Women's Plus Size 18th Century Dess, Rococo French Robe a la Polonaise Gown - Custom, Made To Order

$913.00

Women's 18th Century Dress, Rococo French Robe a la Polonaise 1780s Gown - Custom, Made To Order

Ships to: UK, Canada. Please provide your postal code and I will estimate shipping.

Made to Order: AUTHENTICALLY styled 18th Century dress Robe a la Polonaise

This gorgeous 18th Century dress is fashioned in the European style of Robe a la Polonaise and is patterned after an authentic 18th Century source with authentic construction updated for machine stitching. All hems are hand-sewn - NOT machine stitched. Overskirt is attached to the bodice and an internal pulley mechanism creates the "bustle." Bodice is structured - NOT two layers of fabric sewn together! Rather it is tailored with hair canvas. Fully lined bodice. Front closure accomplished with industrial strength hook & eye tape. According to fashion trends of the 18th century, a gown made in the style of "a la polonaise" consists of underskirt and a dress. The underskirt (petticoat) is usually made of same fabric as the dress. Bodice is front closing with sturdy hook and eye strips. This is NOT an inexpensive knock-off! - But an authentically styled garment, designed and constructed by a professional seamstress and historical costumer with 30+ years of experience and a reputation for highly detailed, quality made historical reproductions.

An authentic 18th Century style smock and stays (corset) are needed to be worn underneath the gown, as well as a pair of split bumpads. These items are NOT included in the price of the dress. If you do not own these proper underpinnings as described, you will need to add them to your budget.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Any seller who tells you that you do NOT need a pair of stays is woefully mistaken!! It's come to my attention that a seller from Kiev is making the claim that stays are optional. Please, please ignore that advice! THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO WAY you will be able to create the proper silhouette without proper 18th Century stays. DO NOT BE MISLED by sellers who make such irresponsible claims. No historical costumer or serious student of historical clothing would EVER advise you that stays are optional!!!! NEVER! Why? Because these tight-fitted bodices CANNOT smooth out your torso and give you the correct shape. These fine fabrics cannot endure the tension and your seams will BURST! Whether you are a size 0 or a plus-sized goddess you will absolutely need a pair of stays. PERIOD. To advice otherwise is grossly irresponsible. Whether you purchase your stays from me, makes no difference. They are an absolute MUST.

FASHION FABRICS INCLUDED - LIMITED TO COTTON PRINT. Fabric budgeted up to $20 a yard. If client chooses a fabric that exceeds that budget, they are responsible for the difference. See link for available fabrics. Be aware I cannot guarantee fabric from vendors will be in stock.

https://www.pinterest.com/designsfromtime/costume-fabrics-common-supplies/cotton-prints-historical-prints/

FASHION FABRICS INCLUDED:
6 to 7 Yards Print cotton needed for Gown 45 - 50" wide : $154 (may be more for larger sizes requiring 3 panels for the attached over skirt, or 4 panels in the petticoat. Client will be responsible to cover the cost of additional fabric if needed). Fabric pictured is 45" wide and took 10 yards.
4 to 5 yards Print cotton (3 panels) for petticoat 45 - 50" wide - $80
6 yards of plain cotton or muslin to flatline print fabric for petticoat 45 to 50" wide - $42

SPECIALTY SUPPLIES PROVIDED BY DFT:
2 Yards cotton - Bodice Lining: $18.00
Up to 6 Yards Fusible cotton: $54.00
Industrial Hook and Eye tape - $5.00
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$77

SPECIALTY SUPPLIES: $77
FASHION FABRIC: $276 (Maximum budget allowed is $20 a yard)
LABOR: $560.00
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TOTAL: $913.00

CORSET REQUIREMENTS: 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 who offer 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 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 and research in historical clothing design. If you don't wear the proper corset, this dress will absolutely NOT fit properly! - AND you risk a serious malfunction such as burst seams or lumpy looking torso. It is imperative that you purchase and wear an 18th century style pair of stays 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 or silhouette needed for 18th century fashions.

TO PURCHASE STAYS:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/479154734/handmade-18th-century-fully-boned-custom?ref=shop_home_active_61

ADD A PAIR OF AUTHENTIC 18TH CENTURY REPRODUCTION SHOES FROM American Duchess! http://www.american-duchess.com/shoes-18th-century/fraser-18th-century-shoes-black

DEPOSIT REQUIRED: Non-refundable 20% deposit is required to hold a spot on my calendar. - Please check my availability before ordering.

PLEASE NOTE: Any changes or additions to the design can 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:

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 (2X) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50/52

LISTED TURN-AROUND TIMES ARE SUBJECTIVE: I accept (and fill) orders on a "First Come, First Served" basis, no matter if paid in full at the time of purchase, and regardless of allotted timeline listed for turn-around by Etsy. Etsy does not provide the 3 - 4 month option that I require for construction, so listed turn around times are subjective.

I am consistently booked out about 9 months at a time so you will need to give yourself many months advance. Please contact me to check my availability. To be added to my schedule, I require a 20% non-refundable deposit to hold a reservation.

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 small imperfections.

No refunds. All Sales are final. Please read policies on lay away and non-refundable 40% deposit.

Shipping from United States

Processing time

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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

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  • 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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