Italian Renaissance, Elizabethan, Camica, Chemise, AUTHENTIC Blackwork Reproduction, Italian Linen - Made To Order
© 2015 -2023 Designs From Time. All rights reserved. The unauthorized copying, or reproduction of these patterns in any form, including digitized versions for the use of embroidery machines for personal or commercial use, is strictly prohibited.
DESCRIPTION: ITEM PICTURED IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR READY SALE. Must be custom made to order.
Italian ladies SHORT Camica (approximately 42 inches long) is created by DESIGNS FROM TIME with an authentic reproduction of 16th Century blackwork pattern as seen in the original on display at the Metropolitan Museum. Neckline is fashioned historically accurate - gathered into a small band rather than drawstring. Fashioned from a high-quality softened handkerchief weight Italian linen. Item pictured is embroidered out to just above the hem. However, this was a customized option requested by the client and required an upcharge. The original extant smock had a smaller embroidery pattern around the circumference of the hem, but this is not an option that is available. For longer lengths, there will be an upcharge for the extra linen. Embroidery ONLY available in lengths of 20".
COLORS: The original embroidery on the extant garment was fashioned in eggplant purple colored silk threads and gold tinsled thread.
LONGER LENGTHS: If you wish a Camica that is mid-calf length there is an additional fee of $30 for the extra linen - but it will NOT be embroidered to the length of the hem.
EMBROIDERED: Areas that will include blackwork are:
- Approximately 8 rows of alternating designs down the sleeves
- Approx 10 rows throughout front and back - 20" long. DOES NOT EXTEND ALL THE WAY TO THE HEM AS PICTURED AND IS NOT OFFERED.
*Underarm gusset will not be embroidered.
Embroidery Labor (approximately 60 hours of labor): We charge the industry standard for embroidery fees which is $1.00 for every 1,000 stitches.
Up to 8 rows on each sleeve (depending on the width) of Blackwork Embroider. ($203.04)
10 rows (5 in front 5 in back). Extends to approx 20" long - does not extend to hem. ($135.00)
***Embroidery does NOT include a row of embroidery around the hem as seen in the original.
4 yards 100% Italian Handkerchief Weight Linen - (84.93) UPDATED PRICE 10-28-22
4 Hand braided ties: $8.00
Metallic Gold Thread 3 spools $12 ea: $36.00
Black or Eggplant colored embroidery thread 4 spools: $6.99 ea $27.96
10 yards Water Soluble/Dissolving Stabilizer: $15
Materials: $171.89 - (Chemise listed is approx 42 inches long.
Embroidery Labor: $338.00 (Does NOT extend all the way to the hem)
Construction Labor: $80.00
NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR CLIENTS: I am consistently booked out 12 to 15+ months at a time. Please contact me to check my availability before ordering. To be added to my schedule, I now require a 30% non-refundable deposit to hold a reservation. Client MUST choose their fabrics THREE months prior to their reservation date to allow for the purchase of swatches and to order fabric. If fabric is not included in your purchase, client will be responsible for their purchase and must be shipped to me and received no LESS than TWO months in advance of your reservation. Upper body cast is required wearing the appropriate corset. Tutorial will be provided. Cast must be received TWO months prior to your reservation. DO NOT use Duct tape. If you do, you will be required to create another one at your expense. if client has not complied with these requirements as specified, your reservation can be cancelled, and you will lose your deposit. Rescheduling is no longer guaranteed, due to abuses of my time and clients ghosting on their reservation. If a client has paid in full, rather than placed a deposit, and they do not follow the above guidelines or fail to respond to my messages in a timely fashion, their order will be placed on a permanent hold until requirements have been met. No refunds will be issued. Store credit only. To be rescheduled, client will be required to pay an additional 30% non-refundable deposit to compensate for my loss. Any client that ghosts on their reservation and is subsequently cancelled, future reservations with Designs From Time will not be accepted.
ORDERS ARE FILLED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. Please be advised that there may be orders ahead of you. NORMAL DELIVERY IS 6 to 8 WEEKS but is dependent upon the amount of orders ahead of yours. Listed turn around is subjective.
Available in the following sizes Only:
USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . France
2 (X-Small). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
4 (X-Small/Small) . . . . . . . . . . . 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
6 (Small). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
8 (Medium). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
10 (Medium). . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
12 (Large). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
14 (Large-X-Large). . . . . . . . . 16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
16 (X-Large/1X) . . . . . . . . . . . 18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
18 (1X/2X). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48/50
20 (2X) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50/52
WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: NEVER MACHINE WASH YOUR LINENS!
Hand wash instructions: Soak in sink with water no warmer than 70 degrees. NEVER USE BLEACH OR WHITENERS. NEVER WASH IN HOT water. Use Ivory Snow detergent flakes or gentle Woolite detergent. DO NOT RUB OR USE FRICTION. SOAK FOR 45 MINUTES. Dunking and agitating is fine. Cold water Rinse. Gently squeeze excess water. DO NOT WRING OUT. Line dry on a hanger but preferably dry flat smoothing fabric while it is wet.
** 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.