Women's Fitted Renaissance Blackwork Smock, Elizabethan, Tudor, Costume, Shirt, BLACKWORK (Made to Order)
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PICTURED: 100% Italian Handkerchief Linen
DESCRIPTION: ITEM PICTURED IS FOR SAMPLE PURPOSES ONLY - NOT AVAILABLE FOR READY SALE.
Stunning women's smock fashioned from 100% Italian Handkerchief linen and stitched in this authentic 16th Century blackwork pattern. It takes us an entire week to embroider the sleeves and yoke! If we charged by the hour, that would put this smock at a price of $2,000! Sleeves are fitted with finger ruffles on the collar and cuffs.
UPGRADE TO BELFAST LINEN: Belfast linen is the finest Irish linen available. It has a tighter weave with a beautiful luster to it, but it comes at a precious cost of $28.50 a yard. To upgrade from Italian linen to Belfast linen add an additional $66.
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 ($48.00)
Hand braided ties ($4.00)
Black Embroidery Thread 2 spools ($12.00)
Fusible Cotton Interfacing cuffs and collar ($3.00)
Machine Embroidered Edging on cuffs and Collar Ruffs - ($5.00)
Blackwork Embroidery LABOR FEES: Full Sleeves and Yoke = $198
Construction Labor: $60.00
Available in the following sizes: For larger sizes, please contact me about custom drafted pattern.
USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . France
16 (X-Large/1X) . . . . . . . . . . . 18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
18 (0X). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48/50
20 (2X) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50/52
PLEASE ALLOW 6 to 8 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY after you have contacted the shop regarding availability.
Choose your pattern on my embroidery page on Pinterest at the link below:
***Dry Cleaning Recommended.
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. 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.
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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.
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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 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. 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 are priced in the listing. The listing you see is for the labor involved to create the SAMPLE pictured. Unless specified in the listing details (please make sure you read them) all listings are priced for LABOR ONLY. Fashion fabrics are provided by the client. We offer a cost breakdown in most of our listings. It is worth noting that our gowns are of the highest quality, worth three times the amount shown, if we were to price them at an hourly wage. We make every effort to work within your budget, but many times we are earning less than $7.50 an HOUR! The average seamstress asks $20 per hour. We are passionate about costuming and want to share our talent with as many clients as possible, but our prices stand as is.
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, but even among those who are viewed as scions in the historical costume community have, unfortunately, been less than honest in their commissions: i.e., accepting a client's money and fabrics, only to ghost on them, or failure to meet your deadline. Unfortunately, this happens all too often. At Designs From Time, we have built our reputation on Customer Service, Excellent Communication, Quality Construction, and INTEGRITY. We invite you to seek references from our past clients! There is absolutely NO EXCUSE for these disreputable vendors. NONE. We WILL NOT take your commission (and money) unless we can GUARANTEE delivery by your needed deadline. We would rather lose a commission than risk your disappointment.
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.