Ethically Made Stage Costumes and Lolita Fashion

Brisbane, Australia · 94 Sales


Ethically Made Stage Costumes and Lolita Fashion

Brisbane, Australia 94 Sales On Etsy since 2011

3 out of 5 stars
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Note from shop owner Hey! Thanks for visiting my shop! I'm away in Japan but will be home in Aus on the 17th of July. See you then! x

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jun 20, 2016

Hey! Thanks for visiting my shop! I'm away in Japan but will be home in Aus on the 17th of July. See you then! x


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T to the attay, R to the scazzay.

'tattaratscat' was born when, half-way through my Bachelor of Fine Arts, I realised what I really wanted to do was work sustainably with fabric. I was printing all my art on fabric or T-shirts, and dreaming of all the wonderful costumes I could make if only I had the time.

I wanted to work with people, to help them make fabric do wonders for them the way it ought to. To create crazy and wonderful custom costumes that they could each call their own, a unique piece that said something about who they were, and that no-one else would have.

I wanted to help change the way we view fashion and it's effect on our environment. To create beautiful alternatives, that we want to keep or pass on rather than throw away. And to share the skills to make, to re-use and to repair with others.

So I decided to defer my arts degree.

My first project was a 1920's style Wunzy that a friend of mine had been searching for for nearly a year with no luck.
He loved it, and soon I had other friends asking for their own variation of the Wunzy - a wizard costume, and a man-size lion suit etc.

So tattaratscat was born, I set up shop at Etsy and set to work filling it with costumes and other eco wares.

I get the widest smile when I get a picture from a customer wearing their custom-made costume and looking like they've never worn anything else, the joy of getting something they've always wanted, and will treasure for years to come.

I want to create a garment that is special, that will be treasured for years to come. Or in the case of Halloween: a once-wear garment made from up-cycled fabric from charity shops, so we're still doing the world some good.

I want to support local businesses, ethical principles and green practices. I buy organic/fair trade fabric when I can, or local and up-cycled fabrics if I can't.

I use vintage sheets, curtains, dresses, and second hand fabrics from local charity shops, because they are unique and beautiful and because rather than buying new, mass produced fabrics I'm supporting my local community.

I want to help in building a global community of people who care, who are there to listen and to help one another. Who value quality over quantity, honesty and the importance of a good hearty giggle.

Shop members
  • Evie

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    As a teen I had high-fashion dreams, but that wasn't quite right for me. So I gave French and then Fine Art a try. Though both of which I loved, fine fabrics and costuming were calling me. So I took the plunge, and here I am, a happy lass!

Shop policies

Last updated on May 4, 2013
First of all, a big thank you for visiting tattaratscat!

I sell a combination of vintage items, items that I have hand made, and custom made orders: tailored to your desires.
I hold a lot of pride in the things that I make, hand picking fabrics and making my own patterns. I try to use recycled/organic fabrics where possible, and love re-working old clothes into something fun and fresh.
I also use as much recycled material as I can in my packaging, while still keeping things looking nifty!
I completed a course in Clothing Production after school and then studied French and Fine Art prior to deciding to start costume making full time.

If you ever have any questions or queries please don't hesitate to convo me (here or on facebook: www.facebook.com/tattaratscat), or you can email me at e.willsteed [!at] hotmail.com.

Accepted payment methods

  • Other Method
I accept payments by Paypal only at present.
All payments are to be received within 7 days of purchase.

If you are ordering a custom-made item I will require either a deposit, or the full item price be paid before I make the item.
Please convo me if you have any queries about custom items, alternative payment options, payment plans, or even if you'd just like info on where to shop sustainably for your craft.
I now use registered post for all items in my shop at no extra cost to you!

So items delivered to Australia should arrive within 3-5 business days and are trackable.

Items delivered internationally will take 8-12 business days to arrive and are traceable if lost, but aren't trackable. If you wish to have your item trackable just contact me and I can give you a quote.

I ship to Paypal registered addresses only, so be sure that your Paypal account mailing address is correct.

If you happen to live in Brisbane and wish to pick your item/s up, or have them dropped to you I'm more than happy to arrange that as well.
Refunds and Exchanges
I only accept returns if I have made an error in the listing. Please be sure to read the listing carefully and check your measurements with those given in the listing before you buy. If you are unsure, convo me, or send me an email. I'll be happy to answer any questions, or provide more info.

If you are not 100% happy with the item I have custom-made for you I will happily adjust it for free, all you have to worry about is the return postage. Please try to be as specific with measurements and desires as you can when you order, and hopefully we will have it perfect first time around!
Additional policies and FAQs
I love making custom items! So if you have something you want, just let me know what it is, an approximate time frame and budget (and if you can send a sketch that's all the more helpful) then I can let you know if it's possible, or if I can make a variation...together we can make you something fabulous!

If you are buying a gift for someone special I can wrap it with style, and send it straight to their door, just convo me before you buy!