A New Dress

I have been wanting to post about my new dress. I have been stalking eShakti.com for a few close to a year now, but did not make a purchase. First it was because I was pregnant with Benedict, then the sale of our house fell through, then we sold the house, but I was dealing with post-pregnancy body issues and finally, when things seemed to even out, I just felt guilty about purchasing an article of clothing which cost more than $10, so I put it off.

I really liked the things I saw at eShakti, party because there were many classic items, but also because you could customize your dress for a mere $7.50. Pick out a dress then send them your measurements, the length you want,  how tall you are, the sleeve type and neckline type and they will make your dress for you. All for $7.50, plus the cost of the dress. This was key for me, as dressing modestly is very important. I am also plus sized (there I said it) and have what I would say is a strange body shape, so clothes I buy to fit me around the middle just hang and droop around my bustline and neck area.

A few weeks ago, I was stalking around on the site again and found their overstock section with a dress my size, so I sent Joshua a message and asked him what he thought. He gave the go ahead*, so I started to order it, until I discovered that when you sign up for an account, you get a $20 gift certificate toward your first purchase. Well, heck with that, I decided to order a dress and have it customized (free with your first dress!)

Altered with 3/4 length sleeves and mid calf length skirt. (picture from eShakti.com)


I ordered my dress on 23 June, in the evening and it arrived on 5 July, pretty darn good turn around, if you ask me. It would  have arrived on the 4th if it weren’t a holiday.When my dress arrived, we were eating dinner, so I set the box aside and managed to control the impulse to run and open it until after dinner was cleaned up, prayers were said and the kids were in bed.

When I opened the box, I was not disappointed. The dress was beautiful. The fabric was a nice weight, the embroidery was done by hand, the seems were well put together and the customizations were done exactly as I requested. After the inspection stage,  I moved on to the try on stage. Wow. Just wow. I wish I had a picture to share with you all, as I did have Joshua take a few, but I am waiting for the new hard drive to arrive still, so you will have to wait. Also, those pictures were taken at 930 in the evening, with bad lighting and my hair was awful. But I will tell you, I told Joshua that eShakti would be my go to place for dresses.

I woke up the next morning and was checking my email from my phone, while in bed, I saw that I had received another $20 gift certificate. I nudged a half awake Joshua and said “It’s like drugs, drugs I tell you!”. They are trying to get me in with their $20 gift certificates and well, it worked. I had another dress picked out, so I figured I would use it to buy that dress.

Altered but adding elbow length sleeves and mid calf length skirt (picture from eShakti.com)


In the mean time, I had emailed the nice lady at eShakti who was keeping me posted on the shipping of the first dress to let her know it had arrived and that I really liked it. In turn, she hooked me up with another gift certificate for another $20 off. Awesome. I soon discovered that the gift certificates could not be used together, so that meant another dress. Oh, darn.

Altered with elbow length sleeves and mid calf skirt (picture from eShakti.com)



And, no, just so you know, I didn’t just buy the dresses because they were sending me these gift certificates. I had been in the market for some new dresses. Plus, we are heading to a big shin-dig wedding in a month, and a new dress would be nice for that too. Now, I just have to decide which one to wear.

I promise to post pictures as soon as I get the dresses and the new hard drive is installed!


*no, Joshua does not have to give me permission to buy things, but sometimes he does encourage me to do so or nudges me to buy something for myself.

Filed under: General Stuff, Modesty


  1. I can’t WAIT for the pictures! The dresses look lovely! I know what you mean about spending over $10. It’s hard for me to do, too, but I’m glad you did. Can’t wait to see them!

    • I am glad I am not the only one who feels that way!

      Our new hard drive arrives today, so I am sure that Joshua will have it up and running. In the mean time, I will do something nice-ish with my hair and get a nice picture of it! 🙂

  2. Gorgeous dresses! I so miss wearing dresses when I’m nursing. I looked at the site for skirts and they’re just not as fabulous as those dresses! Congratulations on your fabulous finds!

  3. Wait — I take that back. Looking again, I see that the skirts *are* wonderful. The reason I can’t order any is because I’m in the market for the post-baby, elastic waist variety.

    • I know what you mean, that is why I took so long to order. I really cannot say enough about the quality of the dress I received! I’d love to be able to try out more of their things, but I think my clothing allowance is done for this year!

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