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Title: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: TKM on October 26, 2009, 02:59:07 PM
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Thank you, Trillium for the sticky.

The people here at RF.com have been compiling a list, for your convenience, of quality garb stores for those of you interested in buying online. If you have a positive experience you'd like to share about a store not listed here, please throw in your two pence.

www.tudorshoppe.com (http://www.tudorshoppe.com)
www.museumreplicas.com (http://www.museumreplicas.com)
www.verymerryseamstress.com (http://www.verymerryseamstress.com)
www.sofisstitches.com (http://www.sofisstitches.com)
www.oddbodkin.com (http://www.oddbodkin.com)
www.moresca.com (http://www.moresca.com)
www.kilts-n-stuff.com (http://www.kilts-n-stuff.com)
www.stillwaterkilts.com (http://www.stillwaterkilts.com)
www.fantasycostume.net/renaissance (http://www.fantasycostume.net/renaissance)
www.pendragoncostumes.com (http://www.pendragoncostumes.com)
www.threadsoftime.com (http://www.threadsoftime.com)
www.medievalmoccasins.com (http://www.medievalmoccasins.com)
www.pillagedvillage.com (http://www.pillagedvillage.com)
www.garbtheworld.com (http://www.garbtheworld.com)
www.thecrowsnest.net/default.aspx (http://www.thecrowsnest.net/default.aspx)
www.nomadicstate.com/store (http://www.nomadicstate.com/store)
www.plussizecostumeshop.com (http://www.plussizecostumeshop.com)
www.timeless-trends.com (http://www.timeless-trends.com)
www.majesticvelvets.com/index.html (http://www.majesticvelvets.com/index.html) (Buyer beware, there have been complaints regarding product quality.)
www.thewencheswardrobe.com (http://www.thewencheswardrobe.com)
www.magicmyst.com (http://www.magicmyst.com)
www.scarlettscorset.com/index.html (http://www.scarlettscorset.com/index.html)
www.houseofdra.com (http://www.houseofdra.com)
www.stimpzillasumptuarylaw.com/main.html (http://www.stimpzillasumptuarylaw.com/main.html)
stores.ebay.com/Cloak-Company?_rdc=1 (http://stores.ebay.com/Cloak-Company?_rdc=1)
www.greentreeweaving.com (http://www.greentreeweaving.com/)
www.gipsypeddler.com (http://www.gipsypeddler.com)
www.damselinthisdress.etsy.com (http://www.damselinthisdress.etsy.com)
www.myelegantmuse.etsy.com (http://www.myelegantmuse.etsy.com)
www.caribbeanrosepirate.etsy.com (http://www.caribbeanrosepirate.etsy.com)
www.mojoleather.etsy.com (http://www.mojoleather.etsy.com)
www.designsbyfantasia.com/fantasia.html (http://www.designsbyfantasia.com/fantasia.html)
www.castlegardencreations.com/store/cart.php (http://www.castlegardencreations.com/store/cart.php)
www.fairefinery.com (http://www.fairefinery.com)
www.storiedthreads.com (http://www.storiedthreads.com)
www.dragonpipes.com/index.html (http://www.dragonpipes.com/index.html)
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops?
Post by: Athena on October 26, 2009, 03:00:40 PM
http://moresca.com/

http://oddbodkin.com/
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops?
Post by: FortuneRose on October 26, 2009, 03:01:42 PM
http://www.verymerryseamstress.com/
http://www.sofisstitches.com/
http://www.moresca.com/
http://www.kilts-n-stuff.com/
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops?
Post by: TKM on October 26, 2009, 03:12:02 PM
thanks ladies! looks like we're going to have a pretty nice list built up here. keep em comin folks!
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops?
Post by: Tixi on October 26, 2009, 03:49:23 PM
http://stillwaterkilts.com/ (http://stillwaterkilts.com/)

Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops?
Post by: Margaret on October 26, 2009, 08:08:04 PM
Lady and the Fool

http://www.fantasycostume.net/renaissance/


I've gotten all my 'wench' bodices from them and they have LASTED through years* of faire.  Their customer service is excellent as well.


*And we're not talking 2 or 3 years here.  I got my first bodice from them and it's going on 10 years of wear and it still looks like new.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: dbaldock on October 26, 2009, 09:12:04 PM
Threads of Time -  http://www.threadsoftime.com/ (http://www.threadsoftime.com/)

They vend at Faires up in the North East, and they're on the NERennies Forum (http://www.nerennies.net/news.php).


EDIT: Fixed typo.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Renee Buchanan on October 26, 2009, 09:33:07 PM
www.pendragoncostumes.com

Also, Lady Kathleen of Olmsted,  a seamstress on this forum who does professional work:    http://community.webshots.com/user/kathy0552
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Celtic Lady on October 26, 2009, 11:27:20 PM
I've ordered ghillies from the Medieval Moccasins and had good luck with them.
http://www.medievalmoccasins.com
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: FortuneRose on October 27, 2009, 02:47:31 PM
I've ordered ghillies from the Medieval Moccasins and had good luck with them.
http://www.medievalmoccasins.com



oh, I second them...  they are fabulous.  I have a pair from them and they are SO comfortable!  Even when I had swollen feet from pregnancy, they fit like a dream.    ahhh, I could wear them every day.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: TKM on October 27, 2009, 03:12:13 PM
good to hear it. too bad it's only women's styles... i'm going to need to invest in some footwear for the new garb i'm cooking up XD
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops?
Post by: will paisley on October 27, 2009, 03:13:45 PM
http://stillwaterkilts.com/ (http://stillwaterkilts.com/)



Can't say enough good things about this place.  Good product, cheap as can be, and quick delivery.

I haven't tried this place for garb, but it's the cheapest by far for accessories, and I've had no problems with shipping:

http://www.pillagedvillage.com/

good to hear it. too bad it's only women's styles... i'm going to need to invest in some footwear for the new garb i'm cooking up XD

Don't let the models they choose fool you.  Lots of men (myself included) wear the low top moccasins and they look just fine.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: TKM on October 27, 2009, 03:15:12 PM
ooh yes! XD i knew about pillaged village, i had just forgtten! thanks for that one
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Serenity on October 28, 2009, 09:06:44 AM
TKM, the mocs are not just for women.  They are unisex which is why they come in all sizes, up to 15 I believe.  It seems the only foot models are women, but there are many men that wear those mocs.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: TKM on October 28, 2009, 09:44:51 AM
i guess you're right... haha i probably should've taken a closer look before opening my big mouth.. it actually looks like either the high top or low top moccasin, with knee-high laces, is pretty close to what I had in mind for my barbarian garb. Thanks for pointing it out, guys!

edit: those tall boots actually... lol i think i know exactly where i'm going with my barbarian garb now XD haha... i love how a resource I try to establish for other people winds up helping myself tremendously...
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: dragongirl on October 31, 2009, 04:16:04 AM
Here are few more sellers that I did not see on the list:
http://www.garbtheworld.com/
http://thecrowsnest.net/default.aspx
http://www.nomadicstate.com/store (great rope sandals, comfortable and pratical)
http://www.plussizecostumeshop.com/ (excellent source for super goddess size garb)

Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Rebecca on November 04, 2009, 04:13:47 PM
It's not exactly garb, but I just had a wonderful corset-buying experience at timeless-trends.com

I called them late Friday afternoon (and figured it was probably after hours) and left a message. A minute later, the lady called me back, answered all my questions, assured me of the full refund policy if I wasn't 100% happy, and I placed my order. She said it wouldn't ship until Monday. I received my corset today (Wed) and am soo happy with it! Really sturdy, and fits really well even though I have a long torso. Total cost, including shipping? $82.50.

I highly recommend them!

(http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs011.snc3/11832_525654971743_68202342_31024135_1535916_n.jpg)
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: TKM on November 04, 2009, 04:51:24 PM
sure, it counts as garb. Every rennie lady needs a good corset... and if I may say, you look quite stunning in yours!
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Tammy on November 06, 2009, 12:25:05 AM
Lady Rebecca, that is gorgeous!! And, so are you!!!!! Wow!!!!! I'm checking out Timeless-trends.com right NOW!!
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: gypsylakat on November 06, 2009, 01:57:38 AM
Lady Rebecca, that is gorgeous!! And, so are you!!!!! Wow!!!!! I'm checking out Timeless-trends.com right NOW!!

