Renaissance Dress, Tudor, Elizabethan, Costume , Bridal Gown, (Made To Order) LABOR FEES


Renaissance Dress, Tudor, Elizabethan, Costume , Bridal Gown, LAY AWAY AVAILABLE

Ships to: UK, Canada. Please provide your postal code and I will estimate shipping.

Photography by: L. Andrew Bennett

DESCRIPTION: GOWN SHOWN IS FOR SAMPLE PURPOSES ONLY - NOT FOR RETAIL. Each gown is a one-of-a-kind custom-made couture gown and cannot be duplicated exactly as shown. Your gown will be similar with individual customized embroidered embellishment - Some limitations apply. PLEASE SEE MY CANCELLATION POLICIES BELOW.

Price listed is for labor. Client provides all fabrics and notions. All embellishments shown (beading, pearls, metallic findings) are not included in the labor fees listed.

Gown includes:

- Custom drafted bodice with up to 10 tabs and hand-made piping - Embroidery not included on tabs
- One to Two embroidery patterns on the stomacher (front of bodice) one color.
- 4 to 5 panel split over-skirt with up to 6 monochromatic (one color) embroidery patterns on each front facing.
- Paned, poufed upper sleeves attached to the bodice.
- One-piece fitted, split lower sleeves (detachable) lined, and piped, with up to 6 embroidery patterns on each sleeve.
- Forepanel with up to 12 embroidery patterns.


- Silks or Silk blends WILL require hem guards

- Pearls used in this design are authentic freshwater cultured pearls, 3 to 4 mm rice Grade Approximately 6 strands of pearls were used in the sample gown pictured and 2400 glass beads. Current wholesale price is approximately $12 per 15.5 to 16 inch strand.

BEADING AND PEARLING FEES: Glass beads and authentic freshwater pearls fetch a fee of $50 per strand to apply. The average labor is 80+ hours to hand sew beads and pearls. Beading/pearling fees for each gown is dependent upon the embroidery or trims chosen. AVERAGE gown uses 5 strands and fetches labor fees of approximately $250. YOUR FEES WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE NUMBER OF STRANDS OF PEARLS USED. Please be advised, these fees are non-negotiable. The average fee of $250 for 80 hours of labor breaks down to approximately $3.13 an hour and is a HUGE discount that plunges far beneath the minimum hourly wage of $10 to $15 an hour in the USA! Beading fees, if estimated using the current minimum wage of $10 an hour, would normally fetch a fee of $800, which is nearly the entire cost to construct the gown. Therefore, labor fees for beading and pearling are firm and non-negotiable and will be added to your final billing statement.

7 yards Silk 58 inches wide (Skirt)
2 yards silk 58 inches wide (Bodice & Upper Sleeve)
2 yards Silk (Lower Sleeve)
1.5 yards Hand made Piping
2 yards Silk (Forepart)
2 yards Cotton Lining (bodice)
2 yards Medium Weight Cotton (Forepart Side panels)
2 yards Silk Velvet or Light Weight Velveteen (Hem guards)
10 to 20 yards Decorative Trims (price depends on type chosen and amount needed)



5 yards Fusible Batiste Linen (bodice interfacing) ($40)
1/2 yard Pellon 72 wt (Bodice Stomacher Stiffener) ($6)
2 yards quilt batting (forepart) ($8)
1 spool clear beading thread ($3)
1.5 yards Linen or cotton - Sleeve lining (14.92)
10 to 12 yards 3 inch grosgrain (cartridge pleat stabilizer) ($12)
6 Stays ($9)
5 Strands Freshwater Pearls ($60) (Beading fees are $50 per strand)
24 Grommets ($10)
4 skeins Matching Embroidery Floss (To couch grommets) (1.11)
2 Spools Cotton/poly blend sewing thread ($4)
4 Large Hooks & Eye (Skirt) ($4)
2 large spools machine embroidery thread ($12)

Specialized Supplies: $184.03
Embroidery Labor: $250
Labor & Drafting fees (65 pcs) - $975
Beading Fees: $250.00
$1,659.03 Labor & Specialized Notions

- Silk organza and pearl under-partlet shown in pictures is not included. Available at the link below:


**Non-refundable 40% deposit is required to hold a spot on my calendar. - Please check my availability before ordering. My calendar is often filled out a year in advance so there will be a delay even for gowns paid in full.

