Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Dressing Up


I have had very few custom-sized dresses in my lifetime so far. I think the most recent was the bridesmaid's dress I wore over a decade ago for my sister-in-law's wedding. So, when eShakti contacted me offering me a free custom dress in exchange for a review, I was pretty excited. To be honest, at first I thought the dresses might be unappealing. But I couldn't have been more wrong.

It was actually difficult to pick a dress from the array of pretty, vintage-inspired options. I finally settled on this blue floral number. My husband helped me take my measurements. Talk about the blind leading the blind. I thought the dress would end up being warped as a result of our poor measuring skills. Luckily, not so. My custom-made dress arrived within a week and turned out to be a perfect fit.

Besides producing clothing (not just dresses) from your custom measurements, eShakti also allows you to make changes to the style of the garment - sleeve length, the shape of the neckline, skirt length and more. When I reviewed the options, I noted that you could have the dress made without pockets. I thought that option was a general one and didn't apply to the dress I selected. As you can see from my hand, above, I was wrong.


One of the loveliest features of the dress is the vibrant yellow lining. It also has snaps at the shoulders to hold your bra straps in place. 


I want to get a little yellow sweater to put over it. For the time being, I have this neutral cardi.

By the way, it was near impossible to take a photo without Jolene the beagle mix getting into it. It was kind of like trying to exercise on the floor. (If you have a dog, you know what I'm talking about.)

That first shot was not planned that way, with the dog posing perfectly, although I did find that my husband began to focus more on the dog than me.


This is my official photographer though. She took the second shot. She was more pleasant to work with too. She posed me, encouraged me and fed me with compliments about how nice I looked. Not like Mr. "Let's get this over with."

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*I was provided with a dress for review purposes. I received no other compensation and the opinions are my own.




42 comments:

  1. Really cute and looks great on you.

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  2. Oh my goodness I have an eShakti review to post this week as well :)

    I love the dress you selected and the yellow lining is my favorite part.

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    1. Thanks Rachel. Can't wait to see your dress too. They know how to create a buzz around their product, don't they?

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  3. I LOVE this dress. I LOVE it. I LOVE it, I LOVE it, I LOVE it.

    That is all!

    Kate
    Just Pirouette and Carry On...

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    1. I take it you like the dress? ;) Thanks so much!

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  4. Gorgeous! I had my eye on some of their stuff a while ago, I think I'll have to revisit their website to see what's new :)

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  5. The dress is so perfect on you. Such a great style. And I love the pictures. What a funny photo bomber Jolene is!

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    1. Thanks very much! Nowhere to wear it at the moment with this crap weather. ;) Jolene is a character for sure. :)

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  6. You look lovely, that is a beautiful dress! I love the yellow surprise underneath, so darn cute and perfect for the summer :)

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    1. Thank you Natalie! I love the yellow too. So unexpected. Can't wait for warm weather! :) Jo

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  7. Very nice, fits you perfectly! I guess it should!!

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    1. Thanks Jill. I was a bit worried, but it fits!!

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  8. Jo, the dress looks AMAZING and suits you perfectly!
    K x

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    1. Thanks so much for saying that! I appreciate it. :)

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  9. I just purchased the Indigo Chambray dress using the promotional code. e-Shakti also sent me the $25 gift coupon to my email for registering. I will be using it. I can't wait for my dress to arrive in the mail. I wish companies would send me free stuff to review...LOL

    Thank you!

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    1. Love the dress you chose. Very versatile. I'm sure you'll get free stuff soon! :)

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  10. Beautiful! And yes a perfect fit, like a glove. I love the vibrant color...it suits you very well. And the lining was such a fun surprise! You are lucky to have such an amiable photographer. The dog element is sweet too. Lynaea @ EverydayBloom.com

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    1. Thanks so much Lynaea! You are most kind. And I am indeed proud of my little photographer. :)

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  11. What a beautiful dress! You look lovely!

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  12. Such a beautiful dress! It fits you perfectly, I love the color combination, it doesn't look bright yellow when hidden. Lovely!!!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, the yellow is very muted by the blue.

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  13. Your dress fits you perfectly! I've looked at e-Shakti before, and it seemed too good to be true that a dress could be custom made so well. Thank you for the discount code, too. Your dog really looks like my German Shorthaired Pointer, btw.

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    1. Hi Mary Beth, Thanks a lot! Yes, I wondered about the customizing too, but they did a great job. Interesting that Jolene looks like your pointer. We are still wondering what mix she is. They told us when we adopted her that it was beagle and Brittany Spaniel, but who knows really?

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  14. I love eShakti. I've been browsing the site for a while but haven't bought anything yet. I love the lining on the dress you picked!

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  15. Ohmygosh-I just went and looked at the new spring stuff. LOVE IT! so colorful!

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    1. Now you are making me tempted to go look. I must resist. :)

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  16. That is a really elegant dress, and it's easy to tell that it fits you perfectly! I love EShakti!

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    1. Thanks so much! That's sweet of you. I am definitely thinking about buying some stuff myself. ;)

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  17. The dress is beautiful! The yellow lining was a nice choice and the snaps to hold your bra straps in place are a great idea. I love your shoes, too! (PS: The last time I tried to do crunches on the floor my 70 lb dog sat on my head.)

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  18. YAY!!! You look gorgeous & I love the dress too!!

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  19. ciao ! i'm italian and this is my first time on this blog. i like very much vintage style, u look so chic!!

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  20. love this look! thanks for linking up with dress for the day!

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  21. What a lovely dress.I like the pop of yellow too! I kinda like the fact that the dog wanted to be included.At least he posed nicely when photo bombing you.

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  22. You look smashing!

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