Gail Carriger in eShakti Second Time Same As The First?


Gail Carriger in eShakti Second Time Same As The First?

Gail Carriger in eShakti Second Time Same As The First?


25 Comments on Retro Rack: Gail Carriger in eShakti Second Time Same As The First?

  • Elizabeth Amy Hajek
    on July 22, 2014 | 08:58 Elizabeth Amy Hajeksaid :
    "I think the color block dress looks really good on you and balances out your figure! Maybe it'll grow on you??? (Thank you so much for doing these reviews, btw. 28GG here and I feel your pain!)

    As a seamstress I'd say send the blue back. You can get fabric like that elsewhere and get someone to sew it up for you at a better price and maybe a more fun style. If you do want to keep it and do anything to it, it might be worth looking for an alterations place that could change the bodice from gathered to seamed and perhaps salvage the dress in entirety?"
  • Lisa M. Collins
    on July 22, 2014 | 09:03 Lisa M. Collinssaid :
    "I like the way the Polka dot print blouse turned out. You look great in it."
  • hbirdgirl
    on July 22, 2014 | 09:03 hbirdgirlsaid :
    "I think making a skirt is a great option, it is very cute. Also random question, why do your pics not include your face? I feel like it would give a better sense of the overall look without your head being removed. "
  • Angelica R. Jackson
    on July 22, 2014 | 09:12 Angelica R. Jacksonsaid :
    "For what you paid, I don't personally think it would be worth you keeping the blue dress to make into a skirt. As Elenatintil said, you can likely find a similar fabric and get a custom skirt made for less. I like the colorblock dress too, but then I don't have to wear it (and I find if I keep stuff I'm not sure about, I don't end up wearing it).

    My first order should arrive later this week or early next week! One of my dresses is for signings too (it has blackbirds on it, which tie into my YA UF)."
  • Jenna
    on July 22, 2014 | 09:16 Jennasaid :
    "I think you should send the blue one back. It looks like it wrinkles easily and it seems like a lot of effort to turn it into a skirt that is just going to wrinkle when you sit on it.

    I also agree that the green color block dress looks good on you. But if you don't like it send it back!

    The purple and navy dress is the clear winner out of all your purchases."
  • Anonymous
    on July 22, 2014 | 09:55 Anonymoussaid :
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  • Anonymous
    on July 22, 2014 | 09:56 Anonymoussaid :
    "I agree with the blue dress issue. I want to love it, but the girls look like they are fighting in the top and I am not sure that it will be a notable skirt if you modify it. Cap sleeves might save it, but the pleated seams in the front would need to be tuned up too.
    I am glad you tried out the color blocking, maybe if the skirt was a few inches shorter it might look less blocky. However, my observation has been that this body-con blocking style is better for ladies with uhmmm... who are small on top. They never seem to sit right for us endowed types.
    The polka dot top, I like it! Its very bohemian, perhaps that is outside of your style comfort zone? It would look great with a long floaty gypsy skirt or a maxi to the floor skirt. with not pattern.
    Purple poplin dress, so cute!
    I love both of the red pieces. The embroidery on the skirt is quite slimming, and leaves you with the option to match to the embroidery colors or anything in those families.
    I love that you tried more going on on the top with the red top. I will have to give that a whirl as I often avoid it!
    This has been informative and helpful! Thanks!"
  • ArgentGal
    on July 22, 2014 | 10:24 ArgentGalsaid :
    "I want to love the blue one for you but I think your instinct is right that it doesn't fit properly on top. And I agree with the other folks here that turning it into a skirt isn't really your best route.

    The black and green color block however... Va, va, voom! It creates an amazing hour glass figure on you. Have you tried it with heels? The shoes will change the angle of your hips and legs and can make all the difference for some dresses.

    Thanks for all the info about eShakti. I'm expecting my first order any day now. It includes a dress I'm hoping to wear for a wedding in the fall. Fingers crossed!"
  • Gail Carriger
    on July 22, 2014 | 11:50 Gail Carrigersaid :
    "Thanks for your thoughts. I'm leaning in favor of sending the blue back since I'm already sending the other two."
  • Gail Carriger
    on July 22, 2014 | 11:51 Gail Carrigersaid :
    "Oh, because that's where I am holding my phone. Also I have no makeup on and my hair isn't done. "
  • Gail Carriger
    on July 22, 2014 | 11:51 Gail Carrigersaid :
    "You simply MUST tell me how your order goes. "
  • Gail Carriger
    on July 22, 2014 | 11:52 Gail Carrigersaid :
    "I am so glad! I'm only posting this process to help others out who may want to order with them. I was really leery about it because I wasn't sure how it woudl go, now I feel like I'm plunging in and you guys should get the benefit of the experience. "
  • Lizbeth_Reads
    on July 22, 2014 | 11:56 Lizbeth_Readssaid :
    "I think you should keep the umbrella dress, try it with the shorter sleeves and wear it out. Have AB take pictures and see how you think it really looks. If that doesn't work out then turn it in to a skirt.

