BlueLadyCouture

The Classic Collection, historic and fantasy fashion.

Lincoln, England On Etsy since 2008

BlueLadyCouture

The Classic Collection, historic and fantasy fashion.

Lincoln, England | 729 Sales

Joanna Read

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Joanna Read

Announcement    ***IMPORTANT NEWS: I am still OPEN AND TAKING ORDERS! My order schedule is currently 10 weeks plus shipping times. Orders now being taken for June onwards as of 3/3/20. If you already have an order booked in, I am working my way through my schedule as planned, however I am only going out to the post office once a week until the UK government advises otherwise.

Welcome to the award winning Blue Lady Couture, where you can find your perfect, period-inspired outfit for that special ball, costumed event or historical festival. Whether you are looking for gothic, Steampunk, Victorian, Edwardian or Regency, Blue Lady Couture specialises in creating custom outfits for people who have a passion for the eras of elegance. All the outfits are handmade to a high standard by Joanna at her studio in Lincolnshire, England. These are not ‘fancy dress costumes’, but quality, period style garments that will require petticoats and padding to achieve the correct look. Many of the garments are made to order, allowing you to choose colour and style to suit. Occasionally there are ready to wear items in stock all made using the finest sourced fabrics, trims and vintage buttons.

I offer a beautiful range of corsets, skirts, jackets, trousers and elegant accessories for ladies and gents. Some are ready to ship while others are made to order, so please check each listing carefully for details. My items range from lovely traditional bridal styles to fantasy gothic and steampunk creations, whether you are getting married, off to a costumed ball, or just want to accessorise a more modern outfit.
If you can't find quite what you're looking for please convo me and I shall be more than happy to try and help. I can source a range of fabrics and there are so many different colours to choose from it would be impossible for me to list an item in every colour and finish!

I recommend you use a site like www.xe.com for an accurate currency conversion.

Thank you for looking at my shop! I hope you find what you're looking for, if not please ask - my motto is 'dare to dream!'

Shop owner Joanna has won TWO awards - Steampunk Chronicle Best Individual Designer AND Best Non-US Designer 2015. In 2014 she was also voted Best Individual Designer!

Many of the items listed are unique one-offs where I've used a gorgeous fabric find often teamed with vintage buttons- so once they're gone, they're gone. I also have loads of stunning fabrics tucked away in my store just waiting to be made! Other items made with plain coloured fabrics can usually be replicated in your size and chosen colour.

Announcement

Last updated on 30 Mar, 2020

***IMPORTANT NEWS: I am still OPEN AND TAKING ORDERS! My order schedule is currently 10 weeks plus shipping times. Orders now being taken for June onwards as of 3/3/20. If you already have an order booked in, I am working my way through my schedule as planned, however I am only going out to the post office once a week until the UK government advises otherwise.

Welcome to the award winning Blue Lady Couture, where you can find your perfect, period-inspired outfit for that special ball, costumed event or historical festival. Whether you are looking for gothic, Steampunk, Victorian, Edwardian or Regency, Blue Lady Couture specialises in creating custom outfits for people who have a passion for the eras of elegance. All the outfits are handmade to a high standard by Joanna at her studio in Lincolnshire, England. These are not ‘fancy dress costumes’, but quality, period style garments that will require petticoats and padding to achieve the correct look. Many of the garments are made to order, allowing you to choose colour and style to suit. Occasionally there are ready to wear items in stock all made using the finest sourced fabrics, trims and vintage buttons.

I offer a beautiful range of corsets, skirts, jackets, trousers and elegant accessories for ladies and gents. Some are ready to ship while others are made to order, so please check each listing carefully for details. My items range from lovely traditional bridal styles to fantasy gothic and steampunk creations, whether you are getting married, off to a costumed ball, or just want to accessorise a more modern outfit.
If you can't find quite what you're looking for please convo me and I shall be more than happy to try and help. I can source a range of fabrics and there are so many different colours to choose from it would be impossible for me to list an item in every colour and finish!

I recommend you use a site like www.xe.com for an accurate currency conversion.

Thank you for looking at my shop! I hope you find what you're looking for, if not please ask - my motto is 'dare to dream!'

Shop owner Joanna has won TWO awards - Steampunk Chronicle Best Individual Designer AND Best Non-US Designer 2015. In 2014 she was also voted Best Individual Designer!

Many of the items listed are unique one-offs where I've used a gorgeous fabric find often teamed with vintage buttons- so once they're gone, they're gone. I also have loads of stunning fabrics tucked away in my store just waiting to be made! Other items made with plain coloured fabrics can usually be replicated in your size and chosen colour.

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(242)

About BlueLadyCouture

Sales 729
On Etsy since 2008

Award winning steampunk designer of historical, vintage and alternative fashions.

