On the suggestion of a great reader, I checked out a website that offered custom made dresses for very inexpensive prices. Eshakti offers customization for $7.50. That seemed like a really reasonable price to me on dresses that were reasonable already - think $50-$65 for nice, higher level look dresses.
I need to clarify why I spend so much time buying online. It's tough for me to get to stores with my husband's schedule and kids home, and when I do shop locally, I can never seem to find things that I like that fit me well - I almost always come back with a bad case of body hatred. I find stuff I like online all the time. Plus, there's that whole Package in the Mail!!!! hyperventilation that goes along with mail order.
So I picked two dresses.
Part of the problem I have in buying dresses is that I'm gifted with both boobs and a butt. My measurements are 38/30 (underbust), 28, 38. I also have thicker arms and a broad back, so often sleeves are too tight and the back is snug. I thought that ordering custom fit would solve it.
So I entered my measurement on Tuesday morning. The site said 3 days to create + 3-4 days to ship = arrival in one week. It'd be tight, but I thought I'd be able to get them before I left for NYC. And then I waited.
Thursday at 1 p.m. 48 hours later...
My email showed a message from Eshakti. My measurements didn't make sense, so they RECALLED my order and I needed to REORDER. I flipped out. Called and discovered, on a call that had a three second delay + a non native American speaker + a severe echo, that my bust had been entered as a 28. Not a 38, so my measurements didn't make sense and they canceled it. I begged and pleaded and finally, she agreed to take my measurements and start the order as soon as I'd email a confirmation - but it won't ship until WEDNESDAY. And I leave Wednesday, so I thought about having it shipped to the hotel in NYC - but now I wonder if it will even get THERE in time. And I wanted the blue dress to wear at the Gala - you know, the one for which I am a finalist???
I wanted to know a) why they waited two days to tell me that the order didn't make sense and b) if I could get overnight shipping - I even offered to pay for it in my email. I've heard NOTHING.
And now I'm totally hosed, annoyed, and STILL DRESSLESS. Which is TOO a word.