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kansasmercantile » Custom Sewing

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Shelley takes on custom sewing as her time permits. She always has
time for corsets, with about 4 weeks turn around time. Gowns and ensembles
will take longer depending on access to materials, fittings, and cutting
and sewing time scheduling. Shelley requires that period clothing be
fitted over an historical corset.  Custom corset range from $185 to $300 depending on size, style and choice of fabrics.  Ballgowns range from $500 to $600.  A deposit of 1/2 down is required and the balance upon completion.

                           The "Shelley Ballgown", Viennese Ball, San Diego, Jan 2008      The “Shelley Ballgown”, Viennese Ball, Balboa Club,  San Diego, Jan, 2008   

                               Copy  of Godey’s January,1858 Colorplate       With Ballgown Bodice 2011  

Hi Shelley,  

I received the dress and am extremely delighted and very impressed by your workmanship.  I’ve had a lot of dresses made for me and am always disappointed in the fit, poor workmanship, lack of attention to detail and sloppy presentation (threads hanging, unfinished seams, uneven pleating, etc) which makes me crazy…but this outfit is gorgeous and so expertly made.  Again, I can’t tell you how impressed I am with your beautiful piping, fantastic skirt pleating, it is finished lovely inside and the little details on the sleeves and skirt…JUST BEAUTIFUL!   Marion died when she saw it!  She said, “Oh, I’ve got to redo all my piping now because hers is so beautiful”.  It looks and feels so authentic that I’m having a hard time remembering this isn’t an antique dress! Thank YOU so much!  

 I must say, no one has ever made an outfit for me that fit so perfect!   

Jennifer Bartos  



Custom Corsets   

 Julie’s Wedding Corset   


Jill’s pretty pink roses corset   

“Thank you again, Shelley, for the beautiful work
you did on my gaudy corset. It fits great, and it is too pretty to hide under clothes.
Megan’s is very nice too, but it makes her soooo skinny it is disturbing. You did a beautiful job.”
Joyce, March 22, 2011   

Hi Shelley, received the corset yesterday. It is beautiful!!!!! I adore it, thank you so much,
January 28,2010

 I really glad I met you – my courset is so awesome.  I feel pretty and it fits great.   

Sapphire Rose
June 9, 2009
Shelley – just a note to tell you how much I LOVE the corset.  I was comfortable all weekend in Long Beach and I have YOU to thank for that.  Why didn’t I do this sooner????
-Sherri Ortman
American Anti-Slavery Society
June 8,2009


Maggie's Corset

 I LOVE MY NEW CORSET, SHELLEY! It’s changing my life. A+ for the Kansas Mercantile!

June 6,2012
Hi Shelley,
Just want to let you know the corset is FABULOUS and I love it! Thanks for all your help, you are the expert star corset consultant!  

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