    I don't think the color block dress makes you look wide and stumpy ( that would be impossible, no flattery just truth ) but it does look somehow a bit strange. "
  • Fractal
    on July 22, 2014 | 12:22 Fractalsaid :
    "I would try modifying the sleeves on the blue dress first. Maybe add some side darts to the top since the gathering in the front doesn't make adding darts there easy. Or for an adventure, taking the top off the waistband and adding darts to the front where they belong, then reattaching. Worst case, you end up with a very cute (lined!) skirt and some extra fabric to use on headbands or to trim a scarf or two.

    I love the red pieces on you, and the pink with navy. Fabulous!"
  • Rhodaloo
    on July 22, 2014 | 14:44 Rhodaloosaid :
    "I would not keep the blue dress. The way the top fits is not attractive."
  • Autumn Spehar
    on July 22, 2014 | 21:44 Autumn Speharsaid :
    "I have to agree with those who say send the blue dress back. The skirt part is cute, but I wouldn't want you to pay for something you then have to alter. The red skirt though? Amazing! It is totally darling with a dash of sexy and you look fantastic in it!"
  • archersangel
    on July 22, 2014 | 22:01 archersangelsaid :
    "I think you should send the blue one back. It looks like it wrinkles easily and it seems like a lot of effort to turn it into a skirt that is just going to wrinkle when you sit on it.

    i agree.

    and depending on the level of regret about the embroidery on the red skirt, i'd return that too & get one without it. unless because it's discontinued, it would be too hard to get another one."
  • Anonymous
    on July 23, 2014 | 14:18 Anonymoussaid :
    "I am waiting for the day when they will ship to Canada and will totally dive in. Off the rack doesn't often fit the rack (totally on purpose). The idea of custom makes me so happy! Thanks for being our experimenter! Experi-mentor? "
  • Angelica R. Jackson
    on July 23, 2014 | 14:24 Angelica R. Jacksonsaid :
    "It's left Delhi and is on its way to me in California! I'll post pics on FB and tag you"
  • Angelica R. Jackson
    on July 25, 2014 | 16:41 Angelica R. Jacksonsaid :
    "Okay, my photos and feedback are up at
    The order came really fast--ordered July 11 and got it July 25"
  • Gail Carriger
    on July 25, 2014 | 18:06 Gail Carrigersaid :
    "Oh, so sorry they didn't work for you, but I do LOVE the one that you kept. "
  • Angelica R. Jackson
    on July 25, 2014 | 20:12 Angelica R. Jacksonsaid :
    "Thanks! I decided to do the gift card option and try for some other ones--but I think I'll stick to knits :)"
  • Raubmaus & Pfotenprinz
    on July 27, 2014 | 05:38 Raubmaus & Pfotenprinzsaid :
    "Just typed a longer comment here, but not being logged into my blogspot account killed it, sigh. I'll try a shorter summary:
    Don't keep dresses you're unsure about - changing the blue dress into a skirt will likely be nearly as much work as just sewing a new one, with an even nicer fabric. You could even design an umbrella patterned fabric yourself on a site like Spoonflower!
    Also, looking at the color-block dress made me think it doesn't work because of the longer sleeves. It kind of throws the colors off balance by adding too much black."
    on August 02, 2014 | 07:29 zyphax@gmail.comsaid :
    "So I too ordered the red Sweetheart surplice cotton knit top and it arrived yesterday. I'm new to clothing beyond teeshirts and jeans. How do I keep this shirts creases in place? Will ironing work, or will I need to starch them? Or will it be okay straight out of the drier? So puzzled."
  • Gail Carriger
    on August 04, 2014 | 09:47 Gail Carrigersaid :
    "Ah! Excellent questions all. First wash in cold inside out. Second, line dry if you can. Any item with stretch to it will be damaged by heat. (I pretty much wash everything I own in cold and line dry.) I think the wrinkled part should dry as it folds but I would iron lightly if needed. Hope that helps."
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