Women's Plus Sized 18th Century Zone Front Dress, Rococo French Costume Robe a la Polonaise - Custom, Made To Order (FABRIC INCLUDED)
(Gown pictured is not my work. I've used as a place-marker only due to a high volume of inquiries. Due to my extremely busy commission schedule, I am not able to make "samples." When I am commissioned for the same gown, I will replace it with my own high-quality reproduction).
Made to Order: AUTHENTICALLY styled 18th Century dress Robe a la Polonaise
This gorgeous 18th Century dress is fashioned in the European style of Robe a la Polonaise and is patterned after an authentic 18th Century source with authentic construction updated for machine stitching. All hems are hand-sewn - NOT machine stitched. Overskirt is attached to the bodice and an internal pulley mechanism creates the "bustle." Bodice is structured - NOT two layers of fabric sewn together! Rather it is tailored with hair canvas. Fully lined bodice. Front closure accomplished with industrial strength hook & eye tape. According to fashion trends of the 18th century, a gown made in the style of "a la polonaise" consists of underskirt and a dress. The underskirt (petticoat) is usually made of same fabric as the dress. Bodice is front closing with sturdy hook and eye strips. This is NOT an inexpensive knock-off! - But an authentically styled garment, designed and constructed by a professional seamstress and historical costumer with 30+ years of experience and a reputation for highly detailed, quality made historical reproductions.
An authentic 18th Century style smock, corded petticoat, bumpads, and pocket panniers are needed to be worn underneath the gown, These items are NOT included in the price of the dress. If you do not own these proper underpinnings as described, you will need to add them to your budget, otherwise the gown absolutely will NOT drape properly.
An authentically styled 18th Century corset is absolutely ESSENTIAL for the proper fit of an 18th Century gown. While my bodices are highly structured with tailoring in the inner-structure, ADDING BONING to the bodice proper in lieu of, or in place of, a proper pair of stays will ABSOLUTELY NOT provide you the necessary silhouette!!! Anyone who has done their research will tell you the same thing. Without actually stays it will NOT provide the same support! Therefore STAYS ARE A NECESSITY rather than an option. Without proper stays you risk a serious malfunction of the gown such as: burst seams or torn grommets for gowns that lace up. Additionally, a pair authentically styled pair of stays is necessary when creating the upper body cast, which I require in order to be able to draft a properly fitted gown to your exact measurements. The 18th Century silhouette flattens the breasts and smooths the entire torso. If you wear a Victorian or Civil War style "corset" it will not flatten the breast as needed for the 18th (and 16th) Century, and your custom gown from me will not fit properly. I pattern my 16th and 18th Century gowns to be HISTORICALLY ACCURATE, which means I follow the actual historical standards and practices for construction. These style of gowns are made to fit FLAT against the torso rather than to conform to the curve of the breast as you see in clothing for the 1800s and early 1900s. If you aren't wearing the proper 18th Century stays both during the making of the necessary cast, AND when you wear the gown, the front of the gown will NOT lay properly, i.e., it won't appear smooth and in can ride up in front. Therefore, it is imperative that you wear an 18th century style pair of stays underneath an 18th Century gown ONLY. The only exception to this is wearing 18th Century stays with a 16th Century gown. Both styles were similar in that they flatten the breast and push them upward to create the exquisite décolletage these eras were known for, and smooth out the torso. Many of my 16th Century clients wear a properly styled and fully-channeled pair stays made for 18th Century as a means of economics; rather than purchasing two separate corsets.
If you do not own a proper pair of stays you can add them to your order at the link below:
FASHION FABRICS INCLUDED - LIMITED TO COTTON PRINT. Fabric budgeted up to $20 a yard. If client chooses a fabric that exceeds that budget, they are responsible for the difference. See link for available fabrics. Be aware I cannot guarantee fabric from vendors will be in stock.
