Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I order a
costume from you?
A: Click on any
button under an item description to request your costume from us. Our
talented staff will help you plan your order, and assist you with determining
your correct size, and payment instructions.
Q: Can you create a
costume from my drawing/photo/favorite show?
A: Yes! We specialize in
recreating costumes from references provided by our customers. We can also
research projects for you, to provide you with special items you might request,
as seen below.
Customer Provided Sketch
I want an
item I don't see on your site, can you show me a picture of one you've made?
impossible to have already made every item any customer might ever dream of
having. If you don't see it already on the site, we probably don't have
pictures of one to show you. Please use photos of our existing items as
examples of the quality of our work when inquiring about custom orders.
make me a real gun/knife/sword?
A: For the
safety of our customers, and anyone they may encounter while using our products,
we will not make any "real" weapons. We can offer safe alternatives (i.e.
non-firing, dull edged, rubber/plastic) alternatives to weapon type props and
Q: How do I know
what size to order?
A: We provide you with a basic
measuring chart so that we have all the necessary information, if we need any
further measurements not on these pages we will ask you.
When measuring, have someone
help you as measuring yourself can prove inaccurate, and please be honest with
your sizing as well. We try to produce your costume for you so that you are
comfortable in it and cannot be responsible if measurements provided aren't
accurate. If you have questions about measurements, please feel free
Items returned for additional
resizing at our discretion due to incorrect measurements are subject to a
tailoring fee and return shipping fees.
To assist you with sizing here
are some measurement charts:
Men's Measurement Chart
Women's Measurement Chart
Don't have a
Printable Tape Measure
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Q: How do I pay for
All prices are in
currency and customers are responsible for all shipping charges. We provide
shipping to the USA and other countries via United States Postal Service,
UPS, and Federal Express, and can provide conversion into
your currency if you require it.
Deposits on custom items are
non-refundable. Please consider your choices carefully before placing an
Why does the costume I want cost so much?
looking for a cheap, fast, high quality costume should read the Costumer's
write-up on the subject. We couldn't have
explained it any better than they do. If after reading that you still
don't understand the value of our work, there are plenty of vendors with sweatshop-made bagged costumes to be found by searching
Q: Can I pay for my
order in installments?
that total over $500 (exclusive of shipping charges) may be paid for in
installments. A 50% deposit is sufficient to book an order.
Remaining balance is due before any custom order is started. No order will
b shipped before it is completely paid for.
Do you have my costume in stock?
everything we sell is custom made to order. We have little or no "stock" items.
Some small items may be available to ship in short order (pins, patches, etc.),
other items are available on a custom order basis only, and must be booked well
in advance of when they are needed. Please bear this in mind when
Q: How long will my
A: When you place your order
you may request an estimate of how far in advance we are booked. If
you are ordering a more intensively detailed costume, or an item that requires
custom sculpting, it may take longer, and be aware that when you book your
order we already have other customers in line ahead of you!
you need your costume by a specific date it is important to order as soon as
possible so that it will be completed in time for your event.
Why does my order
take this long to produce?
Your costume is custom made to your specifications and measurements, and most pieces must be
drafted specially for you. Also if there are
special pieces that need to be sculpted and cast they may also take more time to
create. Every costume is hand crafted
for each individual customer. We carry very few "stock" items. Every part
of the process is very time and labor intensive, and in the case of recreating a
movie or character outfit a great deal of research and preparation is involved. We obtain the best fabrics at
the best value for your costume, and sometimes hand beading, sculpting, or dyeing is a part
of the process. We have dedicated most of our lives to our craft and provide a
professional service and know that we give our customers value for their money. Also, remember that there are customers who ordered before you
who are also waiting patiently for their order. Please do not ask us to
"bump" you ahead of them!
Q: Why don't I get "updates" as to how
my order is coming along?
A: Due to the sheer number of
customers we serve, it is impossible to constantly update every customer on
every aspect of their order's construction. If you absolutely need to know something
specific about your order before it ships, please e-mail us.
