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October 25, 2008

Customizable Pretties From India

Filed under: Fashion,This Week In Fat Blogging — Twistie @ 1:27 pm

The other day I was checking out Fatshionista, and Lesley was discussing her experiences with two overseas sources of plus sized pretty clothes. I was struck with what she had to say about eShakti and immediately headed over to their site to check out the goodies.

It’s not just a plus size place, but the standard sizes go up to a 3X, and there is an option for custom sizing. That option does cost extra, but the fee is fairly nominal ($10.00), and at least it’s there! What’s more, you can (for another nominal fee) customize your garments. Love the look, but not the length? Want sleeves? Do you prefer a different neckline? Each piece has a list on its page of possible options. That means you can get that dress a little longer or a little shorter, you can get the sleeves lengthened or shortened, you can choose between a scoop neckline and bateau or mandarin and vee.

But what do the clothes look like? Well, here are a couple examples that appealed strongly to me.

eShakti Ruffled Wrap Blouse This gorgeous cocoa brown ruffled wrap blouse is made of silk crepe and is a pretty darn good deal at $72.95.

eShakti Cream Scalloped Blouse This one is cotton and comes with a ‘waist cord’ which is not pictured. It could be worn with the waist cord, with another belt or sash, tucked into the waistband of a skirt, or just free and breezy, as you prefer. Whatever way you choose to wear it, it’s machine washable and sells for $49.95.

And since you know it wouldn’t be a Twistie fashion rec without some bright color, take a look at this skirt:

eShakti Pleated Cotton Skirt It’s pure cotton. It’s machine washable. It’s just $49.95. I love its graceful line and elegant embroidery. And yes, I adore the bright orange color.

Oh, and something that should appeal to those who are taller or shorter (like myself) than the average woman, each and every garment you order requires you to fill in your height so that it will hit you where it says it will…and that’s no extra charge!

I don’t know about any of you, but I fully intend to try out this source ASAP!


  1. Marketplace India features jackets, pants, skirts, dresses, and tops, some of which go up to a size 30 or 32 or 4X.

    I haven’t personally bought any clothes from them, as I am a fairly petite hourglass with more on top, whereas most of the clothing seems to be suited to tallish apples and pears that love bright and/or autumnal colors. But I’m sure their clothes would suit many.

    Comment by EvanaJoy — October 26, 2008 @ 4:10 pm

  2. I have to say it seems like a really good deal, and if there are happy customers, this site needs to receive a LOT more publicity, since it seems to answer, at a very nominal fee, the plaintive cries of most shoppers, for shorter/longer/scoopneck/highneck! or whatever is needed to make it perfect.

    Comment by La BellaDonna — October 27, 2008 @ 12:50 pm

  3. My word, Twistie. Since you put this up, I have been spending WAY too much time fantasy shopping at eshakti. I love love love their clothes. I seriously want to buy half of their designs. I can’t wait till I have some cash to blow there!

    Comment by kristin — October 29, 2008 @ 9:24 pm

  4. This comment is posted so much later, but I had to tell everyone who might be reading that eShakti is fabulous! I received two custom salwar kameez sets and they fit like someone measured my every length, width and girth. The fabric is beautiful. I can’t get over how inexpensive these were, too: I paid around a hundred bucks for two sets, each with a scarf. Another site connected to eShakti is I think I’ll order some silk blouses next. Who knew that custom clothes could be so reasonably priced?

    Comment by Mrs. Hendricks — December 14, 2008 @ 6:22 pm

  5. Thank you for pointing me to the site.
    I have found awesome clothes there, i liked especially the kaftans and have just ordered one with Custom Styling options. In fact I travelled to Morocco last summer and whould have bought a Kaftan if I didn’t enough time.
    The little black dresses are also very elegant

    Comment by jesuisla — March 24, 2009 @ 12:19 pm

  6. thank you

    Comment by lamis — May 9, 2009 @ 5:09 am

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