I did the SAME thing
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: RumbaRue on November 06, 2009, 12:58:11 PM
I have had wonderful results from:

Majestic Velvets:http://majesticvelvets.com/index.html (http://majesticvelvets.com/index.html)


I also recommend: http://www.thewencheswardrobe.com/ (http://www.thewencheswardrobe.com/)

Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Renee Buchanan on November 06, 2009, 06:19:48 PM
I have had wonderful results from:

Majestic Velvets:http://majesticvelvets.com/index.html (http://majesticvelvets.com/index.html)



I wanted to mention that this seller also sells on Ebay as Royal Coffers.  Rumba and others have had good luck with them, but I had an awful experience with the two sets of garb I ordered from them, one for me and one for my husband.  Didn't fit at all, both had to be reworked.  And my friend who recommended them to me, after the first season, all the grommets in the back of her bodice ripped out.  Buyer beware.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: TKM on November 07, 2009, 12:29:45 PM
thanks for the input, milady. I'll put it on the list for now, as a bad experience or two is bound to happen with pretty much any dealer of anything, but if there are more negative thoughts on it, i'll take it of the list.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: dragongirl on November 07, 2009, 11:16:45 PM
I have a Majestic Velvets dress that my friend gave me.  It did not work on her at all but looks fantastic on me.  The differance is that I have a long waist and legs, she doesn't.  That is the fit problem I think.  They use one pattern model and that does not work for everyone.  Just like a Moresca looks wondrful on the same friend, but when I tried it on I looked like I the incredible Hulk getting ready to bust out all over. 
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Renee Buchanan on November 08, 2009, 08:00:51 AM
I have a Majestic Velvets dress that my friend gave me.  It did not work on her at all but looks fantastic on me.  The differance is that I have a long waist and legs, she doesn't.  That is the fit problem I think.  They use one pattern model and that does not work for everyone.  Just like a Moresca looks wondrful on the same friend, but when I tried it on I looked like I the incredible Hulk getting ready to bust out all over. 

But mine was made to order to my measurements.  The same for my husband's garb.  If they only use one model, then they shouldn't advertise as custom-made.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Steev on November 08, 2009, 11:14:02 AM
www.magicmyst.com

(Ilona Haines)
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Anna Iram on November 08, 2009, 11:15:27 AM

Renee, I don't know what the fit problems were with your gown and with Steve's garb. Perhaps RC completely ignored the measurements they asked for, but I think Dragongirl is right in one respect. The problem with buying garb from an online vendor is that even with a few measurements being taken, such as bust and waist, the waistlength ( measurement from armseye to waist), sleeve length,  is often overlooked, which can throw everthing off. So even something listed as customised can only go so far to fit correctly, if, as is probably the case, they are working from a S/M/Lg model and then tailoring the fit from there. I'm not saying don't buy from online vendors, just keep in mind that if you don't have an off the rack kind of figure you might want to contact the vendor and ask for a few more specific measurements before ordering.

Okay, my 2 cents.

Now for my listing:  A lovely shopping experience and wonderful customer service. I'd purchased a corset while visiting TRF and when I returned home, even though she'd fit me in the shop, I decided I really wanted to cinch up just a wee bit tighter. I couldn't have asked for a more pleasant exchange ( even though the fault was completly my own). The corset wears like a dream, and it's a favorite piece of mine.

She's based in Dallas. Might make a nice outing for Rendevous. :)
http://www.scarlettscorset.com/index.html


Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: dbaldock on November 08, 2009, 11:59:55 AM
Nearly all of my RenFaire clothing has been bought at the in-faire shops of Lady Dra.  She lives and works near the Texas Renaissance Festival, and has booths at TRF, the New York Renaissance Festival, and also vends at the North Texas Irish Festival.  She used to have a booth at Scarborough Renaissance Festival, which is where I shopped.

Her web site / store is:

http://www.houseofdra.com/ (http://www.houseofdra.com/)
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: knarlyknot on November 08, 2009, 08:21:23 PM
I have had the same problem as Lady Renee with Royal Coffers.  "Custom Made" outfit most certainly was not. 
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Kathleen of Olmsted on November 08, 2009, 11:47:22 PM
The Problems that Lady Renee had with her RC purchase were many.

 the shoulders of the bodice were too long and way too long past her waist. The skirt is one piece with the forepart as part of the skirt. The waist was gathered with elastic. No amount of lifting the shoulders to fit right on Renee was going to work. That was because the u shape front to the bodice was too wide to begin with, causing the shoulders to sag down. The grommetting was also inferior, as they popped out easily when I was reworking the fabric. I ended up making Renee a whole New Bodice from the fabric that made Steven's Doublet.

I tore her ensemble completely apart when I rebuilt it. The original workmanship was not very good. Renee ended up buying similar Rayon velvet to add to the skirt. The skirt was cut out in such a way that it flared out at the bottom, but narrow at the top in gores. I could not pleat it, so I did normal gathers instead and made a waistband. The Heavy Decorator fabric, I cleaned up the forepart to make that into a seperate Underskirt with a waistband out of Quilter's weight Cotton Broadcloth.

The bodice fabric and Rayon Velvet was underlined with Black denim, boned in the center and you can see the top stitching. There was serging at the edges, then turned and sewn down. I cut down the V in the front and added tabs. There was boning at the grommets at the side seams with a single layer of velvet for the modesty panel. The sleeves were done the same way. Single layer of Rayon velvet, serged, turned down with top stitching. A few plastic pearls on each sleeve with grosgrain ribbon as ties. Grosgrain ribbon also was on the bodice.

What started out as a $90 purchase on eBay, ended up a $350 makeover. What Renee wears now does not remotely resemble her ensemble now.

Steven's so called Doublet was nothing more than a Tabbard with detachable sleeves that laced on the sides. The Neck was too narrow for his head. I made him a  whole new Doublet out of fabric I had in my stash. His Velvet pants were cut so low in the seat area, they fit like bikini bottoms with legs. I added velvet and a casing for elastic so that they would hit his waist as they were supposed to.

There are reputable online vendors that do Custom Made Clothing. In Renee's case that she has shared many times on these forums, she learned that cheap isn't always the way to go.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: TKM on November 09, 2009, 12:02:20 AM
ok, well i'll add a notice by its link on the first post, then
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Nailin on November 24, 2009, 07:25:54 PM
I couldn't help but throw in my two cents when I saw someone else's complaint - I'm in the same boat with RoyalCoffers/Majestic Velvet - I too ordered a set of garb (bodice, skirt, chemise) off of them through EBay - What I got was a bodice in another fabric, that was too short in the torso and rode up, it also bleeds black dye on the chemise -  The skirt was too short and the fabric too thin - I had to have the skirt fixed into a spilt skirt & lengthen - The bodice needed to be tighten - The sleeves were too short - I spent 120$ only to spend about another $40 or $50 to salvage it - In RC's defense she did offer to fix it but, there was no time as I received the garb about a week before faire (I was on cast) -Thankfully, I had a friend who was kind enough to fix it as much as possible - This was in Feb 08' - Okay, I will now stop beating the dead horse after nearly two years - On a very positive note I had wonderful success buying wench garb with the Tudor Shoppe in 06' and am extremely pleased with the quality of the skirts and bodice - I'm now getting off the soap box - Nailin'
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: TKM on November 24, 2009, 11:20:51 PM
yes, the tudor shoppe indeed is a wonderful vendor. i'd hold a fight with anyone who wants to argue any different.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: spikey on February 07, 2010, 11:24:29 AM
I noticed one of the great garb shops is not on this list.   www.stimpzillasumptuarylaw.com
We have had almost all of our garb made by her, and she has exceeded our expectations every time!
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: squiregaby on February 07, 2010, 02:20:51 PM
The Cloak Company on Ebay....by VonLancelot.

I recieved a stunning new bodice on saturday!!  Absolutely gorgeous and fits like a dream!
VERY fast shipping rate....usually next day shipping.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Ambrosine on February 07, 2010, 02:55:50 PM
I'm in love with the Cloak Company by Von Lancelot, I have two corset,s a skirt and two capes from him, they are very nice quality and being on ebay they were a steal. I will warn though the boning in his corsets are plastic so they do not pull you in as tight.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Steev on February 08, 2010, 10:53:02 PM
Have to add a shout out to Greentree weaving.  Just bought a silk ruana for my lovely wife- pricey but oh-so-wonderful.  And have to point out that for a hand woven garment, the price is more than understandable.  Now if only I can save 900 bucks for the home grown, hand spun, hand woven ruana for myself...
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: TKM on February 09, 2010, 11:25:06 AM
thanks guys. im in a bit of a hurry now, but ill get links to all those on the first post before the end of the day.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Steev on February 09, 2010, 09:19:03 PM
The link (I forgot): www.greentreeweaving.com
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: TKM on February 09, 2010, 10:32:31 PM
thanks everyone. that Cloak Company actually looks quite intriguing, I may have to see for myself some time.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Aelynn of Georgina on February 10, 2010, 11:27:26 AM
I'm wondering if there any Canadian based garbers/shops out there?  I wouldn't hesitate to order from many of these garbers, except that the ones I've seen (and really liked) are US based.  I don't mind paying the US funds, but the big thing for me is the suprise at the door upon delivery and I get charged a "duty" amount and "brokerage" fees almost equal to what I've already paid.  Are there any Canadians out there that can tell me about their experience in ordering garb from the US?  Or better yet, if there are any reputable garbers north of the border?  I am looking to order a substantial amount of garb (need to outfit my husband, my two daughters, and possibly something for myself) before faire season begins.  I can sew myself, but I can't find patterns for the styles I want, so even if anyone could help me with finding patterns that would be helpful too.