It is not necessary to email us every week asking for the
"status" of your order! Such e-mails are unnecessary and having to respond
to them takes time away from working on everyone's orders, including yours!
Additionally, any message containing profanity of any kind will automatically be
sent to the spam folder.
I've changed my
mind about the style and fabric after I've given you my order, can I change/cancel it?
A: By this
point we've already ordered your fabric and created a pattern for your costume.
If you want another garment you may order it, but we will not be able to change
the costume after we've already begun to prepare what you've ordered.
Please consider your selections carefully, and contact us regarding possible
changes as soon after placing the order as possible if you would like to make
changes to the design. Canceled or returned orders are subject to a
cancellation/restocking fee of 50% of the original purchase price.
I don't want to
purchase a costume from you, but can you tell me what to do to make my own?
A: As much
as we love
the art of costuming, we don't have the time to teach people how to make
costumes, as it takes time away from our paying customers. Inquire at your local bookstore for books on sewing and crafts
for beginners, to help you learn this fascinating art.
Do you sell your
A: No, we do not. Our
patterns represent an investment of many man hours of research and design on our
part, and are not for sale, nor do we sell our embroidery designs or files. There are many commercial patterns available
at your local fabric store that may suit your needs if you prefer to create your
Can you tell me
where to buy fabric or supplies to make my costume?
A: No, we do not share
information about our suppliers. There are many sources available on
the web that may suit your needs if you prefer to create your own costume.
Likewise, we do not sell fabric, thread, or other sewing notions. Check
your local fabric store for these items.
How do I choose
A: We will give you pricing on
different fabrics for your garments and have the best resources at our disposal
for providing you with quality fabric selections. When you choose a color
and fabric type we will find a variety for you to choose from unless you have
something specific in mind. We reserve the right to substitute out
of stock fabrics with fabrics of similar or better quality.
Q: Are your costumes machine
A: Some material used may be machine washable
however, since these are custom items we do not suggest or advocate machine
washing any item we create. The reason for this is that these are expensive
materials usually including delicate trims which may be damaged in a machine and
the look of your garment may be altered if it is washed by conventional methods.
We consider each piece to be a special creation and would suggest dry cleaning
for those items you wish to have cleaned. Please let us know if you would
prefer your item to be machine washable before ordering.
Can I return my
costume for a refund?
wearable item sales are final.
We do not offer refunds, as all of our items are custom made and represent a
considerable investment of time and materials on our part. If we
have made an error with regard to size, color, etc., please let us know and we
will do our best to resolve the problem.
We are also aware of customers
who wear an item once and then try to return it for a refund, in used and often
damaged condition. We can easily tell the difference between a new item
from our shop and a "worn" item. We ship all items insured, and any
damages that may occur during shipping are covered. Damages to an item
after a customer receives the item are the responsibility of the
customer, and may be repaired at our discretion, subject to a repair charge, and
return shipping charges. Also, we do not "rent" costumes.
Please consider your choices carefully before placing an order.
Can I get free costumes from you in exchange for a credit
in my fan film?
As much as we appreciate assisting aspiring filmmakers with their productions,
the mention of our business in the credits does not offset our production costs.
I am ordering from another country. Can
you label the item as a "gift" on the customs form to save on import tariffs?
A: No. We will not
intentionally mislabel an item as a gift or reduce the sale value or falsify
customs documents in any way. The customer is responsible for all duties
and charges required by customs on an item they are importing from us.
Q: I can't decide right now, what if I
wait until the last minute?
A: We receive orders every day. If you wait to
order we may not be able to fill your order within your needed time frame. We are unable to hold a spot for you unless your order placed and paid
for. Order early if you intend to have your costume for a specific event.
Additionally, we are often
heavily booked before holidays and conventions, and may not be able to take
orders for many of our more popular items at these times. When in doubt,