Get in to character at Molly Limpets costume store

Shopping buzz in Woodseats. Molly Limpet's Costume Hire, Chesterfield Road. Pictured is manager Nick Hedley.
Shopping buzz in Woodseats. Molly Limpet's Costume Hire, Chesterfield Road. Pictured is manager Nick Hedley.
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We all have our favourite characters - whether they are from film, books, or theatre - and wish that we could be just like them, even just for a day.

There is a shop in Woodseats that can make that happen. Open the doors at Molly Limpet’s, on Chesterfield Road, and you are greeted with a studio of wall to floor costumes and millions of possibilities.

Nick Hedley, manager of the store, said: “Fancy dress isn’t about looking silly, it’s about being a different character for an event.

“We have classic period costumes that hold their own in Venice Carnivale and the Masquerade Ball in Versaille, right through to groups of guys wanting to go as the Banana Splits to a Butlins 70s weekend.”

Most of the bespoke 30,000 costumes are handmade at the studio, which has been open since 2001. The shop is the only one outside of London to offer handmade clothes.

Nick added: “Ninety-five per cent of our costumes are totally unique to us because we made them.

“Therefore, we can guarantee that clients will be at an event and not have a costume that five other people will wear.

“No one else offers the quality that we do.”

The costumes are made in all sizes for all occasions - fancy dress, theatre, panto, film and television.

With such an extensive range of unique costumes, it is little wonder that the store has attracted celebrity clients - Charlie Cox from Stardust and Downton Abbey and also Kate Mara from Brokeback Mountain to name just two.

However, the company are very proud of their city roots.

Nick added: “ We’re a Sheffield company through and through. We’ve made all the costumes for another Sheffield institution for over ten years now, the Manor Operatic at the City Hall.

“We are proud to say the majority of our garments are made in Sheffield. The rest are still UK-made by a handful of outworkers that manufacture to our design brief.”

The shop was first opened by Scott McKenzie, who started his own costume collection when he was playing a Dame in a pantomime and began designing and having dresses made for the part.

Nick said: “Others wanted to hire them. The shop came and we developed our costume collection to amass the quantities we have now.”

The shop promotes a variety of themes throughout the year, from Halloween to Christmas and 1940s to 1980s.

They also cater for a range of shows and interests, from Grease to Snow White, or Minions to Hello Kitty - there really is something for everyone.

Costumes can be hired in advance and made to measure to customer specifications, so the outfit will be perfect.

Pick up a copy of today’s Star to read about more Woodseats shops.