Alfreton, United Kingdom

FarAboveRubiesUK is taking a short break


Note from shop owner I'll be back on January 4th, see you soon!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Mar 24, 2020

I'll be back on January 4th, see you soon!

Gemma MacDonald

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Gemma MacDonald


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About FarAboveRubiesUK

Sales 7
On Etsy since 2015

Recreating the beauty of the past

I started sewing as a small child, and after learning the basics from my mother and grandmothers I tried various types of sewing and enjoyed them all. I first fell in love with Victorian fashion while at University, when i was asked to costume a play which featured some rather extreme historically inspired outfits. I started googling for images and was blown away by the beauty, elegance and detail of these dresses, made by hand in a time supposedly far less sophisticated than ours.

Since that moment my love has only grown as I've scoured the internet for information, visited museums, taken courses and read books. Sewing is my passion and my relaxation, and although my time is limited as a working mum finding a little time for creativity each day is what keeps me sane.

Each dress I make is first made in plain cotton as I draw, drape and pin to create a pattern. Only when the shape is perfect will I cut into the chosen fabric and sew it together. Many historical dresses are extravagantly decorated, so the final step is to make and apply the finishing touches that takes a dress from good to amazing.

With every historical dress I make I try to become more accurate, and my aim is to use original patterns and designs, beautiful natural fabrics and the best possible workmanship to produce something that makes my heart happy when I look at it - hopefully it will make you happy too!

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  • Gemma MacDonald


    Hi there, my name is Gemma and I am the dressmaker behind Far Above Rubies. I fell in love with historical fashion 12 years ago and have been studying and recreating ever since.I am a stay at home mum to a gorgeous and very active one year old boy.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 17, 2016

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Returns and exchanges
For ready made items I will accept returns where the item unworn and in the same condition as it was received. Shipping and custom costs will be the responsibility of the customer, and a refund of the purchase price will be made only after the item has been returned.

Unfortunately I cannot accept returns on custom order items unless there is a fault with the item. If you are unhappy with your item please contact me in the first instance so that we can work out a solution.
Payment is to be made in full at time of purchase unless agreed in advance.
Ready made items will be shipped within 2 working days of receiving the order. For custom orders, please see the listing for standard delivery times, or convo me before placing the order if you need it faster.

Some of my items are heavy and bulky, and my shipping charges reflect this. If neccesary to protect delicate items such as hats, your order may be sent in multiple packages. I will let you know if this is the case.

I am happy to ship worldwide so if you are in a country not listed or are interested in purchasing multiple items please contact me for a shipping quote. Customs charges are the responsibility of the purchaser so please check your local policies before ordering. The value and contents of the parcel will be declared in full on the customs form.