TIA for any input. :)

Cheers,
Aelynn
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Rowan MacD on February 24, 2010, 12:44:18 PM
yes, the tudor shoppe indeed is a wonderful vendor. i'd hold a fight with anyone who wants to argue any different.
  The Tudor shoppe introduced me to Sofi's Stiches (items on the site are indicated by SS in the ID number) and Likely Lotus (LL in the product ID)
   I still buy from both Tudor Shoppe and sometimes directly from both of the above vendors.   You absolutely cannot go wrong with these vendors, the gowns are stunning and the garb sturdy and very well made.  I particularly like that Tudor Shoppe does not sell for more or less than what you would pay the vendor if you bought directly. 
   I also like Tiger Togs for shirts and vests.  Always interesting color and pattern combinations there.
   
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lord Virgo on February 26, 2010, 12:51:10 PM
thehighlandanvil@yahoo.com

They do not have a website or a catalog but I emailed them and requested a custom Surcoat and matching shirt and I really could not be happier.  Reasonable price and pretty quick turnaround from order.  Check them out.

LV
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Christina de Pond on March 05, 2010, 09:33:30 AM
 www.gipsypeddler.com


look for my new hat to be part of gallery of finished projects it's a blank slate or was the day i got it
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: crobindonkey on March 21, 2010, 06:29:17 PM
I am looking for an online source for cotton leggings/tights for my husband.  He is very active, and is hard on his garb.

Thanks in advance
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: TheAlchemistsStar on March 26, 2010, 06:14:47 PM
I buy most of my garb from shops on Etsy.  I've been particularly happy with my purchases from

www.damselinthisdress.etsy.com (http://www.damselinthisdress.etsy.com)

www.myelegantmuse.etsy.com (http://www.myelegantmuse.etsy.com)

www.caribbeanrosepirate.etsy.com (http://www.caribbeanrosepirate.etsy.com)

www.mojoleather.etsy.com (http://www.mojoleather.etsy.com)


Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Annastina on April 20, 2010, 06:21:00 PM
I was doing some internet clicking & surfing at lunch today and came across this site:
http://www.designsbyfantasia.com/fantasia.html

Has anyone ordered from this person?  The bodices look very nice.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Serenity on April 21, 2010, 08:21:22 AM
RE Fantasia: Yes, I have the Courtesan bodice by them.  The piece is wonderful, but it took a year to get it and lots of email prodding.  They are at the Maryland Renn Fest.  I ordered it in person, so I don't know about ordering from the website.  Good Luck.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: DonaCatalina on April 21, 2010, 09:52:56 AM
Please add this one to the list.
http://castlegardencreations.com/store/cart.php
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Aelynn of Georgina on April 21, 2010, 08:59:53 PM
I am considering one of this lady's ensembles. 
http://fairefinery.com/ (http://fairefinery.com/)
She also sells on eBay.

Has anyone ordered from her?
Her work looks really good!
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Annabelle on April 23, 2010, 03:42:02 PM
Has anyone bought/worn the Lock Lace Bodice from Tudor Shoppe/Sofi's Stitches?  What's the general opinion?  What about the Twill Bodice of the same maker?

Thanks so much!!
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: dbaldock on April 27, 2010, 09:38:00 PM
Another vendor to add to the list is is Storied Threads.  Veronica Bailey, the owner, has been the staff costumer for Pastimes Entertainment and the Connecticut Renaissance Faire.  I think she mainly does custom costumes.

http://www.storiedthreads.com/ (http://www.storiedthreads.com/)
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Rowan MacD on May 05, 2010, 12:45:45 PM
Has anyone bought/worn the Lock Lace Bodice from Tudor Shoppe/Sofi's Stitches?  What's the general opinion?  What about the Twill Bodice of the same maker?
Thanks so much!!
 I have bought Sofi's Stiches from the Tudor Shoppe and the store website, same pricing.  
  I have two of the lock lace bodices, one in blue and the other in burgundy. I just love them.
  My 2 cents: I am not a large lady, but I am not (nor will ever be) anywhere near the size 2 models in the ads. Make sure you order a size that will comfortably fit. The grommets on the Lock Lace are good but not really heavy duty enough for major 'squishing', however, all grommet areas are boned, and the close spacing of the grommets help much with keeping your torso looking smooth with a snug fit. The styling is flattering to the waist and bust. even in the bigger sizes.  It's by far my favorite bodice from her site.  Supposed to be reversable to black, but doesn't look very good that way.  
   I also have one of the Twill bodices.  The only boning on this is the two pieces along the grommets in front.  It's not meant for squishing at all, but is a good, basic, well made bodice for day to day faire wear. I've had mine for 6 years, and it shows little wear. and it looks just as good reversed to black.
    I have an entire collection of her peasant skirts.  They lace at the waist, and are the heaviest cotton skirts I have. Wonderfully well made.  Most of my 'anchor' pieces are from Sofi's or Likely Lotus.  
  Hope this helps^_^.
~Rowen MacD
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: McGuinness on May 10, 2010, 06:52:50 PM
http://www.dragonpipes.com/index.html
(or on eBay: http://stores.ebay.com/Dragonpipes-Den)

I am a big fan of her necklaces and earrings. I have two sets, one sapphire and one topaz, that I've worn as a noble on PaRF's cast and love them (and have gotten tons of complements). I'm actually looking at   buying a new set for my latest costume. Be sure to follow the cleaning instructions though - I washed one in too harsh of a cleaner and a stone fell off and a couple got hazy. It was my older set and mostly my fault, to be fair to her craftsmanship.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: TKM on May 12, 2010, 11:01:21 AM
sorry for my absence. the list has been updated!
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Aelynn of Georgina on June 03, 2010, 09:04:05 AM
I am considering one of this lady's ensembles. 
http://fairefinery.com/ (http://fairefinery.com/)
She also sells on eBay.

Has anyone ordered from her?
Her work looks really good!

I received my ensemble from Faire Finery this morning (just in time for faire this weekend! YAY!!), and even though I am new to faires and garbing, I have to say that her work is top notch!  I bought the hunter green ensemble and it is gorgeous!  Fits like a glove... er, uh... bodice. LOL  All kidding aside, Nicki does fantastic work.  I will post pics as soon as I can!
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Nighthawk on August 05, 2010, 09:50:04 PM
I have gotten 2 shirts and one doublet from Nora at http://www.delilahskeepe.com She's excellent about working with you to get you exactly what you want- she let me send her my own design and made it for me from the material that I specified, at no more cost than one of her standard doublets. She used antler buttons that I had made and sent to her. And she did it all in a very timely fashion! She has totally earned a customer for life from me.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: LadyCatharine on August 25, 2010, 08:23:52 PM
I have purchased from Majestic Velvets- no complaints.  2X

cannot wash skirt, lite velvet (with brocade), dry cleans well.

hoop slip is OK.


Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: LAVAGODDESSSS on August 30, 2010, 02:40:56 AM
I'm in love with the Cloak Company by Von Lancelot, I have two corset,s a skirt and two capes from him, they are very nice quality and being on ebay they were a steal. I will warn though the boning in his corsets are plastic so they do not pull you in as tight.

I'm going to have to disagree with the wonderfulness of this one. His corsets, as she mentioned are plastic. They did not even last a day (and I barely laced the thing). The fabric is cheap and the design construction is horrid.

I wont' get into the copying. But I bought before Ij udged and my judgement is that I'd slap hands before I let them buy from this guy.

My items took me five weeks to get (and tons of emails prodding and asking and nothing in response) and one of the colors wasn't right from the picture. HORRID.

Just Buyer Beware with anyone, you know? But this is the first experience online that I've had with my Ren gear that went south. Thankfully, my credit card company has a "not satisfied" clause and I could use that.


But as with anything maybe this will be ok for you! I'm glad someone had a good experience with them. Maybe they should have stuck with cloaks though, lol.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Endestroy on September 10, 2010, 04:14:15 PM
Has anyone had any experience with www.mistythicket.com ?
Some nice looking items and has a fantastic eBay rating, but hoping to hear from someone else before dropping a few hundred ducats there.

edit: I purchased a shirt, doublet, and pants from them. I had to email and call repeatedly to confirm the order - it took about a week just to get a hold of them and they acted nonchalant about ignoring my emails and phone messages when I finally did get through. When it arrived, the doublet was much shorter than shown in the pictures (the back and sides leave a gap of about 4 inches from the doublet to the pants). I emailed several times to try to get it adjusted but they never responded to my emails. I'm unhappy with the product and very unhappy with their service. BUYER BEWARE!
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady D1 on September 16, 2010, 12:25:30 PM
I would like to suggest Frankie of the Well Dressed Lady on ebay.  

