Original purses, handbags, hats, and costumes

Sarasota, Florida · 58 Sales


Original purses, handbags, hats, and costumes

Sarasota, Florida 58 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars

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Note from shop owner Thank you for viewing my unique creations here on Etsy. I will be away from my studio, working at Disney on Ice, Marvel, and Sesame Street until September 10.
Wishing you and yours the very happiest Summer season!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Apr 8, 2017

Thank you for viewing my unique creations here on Etsy. I will be away from my studio, working at Disney on Ice, Marvel, and Sesame Street until September 10.
Wishing you and yours the very happiest Summer season!

Mary Beth Alexander

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Mary Beth Alexander


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
M Evans

M Evans on Dec 8, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you Mary Beth for the two outstanding hats! The fit is perfect, the fabrics are wonderful choices, and you made and delivered them in far less time than i expected. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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Combining design, skill, and endless stash of unique fabrics together to create one-of-a-kind items.

FIRST: I would like to explain how the term "UP-CYCLED" refers to my costume creations. The local Goodwill stores have an arrangement with some smaller department stores and regularly receive unsold inventory. 90% of the clothing I purchase there is brand new, but sometimes I can't resist a very gently worn, brand -new looking item. I DO lightly wash them after I have finished my restyling. They may or may not still have labels in them depending on how I have restyled them, but I will give fabric content and care instructions which may have changed due to trims added.
SECOND: Renaissance Fair attendees should know that most all of the fabrics/trims I may use in my pre-made items are replicas or possibilities for the correct historical times. Grommets are NOT historically correct, and that is why I mostly don't use them. Shiny silk or sheer fabric was available in olden days, and I am using polyester to replicate them, especially for my belly-dancer or gypsy pieces.
THIRD: If you are wishing to go to a Medieval Fair in costume, I know you already have a great sense of creativity and adventure - you do not have to wear boring colors with no detail just because that's what you see others are wearing! I am a professional costumer, have researched, and promise to give you an "authentic" look for your FUN garb. I can also custom-create natural fabric, competition-worthy costumes to order.

GIVING YOU MORE in all my creations is my promise. MORE value because of the low cost of unique fabrics to me ... MORE professional details, strength, and adjustability ... MORE knowledge of design ... MORE "WOW" for you!

Coming from a long line of talented home-sewers, I'm the only one who has made a career as a seamstress. After 30 years of my own home-sewing and costume making for friends and family, which had led to commercial wall-upholstery employment of 7 years, I had a serious auto accident. I was knocked out of that physically-demanding work, but met a wonderful mentor who introduced me to my now 17-year-long career as a professional costume technician. Per my contracts, I'm not supposed to mention company names, but I've worked for many cruise lines, a ballet company in DC, the most famous Christmas show, and am enjoying my 7th year as a contract seamstress for all the "Mouse" touring shows and the "greatest show on Earth". My skills include fitting, styling, handling of specialty fabrics, construction for strength and long-wear, and re-purposing.

I also have a business on a well-known auction site, selling fabric roll-ends and trims from a high-end home decor workroom. I enjoy passing on great fabrics to new homes through my auctions, but I wanted to create with them, as well - especially since the cost to me was very low. Purses and handbags were my first endeavor, and they have been well received as you can see from my feedback. In my studio in SW Florida, I'm combining my knowledge, artistry, skills, and gigantic stash to create ALWAYS one-of-a-kind purses, accessories, and costumes.

While recently working on my latest gig with the circus, I decided to expand my offerings to include costumes. I agree with what you are probably thinking - what took me so long to get that idea??? Very excited and busy and looking forward to meeting/working with my new audience - costumes for Renaissance Fair, Halloween, etc. will be listed very soon with "steam-punk" creations on the way, as well.

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  • Mary Beth Alexander

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Unique items are created by a life-time sewer and 17-year professional costume technician. My goal is, "To give you more." MORE value - MORE details - MORE choice - MORE "wow" when you open your package - MORE excitement wearing my creations.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 4, 2011
Greetings and thank you so much for your interest in my work. I'd like to invite you to view my profile to learn more about my professional life as a sewer for over 40 years.
This space seems appropriate for mentioning that all my fabrics are new, but have been "rescued" as bolt-ends and remnants from home decor workrooms. My studio is pet and smoke-free, and any photos used in my work have been taken by myself.
Wholesale and consignment arrangements can be made.......and I would love to create a custom item for you.
I'm a proud member of this community and glad you are, too.
Please convo any questions or comments or critiques.
Whether or not we "meet" through a purchase, I'd like to extend my sincerest best wishes to you and yours.

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PayPal is my preferred method of payment and should be completed within three days of purchase.
Money orders are reluctantly accepted from the contiguous US only - not Alaska or Hawaii - and should be received by me within 7 days.
Purchase cancellations must be received within 24 hours of purchase.
United States postal is my preferred shipper and my options are clear on my shipping tab. We can discuss changes if need be, but UPS and FedEx will definitely cost you more.
I buy my postage from PayPal for items paid there - you will receive a shipping notification and tracking # by email.
Insurance is available: $1.70 for the first $50 and $2.15 up to $100. Add this to your total and CALL IT TO MY ATTENTION, if you wish it.
International customers please note that I will put the correct value on my customs form and you will be responsible for any fees.
Refunds and Exchanges
Regretfully, I can't allow any returns. These soft items are not likely to be damaged, especially since I pack inside plastic to prevent moisture. PayPal or insured items can be tracked.
I make a lot of effort to give a perfect description and pictures.
Please ask any and all questions before purchase.