CURRENTLY IN PROGRESS: Men's 18th Century, 1780s Embroidered French Court WAISTCOAT- Made To Order
LIMITED SIZES AVAILABLE - See "Big & Tall" options below
DESCRIPTION: Waist coat custom embroidered in your choice of color and Dupioni Silk. Embroidery is a reproduction of a museum piece from the LACMA
Made To Order. Custom, Bespoke 18th Century 1780s EMBROIDERED WAISTCOAT. Fully Tailored and Lined. Silk fronts and a linen back with couched grommet lacing holes, NOW AVAILABLE! Authentically styled, QUALITY made, bespoke reproduction of this gorgeous museum piece. Limited to the sizes outlined below. Embroidery pattern by ArtEmbroideryDeisgns Copyright 2021.
BIG & TALL: The patterns we use are historical and come in very limited sizes. For men who are Big or Tall, a live fitting in my Washington State studio for custom draping a pattern is necessary and will require additional labor charges of $20 per hour. If you carry weight in the belly, specific alterations and a live fitting needs to be done in person.
CONSTRUCTION TIME: Allow at least 2 to 3 months for construction, AND two weeks for shipping. Please check my availability before ordering. I am often booked out up to a year in advance, therefore I recommend planning well in advance of your event. Secure your reservation with a 20% non-refundable deposit.
FITTING: Be advised, that without a LIVE fitting the exact fit of this tailcoat cannot be guaranteed. Coat will be constructed to the exact pattern specifications. No refunds will be issued. To ensure the proper fit, you must be available to meet with me in my workshop in Washington (an hour away from Seattle). Unless you fit the size specifications listed below, and cannot appear for a live fitting, it is recommended you try to find a seamstress in your home town. Tailored clothing cannot be properly fitted without an appointment to see me IN PERSON at my workshop.
ONLINE ORDERS AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING SIZES AND MEASUREMENTS ONLY: Big and Tall, or customized sizes require LIVE fittings.
USA: (Measured in "Inches")
2 Yards of Silk Dupioni (Silk Baron) $45.
Up 50 Embroidery Patterns on front and pocket flap.
Embroidery Thread: 8 spools $8 each ($64)
2 yards fusible cotton Stabilizer for embroidery ($18)
Up to 12 Buttons - ($25.00)
Specialty Tailoring Materials $152.00
Construction Labor: $120.00
Embroidery Labor: 80 hours of Embroidery $412.00
**Non-refundable 20% deposit is required to hold a reservation on my calendar.
** Does not include trousers.
** Does not include ascot tie or shirt.
QUALITY STANDARDS: Each Designs From Time ensemble is created to meet my exacting standards, and I am a perfectionist! You may find reproduction clothing that is cheaper, but you will NOT find ANY historical reproduction clothing available on the market (outside the motion picture and professional theater industry) whose workmanship is comparable. While you may invest a bit more for a Designs From Time original keep in mind that a bargain isn't a bargain if what you're buying is substandard workmanship. My designs are clothing NOT costume. 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 on a First Come, First Served basis, no matter if paid in full at the time of purchase, and whether or not the listing provides a time line for turn-around of 9 to 10 weeks. This is the maximum time offered in Etsy's format. Before you place an order for this item, please contact me about my availability as there may be orders ahead of yours.
SHIPPING: Shipping listed is an approximate "guess." Actual shipping and handling costs are determined by weight and destination. A separate statement will be added upon completion of product.
** Hand-made items will have slight imperfections.
*** No Returns or Exchanges on costume made clothing items, hats, or headdresses.
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, found something cheaper, or become belligerent and demand their order be canceled because they are required to supply their dress size and measurements. (Yes - All of these are actual scenarios!) I am always available to answer any and all questions and I welcome the interaction, but please be considerate that in doing so takes away from current orders in production. When an order is canceled I have usually invested at a minimum of half a days wages, often more, due to the time I offer 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 whether or not they might possibly be used in the future for another client. Also, those who cancel after the 12 hour period, and are using my Lay Away program, will lose their 40% deposit. Because my schedule stays booked out often a year in advance, a reservation is necessary. Your deposit is a commitment that I will not accept any other orders for that time slot. I turn away commissions regularly due to my full schedule. When/If you cancel at any time in the interim between your deposit date and the date construction is to begin, I am essentially losing customers/commissions that could have been booked in that time slot. This is the reason I ask for a non-refundable deposit. It is unfortunate that these policies have become necessary, but are the result of abuses perpetrated by the 1%. I SINCERELY 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.