• Design your own: Susa Tea Dress


    In sizes UK 4-6 to UK 26-28
    Cute gathered skirt
    Easily dress up or down

    In stock

    More Information

    This preppy tea-dress style is perfect from afternoon tea to cocktails.

    Choose from: sleeveless / short sleeves / 3/4 sleeves (£15 surcharge)

    How to choose your fabric + place your order:

    1. Choose your fabric by heading to our instagram fabric gallery 

    Each fabric has a reference number & details of which of our designs + sizes it is suitable for. Comment on the instagram post or email us via info@theemperorsoldclothes.co.uk to reserve it – we generally only have enough of each fabric for 1-2 garments so this step is really important!

    2. Place your order here – double-check you have the correct garment style.

    Your fabric reservation lasts for 72 hours so please place your order during this time otherwise the fabric will become available to other customers.

    Important: make sure to write your size, sleeve preference + fabric reference number in the order notes when you are entering your payment details.

    3. Sit back, make a cup of tea + get excited about your one of a kind garment!

    Garment details:

    This dress fastens with a zip fastening for your comfort.

    Our Susa dress is a nod to day dresses from the 1950s; the gathered skirt of this style accentuates the waist.

    Skirt length of dress:

    UK 4-6 / EUR 32 / US 2 = length from waist 22″

    UK 6-8 / EUR 34 / US 4 = length from waist 22″

    UK 10-12 / EUR 36 / US 6 = length from waist 25″

    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 8 = length from waist 27″

    UK 14-16 / EUR 40 / US 10 = length from waist 27″

    UK 18-20 / EUR 46 / US 14 = length from waist 36″

    UK 22-24 / EUR 50 / US 18 = length from waist 36″

    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 22 = length from waist 36″

    Want a specific skirt length? Just let us know in the order notes

    Feel good fashion! This Susa tea dress will be created by our all female team in our Brighton studio for a living wage. Every piece we make is totally unique and will not be reproduced.

    Want to see how this design looks made up in different fabrics & sizes? Check out the whole range currently available in our shop.

    All our clothing and accessories are hand-tailored from scratch in our Brighton studio. Every item we create is completely unique and created using mainly vintage and end-of-roll fabrics so no two items are the same.


    Not sure what size you are with us? Check out our size guide below or take your body measurements using our guide

    Ways to wear:

    For all year round wear style the dress with a high-neck top underneath and ankle boots to keep you warm in the colder months.

    It would make for a perfect summer dress or vintage-inspired bridesmaid dress. Dress up with pretty clutch bag & heels or go for a relaxed feel with summer basket, sunglasses & sandals.

    When the temperature drops just add tights, ankle boots & a cosy knit for all year round joy.

    Care instructions:

    These will be included in the post with your Susa tea dress – if you’d like to know this before placing your order simply get in touch.


    Shipping & Returns:

    – Free shipping
    – Shipped within 1-3 weeks (Need this garment urgently? Get in touch + we’ll see what we can do)
    – Sent via 1st Class Signed For domestic mail / Standard Airmail
    – Design your own orders are non-returnable + non-refundable

    For more information read our Returns Policy before placing your order.

    If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    We hope you enjoy your one-of-a-kind item as much as we will enjoy creating it!

    Size Guide


    55 out of 5 stars (based on 5 reviews)
    Very good0%

    In Love

    7 November 2019

    I received my design-your-own pencil skirt about a week ago, and I am in love. It fits perfectly, the design is flawless and the ordering process was so simple. (The skirt is royal blue wool, warm and cozy and CUTE!) I found started following TEOC Instagram 6 months to a year ago, and waited so long contemplating what to get. Finally made a purchase and now I’m already ordering a pair of trousers. Cecily and the crew are amazing people. I have so much respect for their mission, and I’m excited to help support.


    Absolutely Gorgeous!

    6 April 2019

    I stumbled upon TEOC Instagram account and happened to see the most gorgeous fabric, I was instantly in love and needed to have something made. The process could not have been simpler and my skirt got to me in no time (and fits PERFECTLY). I can’t wait to wear it once it gets nicer out!



    21 March 2019

    I just received my design your own two piece today and I am in LOVE. This is the third piece I’ve bought from Emperor’s and let me tell you this, the standard is unbelievable. I have never owned anything that fit me so well before. I am definitely an Emperor’s convert for life! If you’re still contemplating buying something, JUST DO IT. Not only will you be supporting an incredible company that clearly put so much thought and heart into their work and have an amazing ethos to be more sustainable and more inclusive, you also just DESERVE clothes that fit you this well and are of this quality. Do it, you won’t regret it.

    Michelle Mathews

    Lovely custom two piece

    21 March 2019

    I received my custom two piece (crop top and shorts) in the post yesterday. It’s absolutely lovely, I’m so pleased with it. The fit and quality is lovely. I’m excited for the weather to get warmer so I can wear it outside!


    ‘It’s a no brainer...’

    28 January 2019

    ‘It’s a no brainer’ refers to my friend’s reaction when I was deciding whether or not to buy one of Cecily’s coats – he was right and I walked out of the shop in it…. I was back there 3 days later to collect my design your own culottes (my second pair so I now have summer and winter covered) and a skirt that Cecily made from some beautiful Harris Tweed that I picked up on holiday. Both items are fantastic. The skirt needed a slight tweak when I went for my fitting and is now perfect. Cecily and her team are really helpful and talented. I’d really recommend The Emperor’s Old Clothes and if you have a chance go to the shop in person as you’ll fall in love with items you never knew you needed in your life!


    There are no products

    We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you accept our Cookie Policy and Privacy Policy, which we encourage you to review.

    Dismiss Privacy Settings