I have been designing dresses and gowns for as long as I can remember and have been making them since graduating in 2006. I made my own wedding gown and felt confident to start making for others. I love history and fantasy so my designs are a whimsical mix of eclectic pieces that reflect my personality. I have a house full of vintage furniture and quirky decor pieces and I’m fortunate enough to have a spacious work room and customer fitting room. In 2014 I became fully self employed with the help of Etsy enabling me to reach a worldwide audience. Steampunk allowed me to embrace my creativity and bring my designs to customers all over the world, both steampunks and ordinary people who like the timeless vintage feel of my work. For two years running I was voted Best Individual Designer by an online steampunk magazine and I have featured show piece collections on the catwalk at Europe’s largest steampunk festival. I am passionate about British design and creative small businesses, often collaborating with accessory designers and photographers. I am currently working on a long term range of showpiece photoshoots inspired by my love of fairytales.

Shop members

  • Joanna Read

    Owner, Designer

Shop policies

Last updated on 06 March, 2020
Blue Lady Couture is part of Joanna's Bridal. I specialise in creating custom bridal, special occasion wear, historically inspired clothing and accessories. Everything is carefully handmade to the highest standards by me at my home studio near Lincoln, UK. I particularly like to specialise in historically inspired and fantasy styles. If you don't see exactly what you are after, please don't hesitate to convo me as I would love to discuss your ideas if you have something different in mind.

For other examples of my work please visit:
www.facebook.com/blueladycouture

Each listed item states whether it is ready to ship or made to order. If it is made to order please allow a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks from when I receive payment, but this may be subject to change. Please check your order for details of my schedule at time of ordering. You will also need to send me your measurements which I will specify in a message once I receive your order. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

I am happy to ship outside the UK and have very many happy international customers.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Send items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
We very much hope your item will be perfect for you, but sometimes problems do arise and we make every effort to resolve them as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Blue Lady Couture takes no responsibility if the colours you have ordered vary from those shown on the screen as it is impossible for us to accurately portray these due to photographic quality and differences in monitor settings. Please do not order if you are unsure.


We take no responsibility if your order does not arrive in time for your special event, providing it was despatched within the time frame explained. We have no control over the delivery time and only offer it as a guide in the order confirmation email based on Royal Mail and International Signed For. Please see our delivery policy for more details.

CLOTHING
For corsets and garments that are MADE TO ORDER, we cannot accept returns that are the wrong size or if you change your mind. The items will be made to the measurements supplied by you and it is unlikely we would be able to resell the item. Please double check your measurements and ask us if you are unsure about anything. Once your order is placed we will assist you as best we can to take correct measurements or recommend you ask a local seamstress to do them for you. Do be prepared to have some alterations done locally. Dress making is a fine art and a perfect fit cannot always be guaranteed due to all body shapes being unique. We do not cover the costs of any alteration work.

For READY TO SHIP accessories, corsets and garments, please double check on the sizing. We will accept returns, however you must contact us within seven days of receipt to inform us of your intentions. We do not refund shipment costs and the refund will be processed once we receive the item back in pristine condition.

If your item is FAULTY on arrival, please contact us within 7 days of receipt and we will endeavour to assist you to the best of our ability. We want you to be happy with your purchase, but please bear in mind 'faulty' does not mean fitting issues, but damaged. Please ensure damaged packaging is noted on receipt and photograph if necessary. Take care when opening your package. We do not recommend using knives or scissors.
Payment
I accept payment through Paypal and Etsy direct checkout.
Delivery
Please allow a minimum 10 weeks for UK delivery on all custom made items.
International delivery may be a minimum of an additional ten days. Your item may get delayed in customs. We take no responsibility for this or any charges incurred.

Ready to wear items will be shipped once full payment has cleared.

UK orders will be sent via Royal Mail first class recorded, international orders via Royal Mail's 'International Tracked'. You will be required to sign for your package. This gives us both peace of mind that your order is on it's way and is delivered safely.

Some accessory items, such as parasols and stockings are sent Royal Mail second class to keep costs down. Although you won't need to sign, I do obtain proof of posting.


Blue Lady Couture takes no responsibility if your order does not arrive in time for your special event, providing it was despatched within the time frame explained. We have no control over the delivery time and only offer it as a guide in the order confirmation email based on Royal Mail and International Tracked. We always recommend you order well in advance and contact us if you are on a tight deadline to ensure there is space in our schedule since certain times of the year can be very busy.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please note that for each item which is made to order, work on your order will not commence until payment has cleared and measurements received. Blue Lady Couture will make every effort to complete your order within the timescale above and will inform you if we feel we may not be able to do this (for example if a supplier is out of stock of fabric).

We recommend that you do not place an order less than 4 weeks before your event and suggest you allow at least 8 weeks in case any unforeseen problems arise. Please let us know if you have a short deadline as we can sometimes get very busy and may not be able to accommodate your request.

If you have any questions, please contact us and we will make every effort to answer them to your satisfaction.


If you are outside the UK, your item may be liable to customs charges and delays. Blue Lady Couture takes no responsability for the payment of such charges.

UK buyers are welcome to contact me for a private appointment at my Lincolnshire studio and is recommended for corsetry, bridal, full outfits and high value pieces.