Internet beware: You pay your money and take your chance

I prefer my blogs and media posts to be positive as I don’t like to focus on negativity however occasionally a piece of work passes my threshold and I feel obliged to mention something.

Last month I was called by a desperate friend who had placed an order for a prom dress on the internet (actually it was her 16 year old daughter who had placed the order after suitable due diligence research into the supplier). The “made to measure” dress had taken several weeks to arrive and finally landed through the letterbox a week before the prom.

No problem I hear you cry, whilst it was seat of the pants time, at least it arrived on time, it was the correct size and colour.  True, sadly there was a slight snag when it arrived…it was back to front.  The “made to measure” garment had been sewn with the fishtail at the front of the dress!

Furthermore, as it was a “made to measure” garment, my friend’s daughter had asked if the fishtail could be slightly smaller so she could move around easily… so they’d chopped the end off the fishtail rather than reshaping.

Front view - it's not easy to see as the fishtail has been chopped off rather than reshaped to make smaller, but you can certainly see it's longer at the front
Front view – it’s not easy to see as the fishtail has been chopped off rather than reshaped to make smaller, but you can certainly see it’s longer at the front
Back view - not only is it back to front, you can see in the right picture the strap is twisted (it's not supposed to be!).
Back view – not only is it back to front, you can see in the right picture the strap is twisted (it’s not supposed to be!).

Whilst I’m not going to name names on this one (that’s not my style), I checked out this “made to measure” site where the designer states [she] “still has a long way to come with her dressmaking skills…”  I’d say not just dressmaking skills but care and attention to detail.

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One thought on “Internet beware: You pay your money and take your chance

  1. That’s just awful! I really don’t know how people have the nerve to sell dresses they have made themselves when they are fully aware that their sewing skills are not up to it. Hope she ended up with a lovely dress for her prom in the end!

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