With the exception of my accessories, my listings are for labor only - Mostly this applies
to my Renaissance designs. The reason being is that there can be variables in embellishments, sleeve
design, etc. For those listings that are listed as "Labor Only" the cost of fabrics, notions, and
embellishments are not included, and must be provided by the client
The going rate for a talented professional seamstresses ranges from $25 to $40 an hour for labor - depending on the intricacy of the piece. Bridal fashions are on the higher end of that scale. What I do is equivalent to bridal fashions in its intricacy
How many hours does an average gown take?
I spend a minimum of 300+ hours (or more) on labor for each ensemble - even more if there is beading, embroidery work, hand quilting, and/or specialized embellishment such as "fabric braiding" a type of "smocking." I require no less than 3 months to complete each ensemble
Hourly Rates vs. By the Piece:
I charge by the pattern piece - or for every piece I physically sew together. That includes both lining and your fashion fabric, trim, piping pieces, or panes for sleeves or slops. Please note: I do not figure my cost by counting pieces of the paper pattern.
If I charged $30 an hour, for an average gown that takes 300 hours of labor - which is a very low estimate - it would run you approximately $9,000 in labor fees for an average gown in my shop with about 50-60 pieces
My cost for labor is $15 per piece
For an average ensemble with 50 to 60 pieces, it will run approximately
$750 to $990
Embellishments, such as freshwater pearls, jewels, and beading are extra. The cost of the pearls will depend on the amount you desire, as well as the size and quality of the pearls. On average, one strand of Grade A 3-4 mm Rice pearls run approximately $16. Once you decide on your design elements, I will provide an estimate on the cost of pearls and any additional fees for beading and embellishment.
I do not mark up my pearls, etc. I charge the same cost as I acquire them from Fire Mountain Gems.
$750 to $900, which is less than half of what it would cost if I charged by the hour
Most of my ensembles include up to 12 hooped patterns using one color. Any additional embroidery above that number is additional. On average, I spend 12 to 18 hours, or more, on embroidery. Some patterns, depending on their intricacy, can take up to an hour or more to embroider just one.
Poly-chromatic (multiple colored) embroidery is not included in my normal labor estimate as mentioned above and are additional. These types of patterns require multiple thread changes, and it doubles and even triples the amount of time I spend on embroidery. Poly-chromatic embroidery varies in cost by the intricacy of the design and size.
When you decide how much embellishment you want, I will offer you an estimate.
In order to keep my prices competitive I rarely keep fabric in stock. Each gown I create is "one of a kind." I will be glad help you shop for fabrics after our initial consultation, or you can visit my "Recommended Links" page and peruse the vendors that I use frequently.
I recommend you budget an extra $150 (high estimate) for incidentals such as, bodice or doublet lining, metal stays, trims (if I purchase them for you), interfacing, hooks and eyes, aglets for your lacing, etc.
For more information, see "Store Policies" section.
My clients who live out of state, or too far to come for a live fitting, will require me to draft a pattern based on a duct tape double. I do not charge extra for drafting the pattern, unless you request a copy. In lieu of charging for my time to draft and true the pattern using the duct tape form, I will keep both the duct tape form as well as the tissue pattern, once drafted. If you wish to have a copy of the basic bodice pattern (without sleeves, etc.), a minimal fee of $20.00 is required.
Questions, or to Place an Order:
Please read the "Store Policies" section for more information on placing an order.
Thank you for considering Designs From Time for your historical clothing needs.
For small borders such as those used on these sleeve panes on the left , I would charge what I would for one small 2 to 3 inch single color pattern, as I can embroider 3 to 4 in one hooping
The embroidery work as seen in the picture to the right, is approx. 6 to 8 inches, and are hooped separately in a mirrored image, and therefore, count as "one."
- Patterns Approx. 2 to 3 inches = $7.00 each
- Patterns Approx. 4 to 5 inches = $10.00 each
- Patterns Approx 6 to 8 inches = $13.00 each
- Patterns Approx. 2 to 3 inches = $5.00 each.
- Patterns Approx. 4 to 5 inches = $8.00 each
- Patterns Approx. 6 to 8 inches = $11.00 each.
Five Colors or more:
- Patterns Approx. 2 to 3 inches = $13.00 each
- Patterns Approx. 4 to 5 inches = $16.00 each
- Patterns Approx. 6 to 8 inches = $19.00 each
- Patterns Approx. 2 to 3 inches = $10.00 each
- Patterns Approx. 4 to 5 inches = $13.00 each
- Patterns Approx. 6 to 8 inches = $16.00 each
Single Color Intricate Fill Work, i.e., brocade, animals, etc.:
- Patterns Approx. 2 to 3 inches = $6.00 each
- Patterns Approx. 4 to 5 inches = $8.00 each
- Patterns Approx. 6 to 8 inches - $10.00 each
Single Color - i.e, borders, black work, single line stitch:
- Patterns Approx. 2 to 3 inches = $4.00 each
- Patterns Approx 4 to 5 inches = $5.00 each
- Patterns Approx 6 to 8 inches = $7.00 each
Designs From Time
For the forepart to the left where I've mixed patterns, I would charge for both the medallion and for the center pattern