All Dressed Up and Going Somewhere (with eShakti)

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Thank you, eShakti, for sending me a dress. No other compensation was received for this post.

Cutomized dress from eShakti |

I don’t dress up very often.

I might put on a dress for church – mostly because I like very feminine clothes – but I’m just as likely to wear jeans and boots to Sunday service. My husband and I don’t go out very often, but when we do, it’s the same casual dresses and skirts. And that’s fine.

But now I need somewhere fancy to go.

eShakti, a company I’ve worked with before, e-mailed me and asked if I wanted to participate in their “Look as Good as You Feel, Feel as Good as You Look” campaign. I’ve said no to almost every sponsor the last year or so, but I really do adore eShakti and what they do. They offer affordable, really amazingly well-made, gorgeous clothes that are customized to you (and me)!

I have a very, very hard time shopping for dresses. My chest is very large, my waist is short, I am on the shorter side (5’3″), and right now I’m teetering on the plus size/not plus edge. I absolutely have no problem with my size and shape – it’s me! – but my body type does make it harder to find clothes that fit well and make me feel great. I’ve also lost about 25 pounds this year, so my clothes are starting not to fit, and I want to replace them with pieces I adore.

The exact dress I chose doesn’t appear to be available any longer, but it was very similar to this Leaf Wool Embellished Tulle Layer Poplin Dress ($59.95). I love the greenish underlay, which is one of my favorite colors. I have green eyes, so wearing green definitely makes them pop.

I know I don’t love cap sleeves on me, though, so I asked to have the sleeves altered to elbow-length. I submitted that change along with my measurements rather than a size to eShakti, and they sent this dress right to my door! The customization is $9.95 per garment, which I think is very reasonable to have something made to measurements. The shipping time is 13-17 days, so if you order something now, you can still have it in plenty of time for Christmas parties and New Year’s fetes.

The feel of the fabric, the little snap pieces that allow me to hang up this boatneck easily, and the gorgeous packaging all come together to make me feel like a princess going to a ball.

I truly do not work with very many companies, but I vouch for eShakti 100%. If I do lose more weight, I intend to have this dress altered, too (but I bet it will cost me more than $10!).

Where should I go in my new party dress?

Custom Dresses from eShakti – a Plus-Sized Girl’s Dream

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Custom dresses from eShakti

When my friend Jill blogged about receiving a gorgeous custom dress from eShakti, I left a somewhat joking comment on her post about my desperate need for custom apparel.

You see, Mr. V and I both just have one sibling. We each have a sister. And both of our sisters up and decided to get married this summer. So we have a lot of wedding-related events going on. I wanted to find a dress I could wear to both my sister’s rehearsal dinner and my sister-in-law’s morning wedding.

But a few weeks ago, I went and tried on dress after dress at a department store. It brought me to tears. I am on the shorter side (5’3″), I am plus-sized, I am big-busted, and I am short-waisted. Even when I didn’t fall into the plus-sized range as a teen, I still had a difficult time ever finding a dress that fit right. Most of the time the arm holes hang halfway down to my waist, and I am lucky if I can find a dress that fits over my hips. I am not criticizing my body type – I am pretty OK with my body – it is just difficult for me to find a dress. Ever.

Jill encouraged me to e-mail eShakti and ask if I could review a dress for them, and they agreed right away.  I was blown away by the beautiful choices. Their dresses are classy, stylish but a little retro. With Jill’s help, I picked this contrast-trim poplin dress. I love that it is feminine and the wrap top works well with my bust.

eShakti allows total customization of their items (it’s even free the first time you do it!). I decided to go with a short sleeve instead of a cap sleeve, which is more flattering to me. I had the length shortened so it would hit at my knee. I provided them with all my measurements and height so they could make the dress to fit me perfectly. And then I crossed my fingers!

And when it came, it fit perfectly. It may be the first time in my life I’ve been able to say that about a dress. Now I want to buy all my dresses at eShakti. I AM NOT JUST SAYING THAT. Seriously buying dresses has been traumatic for me, and the next time I am looking I am going to eShakti first.

eshakti stripe poplin dress

eShakti contrast stripe trim poplin dress, Naturalizer heels, pearl dangle earrings from Novica

These pictures are from my sister’s rehearsal dinner. Can’t beat the scenery, huh? I got so many compliments on my beautiful dress and I felt gorgeous. Thanks, eShakti!

If you want to order your own dress (or skirt, or top!), you can use the code JESSWEAVES for 10% off your order.  (Expires 7/2/14.)

I received this dress courtesy of eShakti. I received no other compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.