an e-check payment, there will be a delay in processing your order as I cannot ship your items until the e-check clears. Please also make sure your mailing address in PayPal is up-to-date.]
How long will it take to ship my order?
Please allow 4 business days for your READY-MADE item(s) to be carefully packaged and shipped; and up to 3 weeks for your CUSTOM-MADE item(s).

How will my order be shipped?
US Shipping is through USPS, and always includes delivery confirmation. Canada Shipping is through USPS First Class International (up to 4 pounds*). Delivery confirmation is not available on international shipments, however, the customs number will be provided upon request.**

nelle*s is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged shipments.​ If you would like your package insured, please ask. Additional costs will be billed to the buyer.

*Any international order weighing more than 4 pounds will need to be shipped Priority Mail and any additional fees will be charged to you after your order is placed.
**Orders shipped to Canada customers may be subject to Canadian duty. This is beyond my control and is up to the discretion of the Canadian Border Agency. I cannot and will not mark international shipments as a gift.
Additional policies and FAQs
Do you take custom orders?
I cannot accept any custom order requests. These type of orders are very, very time-consuming and my hectic schedule just does not allow it.

Do you offer custom sizing/measurements?
I'm sorry, but no. I realize no two people are made the same way, but you should feel comfortable ordering the size that your child typically wears. I am happy to provide finished garment measurements, please don't hesitate to ask!

How are your items finished?
All seams are professionally finished with a serger and are topstitched where necessary. Fabric placement, trim, and flower or design print may vary from item to item. If a substitution is necessary, it will be as close to the original fabric or trim as possible. All appliques are hand cut and ironed on, then sewn around the edges. The edges are left unfinished so they will fray over time and with washing - this is done intentionally to add character and to give the items a vintage feel. Real colors may slightly differ from their appearance on your display.

How do I care for my items?
All of our items should be turned inside out prior to washing. Wash in cold water only. Tumble dry on a low setting, if necessary – though I highly recommend air-drying. Minimal shrinkage may occur. Do not use bleach. If needed, iron on a medium setting, but please do not iron over the nelle*s label, as well as any iron-on transfer, lace or trim embellishments. Hair pieces, headbands, silk flowers, frayed rosettes (i.e., non-clothing items), should be spot-cleaned with a damp cloth. Mini nelle*s dolls can be washed on a delicate cycle, in a mesh bag, but I would recommend spot cleaning them. Her clothing can be washed in a mesh bag in cold water, and air-dried.

Product Availability:
We reserve the right, without liability or prior notice, to revise, discontinue, or cease to make available any or all products or to cancel any order.​