FASHION FABRICS INCLUDED:
8 to 9 Yards Print cotton needed for Gown 45 - 50" wide : $194 (may be more for larger sizes requiring 3 panels for the attached over skirt, or 4 panels in the petticoat. *****Client will be responsible to cover the cost of additional fabric if needed). Fabric pictured is 45" wide and took 9 yards.
5 to 6 yards Print cotton (3 panels) for petticoat 45 - 50" wide - $94
6 yards of plain cotton or muslin to flatline print fabric for petticoat 45 to 50" wide - $42
SPECIALTY SUPPLIES PROVIDED BY DFT:
2 Yards cotton - Bodice Lining: $18.00
Up to 6 Yards Fusible cotton: $54.00
Industrial Hook and Eye tape - $5.00
SPECIALTY SUPPLIES: $77
FASHION FABRIC: $288 (Maximum budget allowed is $20 a yard)
DEPOSIT REQUIRED: Non-refundable 20% deposit is required to hold a spot on my calendar. - Please check my availability before ordering.
PLEASE NOTE: Any changes or additions to the design can affect the labor fees.
QUALITY STANDARDS: Each Designs From Time ensemble is created to meet my exacting standards, and I am a perfectionist! All my bodices - whether working class or noble - are CUSTOM DRAFTED to fit each individual client. That service alone is a value of $150 for time and materials My bodices are not cookie-cut patterns, nor do I approach my designs with a "one size fits most" concept using a commercial pattern source that you HOPE will fit. Rather than trying to make your body fit into a commercial pattern, I take the time and added effort to custom drape and draft a pattern to fit YOUR unique body. You may find reproduction clothing that is cheaper, but a bargain isn't a bargain if what you're buying is substandard workmanship. My designs are clothing NOT costume. My bodices are among the sturdiest your money can buy. They aren't two pieces of fabric slapped together with grommets that will tear away from the fabric after being worn a few times. I have developed a unique, tried and true method of anchoring my grommets so that they will NOT tear away from your fabrics. In addition, each grommet is also hand-couched using matching embroidery floss that is sealed to prevent fraying and will wear longer. All of my skirts are hemmed by HAND - they are not hemmed by the sewing machine! That, I feel, is a lazy cheat! There are many Couture (hand sewn) features in all of my work. It may take more time, but I take great pride in each piece I make. The quality you see pictured is the quality that you receive. I have one of the best reputations for quality and customer service in the industry. And I stand by my work.
Available in the following sizes Only:
USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . France
14 (Large-X-Large). . . . . . . . . 16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
16 (X-Large/1X) . . . . . . . . . . . 18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
18 (1X/2X). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48/50
20 (2X) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50/52
LISTED TURN-AROUND TIMES ARE SUBJECTIVE: I accept (and fill) orders on a "First Come, First Served" basis, no matter if paid in full at the time of purchase, and regardless of allotted timeline listed for turn-around by Etsy. Etsy does not provide the 3 - 4 month option that I require for construction, so listed turn around times are subjective.
I am consistently booked out about 9 months at a time so you will need to give yourself many months advance. Please contact me to check my availability. To be added to my schedule, I require a 20% non-refundable deposit to hold a reservation.
*** SHIPPING FEES LISTED ARE APPROXIMATED AND MAY VARY DEPENDING ON WEIGHT AND DISTANCE. AN ADDITIONAL INVOICE WILL BE SENT UPON COMPLETION OF GOWN
**Hand made items will have small imperfections.
No refunds. All Sales are final. Please read policies on lay away and non-refundable 40% deposit.
I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
ALL of our GOWNS are one-of-a-kind couture, and custom drafted to fit your personal measurements! Most vendors on Etsy offer multiples, i.e., cranking out the same gown over, and over; however, we do not repeat the same gown. Rather, we will take a style you like and customize it for your personal tastes using our superior craftsmanship and knowledge for historical clothing and construction. All of the samples you see listed in our store can be personalized. Additionally, all of our accessories (hats, smocks, corsets/stays) are customized to fit your measures as well. While you may find CHEAPER versions of gowns offered by other vendors, one glance at OUR work will reflect the disparity between a so-called bargain and true quality.
