PLUS SIZE Women's Fitted Mid-Calf Length Renaissance Blackwork Smock, Elizabethan, Tudor, Costume, Shirt, BLACKWORK (Made to Order)
***Please check my availability before making a purchase. I do not accept deposits for this item. You must pay in full at the time of your purchase.
DESCRIPTION: ITEM PICTURED IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR READY SALE. Must be made to order for each client.
This stunning women's smock was created by DESIGNS FROM TIME and styled after a portrait of a Tudor girl published by The Tudor Tailor. I have fashioned it from a quality 100% Italian Handkerchief linen and stitched with authentic 16th Century blackwork patterns of your choice. It takes a minimum of 100 hours to embroider both the sleeves and yoke! If I charged by the hour, that would put this smock at a price of $2,000 just for the embroidery! Sleeves are fitted with finger ruffles on the collar and cuffs. Length is 38 inches from shoulder to hem.
LINEN - FAR SUPERIOR TO COTTON: I use only the highest quality linens because linen is FAR more superior to cotton. Linen doesn't tear like cotton. The fibers are stronger AND wicks sweat away from the body better than cotton. Nothing will keep you cooler and nothing will be more durable than linen. When your cotton shirt is reduced to rags, this linen shirt will still be gorgeous if you follow my washing and drying guidelines.
4 yards 100% Italian Handkerchief Linen $84.93
12 Hand braided ties ($6.00)
Black Embroidery Thread 2 spools ($18.00)
5 to 6 yards of water soluble (dissolvable) interfacing cuffs and collar ($18
Blackwork Embroidery approx 60 hours LABOR FEES: Full Sleeves and Yoke = $199.99 (Standard fee in the industry is $1,536)
Construction Labor: $99.00
The following measurements are needed in INCHES - not metrics:
Shoulder width: (taken from the back)
Half Shoulder width (taken from base of neck to the edge of shoulder:
Upper arm Circumference:
Available in the following sizes only:
USA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . France
16 (X-Large/1X) . . . . . . . . . 18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
18 (0X). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48/50
*20 (2X) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50/52
*Largest upper arm measurement without adding ease is 18.5", Bust 49", Hips 53"
***HAND WASH ONLY - AIR DRY FLAT! NEVER MACHINE WASH OR MACHINE DRY!. NEVER USE BLEACH!
Hand wash instructions: Soak in sink with warm (NOT HOT) water and Woolite detergent. Rub VERY gently on areas that are extra soiled such as the underneath side of the collar and cuffs. Cold water Rinse. Gently squeeze excess water - DO NOT WRING. Line dry on a hanger. If you dry it flat, make sure ties do NOT lay against fabric to prevent color transfer from thread. Use starch on cuffs and collar ruff. Press with Steam Iron.
ORDERS ARE FILLED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. Please be advised that there may be orders ahead of you. Please contact me to check with my availability; especially if you are hoping for your shirt to arrive by a specific date.
** Hand-made items will have slight imperfections.
*** No Returns or Exchanges on clothing items, hats, or headdresses.
If order is canceled by client after supplies have been purchased, all costs for supplies will be deducted before refund is issued.
I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
ALL of our GOWNS are one-of-a-kind couture, and custom drafted to fit your personal measurements! Most vendors on Etsy offer multiples, i.e., cranking out the same gown over, and over; however, we do not repeat the same gown. Rather, we will take a style you like and customize it for your personal tastes using our superior craftsmanship and knowledge for historical clothing and construction. All of the samples you see listed in our store can be personalized. Additionally, all of our accessories (hats, smocks, corsets/stays) are customized to fit your measures as well. While you may find CHEAPER versions of gowns offered by other vendors, one glance at OUR work will reflect the disparity between a so-called bargain and true quality.
With a 20% non-refundable deposit, you can reserve a slot on our calendar. The remaining balance can be parceled out into six (6) automated monthly payments via PayPal on any item valued at $800 or more. We've lowered our deposit from 40% to 20% to make it more affordable for our clients. Details are included in a contract for your protection.
We are blessed to stay busy! Our calendar is filled at least 8 to 10 months - or more - in advance. It's best to give us NO LESS than 6 months advance notice, but optimally longer! - especially for bridal gowns and highly detailed ensembles. Depending on the intricacy of your gown commission it can take up to 12 to 14 weeks just for construction. Because most of our pieces are highly detailed with custom embroidered fabrics and beading, we need every second! We squeeze accessories and corsets into our gown commission schedule and usually need no less than 3 months advance for those smaller items. It is best to inquire before ordering. We will make every effort possible to assist in your deadline.
We will ship outside the USA - However, because our clothing is customized there will be added shipping expenses. We work off a "body cast" created from Painters Tape and Cellophane wrap which must be created in your era appropriate corset (for women). This cast is shipped to us at the customer's expense. Any customs fees or taxes are the responsibility of the client, as well as any insurance.
All of our gowns priced in the listing reflect a specific "style detail" and "level of embellishment." We don't crank out the same gowns over and over and scrimp on quality craftsmanship. Unless specified in the listing details, all the gowns are priced for LABOR ONLY. Fashion fabrics for gowns are provided by the client. We charge by the pattern piece (every piece we physically sew together) rather than hourly, so the MORE details in the gown, the higher the price. If you're on a tight budget, you can order a basic gown without all the extras for about $800 for labor. Rather than compromise on quality of craftsmanship, choose a simplified gown from US rather than go bargain shopping and be disappointed in the quality.
YES! YES! YES! We are well versed in the construction and fitting for other eras, namely 18th Century! Our niche has been 16th Century, but we ABSOLUTELY can create men's and women's ensembles for other eras, to include 1940s Vintage. In fact, we appreciate the divergence as we stay so booked in the 16th Century we don't' have the opportunity to "play" with samples.
We have carved out a niche for highly detailed, custom fit/drafted bridal gowns (historical themed). Because this gown is the highlight of your wedding and there are too many HORROR STORIES we hear from our clients who have used other, less reputable (but cheaper) vendors here on Etsy, we offer live, personal fittings anywhere in the United States or Canada. If you wish to avail yourself of this service, we will attach the cost of our flight and hotel to come to YOU! No more guess work. No more disappointments or risk of ordering your gown on line. We will shop for the best flight prices - flying coach - to help keep your costs at a minimum.
It sickens us, every time we hear the horror stories from clients who initially think they cannot afford one our gowns so they go to another vendor, for what sounds like a bargain, but the gown falls apart because the quality of craftsmanship is so poor. They inevitably come back to us but have now wasted $400 on a so-called "bargain." At DFT, we have built a reputation on SUPERIOR craftsmanship and Customer Service. There is no reason to go bargain hunting elsewhere! Don't let the prices in our store scare you. We can offer a basic gown for around $800. So, pay a little more initially and let US offer you a basic gown made with superior craftsmanship that will last many years. A bargain isn't' a bargain if the craftsmanship is poor!
The majority of our listing prices are for Labor Fees ONLY and requires the client to purchase their fashion fabrics and ship it to us at their expense. We DO all the legwork for you during the consult process - sourcing quality fabrics and trims. Unless the listing specifically states "Retail" or "Fabrics Included" the client should be prepared to add the cost of fabrics to their budget.
Embroidery Labor is separate from Construction Labor. We charge the industry standard for embroidery, which is $1.00 per 1000 stitches. Embroidery patterns vary in their intricacy, color changes, and stitch counts. Patterns that are dense, or have multiple colors, will have higher stitch counts.
Construction Labor is our fee to actually construct your garment. Many times the embroidery labor far exceeds the actual construction time.