Handmade 18th Century, FULLY BONED Stays - Custom Made in USA = No Risky Overseas Purchase.
DON'T BE FOOLED BY low cost corsets and stays from the Ukraine, China, Italy, Finland, Germany, etc. By the time you pay international shipping and customs fees, you are NOT saving money! Read my item description and cost breakdown below. Shop and compare the visual quality of my stays to those that appear to be a bargain. The quality you SEE displayed is the quality you RECEIVE. No bait and switch - a practice that has become all too common among overseas vendors who steal original photos from reputable designers to sell their cheap knock offs. Don't be taken in by a low price point. 9.5 times out of 10 when your item arrives it is a poorly constructed, inferior product. I hear the horror stories constantly from dissatisfied customers, lamenting over their "bargain" purchase. If you live in North America, shop USA! Comparable quality 18th Century stays retail for $500 to $700.
Ships to: UK, Canada. Please provide your postal code and I will estimate shipping.
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DESCRIPTION: ITEM PICTURED IS FOR SAMPLE PURPOSES.
Price Listed has faux Baleen & Industrial Cable Ties.
Our 18th Century handmade stays, are FULLY BONED to offer superior historical reproduction and support of your outer garment and petticoats. The only portion of our stays that are machine stitched are the boning channels and side seams. The custom made bias cut edging and interlining are hand-stitched!!! These are the closest you will find to a 100% hand-stitched stays and priced to fit your budget. Shop and compare with stays only half-boned and priced MUCH higher. The concave neckline lifts and supports to create a more alluring or sexy decolletage. The split tabs make this the most comfortable stays that you will ever wear - No pinching or chaffing. Sample pictured laces in front and back which allows for more versatility and size adjustment.
Each pair of stays is TRIPLE layered: fashion fabric, fusible cotton duck imported from the UK, and 100% cotton or linen lining for durability and superior ventilation.
Trimmed in hand-made bias tape binding that is hand stitched using small, even stitches - NOT SEWN BY MACHINE - for a more historically authentic appearing stays. All of my stays and corsets include this UNIQUE couture detailing for a SUPERIOR historical reproduction. Heavily boned with 100% natural CANE/REED. **** Made in the USA by a reputable designer with an excellent customer satisfaction rating. Shopping from a designer in the USA avoids RISKY overseas transactions via vendors from the Ukraine, Germany, Italy, etc, and hidden shipping and customs fees not included in listing fees.
- 100% Linen
- 100% Cotton twill print
COLORS: Many colors of linen available.
CANE STAYS: *****ALL NATURAL, HISTORICALLY ACCURATE, REED (Wood) BONING: ***BE ADVISED: Natural Reed/Cane boning gives you lovely support, however, they CANNOT be washed! Stays, if left in damp and unsuitable conditions, like any natural fiber, are subject to ROT and MOLD. They are also subject to becoming brittle and breaking while you wear them, which requires your stays to be returned for repairs for additional labor of $15 an hour and additional shipping fees. Quite a lot of this cane is needed in a pair of Fully Boned Stays and therefore adds to the price
COUCHED GROMMETS: Small, narrow grommets MUST be couched for additional $30. Otherwise, Larger, grommets uncouched will be installed.
ALL NATURAL, HISTORICALLY ACCURATE, REED (Wood) BONING AVAILABLE FOR ADDITIONAL FEE: ***BE ADVISED: Natural Reed/Cane boning gives you lovely support, however, they CANNOT be washed! Stays, if left in damp and unsuitable conditions, like any natural fiber, are subject to ROT and MOLD. They are also subject to becoming brittle and breaking while you wear them, which requires your stays to be returned for repairs for additional labor of $15 an hour and additional shipping fees. Quite a lot of this cane is needed in a pair of Fully Boned Stays and therefore adds to the price
Please allow at least 6 to 8 weeks for construction, and approximately 7 days for shipping.
ORDERS ARE FILLED ON A FIRST-COME BASIS. Please be advised that there may be orders ahead of you, and it can take more than the 6 to 8 weeks construction time from your date of purchase. Please contact me to check with my lead time; especially if you are hoping for your item to arrive by a specific date or event.
Cotton Twill Damask OR 100% Linen: $19.50
2 Yard Fusible Linen Batiste Interfacing: $10
1 Yard Medium Weight Linen or Cotton lining: $8.00
1 yard white Cotton Lining: $8.00
3 to 5 yards Flat Cotton Corset Laces with Tips: $6.00
39 - 40 - .5" Grommets: $8.00
Industrial Cable Ties: $20.00
5 Yards Hand-Made Bias Tape Trim: 10.00
Materials & Supplies: $89.50 - Plus Tax (WA) 6.9% - $98.09
78 Hours Labor: 250.00 (Full price @ $15 an hour = $1,080 )
Available in the following sizes: Choose your size by MEASUREMENTS.
For those whose measurements do not fit these standard sizes, your stays will need to be custom drafted and will require additional labor fees.
6 - Bust - 30.5"
Waist - 23"
Hips (9" below the waist) - 32.5"
Back Neck to Waist - 15.5"
8 - Bust - 31.5"
Waist - 24"
Hips (9" below the waist) - 33.5"
Back Neck to Waist - 15.75"
10 - Bust - 32.5"
Waist - 25"
Hips (9" below the waist) - 34"
Back Neck to Waist - 16"
12 - Bust - 34"
Waist - 26.5"
Hips (9" below the waist) - 36"
Back Neck to Waist - 16.25"
14 - Bust - 36"
Waist - 28"
Hips (9" below the waist) - 38"
Back Neck to Waist - 16.5"
16 - Bust - 38"
Waist - 30"
Hips (9" below the waist) - 40"
Back Neck to Waist - 16.75"
18 - Bust - 40"
Waist - 32"
Hips (9" below the waist) - 42"
Back Neck to Waist - 17"
20 - Bust - 42"
Waist - 34"
Hips (9" below the waist) - 44"
Back Neck to Waist - 17.25"
22 - Bust - 44"
Waist - 37"
Hips (9" below the waist) - 46"
Back Neck to Waist - 17 3/8"
**Larger Sizes Available but requires a custom drafted pattern for additional fee of $30.
**Hand made items will have small imperfections.
No refunds or exchanges on custom made items.
If item is canceled and materials have been purchased, the cost of supplies will be deducted from your refund. For cost breakdown of supplies see above.
CANCELLATION POLICIES: 99% of my clients like you are a dream to work with. Unfortunately, there is always that ONE client out of 100 that makes me question why I am 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. Yes, these are all real scenarios that have taken place. 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.
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.