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In Fashion Memoriam: 1980s Red & White Suit by Gail Carriger


In here is another little ode to a long lost closet items Fashionable Reader.

I will admit, when I bought this suit I imagined I would wear it more because it has versatility in it's favor.

In Fashion Memoriam: 1980s Red & White Suit by Gail Carriger

In Fashion Memoriam: 1980s Red & White Suit by Gail Carriger

It just really looks like my kind of thing. The color is very much the perfect ride for me, and I like the clean white pattern. I think of it as birds, or maybe bird feet, but I think its leaves of some kind.

In Fashion Memoriam: 1980s Red & White Suit by Gail Carriger

It is wonderful and very light weight. I did take it to Europe with me, and I didn't wear it. But as you can see the top never really did fit properly. After my breast reduction, I thought it would fit better. But it doesn't.

In Fashion Memoriam: 1980s Red & White Suit by Gail Carriger


Trying it on again only made me realize how much I love the color and hate the fit. I thought perhaps that I might keep the skirt part, but even it doesn't really fit my hips well anymore since it is raw silk it has almost no stretch to it so both of them are going the way of the dodo.

In Fashion Memoriam: 1980s Red & White Suit by Gail Carriger


What? 
Two piece cherry red suit with white birds, peplum top with button front, pleated fitted skirt, silk.
Why?
Too tight at waist, shirt is really for someone with a short waist, and smaller boobs. Doesn't pack well.


Something similar for Prudence in the Custard Protocol Books...


In Fashion Memoriam: 1980s Red & White Suit by Gail Carriger
1896 Ensemble  The FIDM Museum
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Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry


So this was the first eShakti dress that I purchased after the Rack Reduction. It's a little bit big and I need to work on the measurements that I give them if/when I order from them again.

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry

I ordered this just after the holiday season because I love the fabric. It's better in person but it has a peacock component with blues and pinks within the gold.  It's no loner available. It came with a sash belt and pockets (!) and I had the neckline altered to a wide V and short sleeves added because I wanted it to look more 1950s like this:

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Party dress, 1950s via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

I'm wearing it with short beaded cotton gloves (because of the heat in Kansas City) similar $15 in satin.

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry

The multi-colored hair flower is a gift (similar $10) and the shoes are modern MJ almond toe pumps (similar $30). I love them but they are wicked painful. The tassel necklace is a modern jet piece that I love (similar $17). I got it from Dark Garden years ago. I have a THING about tassel jewelry.

Tassel Jewelry a Retrospective


Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Watch Fob  1850  Lang Antiques
Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Pendant  1910  Bonham’s

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Brooch  Cartier, 1920s  Christie’s

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
1920s Necklace  1stdibs.com

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Brooch  Cartier, 1925  Christie’s

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Diamond and Pearl Necklace  Sterlé, 1955  Christie’s

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
2014 via 13 Amazing It-Bags to Seriously Invest in for Fall and Beyond on WhoWhatWear.com

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
2016 Saint Laurent Lolita tassel choker at ysl.com


Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.
Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I gets a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress


For the first night of WorldCon I wore my new purple dress from the previous blog. But for the first offical day of the convention I wore this favorite vintage 1950s blue and white day dress.

Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress

It has a cute little jacket too, but I didn't get a picture of it at this event. Here it is at Comic Con, 4 years ago pre-reack-reduction.

Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day DressGail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress

Believe it or not I weigh less in these Comic Con photos, just goes to show what a little less boob will do for a girl's figure. Now where was I?

Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress

So I am wearing it with a little flower hair band (similar $18), faux pearl set (similar $10), vintage white leather gloves (similar $29), and some Mia nomad flats (discontinued, similar $23).

A Historical Retrospective on Blue & White

For Lord Akeldama

Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
1760s  The Victoria & Albert Museum

For Sophronia


Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
1853-1854 Blue FLower  The FIDM Museu

For Monique


Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
c.1860      United States      MET

For Dimity


Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
Bodice  1865-1866  Musée Galliera de la Mode de la Ville de Paris 

For Agatha


Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress

Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
1868 Robe à Transformation   Kerry Taylor Auctions2

For Ivy


Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
1872  The Kyoto Costume Institute

For Prudence


Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
Afternoon Dress 1903 s  Jacques Doucet  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For Primrose


Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
1905 Summer Day Dress  The Victoria & Albert Museum

For Gail


Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
Clip Brooches  Raymond Yard, 1935  Christie’s

Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
Glamorous 1950’s Dress.  Glamorous❤Vintage❤Soul tumblr

Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
2013 Elie-Saab-Couture-Oblivion-Moscow-Premiere

"A great variety of bright colours is only suited to a carpet. For a dress, two are quite sufficient."
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (1864)

Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress


Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.
Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I gets a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Gail Carriegr and eShakti ~ Custom Dress Shopping Experience Update


Fashionable Reader, a reminder that this is not a sponsored post. I don't do sponsors. Which, in this case, turned out to be a good thing. Insert dramatic music here...

