Women's 18th Century COSPLAY, Gothic, Lady Rebecca Plunkett & Macleane - Custom, Made To Order
The gown pictured is from the film Plunkett & Maclean staring Liv Tyler (pictured). Due to my very full commission schedule, I do not have available time to make samples. Please peruse my other listings to judge the quality of my workmanship.
My vision for this gorgeous 18th Century inspired confection, will be custom drafted and made to your measurements using and authentic 18th Century "pattern" and "construction techniques" - But the lace pictured in this gown is not historically accurate. Since fabrics are not included in the listing price, you can choose your own lace and silk flat lining of the bodice and skirt. Underskirt in the gown worn by Liv Tyler was made of silk with a lace overlay in a complimentary pattern paired with the main lace of the bodice and overskirt. My rendition of this custom couture gown has a sturdy under structure - rather than just two layers of fabric sewn together! It is fully lined, and lightly boned - - However, *MUST be worn with an 18th Century style corset! No exceptions.
FABRICS: CLIENT PROVIDES FASHION FABRICS. I prefer to work with only quality fabrics to ensure the best outcome. Please order swatches and allow me to review them before ordering your yardage to ensure they will drape properly.
ESTIMATED COST OF FABRICS: Approximated! Cost depends on the actual lace you purchase.
12 Yards Black/White Sequined Lace (Nylon) or Floral Bridal Lace, approximately $25 to $29 per yard/meter 52" to 54" wide: $348.00 and up.
12 Yards Silk Dupioni for Flat Lining: $225
ADD $573 to the listed labor fees below.
SPECIAL SUPPLIES PROVIDED BY DFT:
4 Yards Fusible Linen Batiste for Flat lining Bodice: $15
1 yard Tailors Buckram: $23
2 yards Black Cotton Lining: $16
Metal Stays - Lacing Bars: $5.00
5 yards Black Velvet Trim edging: $20
SUPPLIES: $ 89.00
LABOR FEES: $745.00
TOTAL: $834.00 (Does not include Fashion Fabrics)
MUST WEAR: An authentic 18th Century style Chemise (smock), CORSET underneath, as well as POCKET PANNIERS and petticoat - NOT INCLUDED.
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An authentically styled 18th Century corset is absolutely ESSENTIAL for the proper fit of an 18th Century gown. It is unfortunate that some seamstresses on Etsy offering 18th Century gowns are claiming a corset is not required and that adding extra boning is sufficient. Please be advised THIS IS FALSE! Adding extra metal stays (boning) to this bodice will NOT provide you the proper silhouette and support. No matter if you are slim, you STILL need a corset. Any claims that a corset is "optional," and that extra boning can achieve the same support as a properly styled corset, is indicative of a lack of knowledge in historical clothing design. If you don't wear the proper corset, paniers, and petticoat, this gown will absolutely NOT fit properly! - AND you risk a serious malfunction such as burst seams or torn grommets. It is imperative that you purchase and wear an 18th century style corset underneath this gown. Please, please DO NOT purchase a Victorian style corset, like those found in Lingerie stores, such as Victoria Secret, or on Ebay. They are not constructed to offer the proper support needed for this gown. ***Corset, Paniers, and Petticoat are NOT included in the price of this gown. Corsets available in my store. If you do not own these proper underpinnings, you will need to add them to your budget.
DEPOSIT REQUIRED: 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.
TIME ALLOWANCE: Custom orders usually take about 3 to 4 months to complete, but depends on my current work schedule. BRIDES - - allow at least 6 months!! A muslin mock up and a duct-tape body double are necessary in order for me to accomplish a correct fit.
PLEASE NOTE: Any changes or additions to the gown design will 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:
Hip (9" below waist): 32-1/2"
Back-neck to Waist: 15-1/2"
Hip (9" below waist): 33-1/2"
Back-neck to Waist: 15-3/4"
Hip (9" below waist): 34-1/2"
Back-neck to Waist: 16"
Hip (9" below waist): 36"
Back-neck to Waist: 1-1/4"
Hip (9" below waist): 38"
Back-neck to Waist: 16-1/2"
Hip (9" below waist): 40"
Back-neck to Waist: 16-1/4"
Hip (9" below waist): 42"
Back-neck to Waist: 17"
Hip (9" below waist): 44"
Back-neck to Waist: 17-1/4"
Hip (9" below waist): 46"
Back-neck to Waist: 17-3/8"
I am very often booked out 9 to 10 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 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.