Renaissance Dress, Tudor, Elizabethan, Costume, Bridal Gown - - LAY AWAY AVAILABLE
Ships to: UK, Canada. Please provide your postal code and I will estimate shipping.
Made to Order: Elizabethan noble women's gown - custom drafted.
GOWN SHOWN IS FOR SAMPLE PURPOSES ONLY - NOT FOR RETAIL. Each gown is a one-of-a-kind custom commission and cannot be duplicated exactly as shown. Your gown will include the petaled sleeves as shown, and a similarly cut bodice and skirts, but with individual customized embroidered embellishment. Fabrics and notions are provided by the client.
- Custom drafted bodice with one large embroidered medallion in monochromatic (one color) on the front Panel;
- 6 to 8 sleeve petals on upper sleeve
- Straight fitted lower sleeves - with up to 12 embroidery patterns included.
- Hand-made piping, and couched grommets in back bodice;
- Split over-skirt with monochromatic (one color) embroidery on the front facings - up to six hooped designs on each front facing - 12 in total.
- Petaled upper sleeves are embellished with hand-made piping and are attached to bodice.
- Quilted forepart/forepanel embellished with up to 12 embroidery patterns.
**Sleeves and forepart shown are custom embroidered and exceed the allotted amounts in the listing.
- Silks or Silk blends WILL require flat lining and hem guards.
- Pearls used in this design are authentic freshwater cultured pearls, 3 to 4 mm rice Grade-A. Approximately 6 strands of pearls were used in the sample gown. 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 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 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).
10 to 20 yards Decorative Trims (This is an item often purchased by DFT and added to your final billing)
1/4 yard silk or silk velvet (for shoulder scallops or ruching).
SUGGESTED FABRIC FOR HEMGUARDS:
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 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.
ADDITIONAL SPECIALIZED NOTIONS SUPPLIED BY DFT (Added to final Statement)
1.5 yards Fusible Cotton (bodice interfacing) ($20)
1/2 yard Pellon 72 wt (Bodice Stomacher Stiffener) ($6)
3 yards Fusible Cotton (forepart stabilizer) ($27)
1 spool clear beading thread ($3)
10 to 12 yards 3 inch grosgrain (cartridge pleat stabilizer) ($12)
6 Stays ($6)
5 Strands Freshwater Pearls 2 to 3 mm seed $12 per strand ($60)
4 Strands of 6 to 7 mm flat round mushroom pearls: 12.80 per strand ($51.20)
24 Grommets ($10)
4 skeins Matching Embroidery Floss (To couch grommets) ($1.11)
2 spool Embroidery Thread ($18)
2 Spools Cotton/poly blend sewing thread ($4)
4 Large Hooks & Eye (Skirt) ($4)
45 to 50 16 mm Metallic brass filigree flowers: $8.64
Beads for brass flowers: $6.00
3 yards cording for hand-made piping on bodice: $6.00 (If you choose hand-made piping on the hemguards, add another $20).
Specialized Supplies: $236.95
Embroidery Labor: $250
Gown Construction & Pattern Drafting Fees - $838
Beading Fees: $150
$1,474.95 TOTAL Labor & Specialized Notions (NOT INCLUDING FABRICS PROVIDED BY CLIENT)
**40% Non-refundable Deposit: $335.20. Contact me for a customized listing.
BALANCE REMAINING: $ 926.99 MONTHLY PAYMENTS AVAILABLE FOR THIS BALANCE WITH A LAY AWAY CONTRACT.
ALLOW 12 WEEKS FOR CONSTRUCTION
**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 several months in advance so there will be a delay even for gowns paid in full at the time of purchase.
*ANY JEWELS SHOWN ON SAMPLES ARE NOT INCLUDED.
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
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.
PLEASE READ! I take (and fill) orders for Frock Coats, Gowns, and Men's 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 an 10 to 12 week option that I require for construction.
I am very often booked out 6 to 8 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
*** Hand-made items will have slight imperfections.
*** No Returns or Exchanges. ALL orders are custom, hand-made to your measurements and cannot be relisted.
CANCELLATION POLICIES: 99% of my clients are a dream to work with; however, there is always that ONE client out of 100 that makes you question why you are 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. 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.
Please contact me to find out when this item will be ready to ship.
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.