I have purchased several different items from her.  Unfortunately, my first purchase, an Irish Overdress, did not fit like I wanted it.  Frankie took it back without question and worked with me to get exactly what I wanted and made sure it would fit properly.  I also ordered two cotton skirts directly from her as I needed a couple more colors.  Quality of the sewing is great!   The last thing I got from her was a bodice for my 11 year daughter.  Wish was to have something in purple and black that she could wear now and for a couple more years.  The bodice is exactly right and my daughter loves it!

http://stores.ebay.com/renaissancecouturebywdl


(http://images9.fotki.com/v212/photos/5/250685/9070688/DSC6523-vi.jpg)
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Isabella on September 16, 2010, 09:38:53 PM
I have got some items from her. Good quality. I even met her at AZRF. Super nice. You will be happy. I was.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Kathleen of Olmsted on September 17, 2010, 08:46:14 AM


I am finally up and running...http://www.customdesignsbyladykathleen.com/index.htm (http://www.customdesignsbyladykathleen.com/index.htm)
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Catharine on September 17, 2010, 12:34:47 PM
When your court gowns are available..I would love to peruse..I have something in mind I would love to have made.
gramercy!
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Catharine on September 17, 2010, 01:54:32 PM
Lady K,
----> you've got mail.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Isabella on September 17, 2010, 07:24:27 PM
Nice website! Congrats!
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Kathleen of Olmsted on September 17, 2010, 09:16:48 PM


Lady Catharine,


Ii checked my yahoo mail and there was no mail. Checked the Private message here and nothing. Click reply to your Private Message and that should work.  Thank you!!!
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Catharine on September 18, 2010, 12:52:52 PM
Thank Thee...I had to look a further then me nose:)
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Endestroy on October 13, 2010, 10:58:31 AM
www.theinnerbailey.com/

Lots of leather stuff: belts, frogs, pouches, hats, etc.

I purchased three items from them and they were absolute top notch and shipped on the day I was told they would.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Rowan MacD on January 07, 2011, 02:16:45 PM
I am finally up and running...http://www.customdesignsbyladykathleen.com/index.htm (http://www.customdesignsbyladykathleen.com/index.htm)
  Bookmarked!
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Renee Buchanan on January 07, 2011, 09:03:17 PM


I am finally up and running...http://www.customdesignsbyladykathleen.com/index.htm (http://www.customdesignsbyladykathleen.com/index.htm)

Who's that cute couple in the upper left side?   lol

Guess we all get our 15 minutes of fame!     ;D
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: The Wee Wench on February 21, 2011, 03:08:17 PM
I would just like to add my two cents about online garb purchasing and the issue of measurements.  Any vendor who doesn't request a torso measurement of some kind (my method is a bit unorthodox but works perfectly for me), should raise a red flag.  I'm the proprietress at Faire Finery and have made hundreds and hundreds of bodices over the last six or seven years, and I can tell you this measurement is critical to getting a well-fitted bodice. 

If your merchant doesn't ask for this measurement, I would suggest finding another merchant.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Rowan MacD on March 28, 2011, 10:37:04 AM
  I visited Castle Garden creations site (they are finished with my latest gown and farthingale and will be mailing it today) 
  Sadly, I see this notice.....


  "We will be pulling up the drawbridge and closing the portcullis to Castle Garden Creations on April 1st. We would like to thank our many customers over the years, who have been like family to us. If you have any questions for us, or have any other need to contact us, please do so at castlegardencreations@hotmail.com."


 Affordable and lovely work.   
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Kathleen of Olmsted on April 03, 2011, 02:16:24 PM

That is sad to hear, Rowan. Their designs have been ideas for my Custom Garb fr several projects, with tweaking here and there to make things different.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Delireus on April 03, 2011, 09:13:05 PM
I've been trying to work on my boyfriend's first set of garb. We ordered him a shirt from Renshirt and it's great! We also ordered him a pair of black scrub pants from a scrub store and they are huge, but I guess we measured wrong.

Anyways, we also ordered a renaissance pirate open tunic from Majestic Velvets (http://majesticvelvets.com/pubrdr.html). I had read all the bad reviews about custom orders, or even just bad orders in general, so I was worried, but he loved it and we decided to go ahead and get it.

This tunic has a gold and black brocade on the front, but reading closely, I realized it had a black velvet back. This tunic also comes with velvet pants for 95$, for both. I emailed the site and asked how much it would be if we got the brocade on the back as well, and did not get the pants, he didn't want them. They replied and said that if we took the pants off the order and made the back brocade, the price would be the same, 95$. He liked that idea so we ordered it, along with a leather ring belt.

We got the order very quickly, it took about a week for them to make it and ship it, and he really likes it. The edges are hemmed and surged, I don't think they will come unraveled for a very long time, if ever, and it fits well. The only problem I see is that it's very square, so the shoulders are boxy. The gold and black matched a pirate coat I have from a different vendor (Damsel in this Dress), so he's excited about that as well.

I was so nervous about the whole thing though, because of what I had read here. But, everything turned out to be alright, which I am very glad about. I don't think I'll order anything else from them, just because I don't want anything else from there, but we're happy with our order.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Rowan MacD on April 04, 2011, 02:36:21 PM
I was so nervous about the whole thing though, because of what I had read here. But, everything turned out to be alright, which I am very glad about. I don't think I'll order anything else from them, just because I don't want anything else from there, but we're happy with our order.

   For most online garb shops; if the order is simple, i.e. plain Renshirt, plain chemise,  tunic or vest, simple breeches, etc. you won't have problems, so buy from them especially if it's cheaper than you could make yourself.

  Most of the complaints about MV and other relatively inexpensive online vendors are that they give the impression that they can make you excellent quality noble garb that will look indistinguishable from much more expensive custom work at 1/2 the price (or less) of the better garb; and very frequently their prices were far below what you would think the materials would cost.  

  But you know the old saying:  'If it's too good to be true, it probably is'.

  A lot of the folks that bought from MV (and were disappointed) pretty much got what they paid for: an outfit that was somewhere between a mid priced Halloween costume and decent off the rack garb.  Not bad, but nowhere near what they expected.

   I will go out on a limb and say MV probably gives decent value for your money.  If you don't want to spend a lot of cash, and if your expectations are not too high, you will probably be happy with your purchase.

   If you are serious about buying quality garb, expect to have to go to a seamstress, and also be prepared to pay a lot.
   In return you will get exactly what you want, it fits, and will stay looking good for years.  
  
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Athena on May 10, 2011, 12:13:24 PM
Holy Clothing
http://holyclothing.com/

If you're looking for affordable, non h/a medieval/peasant/gypsy garb, you can't go wrong with this company. I just ordered a skirt and chemise from them, and am impressed. Good customer service, too. Unfortunately they don't carry small sizes, only L-5x. Standard shipping takes a while, 10-12 business days, but they send status emails and give you an estimated arrival date. They've got a very active Facebook page, and communicate with their customers on a daily basis. Highly recommended.

ETA: I checked the website and they do carry smaller sizes on a couple of items, but the majority are only in L and up. Also, if you see something you love order it ASAP because they don't have a huge stock and the numbers dwindle quickly, especially in the smaller sizes.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: gem on May 17, 2011, 03:01:44 PM
Cute stuff! How adorable are these pants?!

(http://holyclothing.com/skin/frontend/holyclothing/default/images/hc/landing/landing_pants_00.jpg)
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Kathleen of Olmsted on May 27, 2011, 08:19:21 AM
Interesting points, Rowan!

When shopping for fabrics for Commissions, I am always checking prices per yard of what i could use in the future as  well as what online vendors use. I choose fabrics that are as Natural as possible to endure climates all over the country. I am very fussy about that. If a client is paying good money for a custom made ensemble, the fabrics, workmanship, trims, etc., have to be of the highest order. Even ion this Economy, getting what you pay for is very important. Even getting a bit more is good.

