Dress your fantasy - historical dresses and weddings

Bargfeld-Stegen, Schleswig-Holstein

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Last updated on Sep 11, 2022

Hello and thanks for visiting! I’m working on fulfilling my current orders right now, but will be back soon.

Andrea Fahrbach

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Andrea Fahrbach


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I believe in humans, not sizes

Gewandfantasien is about unique wedding dresses, historical dresses and fantasy costumes made just for you.

As a child and even as a teenage girl, I always nicked my mum's and dad's hankies and every other bit of fabric or shiny things. I used them to make pretty dresses for my dolls. I always loved the ones with big skirts and fitted bodices. :)

I always was a plus-size woman with an hourglass figure. The first time I felt really ugly was on my graduation day. I had a quite expensive dress that did not fit at all. It did not show my waist, it was too tight at the hips and just wasn't anything a young girl would feel pretty in. I didn't mind it was black, though. Helped to blend into the background. The horrible thing about it: this thing had been the only dress that kind of fit me. For a size XL.
But life went on without any big event and I did my best to never think of this evening again.

About two years later, I started going to renfaires, made my first steps in larping (Live Action Roleplay, a kind of improvised theater) and I started belly dancing. Naturally, I looked for nice dresses to wear for the faires and for dancing. There was NONE! I tried a lot of dresses and they all looked just horrible. It was like no dressmaker had ever thought about a plus-size woman with a waist. Or a plus-size woman wearing anything but a tent.
Luckily, my tight budget as a student saved me from making too many costly dress mistakes. I was on the brink of giving up on two of my most beloved pastimes because I just felt ugly all the time.

Finally, I remembered that my mum had a sewing machine. And I once had learned how to sew. So I bought some fabric and two patterns (one belly dancing and one medieval - kind of) and again nicked something from my mum. I felt so pretty in my dress. Like for the first time ever!

After some years of sewing just for myself and learning a lot about measurements and how to make the right dress for different figures, I started Gewandfantasien. Because I strongly believe that every woman and man deserves their perfect dream dress or costume. And that no human should have to fit into standard measurement systems.

As a costumer myself I strive to make beautiful and at the same time fully functional dresses and costumes. You are supposed to feel great wearing them and at the same time kind of forget you wear them at all. They are made to dressmaking standards, not just some cheap costume. And as I struggle with weight for all my life, I know all the little pitfalls of making a dress for a real body. So if you have any questions about your dream gown, just feel free to ask. I will advise you with all my knowledge from almost 20 years of dressmaking.

Making dresses for other people is really special, the more if it is a wedding dress. The best part about a dress made for you: you can decide how you want your dress to look like! This includes fabric, color, trim and even changes to the pattern like a different kind of sleeve or neckline. If you have a special dress in mind, we can work something out just for you, you are in no way limited to the dresses you see in my shop.

I know you can't try them on, you can't really see what the fabric and the color is like. I will try to describe everything as best I can and if there is enough time, I can send swatches. You will get a chart with pictures of where and how to take the right measurements, too. And yes, your custom made wedding dress would probably cost less than one bought in a wedding studio. Cause I don't charge 50% extra only because it is your wedding.

If you want to indulge in beautiful pictures of my costumes and get information about new and special offers, please join me on facebook:

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    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Sewing dresses is like making dreams come true: your wedding dream, your perfect historical or fantasy dress or being a princess just once. You get a real dress, not just a costume. And you will look great even without wearing size zero.

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Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

I offer many dresses and costumes which will be custom made for you. You pick the fabric and the color and I will make the costume to your true measurements.

Basic line costumes have a limited range of fabric and color to choose from and you can't alter the cut of the costume.

Ready made items can be adjusted to your length but the design and everything else is fixed.

I am happy to take custom orders based on your own design as well. Just send me a message asking for a custom order.

Sizing details

For ready made items the sizing is stated in the listing. Dresses and other costume items can be adjusted in length and some can be adjusted for a smaller size. If you want me to adjust the item, it turns into a custom made one which cannot be returned.

I have a couple of dresses with standard sizing options. You find a list with sizes. Just pick the one that will fit you best.

For any custom made item, sizing is done based on your true measurements. You get a list with measurements and sketches on how to take them. It is easier and more accurate if you have a second person to help you.

If you have any questions regarding your measurements, please ask right away.

Rush order and express shipping

For ready made items, there is always the option to choose express shipping at checkout.

For any costume I make for you, you can add express shipping. Please ask me before you order the costume and I will add the option. This will only reduce the time for shipping, not the time for making the item.

If you need something urgent, please look at the basic line. For this, I have the fabrics at hand and can make them on short notice. If you want to be sure to get your item in time, please ask before you order if I can make it.

Customs Duty and Tax

Your order is shipped to you from Hamburg, Germany. You may have to pay tax or custom duties for it. I do not know in advance if this applies to your order as I do not know all rules for custom duty for every country. Please check with your tax agency before ordering the item yourself if this poses a problem.

Buyers in the EU do not have to pay custom duty!

Payment Plan

For buyers in the US:
Please choose Klarna at checkout for a payment plan.

You can pay in installments for garments over 300 USD.

Please contact me before buying.
We will discuss payments and credit period and set them up according to what you can afford. I do not charge any extra for this, neither interest nor processing fee. We can lower or rise your payments according to your needs, just talk to me about it before a payment is due.
I will set up reserved listings for the installments.

You will get the garment once the whole price is paid.

For custom made items, I do keep 50% of the price if you cancel your order as I buy the fabric and start making your order before you have the whole sum paid.

Ordering your wedding dress

Please ask about 5 months ahead for a custom made dress from my portfolio. Getting all the details of fabric, color, trims etc. just right takes some time. Shipping can be a couple of days, too. If you want me to design a dress just for you, please ask 6 months ahead.
You don't want to stress over your dress in the last weeks before your wedding.

I can make dresses for bridesmaids, too. Either the same dress in different colors or certain color and/or fabric for different dresses. I can't give discounts, though. But I can coordinate shipping like shipping more than one dress in one parcel which will safe quite a bit.

Shipping to your country if not listed

In case your country is not listed for shipping, please drop me a line.
I can ship to most countries, I just have to look up the best way to ship to your place.

For EU-customers: If your country is not listed, I can't ship to you. I am very sorry about this but the laws in your country make it too expensive or complicated for me to offer shipping for you.

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