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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.

Gail Carriger Recently Acquired ~ Blush Dress

I go through phases, Fashionable Reader, where I don't shop and then suddenly gorge myself. I've been trying very hard to be more conservative in my choices, partly because I feel my vintage collection is quite sufficient to my needs, party because I am trying to be fiscally responsible.

That said, I had a major lapse recently due to immanent ComicCon. (Or that's my excuse.) You see, when I went to New Orleans for ALA I realized my existing wardrobe does not handle hot weather very well, and ComicCon is rumored to be on the warm end of things. So I needed to add some lighter weight dresses to my wardrobe. What's that mean?

I've been craving day dresses.

Gail Carriger Recently Acquired ~ Blush Dress

Normally, you know me, I love the pencil dress, but for some reason the swingy skirt is calling to me. I blame the prevalence of the adorable cream (and white and blush) dresses in the fashion blog-o-sphere.

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I've discussed the little white dress before. I even tried to make one last year. But I wasn't really happy with the result and ended up giving it away. It's taken me a while to come around to trying to find another one.

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 Fashion shoot; 1951 Partie Fine Christian Dior The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 First I hunted for vintage or retro day versions, but cream is difficult to find retro and unstained.

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I found cocktail or pencil versions, but that just wasn't what I was looking for. I wanted the day dress.

Gail Carriger Recently Acquired ~ Blush Dress

So, since blush was all over the place I broadened my options out of cream and white to include some pinker shades.

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 Marion-Cotillard-In-Christian-Dior-De-Rouille-et-Dos-Cannes-Film-Festival-Photocall; Catherine-Duchess-of-Cambridge-In-Emilia-Wickstead-Waterloo-Chamber-Reception; Coco Chanel, 1930  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

I started to think about not just pure vintage but other ways to wear such a dress, funky ways.

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 Chanel Resort 2013

Gail Carriger Recently Acquired ~ Blush Dress

And I found myself edging away from the vintage day dress into alien 1960s mod territory.

Gail Carriger Recently Acquired ~ Blush Dress

Which led me, in the end, to fall deeply in love with the most unexpected dress. Found at Wasteland on Haight street shopping with the lovely Anne of Pornokitsch for a cool $28.

Gail Carriger Recently Acquired ~ Blush Dress

I know it doesn't look like much but even with a drop waist and my chest once it's on, it is possessively adorable. It's lined but I still wear a slip with it. It minimizes the Rack. It's short but not too short. It has a 1920s feel. It has a peter pan collar. I want to wear it like this:

Gail Carriger Recently Acquired ~ Blush Dress

It's deceptively elegant with cream or brown accessorizes, slightly more formal with black ones, or utterly chic with tough studded leather. It has sleeves. It has a kind of French feel. I love it!

Gail Carriger Recently Acquired ~ Blush Dress

However, it wasn't my only recent purchase, because I did go to Haight Street, plus new vintage shop opened near my writing cafe, and Alameda had a vintage fair. So there is much more to come.

Gail Carriger Recently Acquired ~ Blush Dress

Speaking of Haight: Decades of Fashion, one of the best (if most expensive) sources of vintage in the Bay Area has moved locations. It's now across from Wasteland in what used to be the Villains building. The place is a former bank, or something like, and is an amazing space with marble vaulted ceilings. Decades has gone pleasingly overboard decorating and putting together displays of Edwardian and Victorian gowns and accessorizes way up high. If you visit San Francisco it's worth a pilgrimage to Haight just to take in this store. It's like an interactive museum now. Amazing.

Gail Carriger Recently Acquired ~ Blush Dress
1869 Wedding Dress The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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