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


Shipping to United States: Free

Elizabethan Costume, Bridal Gown, Renaissance Dress (Made To Order) FABRICS NOT INCLUDED

Please contact me to check my availability before purchasing.

EMBROIDERY PATTERN: Copyrights 2024 ArtEmbroideryDesigns

DESCRIPTION: GOWN SHOWN IS FOR SAMPLE PURPOSES ONLY - NOT FOR RETAIL. Each gown I create is a one-of-a-kind custom-made couture gown. We do not make multiple duplicates of any gown shown in my store. Use this gown as inspiration in terms of style, but your gown will be individually customized with embroidered and embellishment - Some limitations apply. © 2015 - 2024 Designs From Time. All Rights Reserved. The unauthorized copying, or reproduction in any form, is strictly prohibited.

Fees listed are for labor and some notions and supplies ONLY. Client responsible for Fashion Fabrics.

Gown includes:
- Bodice with custom EMBROIDERED embellishment.
- Fitted sleeves with hand-made piping and matching lining.
- 4 to 5 panel skirt, hand cartridge pleated - with embroidered facings.
- Forepart (underskirt) Embroidery limited to single color, up to 12 patterns.

Price listed is for labor ONLY. Client provides all fabrics and notions. All extra embellishments shown (beading, pearls, metallic findings) are not included in the labor fees listed. ALLOW SIX MONTHS FOR DELIVERY. Etsy only allows up to 9 to 10 weeks turnaround in their "format" but I require up to six months.

COMMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR CLIENTS: Beginning in 2026 I will only be accepting a very limited number of commissions. For the past ten years I was consistently booked out up to two years at a time. I will no longer be taking commissions full-time. Please contact me to check my availability before ordering. I will be accepting commissions on a case-by-case bases. If your gown idea inspires me creatively, I will accept the commission, but it will take up to 6 months to complete as I will only be working in my studio part-time. A 30% non-refundable deposit will be necessary to hold a reservation. Client MUST choose their fabrics THREE months prior to their reservation date to allow for the purchase of swatches and to order fabric. If fabric is not included in your purchase, client will be responsible for their purchase and must be shipped to me and received no LESS than TWO months in advance of your reservation. An upper body cast is required wearing the appropriate corset - which is either a 16th century or 18th century pair of stays. Tutorial for the cast will be provided upon receipt of your non-refundable deposit. Cast must be received TWO months prior to your reservation. DO NOT use Duct tape. If you do, you will be required to create another one at your expense. If client has not complied with these requirements as specified, your reservation can be cancelled, and you will lose your deposit. Rescheduling is no longer guaranteed, due to abuses of my time and clients ghosting on their reservation. If a client has paid in full, rather than placed a deposit, and they do not follow the above guidelines or fail to respond to my messages in a timely fashion, their order will be placed on a permanent hold until requirements have been met. No refunds will be issued. Store credit only. To be rescheduled, client will be required to pay an additional 30% non-refundable deposit to compensate for my loss of time. Any client that ghosts on their reservation and is subsequently cancelled, future reservations with Designs From Time will not be accepted.


- Silks or Silk blends WILL require hem guards: Add $60 to the listed labor fees.

- Beading and Pearling Fees: Glass beads and authentic freshwater pearls fetch a fee of $50 per strand to apply. This gown took 14 strands and 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. These fees are non-negotiable. $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 brocade OR silk, 58 inches wide (Skirt)
2 yards brocade OR silk, 58 inches wide (Bodice & Fitted Sleeve)
2.5 yards Silk (Forepart)
1 yard muslin or cotton (bodice lining)


7 yards Silk 58 inches wide (Skirt)
2 yards Silk (Lower Sleeve)
1.5 yards of silk or silk velvet for Hand made Piping
2 yards Silk (Forepart)
2 yards Cotton Lining (bodice)
2 yards Medium Weight Cotton (Forepart side and back panels)
2 yards Silk Velvet or Light Weight Velveteen (Hem guards)
7 yards of Cotton 50 to 56 inches wide for flat lining skirt panels If you choose silk or silk brocade. (9 yards if cotton fabric is 45 inches wide).
1/4 yard silk or silk velvet (for shoulder scallops or ruching).


3 yards of silk velvet or cotton velveteen. Only necessary if gown is made of silk brocades or plain silks. Without it, your hem will become horribly frayed! Therefore, hemguards are highly recommended for silks. If you choose not to include them, DFT will not be held liable for any damage to the hem that will result from wear.

10 yards decorative trim at the intersection of the hemguards and the skirt proper.

For hand-made piping for the hemguard intersection rather than trims, add another 1.5 yards of silk - or bias cut silk in a contrasting color can be purchased.

COST BREAKDOWN: Calculated for the EXACT gown as shown in the listing; however, choosing a different embroidery pattern and subtracting the amount of pearls on the sleeves, etc., can LOWER THE COST.


2 yards Fusible Cotton (bodice interfacing) ($16)
1/2 yard Bodice Stomacher Stiffener ($6)
3 yards Fusible Cotton (forepart stabilizer) ($24)
1.5 yards Linen/cotton - Sleeve lining (14.92)
10 to 12 yards 3 inch grosgrain (cartridge pleat stabilizer) ($12)
24 Grommets ($10)
4 skeins Matching Embroidery Floss (To couch grommets) ($1.11)
4 spool Embroidery Thread ($6)
2 Spools Cotton/poly blend sewing thread ($24)
4 Large Hooks & Eye (Skirt) ($4)
3 yards cording for hand-made piping on bodice: $6.00



Specialized Supplies provided by DFT: $124.03
Embroidery Labor: $400
Gown Construction & Pattern Drafting Fees (36 pcs) - $990
Beading Fees: $250

$1,764.03 TOTAL Labor & Specialized Notions - FASHION FABRICS NOT INCLUDED

Available in the following sizes :

USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UK
2 (X-Small). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
4 (X-Small/Small) . . . . . . . . . . 6
6 (Small). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
8 (Medium). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
10 (Medium). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
12 (Large). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
14 (Large-X-Large). . . . . . . . . .16
16 (X-Large/1X) . . . . . . . . . . . .18
18 (1X/2X). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
20 (2X) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
22 (3X) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24


PLEASE READ! I take (and fill) orders for gowns, coats, an ensembles 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.

**Handmade items will have small imperfections.

**No refunds. All Sales are final.

Shipping from United States

Processing time

9-10 weeks

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

Secure options
  • 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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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, 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!

Are Fabrics Included in your listings?

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 vs Construction Labor:

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.

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