Handmade 18th Century, HALF 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.
18th Century stays, HALF BONED - offer a superior historical reproduction and support of your outer garment and petticoats. Shop and compare. Available with or without straps as well as back lacing or front lacing. However, the straps with this concave neckline lifts and supports to create a more alluring or sexy décolletage. The split tabs make this the most comfortable stays that you will ever wear - No pinching or chaffing. Sample picture is double laced in front and back and allows for more versatility and size adjustment.
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. Metal stays are NOT necessary for full support! - And we DON'T USE IT. These stays are comfortable, lightweight, but DURABLE. 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.
FABRIC: Available in 100% Linen in YOUR color choice: https://fabrics-store.com/all-fabrics?article=IL019
Each pair of stays is TRIPLE layered: fashion fabric (%100 linen or Cotton Twill), cotton canvas, and 100% cotton or linen lining. Triple layers in natural fabrics (no polyester!) offer durability and superior ventilation.
COUCHED GROMMETS: Small, narrow grommets MUST be couched for superior durability. Add additional $30.
CHAMOIS ARMHOLE GUARDS: Add an additional $5.00
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 in 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 CHECK OUR AVAILABILITY BEFORE PURCHASING. allow at least 6 to 8 weeks for "construction" once you have a reservation date, 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.
*SILK is available for a $20 up-charge.
2 yards 100% Linen: $33.32- UPDATED COST 9/19/21
2 Yard Fusible Canvas Interfacing: $15.00
1 Yard Heavy weight Canvas: $9.00
3 to 5 yards Flat Cotton Corset Laces with Tips: $6.00
39 - 40 - .5" Grommets: $6.00
Artificial Baleen - Industrial Cable Ties with PSI of 75 ea: $20.00
5 Yards Hand-Made Bias Tape Trim: 17.00
Materials & Supplies: $106.32
78 Hours Labor: 260.00 (Full price @ $15 an hour = $1,080 )
Choose your size by your 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"
24 - Bust - 46" - - There is a slight variations in the pattern style for this size.
Waist - 39"
Hips - 9" below the waist) 48"
Back Neck to Waist -
26 - Bust - 48" - - There is a slight variation in the pattern style for this size.
Waist - 39"
Hips - 9" below the waist 50
Back Neck to Waist -
*Petite sizes need to send us a body cast. Message me for directions
**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 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.