Renaissance Dress, Tudor, Elizabethan, Costume , Bridal Gown, LAY AWAY AVAILABLE
Photography by: L. Andrew Bennett
DESCRIPTION: GOWN SHOWN IS FOR SAMPLE PURPOSES ONLY - NOT FOR RETAIL. Each gown is a one-of-a-kind custom-made couture gown and cannot be duplicated exactly as shown. Your gown will be similar with individual customized embroidered embellishment - Some limitations apply. PLEASE SEE MY CANCELLATION POLICIES BELOW.
Price listed is for labor. Client provides all fabrics and notions. All embellishments shown (beading, pearls, metallic findings) are not included in the labor fees listed.
- Custom drafted bodice with up to 10 tabs and hand-made piping - Embroidery not included on tabs
- One to Two embroidery patterns on the stomacher (front of bodice) one color.
- 4 to 5 panel split over-skirt with up to 6 monochromatic (one color) embroidery patterns on each front facing.
- Paned, poufed upper sleeves attached to the bodice.
- One-piece fitted, split lower sleeves (detachable) lined, and piped, with up to 6 embroidery patterns on each sleeve.
- Forepanel with up to 12 embroidery patterns.
- Silks or Silk blends WILL require hem guards
- Pearls used in this design are authentic freshwater cultured pearls, 3 to 4 mm rice Grade Approximately 6 strands of pearls were used in the sample gown pictured and 2400 glass beads. Current wholesale price is approximately $12 per 15.5 to 16 inch strand.
BEADING AND PEARLING FEES: Glass beads and authentic freshwater pearls fetch a fee of $50 per strand to apply. The average labor is 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. YOUR FEES WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE NUMBER OF STRANDS OF PEARLS USED. Please be advised, these fees are non-negotiable. The average fee of $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.
APPROX YARDAGE PROVIDED BY CLIENT:
7 yards Silk 58 inches wide (Skirt)
2 yards silk 58 inches wide (Bodice & Upper Sleeve)
2 yards Silk (Lower Sleeve)
1.5 yards Hand made Piping
2 yards Silk (Forepart)
2 yards Cotton Lining (bodice)
2 yards Medium Weight Cotton (Forepart Side panels)
2 yards Silk Velvet or Light Weight Velveteen (Hem guards)
10 to 20 yards Decorative Trims (price depends on type chosen and amount needed)
ADDITIONAL SPECIALIZED NOTIONS SUPPLIED BY DFT (Added to final Statement):
5 yards Fusible Batiste Linen (bodice interfacing) ($40)
1/2 yard Pellon 72 wt (Bodice Stomacher Stiffener) ($6)
2 yards quilt batting (forepart) ($8)
1 spool clear beading thread ($3)
1.5 yards Linen or cotton - Sleeve lining (14.92)
10 to 12 yards 3 inch grosgrain (cartridge pleat stabilizer) ($12)
6 Stays ($9)
5 Strands Freshwater Pearls ($60) (Beading fees are $50 per strand)
24 Grommets ($10)
4 skeins Matching Embroidery Floss (To couch grommets) (1.11)
2 Spools Cotton/poly blend sewing thread ($4)
4 Large Hooks & Eye (Skirt) ($4)
2 large spools machine embroidery thread ($12)
Specialized Supplies: $184.03
Embroidery Labor: $250
Labor & Drafting fees (65 pcs) - $975
Beading Fees: $250.00
$1,659.03 Labor & Specialized Notions
- Silk organza and pearl under-partlet shown in pictures is not included and no longer available in my store. I do have a gold metallic partlet that can be added. See the link below:
JEWELS, IF PICTURED ARE NOT INCLUDED.
**Non-refundable 20% 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.
Available in the following sizes INCLUDING PLUS SIZES 3X:
USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .UK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . France
2 (X-Small). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
4 (X-Small/Small) . . . . . . . . . . 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
6 (Small). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
8 (Medium). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
10 (Medium). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
12 (Large). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
14 (Large-X-Large). . . . . . . . . .16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
16 (X-Large/1X) . . . . . . . . . . . .18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
18 (1X/2X). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48/50
20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50/52
PLEASE READ! I take (and fill) orders 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.
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.
*** SHIPPING FEES LISTED ARE APPROXIMATED AND MAY VARY DEPENDING ON WEIGHT AND DISTANCE. AN ADDITIONAL INVOICE WILL BE SENT UPON COMPLETION OF GOWN.
*** Hand-made items will have slight imperfections.
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.