Winter Lights ♥ Bring Your Darkness to Light ♥

Portland, Oregon

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Haylee Limbean

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Haylee Limbean


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About WinterLights

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On Etsy since 2007

"there's more than blood that beats through my heart.."

As a walking caricature of the angst-ridden teenager in the 90's I inadvertendly decided that the most meaningful thing in life was to be inspired by art and to create art. I spent those years painting and decorating things for my bedroom, stringing white Christmas lights along my walls, making scrapbooks and collages, decoupaging anything I could find, and eventually sewing.

I begged my mom for a sewing machine when I was 14 in order to make my own curtains. My mom's sewing skills don't exceed a straight stitch, so I discovered which frankly was where I learned all the basics and found many projects to practice on. I began re-sizing my clothes so they fit better and eventually tried my hand at creating clothes from scratch. It took what seemed like much more practice than any "normal" person would require, but eventually I got it down.

After moving to CA when I was 20 and feeling terribly out of sorts by the change, I discovered this whole new exciting world of people who were selling their goods online. I found Etsy and gave it a shot.

I was nervous but received tons of praise by girls who loved that I offered plus-sizes in designs they would never find in a department store. I may have not been making much money through sales, but the encouragement was enough to keep me inspired! There's not much I love more in life than being in my room with my music blasting, a cup of coffee nearby and my sewing machine stitching away. <3

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    Owner, Maker, Designer

Shop policies

Last updated on October 30, 2012
My policy section should answer any questions you may have before placing an order with me, but feel free to message me with ANY questions you may have!


My mannequin, Sophie, is a size 14 (US Large) and stands 5 feet 8 inches tall.

♥Her measurements:
Bust: 41.5"
Waist: 32.5"
Low Waist: 38.5"
Hips at widest: 42.5"
Biceps: 11"

Now, I know you're thinking "Umm, that's NOT plus-sized!!" And you are right. Unfortunately mannequins are just not made to reflect actual human beings! She serves her purpose though, by showing how the clothes fit and hang.
Remember to read the measurements provided in each listing to gauge if it's your size. Dress sizes are categorized differently wherever you go, but actual measurements don't lie! All clothing that is too big for Sophie I pin back, and mention so at the bottom of its listing, to eliminate any confusion.

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♥All clothing is sewn with a Brother 1034D Serger and a Brother CS-6000i Sewing Machine
♥I serge, re-enforce and top-stitch where needed for ultimate quality and a professional appearance. Specific sewing techniques vary depending on fabric and/or design scheme
♥All fabric is gently pre-washed/pre-shrunk before using
♥Raw edges on trims, such as ribbon, are always heat singed or otherwise treated to prevent fraying...unless fraying is part of the design, which will be mentioned in the listing

║ ► ► ► ► CARE
♥CLOTHES ~ All clothes should be machine or hand washed in cold water, reshaped, and laid flat to dry. This will keep an overall ideal appearance and provide a long life for your garment, as well as keeping trims nice and flat
♥BAGS/POUCHES ~ Spot-clean with damp wash cloth


♥I use my own designs and patterns
♥Many items in my shop can be altered or re-sized for you (may alter the price)
♥All items are shipped from a smoke-free household
♥We do have kitties but go over everything with a lint roller prior to shipping



Have you already purchased something from me? Snap a picture of yourself wearing it to be included in a customer gallery and get 10% off your next order! Just remind me when purchasing and wait for a revised invoice before paying!


Check my Sale Section often, I'm always adding things in there to clear out space, so take advantage of the awesome deals!


I love doing custom orders! Just message me if you're interested and we'll work out the details together! Unlike a lot of bigger companies I do not charge an outrageous fee for custom sizing so be rest assured you will still be getting a good value for something that will fit you like a glove.

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Accepted payment methods

Returns and exchanges
I do my best to ensure all of my descriptions and measurements are precise, so I do not offer returns, however if I have made an honest mistake regarding such information I will gladly refund your money, and ask that you return the item back to me.

Once your package is in the mail it's quite literally out of my hands, so I am not responsible for lost or damaged packages. I know how frustrating and downright sad it is when such things happen, so I will do my best to help if a problem does occur.
♥I prefer Paypal, but you can contact me first to ask about other methods
♥Items MUST be paid for within 3 days of purchase (to be fair I always send a reminder convo before the 3 days is up!). If you need extra time please contact me first!
♥I WILL leave negative or neutral feedback for all non-paying customers. Speaking for the other artisans of Etsy, this is our livelihood and we cannot tolerate unprofessional and disrespectful behaviour.
♥I ship clothes via flat-rate Priority Mail so you'll get your stuff promptly! Smaller items go 1st Class
♥Orders are shipped within 3 business days
♥If you'd like any special shipping requests just let me know before purchasing and I will gladly accommodate you!
♥I ship worldwide!
Additional policies and FAQs
I love doing custom orders (in ALL sizes and styles!), so feel free to message me if you're interested, or send me an alchemy request! I may ask for a deposit upfront depending on cost of materials and to ensure that you are a serious customer.

I am very open to wholesale & consignment. Message me if you are interested.