I wish I had a tiny waist. I wish I could wear any type of dress and look great. Unfortunately, after 3 pregnancies, my stomach remains stretched out and much too large. It is really hard to find clothes, especially dresses, that fit me and don’t make me look pregnant. So when I was contacted by eshakti.com, I was really excited to try out their custom sizing option and hopefully find a dress that fit me perfectly.
eShakti is a fresh concept in custom clothing. We believe that all women have the right to wear affordable fashion. What began as a small website offering basic cottons and modestly embellished pieces has grown into an international company offering fashionable custom clothing. eShakti offers both design and fit customization for women size 0 through 36. This is the heart of our business.
Our custom capabilities allow customers to easily tailor any item to their specific requirements ensuring a flattering fit. Built-in customization tools guide women through our simple 3-step design and fit page where they can increase the size of a bust, shorten the length of a skirt and modify sleeves or a neckline! We believe that custom clothing does not have to be expensive. By keeping up with technology as it is advancing, we are able to provide customization at a modest cost and offer it to all women.
We do not stock any sizes. Since each style--whether standard sized, custom styled or custom sized--is cut to order, we do not have to warehouse our merchandise. Therefore, every style requires a height measurement--whether customizing or not. This ensures a "truer" fit. We ship directly to our customers in about 2 weeks from the date of order. We ship across the USA and Canada.
eShakti first contacted me on December 12, 2012. I immediately replied stating I was interested in reviewing their product. Five days later on December 17, I received the information on how to order. I submitted my order that same day.
I chose this dress. I used the custom measurements due to my not quite normal body size. I also requested longer length sleeves, as I wanted the option to wear the dress without a shirt under it if I wore the dress to synagogue. (as it turns out, I still need a shirt under it to cover the low cut neck, but I could use a short sleeved shirt for this).
My dress shipped on December 21 and I received shipping confirmation on December 28 – after I had already received the dress. On December 30, I put on the dress and discovered that it had a small tear in one of the seams on the waist. I emailed the company that evening asking if I should review the dress as it was, or if they would send a replacement product. I emailed them again on January 4, as I had never received an answer. On January 5, they replied saying they missed my previous email and would look into whether they could replace the dress. Meanwhile, I decided to wear the dress anyway, with a cardigan over it to cover the tear.
The dress fits. Does it look like the picture? No. Does it look good on me? Well, I got plenty of compliments wearing it.
The material in the middle, the reason I loved the dress in the picture, is too loose. It doesn’t fall correctly across my chest. I imagine this is due to my size issues.
On January 10, I emailed eShakti again asking whether they were able to find out about a replacement or if I should go ahead with the dress review. After not hearing back for almost a week, I decided to go ahead and review the dress I had originally received. Then, yesterday morning I received a reply stating that the material was not available and that I should choose another product to review.
Although I was unsure whether I should choose an entirely different dress and what type of dress to choose, I decided to try the one on the left:
However, as I tried to fill out the custom size order, the site would not register my selection for the width of my shoulders. I tried multiple times, even trying a different dress (the one on the right), but it would not work. I was scared to order a standard size because the waist will likely be much too small.
So I sent out yet another email to eShakti. This time they replied about 12 hours later and told me to send them my info directly. I went with the purple dress above and sent in my info last night. Looks like there will be a part 2 to this review.
As of today, my experience with eShakti has been frustrating. I am hoping that if I was a paying customer their response time would be much quicker. I did test the form you see above on the regular website (I was using a special sample request form) and it seemed to be working properly. I love the fact that you can custom order clothing based on your body type and I also love that longer sleeves are available for those of us who don’t like to bear our shoulders all the time. There are a lot of choices available on the site, but it makes me sad to see that all of the dresses are shown with tiny waistlines! If I could wear anything eShakti offers, I might order these:
When I get my waistline back I will happily order one of these dresses! What do you think of the green dress I chose originally? How about the purple one? When confronted with the hole in the dress, would you have contacted the company for a replacement?