3 Piece Elizabethan Kirtle, Renaissance Dress, Custom Drafted (Made To Order) INCLUDES FABRICS
DESCRIPTION: ITEM PICTURED IS FOR SAMPLE PURPOSES ONLY - NOT FOR RETAIL
NOTE: An authentically styled Tudor/Elizabethan kirtle or bodice DOES NOT have side panels in the bodice that conform to a woman's figure. Side panels will not give you the proper silhouette - which is flat and smooth.
Available in this listing is a custom drafted French, Flemmish, English, or Italian styled Elizabethan era kirtle. Your choice of back or front laced, COMES IN LINEN ONLY. Wool available but client responsible for the cost difference - See Cost Breakdown below.
COLORS OF LINEN: https://www.designsfromtime.com/colors-of-linen-.html
ALLOW 8 TO 10 WEEKS.
- Detachable pinner sleeves in complimentary colored broad cloth or Linen
- **Custom drafted bodice to fit your unique figure - NOT A COMMERCIAL PATTERN. Complete with modesty panel and hand-couched grommets. (See Size Chart below).
- Separate knife pleated skirt inset in a waistband with two rows of hand-sewn grosgrain ribbon trim at the bottom.
This is the perfect ensemble for your working class character at faire! Elevate your character at faire and graduate from the ubiquitous wench to an AUTHENTIC styled 16th Century woman. Pair it with an English flat cap and a coif, or a straw hat. (20pcs)
COLORS OF LINEN: https://www.designsfromtime.com/colors-of-linen-.html
5 yards of Italian Linen (#4995)
2 yards Cotton Lining for bodice (#1598)
6 light weight metal stays (#8000)
Fusible Batiste Linen Interfacing (#8500)
24 Grommets - couched in matching embroidery thread and treated with fray check (#1000)
12 yards grosgrain ribbon on Bottom of skirt only. (#1200)
Fabrics & Notions; $104.43 + .9.6% Tax (WA) = $114.45
Drafting Fees & Materials: $50
Labor for 20 pcs: $200
**Custom drafted bodice pattern is not shipped to client but is kept on file in my workshop.
If your dress size and skirt length requires more than 5 yards of linen, client is responsible for covering the cost of any additional linen purchased (at a cost of $9.95 per yard) - usually no more than two yards extra is necessary.
GROSS GRAIN TRIMS: All trims are "hand sewn" and take up to 2 to 3 days (about 8 hours a day) for me to attach. Limited to 2 rows at the bottom of the skirt and two rows on the bodice front.
CHEMISE: NOT INCLUDED. White collared chemise available for purchase here in my store:
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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 timeline listed. Please contact me before ordering in order to check my availability. Allow 2 months for construction.
Available in the following sizes Only:
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 (2X) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50/52
Larger sizes available upon request.
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 figure. 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 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.
HISTORY OF THE KIRTLE: Before the corset (stays) women wore a "Kirtle." Kirtles began as loose garments without a waist seam known as Coetardie, and later changed to tightly fitted supportive garments in the 14th century. During the reign of Henry VIII, kirtles were constructed by attaching a fitted, stayed (boned) bodice with a skirt that was gathered or pleated into the waist seam. The fitted bodice was stiffened with a layer of "buckram" as well as reeds and bents.
During the 1530s, the decorative skirt of the kirtles worn under gowns underwent a change: instead of an entire decorated underkirtle, a separate, decorated "kirtle" skirt could be worn under the outer gown. There are also references in early 16th century Spain of a "vasquina" bodice being tied to a farthingale or stiffened skirt. Kirtles were part of fashionable attire in the middle sixteenth century, and remained part of country, working, or middle-class clothing into the seventeenth century. Later in the 1500s, the bodice and skirt were worn as separates - as shown in this listing. These fitted bodices were the impetus for the invention of the corset.
In England, Kirtles were worn under an overdress for middle-class and nobility, and were commonly made of red silk. Later, when the fitted bodice and underskirt were worn as separates, the "skirt" transformed into "farthingales." Farthingales were stiffened by rings of reeds to give the quintessential cone shape, and worn under the gowns of the upper classes. Kirtles could lace up the front, the back or on the side-back, with some rare cases of side lacing (under the arms); all depending on the fashion of the day and the country one belonged, as well as what kind of gown was to be worn over it.
*** SHIPPING FEES LISTED ARE APPROXIMATED AND MAY VARY DEPENDING ON WEIGHT AND DISTANCE, Country, etc. If shipping overseas, AN ADDITIONAL INVOICE WILL BE SENT UPON COMPLETION for any additional shipping or customs fees.
** Hand-made items will have slight imperfections.
*** No Returns or Exchanges on clothing items, hats, or headdresses.
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, found something cheaper, or become belligerent and demand their order be canceled because they are required to supply their dress size and measurements. (Yes - All of these are actual scenarios!) I am always available to answer any and all questions and I welcome the interaction, but please be considerate that in doing so takes away from current orders in production. When an order is canceled I have usually invested at a minimum of half a days wages, often more, due to the time I offer 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 whether or not they might possibly be used in the future for another client. Also, those who cancel after the 12 hour period, and are using my Lay Away program, will lose their 40% deposit. Because my schedule stays booked out often a year in advance, a reservation is necessary. Your deposit is a commitment that I will not accept any other orders for that time slot. I turn away commissions regularly due to my full schedule. When/If you cancel at any time in the interim between your deposit date and the date construction is to begin, I am essentially losing customers/commissions that could have been booked in that time slot. This is the reason I ask for a non-refundable deposit. It is unfortunate that these policies have become necessary, but are the result of abuses perpetrated by the 1%. I SINCERELY THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION.
Please contact me to find out when this item will be ready to ship.
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 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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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, 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.