theverdantmuse

fusion bellydance inspired costumes, clothing & jewelry

Portland, Oregon · 1184 Sales

theverdantmuse

fusion bellydance inspired costumes, clothing & jewelry

Portland, Oregon 1184 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Jillian

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Announcement   Hey there and welcome to the Verdant Muse, home of hand-crafted fusion bellydance inspired adornment designed and made by Jillian Ordes-Finley. I also periodically feature work by my dear friend Brandy Grey (listed as the Vauntville line).

I have a part time job now on evenings & weekends, so please allow a little time to respond to messages, and if you need RUSH SHIPPING, PLEASE send me a direct message ON ETSY first to be sure I see and expedite your request- I get a phone notification from all direct messages on Etsy. Under most circumstances, I cannot make rush items to order any longer.

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I will be vending this year at Jamballah NW in Portland Aug 11-13th! Come by and say hi and check out my wares- I'll be featuring a new capri-length salwar style cutout pantaloon, sequin dresses and tops & my usual mix of jewelry, zill bags, and hair accessories.

From here on out, Jamballah NW is likely to be the ONLY festival I will be vending my wares at, but I'm kinda sad about that and will miss traveling and seeing everyone. :( Jamballah NW happens every third weekend of August in Portland, OR.

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Also check my destash shop for tons of sewing, costume, and jewelry supplies from my overwhelmingly huge supply nest: https://www.etsy.com/shop/VerdantMuseDestash
(BIG UPDATE HAPPENING IN SEPTEMBER!)

Yes, as you may have heard, I am quitting costuming full time and potentially retiring custom costume work entirely soon. I still plan to make pretty stuff in my free time (when I feel inspired!), but I'm likely to branch out of bellydance gear.

FIND ME ONLINE:
*~*~* Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/theverdantmuseboutique
*~* Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/theVerdantMuse/
*~*~* Instagram: theverdantmuse
*~* Website: theverdantmuse.com
*~*~* Tumblr: http://www.sanguinesangha-blog.tumblr.com/

(Website design & Etsy banner by Nolon Ashley)

Please take a few moments to read my policies before buying, and message me with any questions you may have. Thank you so much!

~Jillian

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 21, 2017

Hey there and welcome to the Verdant Muse, home of hand-crafted fusion bellydance inspired adornment designed and made by Jillian Ordes-Finley. I also periodically feature work by my dear friend Brandy Grey (listed as the Vauntville line).

I have a part time job now on evenings & weekends, so please allow a little time to respond to messages, and if you need RUSH SHIPPING, PLEASE send me a direct message ON ETSY first to be sure I see and expedite your request- I get a phone notification from all direct messages on Etsy. Under most circumstances, I cannot make rush items to order any longer.

~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *

I will be vending this year at Jamballah NW in Portland Aug 11-13th! Come by and say hi and check out my wares- I'll be featuring a new capri-length salwar style cutout pantaloon, sequin dresses and tops & my usual mix of jewelry, zill bags, and hair accessories.

From here on out, Jamballah NW is likely to be the ONLY festival I will be vending my wares at, but I'm kinda sad about that and will miss traveling and seeing everyone. :( Jamballah NW happens every third weekend of August in Portland, OR.

~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *

Also check my destash shop for tons of sewing, costume, and jewelry supplies from my overwhelmingly huge supply nest: https://www.etsy.com/shop/VerdantMuseDestash
(BIG UPDATE HAPPENING IN SEPTEMBER!)

Yes, as you may have heard, I am quitting costuming full time and potentially retiring custom costume work entirely soon. I still plan to make pretty stuff in my free time (when I feel inspired!), but I'm likely to branch out of bellydance gear.

FIND ME ONLINE:
*~*~* Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/theverdantmuseboutique
*~* Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/theVerdantMuse/
*~*~* Instagram: theverdantmuse
*~* Website: theverdantmuse.com
*~*~* Tumblr: http://www.sanguinesangha-blog.tumblr.com/

(Website design & Etsy banner by Nolon Ashley)

Please take a few moments to read my policies before buying, and message me with any questions you may have. Thank you so much!

~Jillian

Jillian

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Jillian

RESERVED FOR JO- 2 Rusty Stars
RESERVED FOR JO- 2 Rusty Stars
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Updates

New earring design! Part of the Oracle, Witch & Muse alchemy theme. Oxidized brass, chunky pyrite stars, and teeny flashy labradorite and garnet. Large hooks ideal for gauged ears.
Princess Kitten headdress in antique jet and champagne colored glass bead trims. A new and exciting adventure into 3D headdressing from me, with more styles to come in the future! This piece now available, click for listing!
Assuit zil bags! A pretty and practical piece to bring a bit more assuit into your life. There are 20 available in lots of color and style choices! Give you finger cymbals a pretty new home. :)
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About

The Verdant Muse was born when Jillian collected beautiful fabrics and antique and tribal jewelry for her first costume and didn't want to stop.