So, my eShakti chronicle of the ordering process is in a different blog. It went OK. I hemmed and hawed over hemlines and necklines. Some of the site's UI was annoying.

1. My first bit advice? It is better to know what you want and have it all worked out before ordering, because changing anything later is a pain.

My Selection


So, if you remember, I wanted dresses to match my two coming covers:

Gail Carriegr and eShakti ~ Custom Dress Shopping Experience UpdateGail Carriegr and eShakti ~ Custom Dress Shopping Experience Update
November 2014, March 2015

I ordered these:

Gail Carriegr and eShakti ~ Custom Dress Shopping Experience UpdateGail Carriegr and eShakti ~ Custom Dress Shopping Experience Update

I ordered the teal with short sleeves and a modest V neckline and the lilac with half sleeves and a wide scoop neckline. I also ordered this one on impulse, no modifications possible except a slightly shorter hem.

Gail Carriegr and eShakti ~ Custom Dress Shopping Experience Update

For all the dresses I entered custom measurements and paid the $8 fee to have each tailored to my top heavy figure.

What happened next? The Good


At first, because I put a note in about my concerns over the neckline of the lilac I had a very good experience.

Gail Carriegr and eShakti ~ Custom Dress Shopping Experience Update

Two days after I placed my order I received an email from eShakti  with a note and a picture telling me exactly how low that neckline of concern was.  How awesome is that? It turns out it's about 8.5 inches down from the sternal notch, which is way too low for me. I don't even own a bra with a neckline that low!

2. Second bit of advice: utilize the notation box for your order if you have any concerns. 

So What Happened? The Bad


I wrote back asking that they switch to the boatneck or the smaller scoop. I asked her opinion on which she thought would work better with the added sleeves. I guess it seemed like I was leaving it up to her to choose. We shall see what happens, for she did not write back again. (*note from the future, it came with the boatneck and is awesome!)

3. Be very clear with your wants and have a back up plan on customization. 

I then received an update on my delivery, which was now three weeks from my order date. So that was good to know, if longer than I wanted. If I order again, to be safe, I should leave at least a month before my event.

4. If you have a particular event in mind order at LEAST a month ahead of time to be on the safe side. Because I what happened to me next, I should say a month and a half if you have no other outfit back ups and need to re-order.

The Ugly


Then I got a notification that they were out of the fabric for the dress I needed for the soonest event, the teal.

Gail Carriegr and eShakti ~ Custom Dress Shopping Experience UpdateGail Carriegr and eShakti ~ Custom Dress Shopping Experience Update

I had decided on the original dress because it zipped up the back and was so entirely customizable, also it looked to be the best color match to the cover. But, in the end, I'd really prefer it in a deeper jewel tone, so I'm thinking of seeing how this order goes, now, and waiting to determine if they get it in a new colors for the Fall.

It's a risk because they could have nothing to match at all, and I did have two back up options:

Gail Carriegr and eShakti ~ Custom Dress Shopping Experience Update
Would look so cute over a corset

Gail Carriegr and eShakti ~ Custom Dress Shopping Experience Update
Has some stretch and may fit best



But since I have the time, I think I'd rather see the results of this first eShakti order. I made a note to revisit another order in the fall, a month and a half before the book tour for Waistcoats. That's assuming I like the dresses.

However, things continued to spiral.  

I got a notification of the refund but it was not for the full amount of the dress. I wasn't certain whether this had to do with the coupon (which was for the first order, not three dresses, and thus shouldn't be effected) or the custom tailoring. In either case, I wrote back, included the original receipt, stating that I should be refunded for the full amount. 

Silence.

Four days later (two business days) I call customer service.

Fuzzy hold music for five minutes and then I was forced to leave a message. This is not looking good, ladies. 

And Good Again


They called be back near the end of the day and all is well. It was my mistake entirely and they explained how the billing and return credit worked. It turns out that they had given me, at check out, even more of a discount than I originally thought. So hey, that's cool!

The next day they finally responded to my email with the same information. I'm now much happier with the company.

4. Sometimes they will apply special offers even if you don't know about it or ask.

Next up, Fashionable Reader, I will let you know when the two dress arrive how they look and fit the Rack. Yes, I will try to post pictures, although they may be selfies.
In Fashion Memoriam: 1980s Red & White Suit by Gail CarrigerGail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel JewelryGail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day DressThen & Now ~ Blood Red Satin GownThen & Now ~ Turquoise PatternThen & Now ~ Black & White Pattern DressThen & Now ~ Flowered TankGail Carriger's Recent Acquisitions  ~ DressesGail Carriegr and eShakti ~ Custom Dress Shopping Experience UpdateGail Carriegr Talks eShakti ~ Shopping, Ordering, & Measuring

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