RebeccaSchoneveld

Rebecca Schoneveld, Gowns Handcrafted in Brooklyn, NY

New York, United States · 178 Sales

RebeccaSchoneveld

Rebecca Schoneveld, Gowns Handcrafted in Brooklyn, NY

New York, United States 178 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(51)

Announcement   Welcome to our Etsy Shop! You can also view our gowns in person at our flagship boutique Schone Bride which is located in Brooklyn, NY. Appointments and inquiries can be made by emailing hello [!at] schonebride.com

**Please note** Our gowns are all made to order and approximately 16 weeks to complete. Rush options are often available- please inquire if you think you might need a rush!

Rebecca Schoneveld gowns are truly a work of art, individually created for each bride with many custom options available. With a strong focus on quality textiles and precise proportions and fit, our gowns are designed to enhance a woman's natural beauty and elegantly emphasize her sophistication. Each gown is designed to have several customizable options such as interchanging skirts and bodices, changing length, adding or removing sleeves, and customizing color. We truly take great joy in working with each bride to create her dream gown, perfectly suited to her figure and occasion.

Beyond caring for the details of the design, it is very important to us that each bride's experience be totally one of joy and ease. This process should be fun! And having a gown created for you should feel almost like your best friend is making it for you- each stitch is genuinely stitched with love. We know that getting married is a big (often stressful!) moment in life and your gown should reflect that meaning of the moment beautifully- both physically and spiritually.

Our business brings together the talents of many artisans. The clothes sold here are hand made in Rebecca's studio in Brooklyn, NY.

Follow Rebecca Schoneveld on Instagram @rebeccaschoneveld_bridal
website www.rebeccaschoneveld.com

~Cheers!~

Announcement
Last updated on Nov 5, 2015

Welcome to our Etsy Shop! You can also view our gowns in person at our flagship boutique Schone Bride which is located in Brooklyn, NY. Appointments and inquiries can be made by emailing hello [!at] schonebride.com

**Please note** Our gowns are all made to order and approximately 16 weeks to complete. Rush options are often available- please inquire if you think you might need a rush!

Rebecca Schoneveld gowns are truly a work of art, individually created for each bride with many custom options available. With a strong focus on quality textiles and precise proportions and fit, our gowns are designed to enhance a woman's natural beauty and elegantly emphasize her sophistication. Each gown is designed to have several customizable options such as interchanging skirts and bodices, changing length, adding or removing sleeves, and customizing color. We truly take great joy in working with each bride to create her dream gown, perfectly suited to her figure and occasion.

Beyond caring for the details of the design, it is very important to us that each bride's experience be totally one of joy and ease. This process should be fun! And having a gown created for you should feel almost like your best friend is making it for you- each stitch is genuinely stitched with love. We know that getting married is a big (often stressful!) moment in life and your gown should reflect that meaning of the moment beautifully- both physically and spiritually.

Our business brings together the talents of many artisans. The clothes sold here are hand made in Rebecca's studio in Brooklyn, NY.

Follow Rebecca Schoneveld on Instagram @rebeccaschoneveld_bridal
website www.rebeccaschoneveld.com

~Cheers!~

Rebecca Schoneveld

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Rebecca Schoneveld

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(51)
Deirdre Benavides

Deirdre Benavides on May 29, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Dress is absolutely stunning, from the cut to the color. Comfortable fabric, silky with a teeny bit of stretch. My only qualm was that the dress was mailed in a yellow envelope instead of a flat box. Would have preferred the option to pay extra for a large box!

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About

Falling into a Dream

From designer + owner Rebecca Schoneveld Cheek:

I grew up in a big, creative, kinda-crazy-but-totally-loving family. Us kids were home schooled by our mom, who considered sewing and crafting to be important parts of our academic program. A natural-born fashionista, I begged my mom to teach me to sew long before she felt comfortable allowing me to operate machinery.

So it only made sense to study fashion design in college, which I did at NYC's Fashion Institute of Technology. I always loved evening and bridal gowns- that was what drew me to study fashion in the first place! But practicality and job availability lead me into 10+ years of working in the garment industry making more "normal" clothes... actually mostly contemporary dresses and separates, with a few stints of designing literally Walmart clothes (*yawn*).

A word about that time-

For being an industry that's all about making people "pretty", the fashion industry sure can leave a girl with some not-so-pretty stories. I've worked for companies big and small, well known and not. I've run my own business (a maternity line, which I managed to get into Nordstrom, Saks, and 100+ more) and worked on several startup projects. Every so often, I would think maybe I had just had enough! Enough screaming at factory owners, enough battling the overflowing marketplace, enough feeling like I was just adding fuel to a very off-balance, wasteful fire.

In 2010, after yet another new startup project fell apart, I decided that was it! I started seriously researching schools and applying to study (of all things?) Chinese Medicine. THEN, the unpredictable happened:

First, my apartment building suffered a horrible fire, leaving me and my husband and 2 kitties homeless.

Then, two weeks later we found out *surprise!* that we were pregnant!

