Saturday, February 15, 2014

eshakti custom sizing & "fatshion"

I had learned about Eshakti a couple of years ago and then completely forgot about them until Kristine brought them up a few weeks back. They have so many cute retro styled garments, they're worth a look for inspiration if nothing else. Check out this gorgeous 40s-esque number in their sale pieces:

The company has a really interesting concept: All garments are available in every size 0-36W, AND you can order a custom fitted garment by entering a selection of measurements on the website (for an additional $7.95 per garment). I would pay an additional $7.95 for a custom fitted dress. Wouldn't you?

The prices are extremely reasonable too. So reasonable, that I had my suspicions and went on a google hunt for reviews. Most are positive. The one blog I found with a negative (and it wasn't so much fit as it was dress length) was a sewing blog...aren't we sewists the pickiest when it comes to garments? The comments on that article had interesting negative "reviews" too, so it's possible the negatives aren't getting talked about I suppose.

The funniest article though (by far!) was on XOJane by Leslie, titled: "How I shop for basically all my plus size clothes online." HIGHLY recommend a read, because A) I hooted, and B) there are some cool sites and tips in both the article and the comments.

I'm most definitely bookmarking Leslie for further reading. She's hilarious and down to earth and my kind of girl.

So how about all you sewing enthusiasts out there? Should I use the website for inspiration or give in to temptation and see if the customization really works?  More inspiration:

You see my problem now, don't you.

Love your thoughts people of the interwebs! <3 p="">
**NOTE: The dresses, I've discovered, are made in India. I'm still investigating the fair labor practices for the factory and will update if I find anything newsworthy. Yeah, I know. Most people don't care. I care.**


  1. Hi, Angie... I'm a plus-sized girl, and I've bought a few dresses from them. They're just as pretty in person as they are online. The only problem I've had with them is that the bodice is cut for someone with a much smaller bust, so a dress with a fitted bodice ends up looking really short waisted on me. I haven't ever tried having one custom sized, but I think that would be the way to go if you're larger than a B cup. I do have a shift dress that I got from them that I LOVE! Good luck!

  2. Ooh thanks Marybeth!! I've got a couple in my cart in custom size so I might give them a go!

  3. Anonymous12:28 PM

    I care too; you're not the only weird one. :) I also have been intrigued by eShakti dresses and whether it would be a good fit for me. Maybe I'll take the plunge!

  4. Anonymous4:47 AM

    I once ordered a few custom dresses from them, and they fell way short of the mark. I'm quite busty, with a true hourglass figure and I'm also short, so it's practically impossible for anything to fit me well unless I've made it myself.

    I noticed that even though I had to put in my bust and underbust measurements, none of the dresses fit correctly. It looked as though they simply widened the cut at the bust instead of doing a real full bust adjustment, which simply does not work. I got four dresses, inputted the exact same measurements for each one, and they all fit differently. And worst of all, one of my dresses had a noticeably uneven hem.

    I've seen reviews on other blogs as well, but it seems like they do most of their business through word of mouth and subsequently provide these dresses for review, which I suspect is why they have so many positive reviews.


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