Virginia, United States · 859 Sales



Virginia, United States 859 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   Welcome to Heritage Fashions
Victorian Dresses and Truly Victorian Sewing Patterns
Civil War Bonnets and period ladies hats
Petticoats. Handmade Reticules.
Costume vintage Jewelry

Last updated on Nov 9, 2015

Welcome to Heritage Fashions
Victorian Dresses and Truly Victorian Sewing Patterns
Civil War Bonnets and period ladies hats
Petticoats. Handmade Reticules.
Costume vintage Jewelry

Claudette Donat

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Claudette Donat

Ladies Civil War Bonnet Pattern (1864-1867)
Truly Victorian 1859 Pagoda Bodice Pattern
Truly Victorian 1800s French Hat Pattern
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A passion for past era Fashions!

Heritage FashionsVA offers historical patterns for home sewers as well as authentic historical ladies fashions. These period costumes are designed for avid collectors to wear to reenactment and theatre wear.
As a designer, seamstress of Victorian, Civil War and Edwardian clothing for 30+ years this business evolved from my passion to wear and do historical reenactment events. So design begins with the study of historical fashions and ends with a lot of time and good sewing skills. I created beautiful Victorian fashions for my costume closet and channeled that passion into a fulfilling career to create these ensembles for others.
It has been my pleasure to create beautiful clothing for discriminating clients worldwide. The fashions of yesterday are created in lavish fabrics for ladies who dream of living in the past.

My favorite period is the 1880 era Bustle dress fashions as well as the Edwardian/Titanic fashions. While I no longer do custom made ensembles for customers, the fashions available in the store will be for sizes most in demand. The ensembles are not costume quality, but made in the best quality fabrics with machine embroidery and opulent trims typical of the era.

The dresses are made for collectors and theatre and are not costume flimsy replicas. Many hours are invested to represent fashionable attire for the wealthy class. The price index for these outfits offer a reasonable return for the hours of work and cost of the fine fabrics which are often imported. These outfits will be worn for years and treasured in your collections.

The historical patterns offered will give the experienced home sewer a chance to create similar outfits. Thank you for your interest in our store.

Shop members
  • Claudette M. Donat

    Owner, Owner Of Heritage Fashions

    Heritage Fashions is a business built on 30+ years of study and admiration for period fashions. It was always a passion to recreate in exacting detail beautiful period ensembles for reinactment events. I found others share the desire to own and wear the fashion of 1800's and this is International. Women who recreate history love to own and wear luscious historical fashions from bonnets to reticules and accessories. Our fashions are sold through website sales only.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 20, 2013
Welcome to Heritage Fashions site. All items are hand made from authentic period patterns and designs to produce Victorian, Civil War and Edwardian fashions for the avid collector or theatre performer.

Heritage Fashions also makes unique Childrens' fashion dresses, beautiful Christening gowns and unique fashion bags for ladies.

Every effort is made to assure a pleasant transaction and that you are pleased with your chosen item.

Please take a moment to read through shop policies before buying or ordering. All questions will be promptly answered.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment due within 3 days of your Heritage Fashions order by Paypal only. Sorry, NO Certified checks or Money Orders. If payment has not been received or arrangements made, the order will be cancelled and the item relisted.

There is a 60 day Layaway available for ensembles over $500. 40% Down Payment with the balance due before shipping. I am willing to discuss terms.
All orders will be shipped within 2 days of payment cleared. Every attempt is made to assure your order is sent out when complete. You will be advised if there is any delay to ship. No layaway on patterns. Most patterns are kept in stock.
If you have a special occasion date to meet, please make arrangements with me so there is adequate time to create your dress for the occasion needed. No rush orders.

When Paypal is used for payment, the shipping address should match the Etsy address. Shipping costs will reflect both postage, plus packing costs. Your order is shipped by standard shipping US postal service first class mail, unless expedited shipping is requested and paid by buyer.

If you need the order sooner, select Priority mail, 2-3 days service.
The rates are set on the territorial US. International shipping is not done with all items. Outlying areas will be quoted separately. Insurance is required on all orders over $100.00, with delivery confirmationfor for a small extra shipping fee, based on the value paid for the item. No items over $50.00 will be shipped from my shop without confirmation. Seller is not responsible for uninsured items. Priority mail is used for fashion items unless the item is large or bulky.

International shipping agreed to some countries, but all orders international must be quoted separately. Please inquire prior to purchase so we can estimate the cost. Custom costs to be paid by the buyer. Sorry, No shipping to Italy because of restrictions. Any customs fees to be paid by buyer.
Refunds and Exchanges
Heritage Fashions are unique and custom made and there are No returns. We have worked with customers for many years to assure a quality item and a good buying experience. It is important that you take your measurements which are included in the item description. Heritage Fashions are made with precise dressmaking standards to be lined, overstitched and serged and boned where suitable. You will be proud to own and wear these fashions for many years.

There is NO return, exchange or refund on patterns. If seller has made an error in the listing, a refund will be made. Your satisfaction is desired.

Dry clean or laundry care tags will be included with the dresses, so you will have many years of wear of your fashions.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders are accepted. There is a 60% deposit for materials at the time of order. Special order ensembles have a 4 to 6 week processing time. All items are handmade and most fabrics are imported. We need to discuss the time needed to meet your requests. No rush orders accepted. Please be specific if you have special time line necessity.