It was time to go back to square one. After the morning sickness lifted and we were able to move back home, I took a long hard look at what I had to work with. Boxes of silks, left over from one of my lines, a very small amount of cash, a patient husband and a bit of work space carved out of our apartment. A lot of knowledge about and, yes, still passion for dresses. So I gathered up some strength, bought a print from an Etsy seller that says "DO WHAT YOU LOVE" which I promptly pinned to my wall and took to heart. I created a few new pieces and gathered some old favorites, photographed them simply and, finally, posted them on Etsy.
My husband joked, 3 hours after I had posted my first items, "so how long 'til your first order comes?" Then, right on cue, I got a notification that one of my dresses had just sold! I couldn't believe it, I was elated.

Over the next few months, as my belly grew bigger, so did my understanding of what women liked about my work and what they wanted to see more of. I kept getting requests for my party dresses to be made "long and ivory" so I gladly followed the hints and started designing more and more wedding gowns. Quite often, a custom-designed gown would turn out so beautifully that I would add it to the options in the shop, and so we've grown! Organically, patiently, lovingly.

About a year ago, I had a request for a super-super rushed wedding dress from a bride who had a disaster occur with her original gown. She ordered from me on Monday and was getting married that Saturday! I called in my uber-talented mom to help me get the job done. That experience turned out so well that from then on she has worked with me to create a large portion of our orders.

Now, just almost 2 years into it (including a little time off after my son was born), we've dressed well over 150 brides and lots of party-goers. I've recently put together the first taste of a new collection that allows brides to design their own dress from existing elements. This is something I've dreamed of for a long time and you should expect to see more of from me! I also have plans to expand the party dress aspect of the line, and to work with my mom to create a line of dresses (and her own shop) that cater to women her age.

Through this shop, a great sense of joy has been seeded and keeps on growing. I feel SO lucky to get to work with my mom and sister, with gorgeous fabrics and trims, and perhaps most of all, with all sorts of really amazing women - my clients! - who I would never have gotten to meet otherwise! I really can't say how special it feels to be a part of someone's wedding in such a significant way.

On top of everything, knowing that I am employing local artisans, living an independent lifestyle, practicing patience and love every step of the way, and creating pieces that I am honestly proud of, I can really say when you "DO WHAT YOU LOVE" and put real love into what you do, you actually have a chance to spread love and joy to those around you. And that, quite honestly, is the best kind of success I could ever ask for!

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Shop members
  • Rebecca

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    Designer, entrepreneur, mom, wife, sister, daughter- these are just a few of my roles in life! I'm a dreamer, a fighter (when necessary!), and a lover of beauty. Things that make me giddy: gorgeous fabrics, good people, world travel, spiritual growth

  • Colleen

    Tailor

    Besides being Mama to Rebecca, Anneke, and their 3 brothers, Colleen is also a creative maven, a supportive wife, a lover of music, nature, and God. She lends her skills beautifully to Rebecca, carefully and lovingly hand sewing gowns.

  • Anneke

    Photographer

    With an aim to create timeless, ethereal imagery, Anneke brings her talents to Schone through photography. Anneke is also a bit obsessed with food and film. Check out her passion project at balsamicreductions.com

  • Angelea

    Customer Service, Marketer, Assistant

    Angelea is a native of Pittsburgh, PA, and holds a bachelor's degree in Fashion Design.

  • Maria

    Production Manager, Patternmaker

  • Eladia

    Seamstress

  • Maximina

    Seamstress

  • Mercedes

    Seamstress

  • Serigne

    Tailor

  • Natalia

    Seamstress

  • Chiara

    Assistant

  • Hernan

    Cutter

Shop policies

Last updated on March 18, 2015
Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to read through my Policies and Procedures.

All of the custom items sold through my store are cut to order and are hand sewn in Brooklyn, NY. The piece you receive was made especially for you, to your specifications.

If you do live in the NY area, I am more than happy to meet with you in my Brooklyn studio to try on samples, review styles, fabric options, colors, and measurements in person.

ORDERING FROM THE LINE-

All of my gowns can be made in your choice of Color and fabric. Dresses are made in standard sizes and alterations for a custom fit are always to be expected. Customizations to existing styles are always possible (for example, adding a sleeve, changing hem lengths, switching a skirt from one style onto the bodice of another, etc). In some cases, additional fees for patternmaking, fabric, and labor may apply ($100 and up).

Please review our size chart carefully to select your size, and always choose the size that fits your largest measurement as it is much easier to take in than to let out. If possible, also send me your actual measurements so I can double check that the size selected works best for you. If you need help with measurements or selecting your size, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Cut-to-order pieces made from existing styles take approximately 16 weeks from payment date to ship date, although they can be rushed if necessary. You should also allow 6-8 weeks for local alterations, should they be necessary. Please convo me before placing your order if you need a rush and I will let you know in advance if I can meet your deadline. A rush fee of $150-350 may apply, depending on the style.

