5/5 - Above and beyond
4/5 - Great
3/5 - Okay
2/5 - Poor
1/5 - Horrible
Site: 1/5 - The Bodyline website is usually freakishly slow as it is, but during the sale it was absolutely atrocious. And that's when it was working at all, which for the first few days of the sale it wasn't.
Communication: 2/5 - I placed, and paid for, my order on September 3rd. According to the email that I was sent my "DHL package will be received on 2010-09-07" and "DHL Tracking NO. and URL will email you in next business day". I didn't get my tracking number the next business day, but I was okay with that, because I expected to get my package soon. The seventh came and went with no package, so on the eighth I sent them a short email requesting my tracking number. The next day I received my tracking information but there was no link to the DHL page; now, I wouldn't necessarily care that there was no link to the DHL page except that I was told, in the confirmation email, that there would be one. It's a simple matter of doing what you say you're going to do, which they had failed multiple times at this point. And all this leads me to...
Shipping: 2.5/5 - The flat rate of $20 was nice, although considering I was only ordering two JSKs, there really wasn't that much difference between EMS and DHL. When I finally got my tracking number, I immediately used it to see where my package was... only to find that my package hadn't even been shipped yet! Finally, on the tenth, a whole week after I had placed the order, my package was picked up and it actually began to head my way. After that, I was very pleased that it only took three days to reach my doorstep and, although I wasn't home that day, I finally got it on the fourteenth.
Packaging: 4/5 - (Sorry there are no pictures.) The JSKs were shipped in one those thick plastic envelopes that are practically impossible to tear and, after seeing the shape of some of the boxes that Bodyline sent out, I'm more than happy with that choice. Inside, the two dresses were in their cute little bags that every Bodyline article of clothing is sent out in.
Note: These items were taken out of the package and hung up for a day before these pictures. They were not ironed. I am wearing a Malco Modes 580 petticoat underneath the JSKs. My measurements, last time I measure, are 36-30-35. Both JSKs came with detachable bows for the chest that I didn't bother to put on for the pictures, because I like them off and thus completely forgot to take pictures of them.
Pros: The color is gorgeous. Despite many attempts and much adjusting of contrast, light, etc., I could not get any of these pictures to show the true color of the dress. I believe the closest color would be this dress, but just a little bit darker. The fabric itself is nice and thick, but not too thick; it would do well in either winter or summer. The pattern is gorgeous. I fell in love with it from afar and up close it just gets more beautiful. There is not only shirring on the top but also corseting in the back which makes it very easy to adjust it for most sizes. The fabric for the bow gets wider the farther it gets from where it's attached at the waist, thus enabling you to make a beautiful full bow (if you know how, which obviously I don't). The ribbons that go around the bottom and up the back of the outer skirt around the bustle tie on the sides of the dress, so you can tighten it to show more of the bustle if you want or change the shape of the skirt.
Cons: This dress is HEAVY! The bustle in the back is actually a second skirt, with ruffles going all the way around, sewn underneath the rest of the dress. Make sure you have a pretty strong, poofy petti. The lace drives me a little crazy. Now, I'll be honest, I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to what makes good lace but, going off of the helpful from F-Yeah Lolita, I would say that it is an okay lace, as it's not scratchy; rather, it feels almost like a thin doily. However, it doesn't look very nice, in my opinion, which is why it ended up down here as a con. It also tends to lie in different directions which makes it look messy, and I'm hoping that a careful ironing will fix that. The straps of the dress are also shirred, which I found very strange because it tended to make the dress sit higher on me than I would have preferred (the picture of me wearing the dress was actually taken right after I had pulled it down a little bit, normally it sits higher).
Overall: 3/5 - I really like the color and the pattern, but I think the shape of the dress is a little off, especially in the bodice.
Note: I did not take pictures of the back of this dress because I felt the Bodyline picture showed the corseting and bows fine (and the bows were much better looking than anything that I could have done).
Pros: Again, a gorgeous color. The picture of the dress being worn is pretty close to the actual color. Again, the same fabric as the blue JSK, so it's pretty nice. The pattern is, again, beautiful. The back has corseting as well as shirring in-between the corsetting so it does have some stretching to it. Just like in the blue dress, the fabric for the two bows get wider the further they get away from where they're attached to the dress, thus enabling you to make a gorgeous bow. Again, the bow on the front of the chest is detachable (it arrives detached).
Cons: The lace on this is dress annoys me even more than the one on the blue dress, simply because of that line of lace that from the bottom of the bodice down to the bottom of the skirt. It is sewn on in the middle of the lace and so the lace curls into itself, making the lace look very messy. I am sure ironing will help this, but I'm not sure how much; I'm also worried that the lace will eventually drift back to being in the weird positions it was flattened into. The bows on the bottom of the dress are not easily detached without taking apart at least a portion of the dress (this might not necessarily be a con for most people, but for me it was because I don't like having that many bows on my dress and wanted to take some of them off). They're also a very strange fabric, kinda silky feeling, and a different shade then the rest of the dress which wouldn't necessarily be bad if it weren't, as it is, a shade too different. They look better in real life than they do in the pictures, but that's probably not saying much. The fit of the dress is also strange. The bodice seems a little lopsided on the bottom and, going back and looking at Bodyline's photo, it looks a little lopsided even on the mannequin. And I don't think it's because of the way I tied the halter, because the top of the bodice looks straight; maybe if I deliberately make the halter part crooked, that will even out the bodice...
Overall: 3.5/5 - Again, color and pattern are beautiful. I like the cut of this dress much better than the other (which is why it gets .5 more than the other) but I'm upset that the bodice doesn't look quite right.
Conclusion: 3/5 - Maybe I'm expecting too much from Bodyline, although I really don't think so; I don't expect it to be brand, but I do expect some things from them. I expect that they will do what they say they're going to do, and ship things in a timely manner. I also expect for their products to be sewn correctly, which I doubt the purple dress's bodice is.
This was my first review, so if I missed anything, please let me know.