5 Piece Elizabethan Kirtle, Over-Partlet and Embroidered Sleeves: Renaissance, Tudor - MADE TO ORDER
DESCRIPTION: ITEM PICTURED IS FOR SAMPLE PURPOSES ONLY - NOT FOR RETAIL
Made to Order: This gorgeous kirtle ensemble is perfect for Middle Class or Lower Gentry.
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 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 for each item below.
KIRTLE (BODICE AND PLEATED SKIRT)
COLORS OF LINEN: https://www.designsfromtime.com/colors-of-linen-.html
- 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.
5 yards of Italian Linen
2 yards Cotton Lining for bodice.
.5 Yard fusible Duck
Fusible Batiste Flatlining Stabilizer
24 Grommets - couched in matching embroidery thread and treated with fray check
12 yards grosgrain ribbon on Bottom of skirt only.
Fabrics & Notions; $104.43
Drafting Fees & Materials: $50
CUSTOM EMBROIDERED PINNER SLEEVES:
These beautiful detachable sleeves are CUSTOM embroidered using an authentic 16th Century embroidery pattern. Price INCLUDES 100% medium weight European linen. PLEASE READ MY CANCELLATION POLICIES BELOW.
12 Spools Embroidery Thread: $54
Embroidery Labor: 20+ hours $275
Construction Labor: $60
The over-partlet is included in this lovely ensemble (minus the Tudor rose patch). Fashioned from 100% cotton velveteen, lined with handkerchief weight linen (white/bleached).
MADE TO ORDER IN YOUR SIZE: Partlet is made from Margo Anderson's Tudor Lady's Pattern. Hook and eye closure in front, ribbon ties under the arms.
1 yard Black Cotton Velveteen -
1 yard white linen Lining -
Grosgrain ribbon ties -
1 to 2 Hook & Eye Closures
TOTAL ENSEMBLE: $954.38
Please check my availability before ordering. My calendar is often filled out months in advance so there may be a delay even for items paid in full.
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" design 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 you will NOT find ANY historical reproduction clothing available on the market (outside the motion picture and professional theater industry) whose workmanship is comparable. While you may invest a bit more for a Designs From Time original, but a bargain isn't a bargain if what you're buying is substandard workmanship. My designs are clothing NOT costume. My bodices are the sturdiest clothing 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.
SHIPPING LISTED MAY VARY DEPENDING ON WEIGHT AND DISTANCE. AN ADDITIONAL INVOICE WILL BE SENT IF HIGHER THAN LISTED. There are additional fees for International buyers. I can provide a quote once I know your location.
PLEASE NOTE!!! - - - If you send your own fabrics, I will need them in my possession one month prior to your order being filled.
ORDERS ARE FILLED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. Please be advised that there may be orders ahead of you and this turn around may be longer. Please contact me to check with my availability; especially if you are hoping for your item to arrive by a specific date.
*** Hand-made items will have slight imperfections.
*** No returns on custom made items.
CANCELLATION POLICIES: 99% of my clients 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, such as, disputing 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 found it cheaper, or becomes frustrated because they are required to supply their dress size and measurements and demand the order be canceled. These are real scenarios I have dealt with. 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.