Measuring, Sizing, Exchanges
Each costume manufacturer uses a different size chart. You will find this size chart on your child's costume webpage; just scroll to the bottom of the page to find it.
Use your child’s measurement to pick the best size for your child and allow room for growth. If in doubt, always order up a size. All the costumes we choose are made specifically for dance recitals. They are made of fabric that stretches to allow for growth in height and weight. They come with straps that can be adjusted to various lengths. Our goal is to have a costume that fits your child well on the day of the show. It is a bonus if they can wear it for months/ years to come, but no one can guarantee that.
Please note that the size of your child's costume may be different than her normal clothing size. Each costume company provides a very specific sizing chart that is used exclusively for their costumes. They do not necessarily coincide with store-bought clothing sizes. You will see the size chart online when you select your costume.
Dance costumes are made to order (they do not make them until they are ordered) but are not custom made for size. The measurements we take are used to determine the appropriate size (extra- small child through extra-large adult).
One common mistake is to choose a size that is too small. When consulting your size chart, if the measurements span two different sizes, always size up. Additionally, if your child is due for a "growth spurt", consider ordering up a size. It is always easier to alter a costume that is too large than too small.
Costume manufacturers have started charging more for their adult and plus-size costumes. To avoid across-the-board cost increases, $5.00 - $10.00 will be added to adult and plus size costumes.
too big/too small
When you receive your costume, please try it on your dancer as soon as possible. If the costume you ordered is too big, you may consider making alterations rather than exchanging the costume. If there is a minor alteration needed, do not contact TheCostumeFairy.net. The parent is responsible for any adjustments to the costume (i.e. attach straps or tack pieces with safety pins or needle/thread).
If the costume is the wrong size and cannot be altered, you may be able to make an exchange. See the Exchanges page for information on how to make an exchange.
Refunds, Payments, Taxes, Shipping and Fees
TheCostumeFairy.net accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover card.
Sales taxes are collected at your state's rate. We do not collect any handling fees or service fees.
Shipping from the manufacturer to your studio is included in your costume fees, if ordered before February 1. Orders received after February 1 may require rush shipping fees. Exchanges will incur shipping charges. See Exchanges for more information.
Your total increases the longer you wait:
Order early! Generally, costumes take 12-16 weeks to arrive. This is because the costume companies service all the dance studios and most have recitals at similar times. Ordering early allows you to take advantage of discounts and allow time for exchanges of costume sizes if needed. We recommend that you order by December 1 to guarantee arrival by photo week. Please note: Any costumes ordered after February 1 are not guaranteed to arrive in time for photo week.
You will receive an email from TheCostumeFairy.net when your order is placed. You will also receive an email after your costume has arrived at your studio for pickup.
Defective Costumes or Missing Accessories
Any damaged or missing costumes, tights, or accessories must be reported to us within 5 days of receiving your shipment. If your carton is damaged upon receipt, please save it, as a claim may be filed with the carrier.
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