TrappedInTimeDesigns

Costumes & Clothing for Women--Handmade in Louisiana

Lacombe, Louisiana 1370 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars (439)

TrappedInTimeDesigns

Costumes & Clothing for Women--Handmade in Louisiana

Lacombe, Louisiana | 1370 Sales

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Mairi Lothian

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Mairi Lothian

Announcement    Halloween is almost here!! I am currently learning how to juggle the shop and motherhood (baby James born April 9), and commissions remain closed until further notice. Everything you see listed for sale is ready to ship, and I am (slowly) building new offerings as well as restocking popular items.

Commissions are currently closed.

Check out the Clearance section--lots of items recently discounted to make room for new stock!

Everything you see is handmade in my studio by me and I pride myself in my work. I create one of a kind and small batch creations with attention to detail. Everything I make is made to last, to wear beautifully, and to be a staple in your wardrobe. I love what I do, and I hope you love it too!

The costumes I offer are not costumes you find in party stores. These are made to be worn again and again over the years. I have a theatre degree, focusing in costume design, and have been sewing for 20+ years. Items are lined, sewn properly, re-enforced, made one at a time, and lovingly packaged. This is a one woman show from start to finish.

Sorry, I do not offer discounts or special price packages, and I do not give items away for bloggers, etc.

You can find Trapped In Time Designs on:
--Instagram (#trappedintimedesigns to be featured)
--Pinterest
--Tumblr
--Facebook

Trapped In Time Designs is a proud member of Handmade Louisiana--come check us out at: http://www.handmadelouisiana.com/

Announcement

Last updated on Aug 3, 2019

Halloween is almost here!! I am currently learning how to juggle the shop and motherhood (baby James born April 9), and commissions remain closed until further notice. Everything you see listed for sale is ready to ship, and I am (slowly) building new offerings as well as restocking popular items.

Commissions are currently closed.

Check out the Clearance section--lots of items recently discounted to make room for new stock!

Everything you see is handmade in my studio by me and I pride myself in my work. I create one of a kind and small batch creations with attention to detail. Everything I make is made to last, to wear beautifully, and to be a staple in your wardrobe. I love what I do, and I hope you love it too!

The costumes I offer are not costumes you find in party stores. These are made to be worn again and again over the years. I have a theatre degree, focusing in costume design, and have been sewing for 20+ years. Items are lined, sewn properly, re-enforced, made one at a time, and lovingly packaged. This is a one woman show from start to finish.

Sorry, I do not offer discounts or special price packages, and I do not give items away for bloggers, etc.

You can find Trapped In Time Designs on:
--Instagram (#trappedintimedesigns to be featured)
--Pinterest
--Tumblr
--Facebook

Trapped In Time Designs is a proud member of Handmade Louisiana--come check us out at: http://www.handmadelouisiana.com/

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About TrappedInTimeDesigns

Sales 1,370
On Etsy since 2008

Dressing the World

When I was 9, I was convinced I'd be a veterinarian-ballerina-opera singer. When I was 16, I had turned to the dark side and was planning a future in law. When I was 18, having taken my first law class, I switched (quite quickly, and with no reservations) to a theatre major, thinking I'd become a famous stage-actress. Finding I had work-study money and could apply for a job in the theatre, I determined I would work in the scene shop but somehow managed to nab an interview in the costume shop instead. Having not sewn a single thing successfully since the age of 13 (and I'm using the term "successfully" rather loosely), there was a fair amount of "creative license" taken on my part when discussing my skill set in the interview. The heavens were shining on me that day and I nabbed the job. Never had I imagined a life in costume design. Sure, I had sketched fashion design ideas since I could remember. I had made Barbie clothes throughout the years. I had loved dress-up time with a fierce passion. "Prettydress" was one word to me for years. But somehow I had never, not once, thought any of that could parlay into a future career.

My first project in the costume shop was a 17th century frock coat. From scratch. In velvet.

Ultimately, I found I had a natural talent and deep love for fashion, sewing, and costume design. I had found my place, my passion. I continued to act though-out college, but costume design took center stage from that point on.

