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Incorporating a ghost of the past to make inspired fashion for the present.

Anne Hemstock

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Anne Hemstock


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The first thing I ever sewed was an outfit for a Barbie doll that my grandma helped me make with scraps from her sewing bag.

We spent the afternoon making simple skirts and shirts out of bits and bobs left over from her various sewing projects. The stitches were large and uneven and I suspect that most of the clothes we put together would be prime candidates for "What Not to Wear" but Grandma and I had a blast and my interest in sewing and clothing construction had begun. Fifteen years later the stitches are neater and the outfits more elaborate, but I still get that same sense of joy from each project I undertake.

When I got to high school, I took every sewing class they had to offer... which wasn't much, so I taught myself the rest using internet tutorials and a lot of guess and check work, building on the basics that Grandma had taught me. I became involved in the theatre department, making my own costumes for all our productions. The more I made, the more I loved doing it. I started helping friends with Halloween costumes and cosplays for anime conventions.

After college, I struggled with what to do with a BA in History without going on to get a Masters, moving from unfulfilling retail job to unfulfilling retail job until a friend asked why I wasn't doing what I love and making clothing and costumes for others. Taking her advice, Retrospectre was born; a play on my love of the past and the spooky side of things.

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Last updated on January 29, 2013

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If your package gets lost or damaged in the mail, the shipping insurance that we include will refund you. You may then use the refund to repurchase the same order for the lost or damaged item if you so wish. If the lost or damaged item was of a one of a kind nature we will do our best to offer you a similar nature but some materials may be of a limited nature or no longer available.

At this time, refunds are unavailable. However, store credit may be attained upon returning the item. If you would like to exchange an item, please contact us and we will exchange it on the condition that it is in the same condition as when we first sent it.
Payment options are as follows:

- Personal Check - Your order will be sent after the check clears. In the case of custom orders, construction of your order will begin after the check clears.

- Money order - Your order will be sent after money has been received. In the case of custom orders, construction of your order will begin after money has been received.

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The cost of shipping for returns and exchanges will not be provided by Retrospectre.
Additional policies and FAQs
For every custom order, we will make the item according to the measurements given to us. If upon receiving the item you find that the item is not anywhere near the measurements given (meaning that it is a completely different size), then we will offer free alterations to recover the correct measurements. In this sort of case shipping will be covered by Retrospectre. Otherwise, all other alterations are available for charge according to each project. Due to their custom nature, we do not offer exchanges on custom orders.

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We are happy to answer them for you.