The overall impression of a costume is where my ideas start, and often the materials inspire the direction of a costume. I really think about the impression they will give both up close and at a distance. I choose bold but feminine lines, and love to pile on on the pretty stuff! I often use layers and layers of lace, assuit, heavily tarnished tribal pieces, and antique bits and baubles. I also have a deep love and appreciation for things of India, so you will find lots of silks, brocades, trims, and embellishments with a Bollywood flair. My highest priority however, is sturdy and impeccable craftsmanship.

I grew up sewing and crafting, and learned from my mother, an expert seamstress, who in turn learned from my grandmother who sewed like a surgeon! She still, to this day, inspires me everyday. I have always found pattern sewing claustrophobic, preferring always to stitch by hand, improvise, and sculpt up unique pieces. And I loooove to alter thrift store finds and other slightly rough or off treasures!

I also understand this is the only planet we get, and try to incorporate that philosophy into every choice I make. I prefer local antique shops and estate sale lots on Ebay to bigbox craft stores. There are so many beautiful materials already on this planet not being used, and I do my best to hunt out totally unique gems. My goal is reduce my use of new fabric and materials as much as I can while still fulfilling the needs of my clients. Even a lot of my "new" materials are often bought second hand.

I've adopted a minimal waste policy in my studio- I save and reuse packing materials from supply deliveries, and make an effort not to throw ANYTHING away. When I ship as I use minimal packing, just enough to make sure your piece arrives safe and sound, and can be recycled, even the mailer. Even fabric scraps and thread waste are saved to stuff cushions and pillows. Last year I'm happy to report only 2 gallons of trash had to go the landfill for the whole year. :)

All of my feathers are cruelty free, and I go the extra step to talk with suppliers to find out EXACTLY where the feathers come from, how the birds live, and that they are not plucked. Most of the feathers are molted from happy free range birds that live in sanctuaries, and by buying them I help fund the sanctuaries.

My goal as an artist is to help a large community of performance and flamboyant types to feel as gorgeous as they are! My art doesn't really live until it's a part of YOUR performance!

See more of us at theverdantmuse.com, and follow us on pinterest, instagram, and facebook- just search for the Verdant Muse!

Shop members

  • Jillian Ordes-Finley

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Jillian is heart of The Verdant Muse- she makes the costumes & jewelry, lists and ships the items, answers email, spends ungodly amounts of time on eBay and antique shops curating awesome materials, and as much time as she can creating in her studio!

  • Brandy Grey

    Maker, Designer, Photography

    A former journalist now winemaker in training, Brandy loves to make pretties in her spare time. She will be making the "Vauntville" line of headdresses & accessories. She's inspired by old, forgotten pieces that lend a story to her creations.

  • Brittany Hampton

    Model

    Brittany is the model extraordinaire at the Verdant Muse. She is PSU graduate with a design degree, and is a badass artist herself!

Shop policies

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Last updated on Jul 21, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Pantaloons FAQ:

-Why is there no size small? The medium can easily be taken in at the waist elastic on any pair of M/L and then fit a small, just message me first. :)
-What about XXXL and larger? I don't make these sizes in ready to wear, but just about any size can be made to order, feel free to ask! I love to accommodate dancers of all sizes & shapes.
-Do you take custom orders? Yes! I've switched over to using new rayon fabric for pantaloons, and various suppliers carry over 800 different designs and solid colors. There's also the option of other fabrics, but I've mostly stopped using vintage saris (plus side was they were more green-friendly, but downside was the reliability of the fabric). These can be made to order in any size.

Custom and personalized orders

I am no longer accepting custom work, but can recommend you to some great designers who are. :)

Care instructions

Costume items should be spot cleaned ONLY and stored/transported with caution. You may hand wash them very gently and only occasionally. Please DO NOT dry clean them. :)

Vintage sari pants should be washed on the gentle cycle or hand washed in cold water + vinegar to prevent bleeding, and hung to dry. Portable steamers work great for removing any wrinkles, but they can also be ironed on med high heat (steam is ok).

Items made with new fabric (rayon pantaloons, velvet skirts, stretch material & new silky prints) can be laundered as usual, though washing in cold water and hanging to dry is best. Rayon can wrinkle, so please store it folded, or on a hanger.

Can I reserve an item?

If you are requesting an item or wish to reserve an item please be prepared to make a (25% or more, non-refundable) deposit/payment first. I cannot hold it for you until you can, apologies! :)

Once payments begin, you will have 90 DAYS by default to pay off your order, but be sure to CONTACT ME if you need an extension. I'm pretty flexible and understanding. If I don't hear from you for longer than 120 days, I will assume you've disappeared, and no payments will be refunded.

What about repairs?

I do my best to make pieces as well as possible, but sometimes rings open, fabric tears, strands break, rhinestones fall out, the world is an imperfect place. I love the opportunity to fix things and make them right if things go awry. I'll charge a reasonable rate for fixes (minor ones are free) if you pay the shipping both ways. If it's my mistake, I'll cover all the expenses. I stand by my work and my reputation! :)