Just kidding! No one has asked for this one yet. But, that being said, we do get a lot of requests to make custom cloaks in specific colors that we don’t currently have listed. Unfortunately, we are not able to take custom orders at this point. However, sometimes we do have a color of cloak that for one reason or another isn’t listed in our internet store. So if you are interested in a particular color that you don’t see, please let us know. Also, we are always on the lookout for new color combinations, lengths, or styles to add permanently as offerings in our store. So if you would like to give us suggestions, please do so! Several of the color combinations we offer today are there because more than one person asked for them.
Unfortunately, we are not set up right now to take custom orders or to make alterations on our apparel. But if you need any suggestions on doing so yourself or having it done, please let us know. For instance, it is very easy to remove the front ties on our cloaks and replace them with your own metal cloak clasps; similarly, it is usually quite inexpensive to have the cloak or gown or skirt hemmed to your own specifications by a local tailor or even your dry-cleaner. Let us know if you need any advice.
No, there are no arm slits or openings for your arms cut into our cloaks.
No, we do not consider our lined cloaks to be reversible for the simple reason that we think the satin worn on the outside would look a bit odd. But technically, it could be worn that way, if you choose to do so, since there aren’t any unfinished seams on the satin interior of the cloak. There are no raw edges showing in any capacity, since the reverse of the lining is sewn to the reverse of the outer cloak.
All of our lined cloaks are dry clean only due to the satin lining and the velvet (the two fabrics may stretch at different rates, and you don’t want to warp your cloak. If it’s just a matter of hair or thread or minor dirt sitting on top of the velvet and you don’t want to dry clean it, we have found that a good once-over with a lint roller or pet-hair remover (the kind with the peel-away masking tape panels) works wonders on the velvet.
Unlined crushed velvet cloaks can be put in the washing machine on the delicate/gentle setting using cold water. Put dark-colored cloaks only with like colors, as they may bleed in the first few washings. Unlined cloaks may be tumble-dried in the dryer on a cool setting. Do not hang your cloak up to dry, or you will stretch out the fabric.
Yes. Our satin skirts and our belly dance costumes and gowns made only from velvet are washable in the washing machine, but make sure to put them on a delicate/gentle setting using cold water only. And for the velvets, only like colors should be put with the garments, since they may bleed with the first few washings. Tumble dry on a cool, gentle setting in the dryer. Important: do not hang up to dry anything made out of crushed velvet, as the material may stretch out as it dries from the weight of the wet fabric. Please note: if your velvet medieval dress has satin lining anywhere, it is safest to dry clean it.
When choosing a particular size, please look at all of the measurements listed in the individual item’s product details. It’s not a good idea to buy a piece of clothing just because it’s a size you normally would wear, since most clothing brands differ in their sizing. Our items’ measurements are given in inches, but for our international customers, 1 inch = 2.54 cm.
We are happy to ship anywhere in the world if you give us a valid postal address! International customers are always welcome here. But be sure you understand your country’s customs and importations laws. It is very likely that you will have to pay taxes or duties on anything you buy internationally and have shipped to yourself. These are collected by the customs department in your own country and can sometimes be pricey and delay the delivery of your package. Unfortunately, we are not able to control this.
Quick shipping is one of our priorities at Artemisia Designs. We make every effort to ship out your order by the next business day.
For packages being shipped within the United States, we use Priority Mail from the US Postal Service. Although it is not guaranteed, USPS Priority mail is a 2- to 3-day shipping service (those are postal business days, so not counting holidays and Sundays). We have found that with a few exceptions, this is an accurate delivery time estimate. So, that means if you order an item (or two!) on a Monday, we will ship it by Tuesday, and you should receive it on Thursday or Friday. If you need your package quicker, please select Express Shipping at checkout, or contact us about your rush order: [email protected].
Our standard shipping method is Priority Mail from the US Postal Service and includes a delivery confirmation number. This number is scanned when the package is delivered to you, but it is not able to track your package in detail as it moves through the system. If you would like a tracking number attached to your package, please select Express Mail at checkout.
We ship rush orders using USPS Express Mail. It is always best to contact us with emergency orders, though, to ensure that you will receive your item on time. We can check with the post office to make sure that an overnight delivery is available to your address. Contact us at [email protected].