CUSTOM DESIGNS-
Fully custom designed gowns are often possible! When creating a custom gown, I will work with you to design the dress of your dreams, based on inspirations photos (NOT copied from other designers! Sorry that’s just a no no), vintage styles, and your individual desires.

Custom design service includes a Muslin of your dress (see above) and at least 3 sketches- of course I’ll do as many sketches as necessary (within reason) until we find the perfect design.

Custom designed pieces take approximately 20 weeks from payment to ship date.
Prices for custom designed gowns start around $2600.

ALTERATIONS-
For local brides, we do offer an in-house alterations service. These alteration costs are charged separately from the base price of the gown and are calculated at a rate of $40/hour.

It is my advice that you should allow yourself an additional 8 weeks for alterations and check with your local tailor as to what her fees are for hems, etc, in advance so you know what to budget.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
For cut to order pieces, once all details are agreed upon and finalized, a custom listing will be created for you. A 50% deposit must received before I can start creating your item. The balance 50% will be due when the gown is ready to ship or, for local clients, at the first fitting.

For ready-to-ship pieces/sample sale items, payment in full must be received before item will be shipped (naturally...). If payment is not sent within 48 hours, the item will be relisted.

Thanks for understanding!
Shipping
All items shipping within the Continental US will be shipped via USPS (tracked and insured), unless otherwise specified or requested. You will be notified by email when the shipment goes out.

Items shipping internationally will ship with USPS and additional insurance is included in the shipping amount. You will also receive a tracking number and confirmation when your item(s) have shipped. PLEASE NOTE that additional CUSTOM/DUTY FEES may be applied to your shipment and that you as the buyer will be responsible for these fees.

Please allow up to 5 days for shipping within the USA, up to 10 business days for international shipments. If you require expedited shipment I can accommodate you, but higher shipping rates will apply (I can ship with UPS and FedEx).
Refunds and Exchanges
Unfortunately, I cannot accept returns on cut to order or custom garments as these are made specifically to your order. Each piece is carefully inspected before it ships out, but if by some chance your garment is damaged due to sewing you can return it to be fixed and I will cover shipping expenses. If it is damaged during transit please contact me ASAP to make arrangements.

Please understand that although precise and standardized procedures are followed in order to size each garment, there is still the chance that additional alterations may be needed to be done locally. This is not an acceptable reason for returning a custom item.

For ready-made items, we can accept returns within 14 days so long as it is in resell-able condition. Please email in advance so we are aware the return is on its way.

PLEASE convo me if you have any questions or concerns. It is my genuine desire to make every client truly happy!

Thanks so much!
Additional policies and FAQs
SIZE CHART (in Inches):
Size Bust, Waist, Hip
0 (XS) 32-33, 25, 36
2 (XS) 33-34, 26, 37
4 (S) 34-35, 27, 38
6 (S) 35-36, 28, 39
8 (M) 36-38, 29, 40
10(M) 37-39, 30, 41
12(L) 38.5-40.5, 31.5, 42.5
14 (L) 40-42, 33, 44
16 (XL) 42-44, 35, 46
18 (XL) 44-46, 37, 48
20 (XXL) 48, 39, 50

*An additional 3" can be added to the hem length if you are over 5'10" in heels

To select your size:
1) Measure at the widest point of BUST, narrowest point of WAIST (where your torso bends from side to side), and widest point of HIPS (9” below waist). It is generally best to have someone else take your measurements for best accuracy.
Breathe normally and make sure that the measuring tape is horizontal!
2) Indicate your height AND your measurement from natural waist to floor (in shoes you plan to wear)
3) Please note any special requirements. For example, many of our dresses are great for wearing during pregnancy! If you need your dress to fit for maternity, please indicate how many months along you will be when you plan to wear your dress, and also include your under bust (empire waist) measurement.


DETAILED "HOW TO MEASURE" GUIDE FOR CUSTOM PIECES
Some styles and orders will require more in depth measurements (I will let you know if I need them). In those cases, please follow the below guidelines to acquire your measurements:
***PLEASE NOTE*** T IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU HAVE SOMEONE ELSE MEASURE YOU FOR BEST ACCURACY. It is important that you get measured while wearing the same foundation garments (Spanx anyone?) that you plan to wear with your dress! Control top pantyhose, padded bras, etc, will all affect the fit of the garment :)
A) WAIST- Place your hands on your natural waist- this is the point where if your torso bends when you bend side to side. Note this measurement.
B) BUST- Measure at widest point of bust, and be sure your measuring tape is parallel to the ground (don't let it dip to the back!). Drop your arms to your sides and breathe normally.
C) UNDER BUST- Essentially your rib cage measurement, right below your bust
D) HIPS- Measure at the widest point, generally about 9" below your WAIST.
E) TORSO LENGTH- Measure from the dip between your collar bone to your WAIST
F) WAIST TO KNEE- Natural waist to the top of your knee cap
G) WAIST TO FLOOR- **WITH THE SHOE HEIGHT YOU PLAN TO WEAR!** (Naturally this is only important with floor length dresses)
H) UPPER ARM- Circumference of your arm, 1" below your armpit