Available in the following sizes INCLUDING PLUS SIZES 3X:

USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .UK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . France
2 (X-Small). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
4 (X-Small/Small) . . . . . . . . . . 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
6 (Small). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
8 (Medium). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
10 (Medium). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
12 (Large). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
14 (Large-X-Large). . . . . . . . . .16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
16 (X-Large/1X) . . . . . . . . . . . .18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
18 (1X/2X). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48/50
20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50/52
24 (1X)
26 (2X)
28 (3X)

PLEASE READ! I take (and fill) orders on a First Come, First Served basis, no matter if paid in full at the time of purchase and regardless of the 9 to 10 week timeline listed for turn-around. Etsy does not provide the 3 - 4month option that I require for construction.

I am very often booked out 6 to 8 months at a time. Please contact me to check my availability. To be added to my schedule, I require a 40% deposit to hold a spot open. You can visit my website and check my Waiting List Schedule for my next available date. But, my calendar fills up quickly!

Contact me for more details.


*** Hand-made items will have slight imperfections.
CANCELLATION POLICIES: 99% of my clients are a dream to work with; however, there is always that ONE client out of 100 that makes you question why you are in the retail business. PLEASE understand that the item you purchased is CUSTOM, and HAND MADE to your exact measurement specifications. You will need to have a tape measure at your disposal, or the ability to have your measurements taken. If you have made a purchase in my store, I am operating under the assumption that you have READ the entire description and made note that you need to contact me about MY availability prior to your purchase. If you have not done so, and you are informed that the item will not arrive before your event due to my current workload, this is not considered grounds for cancellation. Therefore, PLEASE consider your purchase carefully before making a commitment. I do not accept cancellations after a 12 hour period, and reserve the right to refuse future service to anyone who abuses my cancellation policies. This is not selective, nor an effort to be purposefully punitive, but is simply a measure to weed out those rare clients among the 1% that buy on impulse and then cancel; OR, dispute the charge to PayPal as a fraudulent purchase in order to have their money returned because they found someone to loan them a similar item, or become belligerent and demand their order be canceled because they are required to supply their dress size and measurements. I am always available to answer any and all questions and I welcome the interaction, but please be considerate that in doing so does take many hours away from current orders in production. When an order is canceled I have usually invested half a days wages, or more, due to the time spent in consultation. Please present any questions regarding taking your measurements - which will be necessary for ALL items in my store, sizing, or shipping and delivery times, BEFORE ordering. Please be aware that should you cancel your order, there is a restocking fee of $10. If supplies have been ordered or purchased, the cost of all supplies will be deducted from your reimbursement. Also, those who use my Lay Away program will lose their 40% deposit. All of these policies are the unfortunate result of abuses by the 1%. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION!

Thank you

Shipping from United States

Processing time

Please contact me to find out when this item will be ready to ship.

Estimated shipping times

  • North America : 7 - 10 business days

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.

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Payment Options

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards

Returns & Exchanges

I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Frequently Asked Questions

Custom and personalized orders

ALL of our GOWNS and accessories are one-of-a-kind couture, and custom drafted to fit your personal measures! Most vendors on Etsy offer pieces in multiples; however, we do not repeat the same gowns over and over. Rather, we will take a style you like and customize it for your personal tastes. All of the samples you see listed in our store can be personalized. You dream it; we'll create it!

How does the Layaway option work?

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. 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.

What's your lead time for commissions?

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 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. It is best to inquire before ordering. We will make every effort possible to assist in your deadline.

Do you ship outside the USA?

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.

I love this gown! - - How much is it?

All of our gowns are priced in the listing. The listing you see is for the labor involved to create the SAMPLE pictured. Unless specified in the listing details (please make sure you read them) all listings are priced for LABOR ONLY. Fashion fabrics are provided by the client. We offer a cost breakdown in most of our listings. It is worth noting that our gowns are of the highest quality, worth three times the amount shown, if we were to price them at an hourly wage. We make every effort to work within your budget, but many times we are earning less than $7.50 an HOUR! The average seamstress asks $20 per hour. We are passionate about costuming and want to share our talent with as many clients as possible, but our prices stand as is.

Do you take commissions for 18th and 19th Century as well?

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.

Added Value Service for BRIDES!

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.

I ordered a gown with another vendor and was SO disappointed!

It sickens us, but even among those who are viewed as scions in the historical costume community have, unfortunately, been less than honest in their commissions: i.e., accepting a client's money and fabrics, only to ghost on them, or failure to meet your deadline. Unfortunately, this happens all too often. At Designs From Time, we have built our reputation on Customer Service, Excellent Communication, Quality Construction, and INTEGRITY. We invite you to seek references from our past clients! There is absolutely NO EXCUSE for these disreputable vendors. NONE. We WILL NOT take your commission (and money) unless we can GUARANTEE delivery by your needed deadline. We would rather lose a commission than risk your disappointment.

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