Upon graduating, I worked in various community and high school theatres. Passion was lost, experiences experienced, stories for future telling accrued, and I found myself suddenly working in college admissions and sewing sporadically and only for myself (or for good friends who convinced me to come out of hiding and do a show). I was unhappy, hating my job, hating my commute, hating it all.

I finally had enough. I took the plunge and decided to quit the day job and start living the life I'd dreamed. Thus Trapped In Time Designs was born. I haven't looked back.

The name, Trapped In Time Designs, stems from my deep love of all things vintage, retro and old. I've never felt quite at home in the modern age, never quite felt like I fit in. I love vintage films, books, styles, and furnishings. I had often mused that I was a 1950s housewife trapped in the modern age.

I work in my home studio on an industrial JUKI machine. I also have a 1946 Singer, a 1970s-era Singer and a 1990s-era Bernina--the '46 Singer is my favorite of the bunch. I love that I'm creating beautiful garments on the same machine that my grandmother used for years.

I'm a one-woman show, designing, creating, shipping, marketing--all of it. I take great pride in my business and the quality of my product. I take great joy from talking with customers and creating the perfect garment for them. My designs go on some grand adventures!

I love my business. Sure, I'm pretty much covered in thread every day and the local post office employees don't know quite what to do with me, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. I'm happy, I love what I do, I love creating. I get to play dress up everyday with people all over the world! What's not to love about THAT?

Shop members

  • Mairi Newman-Lothian

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    15+ years experience, Bachelor degree in theatre with a focus in costume design & acting, dress-up lover, mama to 3 kitties, book on cd listener, singer, almost-hobbit, always imagining, always dreaming

Shop policies

Last updated on April 24, 2017
Welcome! Trapped In Time Designs is a shop of hand made fantasy and historically influenced garments. With a fascination with all things historical, whimsical and fantastical, I hand sew and embellish each item with care and attention to detail. Garments are made to be worn--whether that be day to day, to a party, for a special holiday, or for a special someone, they will hold up and gorgeously accentuate their wearer.

If you see something you love, but needs some tweaking for you--I am happy to take custom orders, simply convo me with the specifics, and we'll get started!

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
ALL SALES FINAL, unless prior agreement has been reached with me.

Custom orders are NON-REFUNDABLE. Items are made to measurements provided. It is extremely important that correct measurements are supplied as once garment has been begun there will be no returns or refunds given. No exceptions on custom orders unless prior agreement has been reached (prior to sale).

**Please note that Halloween-specific items purchased prior to Halloween will not be refunded or exchanged on or after October 31st**
Payment
If payment is not received within 2 business days, and we have no prior agreement, contact, or discussion, item will be re-listed in my shop.
Shipping
All items within the United States are shipped via USPS Priority Mail, which include tracking. If you would like Express Delivery or Insurance, please let me know as I will charge an additional fee for these services.

I am not responsible for items lost by the USPS. Once shipped, I am unable to guarantee delivery--the occasional package may be lost by the USPS. Claims may be filed with the USPS for lost packages. I will, of course, help in the process of filing a claim and do all I can to gain a refund through the USPS.

International orders are shipped First Class International Mail, unless a prior agreement is reached.

I will not mark an item as "Gift" for Customs purposes. Please be aware that your customs may charge additional fees, and shipping can take extended time depending on country.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do not sponsor blogs at this time, nor do I offer items on a TFP basis for shoots. I do offer an affordable rental program for professional photographers, but I do not give my work away for free, so please do not ask.

Custom orders are welcome. Please convo me with the particulars of what you are looking for (garment, size, color, fabric choice, and what garment will be used for). I will work closely with you to ensure the garment is everything you want it to be. Minimum of half payment required up-front, before any work has begun or fabric ordered.

Please note fees on custom orders for plus size will be slightly higher depending on size needed, fabric choice and costume.
Privacy
I use client information to shop items only. I do not send mailing lists, etc., and I do not sell or pass on client information.

A copy of your receipt is kept in my files for tax purposes only.