As for Majestic Velvets(Royal Coffers), the Velvet is a Rayon Velvet  that is more than $10 a yard. The contrast, even on sale, costs over $10  per yard. Factor in the amount of fabrics used and labor costs, they are barely breaking even or losing money per order.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: cincivulcan on July 04, 2011, 06:42:08 PM
http://veneficacorsetry.com/index.html

Her stuff is fantastic... I have three of her corsets and 3 of her skirts.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: ophelia murdoch on July 14, 2011, 04:28:21 PM
i just ordered a dress from holy clothing and will get to pick it up tomorrow at the post office and can't wait!  i'm going to try to get a hat to go with it from http://dreamhats.com/ (http://dreamhats.com/) i've seen some of her work around faire and it's all really nice. i've even gotten to meet the milliner at faire and she's really nice too.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: maggieb on July 15, 2011, 05:23:10 PM
Just wanting to vent... I ordered a chemise and bloomers 10 weeks ago from Odd Bodkin and I still havent recieved my garb. I have emailed her twice. uggggggg
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Delireus on July 20, 2011, 03:50:14 AM
Just wanting to vent... I ordered a chemise and bloomers 10 weeks ago from Odd Bodkin and I still havent recieved my garb. I have emailed her twice. uggggggg

I hope you get your stuff soon! The woman who owns Odd Bodkin just moved to my town, I've been thinking of ordering a chemise from her, so let me know how that goes.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Adriana Rose on July 20, 2011, 09:34:27 AM
937-317-4420

This is her phone number try giving her a ring.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Lowrye verch Jankyns on July 20, 2011, 03:44:02 PM
Holy Clothing
http://holyclothing.com/

If you're looking for affordable, non h/a medieval/peasant/gypsy garb, you can't go wrong with this company. I just ordered a skirt and chemise from them, and am impressed. Good customer service, too. Unfortunately they don't carry small sizes, only L-5x. Standard shipping takes a while, 10-12 business days, but they send status emails and give you an estimated arrival date. They've got a very active Facebook page, and communicate with their customers on a daily basis. Highly recommended.

ETA: I checked the website and they do carry smaller sizes on a couple of items, but the majority are only in L and up. Also, if you see something you love order it ASAP because they don't have a huge stock and the numbers dwindle quickly, especially in the smaller sizes.

I wish they carried more in the small sizes!!  I love their clothes.  Gonna just have to watch and maybe I'll get lucky.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Adriana Rose on July 20, 2011, 10:22:16 PM
I have a dress and a shirt that I ordered from them when I was preggers and the shirt is beyond comfy 4 years later but the dress is about 4 inches too long with out baby belly to hold it up but still the smaller sizes may fit a smaller person
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Gryphon on July 29, 2011, 04:13:29 PM
I have a suggestion.  It may not be H/A but when Lord Dragon needed black pants to go under his one costume and to wear with his Pirate costume, I bought him a pair of Black Breeches for riding.    The are cotton, breathable and he can easily tuck them into his boots.  They are also machine washable.  There are many places on line to find them

Stateline Tack www.statelinetack.com (http://www.statelinetack.com) is a good place as well as Dover http://www.doversaddlery.com (http://www.doversaddlery.com).  Sometimes you can even find them on sale.  They are more comfortable than men's tights, have pockets, and are a workable alternative.  My suggestion

Also Lord Dragon bought me a wonderful dress from this place.
http://www.yourdressmaker.com (http://www.yourdressmaker.com) They have ready to wear and also do custom work.  My Lady Gryphon dress came from them. 

Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: LAVAGODDESSSS on August 15, 2011, 11:23:13 PM
The two places I go are

www.Damseldress.com (she has outfitted me in the most amazing custom pieces ever...her work , no one is able to touch what she does. Her bodices, skirts, etc. are beyond devine, and I have not found one corset through the 35 I now have that has touched the quality or way it makes me look. They are freaking amazing!!! (Did I mention I am 6' tall and she customizes them for me? Even her premade, ready to order stuff has fit like it was custom for me. Holy wow!!!)...)
She has a shop on etsy, and artfire (you can reach both through the blog tab on her website). She also has her website up and going again.

As for my hats? I love love these guys: www.blondeswan.com I saw their work at a ren faire face-to-face, then decided to order online (it was half the price). THe quality is amazing, though do remember that these are custom pieces, so I did have to wait nearly 6 weeks for it. Though they do say that if you need it faster to email, that didn't seem to help. Frankly, if you have 5 weeks and want something you can customize, for a decent price, the quality cannot be beat. I recommend them, as long as you are not in a hurry.
 
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: LAVAGODDESSSS on August 29, 2011, 12:34:23 AM
Just ordered from Medievalclothing.com.

A few things to note:

As for the quality of goods, I ordered:
2 leather skirt hikes
2 men's ren faire shirts (one with laced up sleeves and one with billowy sleeves and wonderful wrist cuffs)
1 72" leather belt
1 black leather 'potion' holder. It's a leather 'box' that holds three glass bottles with stoppers
1 sword frog in black
1 pair of lace up the sides men's black pants - AWESOME



As for the prices, holy cow, they cannot be beat for the leather goods. The skirt hikes and leather belt were SUPERB. They aren't the softest leather, and they are finished on one side, but wow. I paid $8 for the skirt hikes and $13 for the belt. I was really impressed.

The only thing was that you really have to be careful and read reviews as well as look at measurements in the clothing.  We had luck on 2/3. One of the shirts was just too big. We ordered an XL in one and a M in another, and the sizes were esentially (inch-wise) the same. But the quality was awesome. We will be exchanging one shirt.

The only thing was the sword frog. The back piece(that no one sees) the leather is cut kind of ...off. But the part that ties/corsets up to hold the blad is really well done. 

For leather, just don't expect that extra 'step' that is hand made tooled goods. The quality i woud rate as "good" and the price "Excellent" we were impressed. They don't have pretty designs on the leather and in most instances you had the choice of black or brown. But we didn't need anything more.


Note on their return/exchange policy: If you return, be prepared for a restocking fee. If you exchange, it's even exchange, no 'change' back. I'll let you know how that goes since we have to exchange one thing.

Shipping was SUPER SUPER fast. I'm not sure if it's because I had someone custom help me with my order or not.

We have a pair of boots on backorder that I'll let you know about.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Kathleen of Olmsted on September 20, 2011, 02:31:20 PM
Some samples of what Projects for 2012 I will be busy with...

(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/293988_10150378681981280_568686279_10272541_1042647079_n.jpg)
17th Century Doublet with new Shirt, collar, cuffs, and Boot Tops, Pants for Parse Exception. I will draft  the Doublet Pattern and Sleeves.

(http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/293988_10150378681991280_568686279_10272542_1223488576_n.jpg)
Venetian Gown idea for Lady Kett. Will be done in a  deep Navy Jacquard with Silver trim edges, pearls, White Silk Camica.

(http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/293988_10150378681996280_568686279_10272543_1657418038_n.jpg)
Tudor gown, Queen Isabella of Spain that will be done in Black V elveteen, with Gold and Red contrast tapestry fabrics for a client in Maryland.

(http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/311931_10150378683476280_568686279_10272551_1926300064_n.jpg)
A variation of Gandalf the White in Tans, Cremes, and Steel Blues for Merlin the ELder.

(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/297864_10150378688416280_568686279_10272562_2088955524_n.jpg)
A variation of this Venetian Courtesan Gown ensemble for Lady de Laney.

Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Catharine on September 20, 2011, 05:34:21 PM
OMG>>Lady Kathleen.
That Venetian Gown is simply Gorgeous!!!

Outstanding:) ;)
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Renee Buchanan on September 20, 2011, 08:37:45 PM
Lady Kathleen, don't forget my overskirt of the beautiful brocade with the fur  (and sometime down the line in the future, sleeves from the same material)!    ;D
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Kathleen of Olmsted on September 20, 2011, 11:09:28 PM
No problem! Those will be finished well before we come again in November.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Mateo1041 on September 23, 2011, 12:17:53 PM
Had a bad experience with medievalcollectibles.com.  Item has still not been shipped after 10 days.  I think they forgot to order from their third party supplier.  *sigh*  Not recommended.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Delireus on September 27, 2011, 12:47:59 AM
My boyfriend ordered a Blonde Swan hat (I've wanted one for years and he up and orders one for his first hat ever! I'm still very jealous) and while the work is amazing, it took forever for them to ship it and we didn't get a confirmation number or anything. It came one day before we left for faire, thankfully! But we worried the entire time. We called them many times and left a lot of messages, but no one returned our calls. It was only after emailing them, telling them they still hadn't taken the money out of our account, that they finally give us a different number to call and answered.

So, while we gave ourselves plenty of time to order the hat, we still had no idea when it was going to arrive and the customer service was lacking. However, it is an amazing hat and I still really want to order one for myself!
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: serenamoonsilver on September 27, 2011, 08:25:47 AM
My boyfriend ordered a Blonde Swan hat (I've wanted one for years and he up and orders one for his first hat ever! I'm still very jealous) and while the work is amazing, it took forever for them to ship it and we didn't get a confirmation number or anything. It came one day before we left for faire, thankfully! But we worried the entire time. We called them many times and left a lot of messages, but no one returned our calls. It was only after emailing them, telling them they still hadn't taken the money out of our account, that they finally give us a different number to call and answered.