With a 20% non-refundable deposit, you can reserve a slot on our calendar. The remaining balance can be parceled out into six (6) automated monthly payments via PayPal on any item valued at $800 or more. We've lowered our deposit from 40% to 20% to make it more affordable for our clients. Details are included in a contract for your protection.
We are blessed to stay busy! Our calendar is filled at least 8 to 10 months - or more - in advance. It's best to give us NO LESS than 6 months advance notice, but optimally longer! - especially for bridal gowns and highly detailed ensembles. Depending on the intricacy of your gown commission it can take up to 12 to 14 weeks just for construction. Because most of our pieces are highly detailed with custom embroidered fabrics and beading, we need every second! We squeeze accessories and corsets into our gown commission schedule and usually need no less than 3 months advance for those smaller items. It is best to inquire before ordering. We will make every effort possible to assist in your deadline.
We will ship outside the USA - However, because our clothing is customized there will be added shipping expenses. We work off a "body cast" created from Painters Tape and Cellophane wrap which must be created in your era appropriate corset (for women). This cast is shipped to us at the customer's expense. Any customs fees or taxes are the responsibility of the client, as well as any insurance.
All of our gowns priced in the listing reflect a specific "style detail" and "level of embellishment." We don't crank out the same gowns over and over and scrimp on quality craftsmanship. Unless specified in the listing details, all the gowns are priced for LABOR ONLY. Fashion fabrics for gowns are provided by the client. We charge by the pattern piece (every piece we physically sew together) rather than hourly, so the MORE details in the gown, the higher the price. If you're on a tight budget, you can order a basic gown without all the extras for about $800 for labor. Rather than compromise on quality of craftsmanship, choose a simplified gown from US rather than go bargain shopping and be disappointed in the quality.
YES! YES! YES! We are well versed in the construction and fitting for other eras, namely 18th Century! Our niche has been 16th Century, but we ABSOLUTELY can create men's and women's ensembles for other eras, to include 1940s Vintage. In fact, we appreciate the divergence as we stay so booked in the 16th Century we don't' have the opportunity to "play" with samples.
We have carved out a niche for highly detailed, custom fit/drafted bridal gowns (historical themed). Because this gown is the highlight of your wedding and there are too many HORROR STORIES we hear from our clients who have used other, less reputable (but cheaper) vendors here on Etsy, we offer live, personal fittings anywhere in the United States or Canada. If you wish to avail yourself of this service, we will attach the cost of our flight and hotel to come to YOU! No more guess work. No more disappointments or risk of ordering your gown on line. We will shop for the best flight prices - flying coach - to help keep your costs at a minimum.
It sickens us, every time we hear the horror stories from clients who initially think they cannot afford one our gowns so they go to another vendor, for what sounds like a bargain, but the gown falls apart because the quality of craftsmanship is so poor. They inevitably come back to us but have now wasted $400 on a so-called "bargain." At DFT, we have built a reputation on SUPERIOR craftsmanship and Customer Service. There is no reason to go bargain hunting elsewhere! Don't let the prices in our store scare you. We can offer a basic gown for around $800. So, pay a little more initially and let US offer you a basic gown made with superior craftsmanship that will last many years. A bargain isn't' a bargain if the craftsmanship is poor!
The majority of our listing prices are for Labor Fees ONLY and requires the client to purchase their fashion fabrics and ship it to us at their expense. We DO all the legwork for you during the consult process - sourcing quality fabrics and trims. Unless the listing specifically states "Retail" or "Fabrics Included" the client should be prepared to add the cost of fabrics to their budget.
Embroidery Labor is separate from Construction Labor. We charge the industry standard for embroidery, which is $1.00 per 1000 stitches. Embroidery patterns vary in their intricacy, color changes, and stitch counts. Patterns that are dense, or have multiple colors, will have higher stitch counts.
Construction Labor is our fee to actually construct your garment. Many times the embroidery labor far exceeds the actual construction time.