Handmade and Highly Explosive Designs

Washington, D.C. · 57 Sales


Handmade and Highly Explosive Designs

Washington, D.C. 57 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Announcement   Offbeat and In-style jewelry, apparel and accessories, handcrafted in DC.


Last updated on Feb 7, 2016

Offbeat and In-style jewelry, apparel and accessories, handcrafted in DC.

Rebecca Delaney

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Rebecca Delaney

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Making things. Because it's cheaper than therapy.

Making things may well have saved my life. It certainly saved my liver.

I joined the ranks of 20somethings enamored of all things DIY during the spring of 2012. Why? Simple. I quit drinking and needed a way to kill the extra hours I'd forgotten existed in a day.

I live smack dab in the middle of an every-night-is-Friday-night kind of neighborhood. And that neighborhood rests in Washington, DC, a city where happy hours are practically mandatory for career advancement and stores are more likely to run out of beer and wine than bottled water before a blizzard. It's not an easy place to clean up your act. And my liver and brain REALLY needed some housekeeping.

I started out sewing, which offered a panacea for kicking withdrawals after my party-girl days. It engaged my creative side. It woke up the part of my brain that keeps me entertained and distracted when my soul needs it most. It gave me fabrics and patterns to obsess over and notions to shop for when I needed to be thinking about something -- anything -- besides the fact that it was a Friday night and everyone I knew was at a bar. And most importantly, I think, it gave me a way to meditate. The rhythm of pressing, tracing, stitching ... it's DIY zen.

Within a year, I wasn't just following patterns ... I was designing my own stuff from scratch and cooking up the kind of insane-but-weirdly-wearable outfits I'd only dreamed of in the past. The penchant for creation expanded, and before I knew it, I was dabbling in all kinds of things -- plastics, clays, metalwork. It was like addiction, but healthy. This was passion.

My sobriety date is June 7, 2012. Since I traded bottles for bobbins, beads and the like, I've come to embrace making clothes and accessories as a saving grace. It's my way to unplug the constant tweet and chirp of day-to-day life, create something, and find a little peace. This store is my way of sharing a little slice of that peace with you.


Shop members

  • Rebecca

    Owner, Maker, Designer, SEO Failure

    I’m Rebecca, and I’m a 27-year-old bureaucrat-by-day, creative basketcase by night. I design, draft and sew/sculpt/cast/otherwise-make everything for sale on Sewciopathic. I also enjoy long walks on the beach, and Cher is my spirit animal.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 15, 2016
Welcome to Sewciopathic: A one-gal DC boutique specializing in high-end, handmade, original designs for women with a sense of style and a sense of humor. Sewciopathic's all about fearless, flirtatious, flippant fashion -- the kind of clothing, jewelry and accessories that prompt strangers to stop you on the street just to tell you you're awesome.

My name's Rebecca, and I run this popsicle stand. For now, you’ll find one-of-a-kind items -- but I’ll soon be posting designs I can customize to your measurements.

Questions, comments, and scathing diatribes are always welcome. Please don’t hesitate to send me an email!

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Paypal and Etsy direct checkout are both accepted.

I do my best to ship ready-made items lickity split, which according to the very technical definition from the dictionary in my brain means within 48 hours of cleared payment. Custom items take longer, of course -- I have to make them :). I’ll contact you with a timeframe when you make your purchase.
I'm using Etsy's new calculated shipping feature, which allows you to decide which method of USPS shipment you'd prefer. I can ship anywhere in the US and almost anywhere internationally.

Please bear in mind that many factors -- speed, tracking, insurance, delivery confirmation, etc. -- vary depending on your chosen delivery method. Please also be aware that any international fees and trade restrictions are the buyer's responsibility.

Need gift packaging, insurance, signature service, or any other other special requests? Just reach out. I'm happy to help! (Additional fees may apply.)

Expedited work on custom items may also be available for an additional fee (unless I don't have many orders and would get the work done quickly anyway -- I won't rip you off!). In either case, please contact me before you order. I’m happy to work with you!

I will ship to your Etsy address on file -- but if you need to make a change, please contact me ASAP and I’m happy to accommodate.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to be totally pleased with your purchase! Please read measurements carefully for all ready-made items and double-check your own measurements for custom items.

If for any reason you're unsatisfied with your purchase, I'm eager to work with you to make it right. All ready-made items may be returned for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. Just send me a message and we can work out the details.

Unfortunately, because of the time and labor involved in custom orders, I generally can't offer refunds, exchanges, or replacements for special-made items. (However, if you're ever unhappy for any reason, PLEASE let me know! For any rule, there's always an exception, and I want you to be happy!)
Additional policies and FAQs
I’m nice! Honest! If you have questions, comments, concerns, issues with your purchase -- with the process or the product -- anything at all, PLEASE contact me. Like I said -- your satisfaction is my main goal. I want you to be happy.