So, while we gave ourselves plenty of time to order the hat, we still had no idea when it was going to arrive and the customer service was lacking. However, it is an amazing hat and I still really want to order one for myself!

I will second them for quality.  We bought my husbands steampunk hat from them at World Steam Expo as well as a pair of goggles for my daughter.  They do vend at events so I recommend chekcing them out there  as they have a lot of options that aren't available on their website.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Kathleen of Olmsted on September 27, 2011, 10:56:50 AM
This year at CONVegence, an annual Sci-Fi/Fantasy convention I attend in Minneapolis, the Blode Swan was a vendor in the Dealer's Room. I thought their work was top notch as well. Especially the Leather work. Prices were what I expected for quality.

I bought a pair of Vintage looking glasses that fits in well with the Steam Punk look.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: arbcoind on September 27, 2011, 12:03:20 PM
I love my Blond Swan hat.  They did take a few weeks to process my online order, however I think their website clearly states that their hats are "made to order".   

Gina
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Kate XXXXXX on October 17, 2011, 12:49:50 PM
WE just got our Etsy shop up and running!  Only 4 items as yet, but look out for frock coats and more pretty things, including fan bags, reticules, and other fripperies!  http://www.etsy.com/shop/Jollydiceycostume?ref=pr_shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/Jollydiceycostume?ref=pr_shop)
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: corber83 on February 10, 2012, 09:46:23 AM
I have recently found a website that I purchased some cloaks and gowns from and they are wonderful.  The gowns and cloaks are very nice and the customer service was outstanding.  Check them out!  www.artemisia.com.  I think they are running a contest right now too!
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Merry Rose on March 04, 2012, 09:32:59 PM
Hi, I'm the Merry Rose and I used to work at the MN Renaissance Festival.  Since my kids came along, I only go for fun now, but I still love to garb up.  I would like to add my friend Felix Needleworthy to your list of costumers/tailors.  His work is excellent.  My hubby owns one of his doublets, pants and a short kittle.  I own a bodice, skirts and two gowns.  He just "upgraded" me (his words) from my vintage gown (Italian style made in '96) to one of his front lace gowns and forepanel skirts.  He has shoppes at both the MN fest and at Bristol.  He has dressed much of my family: my hubby and I, his mom & stepdad, his sister, his stepsis and her hub, our daughter and numerous friends.  He works very hard to make historically accurate work with appropriate fabrics and his tailoring is impeccable.

Thank you for adding him to your list.  He also has a Facebook page where many clients have pics posted.
http://www.needleworthy.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Felix-Needleworthy-Fine-Renaissance-Costume/107842989265050
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: FortuneRose on March 10, 2012, 01:34:12 PM
Has anyone heard about/bought from Aetas Designs?  Their website is http://aetasdesigns.com/aetas/
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Maithu Ruadh on April 17, 2012, 11:12:27 PM
Anyone know if Celtic Rose Designs is reputable? She has some really doublets. She has an Etsy and eBay shop as well as her site. I can't seem to find any online reviews. Anyone ever bought anything from her?
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: psparks44 on May 05, 2012, 04:20:47 PM
I'd like to plug this shop. It's LARP gear but a lot of the stuff is great for Ren Festivals, especially the armor and clothing:

http://www.larpwarrior.com
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: insidiousraven on May 16, 2012, 10:11:26 AM
I didn't see these guys mentioned on the list, but I ordered an archers glove from them that was really nice, and plan on ordering a leather hood.

http://ravenswoodleather.com/ (http://ravenswoodleather.com/)
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Steev on May 31, 2012, 09:45:08 PM
Have to note that the website magicmyst.com is no longer valid. Though Ilona, the seamstress is apparently still in business.  I have her number if anyone is interested. Renmail me.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: scarletnyx on June 19, 2012, 09:29:59 PM
Has anyone ever bought from a site called http://armstreet.com/ ? I love their Templar outfit for my upcoming Templar character ( distressed options and cotton! Hooray! ) and some of their dresses for women . I'm not a fan of corsets/bodices right now, but I still want support and shape and they have some, in my mind, very well designed dresses. They have good feedback on their website and on Facebook, but still wanted to check with ya'll.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Kett on June 19, 2012, 09:54:47 PM
Has anyone ever bought from a site called http://armstreet.com/ ? I love their Templar outfit for my upcoming Templar character ( distressed options and cotton! Hooray! ) and some of their dresses for women . I'm not a fan of corsets/bodices right now, but I still want support and shape and they have some, in my mind, very well designed dresses. They have good feedback on their website and on Facebook, but still wanted to check with ya'll.

Found in Arms & Armor Section (didn't read, just knew I'd seen them somewhere...) :)

http://www.renaissancefestival.com/forums/index.php?topic=13072.0
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Steev on June 19, 2012, 09:55:10 PM
I do have experience with Armstreet.  I think the clothing is made in the Ukraine. I have purchased 5 women's and girls' outfits for my wife and daughters and a pair of pants for me.  The clothing is made to size and arrives fairly quickly.  Everything looks pretty good, though some of the clothing is costume-y, i.e. no lining, accents like gold and black ribbon sewn over seams, etc..  Flax linen is a common material. The linen items are pretty nice, lightweight, cool, pretty durable. Some of the accessory items (hats, overtunics, bodices, "belts", aprons) are either cheaper quality or seem like afterthoughts- our aprons and hats have required tweaking to make them fit comfortably and look good.  I have not bought any of the other items from the site but lots of it looks great- shoes, belts, armor...

The service from Armstreet is stellar.  "Sasha", the person I have dealt with twice, responds quickly and has caught errors in my measurements (rather than just sending poorly-fitting clothing).  All in all I would recommend for summer faire garb, though I would have reservations if you were looking to buy a heirloom.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: scarletnyx on June 20, 2012, 12:08:21 AM
I do have experience with Armstreet.  I think the clothing is made in the Ukraine. I have purchased 5 women's and girls' outfits for my wife and daughters and a pair of pants for me.  The clothing is made to size and arrives fairly quickly.  Everything looks pretty good, though some of the clothing is costume-y, i.e. no lining, accents like gold and black ribbon sewn over seams, etc..  Flax linen is a common material. The linen items are pretty nice, lightweight, cool, pretty durable. Some of the accessory items (hats, overtunics, bodices, "belts", aprons) are either cheaper quality or seem like afterthoughts- our aprons and hats have required tweaking to make them fit comfortably and look good.  I have not bought any of the other items from the site but lots of it looks great- shoes, belts, armor...

The service from Armstreet is stellar.  "Sasha", the person I have dealt with twice, responds quickly and has caught errors in my measurements (rather than just sending poorly-fitting clothing).  All in all I would recommend for summer faire garb, though I would have reservations if you were looking to buy a heirloom.


Found in Arms & Armor Section (didn't read, just knew I'd seen them somewhere...) :)

http://www.renaissancefestival.com/forums/index.php?topic=13072.0

Thanks to both of you! The only thing that really has my eye is the Templar tunic and thats only due to the distressing option, everything else I am pretty sure I can find someone to sew for me for the same price but better workmanship.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: shelly1978us on June 21, 2012, 04:12:03 PM
Wow!  Lady Kathleen of Olmsted - I love your 2012 projects especially the 2nd lady's dress.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Maithu Ruadh on July 10, 2012, 03:35:54 PM
I can recommend Scarlet & Miniver's historical garb shop on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ScarletAndMiniver
She made an excellent doublet and breeches set for me that I'll be wearing to the faire this year. Great and fun communication and really nice work too. The "Everyman's doublet and breeches" listing has photos of my actual set.

Also (I don't remember seeing it listed) I'll recommend Hats by Leko: http://www.hatsupply.com/
I bought two hat blanks off her that arrived in the mail today that I've had fun blocking into a tall cavalier hat and a small floppy peasant hat. Really nice stuff and good prices too -- the cavalier hat blank is fur felt was on special sale for $24 and the small hat is wool felt on clearance at $7.50. Can't beat that.

Here's the doublet, breeches and hat in action (pardon my "war face"  :-\)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/168884_10151910895330082_303600498_n.jpg)
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: theChuck on August 25, 2012, 09:34:38 AM
I just want to toss in a good word for Faire Finery (http://www.fairefinery.com/). We ordered a doublet and a bodice/skirt, and Nicki was awesome. We narrowed down what we wanted in terms of style and color, and everything came out perfect.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Kate XXXXXX on September 26, 2012, 03:52:48 PM
Our Etsy shop is back up and running!  And yes, we post to the USA.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Jollydiceycostume?ref=ss_profile

(https://ny-image1.etsy.com/003/0/6518005/il_570xN.378997181_hqzs.jpg)  (https://ny-image3.etsy.com/000/0/6518005/il_570xN.272595047.jpg)  (https://ny-image2.etsy.com/000/0/6518005/il_570xN.280007078.jpg)
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: blancheharve on September 27, 2012, 08:21:58 PM
Moderators Note:
RF.com does not endorse or promote any particular merchants. Please, do your research and buy at your own risk.


Thank you, Trillium for the sticky.
Here is one wholesaler. The quality is very high, and price is low.
http://www.dearlovercorsets.net/ (http://www.dearlovercorsets.net/)

The people here at RF.com have been compiling a list, for your convenience, of quality garb stores for those of you interested in buying online. If you have a positive experience you'd like to share about a store not listed here, please throw in your two pence.

www.tudorshoppe.com (http://www.tudorshoppe.com)
www.museumreplicas.com (http://www.museumreplicas.com)
www.verymerryseamstress.com (http://www.verymerryseamstress.com)
www.sofisstitches.com (http://www.sofisstitches.com)
www.oddbodkin.com (http://www.oddbodkin.com)
www.moresca.com (http://www.moresca.com)
www.kilts-n-stuff.com (http://www.kilts-n-stuff.com)
www.stillwaterkilts.com (http://www.stillwaterkilts.com)
www.fantasycostume.net/renaissance (http://www.fantasycostume.net/renaissance)
www.pendragoncostumes.com (http://www.pendragoncostumes.com)
www.threadsoftime.com (http://www.threadsoftime.com)
www.medievalmoccasins.com (http://www.medievalmoccasins.com)
www.pillagedvillage.com (http://www.pillagedvillage.com)
www.garbtheworld.com (http://www.garbtheworld.com)
www.thecrowsnest.net/default.aspx (http://www.thecrowsnest.net/default.aspx)
www.nomadicstate.com/store (http://www.nomadicstate.com/store)
www.plussizecostumeshop.com (http://www.plussizecostumeshop.com)
www.timeless-trends.com (http://www.timeless-trends.com)
www.majesticvelvets.com/index.html (http://www.majesticvelvets.com/index.html) (Buyer beware, there have been complaints regarding product quality.)
www.thewencheswardrobe.com (http://www.thewencheswardrobe.com)
www.magicmyst.com (http://www.magicmyst.com)
www.scarlettscorset.com/index.html (http://www.scarlettscorset.com/index.html)
www.houseofdra.com (http://www.houseofdra.com)
www.stimpzillasumptuarylaw.com/main.html (http://www.stimpzillasumptuarylaw.com/main.html)
stores.ebay.com/Cloak-Company?_rdc=1 (http://stores.ebay.com/Cloak-Company?_rdc=1)
www.greentreeweaving.com (http://www.greentreeweaving.com/)
www.gipsypeddler.com (http://www.gipsypeddler.com)
www.damselinthisdress.etsy.com (http://www.damselinthisdress.etsy.com)
www.myelegantmuse.etsy.com (http://www.myelegantmuse.etsy.com)
www.caribbeanrosepirate.etsy.com (http://www.caribbeanrosepirate.etsy.com)
www.mojoleather.etsy.com (http://www.mojoleather.etsy.com)
www.designsbyfantasia.com/fantasia.html (http://www.designsbyfantasia.com/fantasia.html)
www.castlegardencreations.com/store/cart.php (http://www.castlegardencreations.com/store/cart.php)
www.fairefinery.com (http://www.fairefinery.com)
www.storiedthreads.com (http://www.storiedthreads.com)
www.dragonpipes.com/index.html (http://www.dragonpipes.com/index.html)
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: RenShirts on September 30, 2012, 01:12:53 PM
Could www.RenShirts.com (http://www.RenShirts.com) be added to your list for Trusted Garb shop
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: The Wee Wench on February 26, 2013, 12:43:47 PM
I just want to toss in a good word for Faire Finery (http://www.fairefinery.com/ (http://www.fairefinery.com/)). We ordered a doublet and a bodice/skirt, and Nicki was awesome. We narrowed down what we wanted in terms of style and color, and everything came out perfect.

That's me!  Thank you!!! 

I'd like to add that I believe www.thewencheswardrobe.com (http://www.thewencheswardrobe.com) is no longer in business.  Her website shows an 'under construction' update from January of 2012 and her eBay store has been empty for quite some time.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: RenShirts on February 26, 2013, 01:07:37 PM
How about www.RenShirts.com (http://www.RenShirts.com)     :D
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: PollyPoPo on February 26, 2013, 01:10:58 PM
How about www.RenShirts.com (http://www.RenShirts.com)     :D

Luckily I live close enough to visit your shop.  Everything I've seen there is well sewn, looks just like the on-line pictures, and our family is well pleased with all we have purchased from Renshirts.

Go, go, huzzah, Renshirts!
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Elkyn on March 19, 2013, 03:12:14 PM
We have ordered a number of items from http://stores.renstore.com/ (http://stores.renstore.com/) over the years (I believe they used to be called Chivalry Sports). The 'off-the-rack' items we have ordered were always as advertised and seemed to be pretty well made. The garb has held up really well and we still wear it.

We only had to exchange one item and that was because of an error on our part. We called them up to get a return authorization and they were very nice about it and they had a replacement item in the mail to us pretty quickly.

I'm not sure if they do any kind of custom work (I'm thinking everything they sell is pretty much 'off-the-rack' garb, as I call it). They don't seem to keep a lot of stuff on hand but they seem to replenish fairly quickly.

Didn't see that one on any of the lists in this thread but as our experiences with them have been positive I thought I'd give them a mention here.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Rowan MacD on April 03, 2013, 09:31:29 AM
 A quick glance over the previous entries-I didn't see this one- They have shoes,garb, armor an musical instruments...

https://www.darkknightarmoury.com (https://www.darkknightarmoury.com) 
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Rowan MacD on April 24, 2013, 04:10:00 PM
http://www.polyhymniaconcepts.com/ (http://www.polyhymniaconcepts.com/)

Seriously high end stuff here-The blue court gown shown on the first page is $3,500.00....
gorgeous work.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Serenity on April 25, 2013, 01:24:44 PM
Rowen - have you actually used or know anyone that has used Polyhymnia?  I admit I fell in love with the pics on that site a few years ago, but after asking on the board here and no one had heard of them, I was a little warned off. 
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Rowan MacD on April 26, 2013, 09:49:24 PM
  No I don't.  I can't afford that kind of work, although I drool over it!   The simpler stuff is not that expensive-but I don't know how much they charge nowadays-the pics and prices haven't changed in a long time.....
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Rowan MacD on April 26, 2013, 10:06:39 PM


I am finally up and running...http://www.customdesignsbyladykathleen.com/index.htm (http://www.customdesignsbyladykathleen.com/index.htm)
  Lady Kathleen-Did you change your website?  The link no longer works....
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: theChuck on May 30, 2013, 09:07:14 PM
We just got an order from http://www.etsy.com/shop/redthreaded (http://www.etsy.com/shop/redthreaded), and it's really good. The workmanship is solid, and the woman who runs the shop was a pleasure to work with. Well worth checking it out!
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Tazjia Swiftsail on July 02, 2013, 03:29:49 PM
I did not scroll through all nine pages so I apologize if these are repeats:
www.dresslikeapirate.com (http://www.dresslikeapirate.com) (good for random stuff, haven't been TOTALLY thrilled with some of the clothing items I've gotten from here but they've updated a lot since I've purchased from them)

www.piratefashions.com (http://www.piratefashions.com)

this site I LOVE it's an ebay store and I've gotten my favorite corset and many other things here: http://stores.ebay.com/FAIRE-LADY-DESIGNS/_i.html?rt=nc&_sid=395636&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1513&_pgn=1 (http://stores.ebay.com/FAIRE-LADY-DESIGNS/_i.html?rt=nc&_sid=395636&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1513&_pgn=1)


Again, sorry if these are repeats!!!
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: isabelladangelo on July 25, 2013, 08:37:29 PM
http://www.etsy.com/shop/JubileeL (http://www.etsy.com/shop/JubileeL)

I've started adding some garb to my little shop on Etsy.   I promise to add more in the next couple of days. 

I've also finally gotten around to making my webpage a webpage.  It's still under construction (http://www.strawberriesncreame.com) but it looks a lot better than it did two days ago!
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: DonaCatalina on July 29, 2013, 05:17:59 AM
http://www.skyridgedesigns.com/ (http://www.skyridgedesigns.com/)

Skyridge Designs now has a brick & Mortar in Red Oak, TX not far from Scarborough Faire.
(http://www.skyridgedesigns.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/Men/Earl_of_Derby_three_quarterWM.jpg)
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Prima on July 29, 2013, 12:23:36 PM
I have a few smaller shops to add to this fabulous list. 

My "jeweler" from the UK has done great, affordable costume pieces:  http://stores.ebay.com/Unfauxgettable-Designs?_rdc=1 (http://stores.ebay.com/Unfauxgettable-Designs?_rdc=1)

I purchased a chain of office for m'lord from this wonderful gal in Canada, again great quality and cost: http://www.etsy.com/shop/RecycledRockstah (http://www.etsy.com/shop/RecycledRockstah)

I had my hat custom created for my current ensemble and I absolutely love it!  She sent me fabric samples so we could match my dress perfectly.  It's a lovely, well made piece.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/PixieStixx (http://www.etsy.com/shop/PixieStixx)
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Kathleen of Olmsted on July 29, 2013, 01:12:55 PM
http://www.skyridgedesigns.com/ (http://www.skyridgedesigns.com/)

Skyridge Designs now has a brick & Mortar in Red Oak, TX not far from Scarborough Faire.
(http://www.skyridgedesigns.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/Men/Earl_of_Derby_three_quarterWM.jpg)


I saw this ensemble in a Wedding Issue of RENAISSANCE magazine. What you see, they wanted $1,500 for.  :o That is NOT counting the Great Coat!
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Rowan MacD on July 30, 2013, 03:11:24 PM
  It's good that folks are posting these sites.  The Newbies, especially, need to see what 'professional' quality garb looks like, and have an idea of what this stuff costs.

 
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Rowan MacD on August 16, 2013, 02:52:54 PM
http://www.cgmillinery.com/aboutus.sc (http://www.cgmillinery.com/aboutus.sc)

  One of the two principle seamstresses of the original, late and greatly lamented Castle Gardens Creations (which closed in 2011 due to the illness of one of the sisters)  has a new website!
   She is not making gowns anymore- but has resumed millinery by herself.  If you favor HA and don't want to make your own hat-she does it.
   I can vouch for her workmanship.  Per her comments- she does not have a large inventory as yet.  Some of the site graphics and photos are from the old CGC site.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: RenStarr on September 07, 2013, 09:29:12 AM
I've intended to add a link for these folks, so I'm getting it done today.  Here's a link to their home page:  http://twospools.com/home (http://twospools.com/home)
The made a cool weather cloak for me last year that I'm very happy with.  Husband and Wife team that have a shop at Sherwood Forest Faire. 
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Rowan MacD on September 18, 2013, 06:43:01 PM
 Tig'r Toggs- Don't know how I overlooked that one!  You folks going to KCRF-his shop is right next to the pirate stage. 
Specializing in fyne peasant men's wear.  Look for the gaudy display of striped socks.  ;D 

  I bought one of his yoke shirts and a pair of the baggy pants on line for my son in law to wear to our weddng...Although he won't wear them to faire,  he does use them around the house because they are so comfortable.  I got both pieces for under $70.00 including shipping.   Toggs has much more in their shoppe at KC.

http://tgertoggs.com/ (http://tgertoggs.com/)
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lairde Guardn on September 18, 2013, 08:46:49 PM
Still one of the best with a great variety and decent price range.   Always received excellent service......from both these shops...

http://www.tudorshoppe.com (http://www.tudorshoppe.com)

http://stillwaterkilts.com (http://stillwaterkilts.com)
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: DonaCatalina on March 22, 2014, 01:34:48 PM
We don't have Fyne Hats on here.
She made me a custom Venetian that was lovely, sturdy and not very expensive.
http://www.fynehats.com/ (http://www.fynehats.com/)
I wish I looked as good as the hat.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Lady Kathleen of Olmsted on March 23, 2014, 08:43:19 AM
We don't have Fyne Hats on here.
She made me a custom Venetian that was lovely, sturdy and not very expensive.
http://www.fynehats.com/ (http://www.fynehats.com/)
I wish I looked as good as the hat.

I know the owner and operator of Fyne Hats be Felicity. She is an honorable person who stands by her quality of work and her commitment to her customers. I have often referred customers to her and she to me.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Rowan MacD on March 24, 2014, 08:17:14 AM
 I second that-I have 3 of her creations.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Abigail Fairbottom on July 08, 2014, 09:42:11 AM
I have spent a lot of money on garb over the years.  One of my more recent purchases was from Truly Originals, http://trulyhats.com/frames/Firt%20try%20frameset.htm. (http://trulyhats.com/frames/Firt%20try%20frameset.htm.)  You can see how my hat was made in this blog post:  http://trulyhats.blogspot.com/2011/11/new-custom-order-finished.html?showComment=1330616650201#c2065678133540174350 (http://trulyhats.blogspot.com/2011/11/new-custom-order-finished.html?showComment=1330616650201#c2065678133540174350)

It is so pretty, light weight, and more cool to wear than all of my other expensive hats.  And it is exactly what I wanted, because she worked with me to create just the right hat for me!  I couldn't be happier.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Rowan MacD on July 11, 2014, 08:10:47 AM
  She is great! I have been following her page on FB  (Truly Carmichael);  that white Spanish portrait dress she just completed is amazing!

  (sort of) on topic-I was excited to find she is about the only source for affordable HA replica ouches I have seen. 
 
 
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Tink on September 18, 2014, 07:04:50 PM
Still one of the best with a great variety and decent price range.   Always received excellent service......from both these shops...

http://www.tudorshoppe.com (http://www.tudorshoppe.com)

http://stillwaterkilts.com (http://stillwaterkilts.com)

Just ordered a few things from the Tudor Shoppe- easy ordering and quick shipment (less than a week between ordering and receiving).  The items were a bit steep in price, but not ridiculous.  Sizing was pretty accurate, and I'm happy with my order.
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Johnwolfe on March 04, 2015, 08:22:03 AM
Has anyone used medieval collectables or dark night armory ... I plan on getting basics from them but still spending 200 dollars... But hopefully I should be okay since it is a simple order. Waiting on my taxes then ill shall repost  my findings
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Rowan MacD on March 04, 2015, 04:33:04 PM
 MC is a decent source for basic odds and ends-I bought my hubby a 'Tudors' (as in the TV show)
white cotton shirt with black work for under $40.00.  He gets complements each year on it.
  Keep your eyes out for sales:
  I bought 5 leather ring belts @$9.99 each from the site (I spent $40.00 for one bought at faire, 10 years ago!).
  They had a sale on cotton breeches for $20.00 pair-scored 3 pair in brown, tan, and black. 



Some items are very cheaply or carelessly made. for example: The Surrey Chemise

http://www.medievalcollectibles.com/p-5370-surrey-chemise.aspx (http://www.medievalcollectibles.com/p-5370-surrey-chemise.aspx)

 It is made to have drawstrings around each sleeve in 4 places.  the drawstring channels are made of pieces of cheap, metallic wide trim sewn onto the sleeves, with the drawcords passed under them. 
  The seamstress obviously sewed the channels down over the drawstrings to save time having to thread them through the channels later.  She wasn't particularly careful, and the results were drawstrings that were sewn sewn over and down in numerous places on both sleeves.
  I had to fix them before I could wear it, so I spent an hour or so ripping seams and resewing channels.   
   The same chemise also has a seam straight down the front of the body which I seriously don't like,  and its' made of a very flimsy cotton poly blend, like you find on the $1.99 shelf at Hancocks.  The drawstring neckline is also far too small to wear off shoulder.   It barely qualifies as a boat neck shirt when completely open and ungathered.   I note that the models' hair carefully hides this. 
   It also comes with 'dry clean only' tag (on cotton?)-which is a pretty good indicator that the whole mess is cheaply made and they expect it to fall apart pretty quickly. While it can be washed on delicate cycle with no visible issues, I took the precaution of resewing the seams, and wearing it very sparingly.   It cost me $50.00 on sale-they are asking $75.00 now. 
   I figure I could make it for $10.00, paying retail for the fabric and trim (which is fraying).  The drawstrings are that plastic-y, poly metallic stuff that melts and costs about .99 for 3 yards at Hancock's. The trim is also non-fabric, and also a very cheap, metallic, 100% polyester stuff,  closest I could find was something slightly better @$1.99 yard.
  Coincidentally, this the ONLY item I have bought  from them that actually carried the 'Medieval Collectables' label.   Hubby's shirt was from another company and sold through their website.
 *end vent*
 
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: arbcoind on May 18, 2015, 01:31:46 PM
Etsy shop:  Dungeon Duds N Jewels.  I just received a custom made chemise and it is perfect.  Great communication with the seller.  I like the chemise so much, I ordered another one from them.

Gina
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: isabelladangelo on May 25, 2015, 08:03:22 AM
I've listed a few handbaskets I've lined and/or painted.   They are up on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/JubileeL). 
Title: Re: List of trusted online garb shops
Post by: Pascal on October 11, 2017, 05:48:46 PM
Fabulous and flowy gowns!

http://www.chameleon-dreams.com (http://www.chameleon-dreams.com)