Has anyone purchased from Shabby Apple?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@spezia:  Try modcloth! I got my wedding dress and shoes from them. Sooooooo cute.

I have to post the shoes bc they are TDF!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@spezia:  I’ve purchased 3 dresses from Shabby Apple and I haven’t had any problems in terms of quality.  ModCloth is another GREAT and inexpensive online store. If you’re really going for retro, pinupgirlclothing is amazing. I have about 10+ dresses from them and they’re great quality fabric.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

I bought a dress from them last year.  Love it, I wore it to a christmas party!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@spezia:  As long as you go by the sizing chart, it will (or, should) fit. Sometimes it’s a bit depressing how I’m a ‘large’ at my biggest measurement, but it’s easier to take things in than out!

Post # 10
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Newbee

I fell IN LOVE with shabby apple’s clothes on their website and immedately bought 3 dresses — and I never shop online…..

unfortunately when they came the material and sewing quality was NOT GOOD.  Among other thins….

  • the darts under the bust were different lengths
  • pleats were held in place with tape for shipment and without the tape the dress bunched up and the pleats fell out
  • measurements were inconsistent – the dress was baggy in the waist but the short sleeves left painful red marks on my arms
  • fabric was flimsy and thin

I wrote them about the terrible quality and returned all of them – shame, b/c the design was cute… it seems like they spend their budget on gorgeous photo shoots for their website, but overlook the actual dress quality.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’ve bought from shabby apple & been very happy with my dresses. The fabric can run thin, but I think it is worth getting a full slip. I’ve had the same experience with some modcloth dresses. I have found that the quality of the individual garments varies drastically on those sites, so look carefully at the individual reviews. Also, if the notes on the dress say it runs big in the bust, or small, etc, pay attention to that! 

Post # 13
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Newbee

@spezia:  I was cleaning out my email and found the letter I wrote when returning my dresses (I was a bit peeved, so it’s lengthy – but gave specifics).  I can’t comment on whether they have improved since then since I never gave them a second chance.  I can say that they responded kindly, thanking me for my feedback and offering to refund my shipping.

2/12/11

I was happy to find your site and the beautiful dresses pictured on it.  I ordered three dresses.  Unfortunately the quality of the dresses you send to customers is extremely disappointing and not representative of what you have shown.  I am a size 4-6 with no extreme measurements and expected at most to hem or take in a dress slightly to have the dresses fit appropriately.
 
Dress 1 – De’Lovely – The dress did not lay anywhere near what is shown on the model.  The top fit like a huge bag, as did the sleeves and the bottom was so tight it took my underwear off with it when i pulled off the dress.  But worst is that the dress is made for someone who is a minimum of 2-3″ taller than my 5’3″.  The larger than normal distance between the bust and hips mean that unless I take apart the dress, I will have a few inches of bunched up fabric around my middle.  Pulling the dress down and hemming was not an option because of the way this dress was shaped.  Very disappointing.  Many loose threads and button holes that were not completely open were also noted but not my reason for returning.
 
Dress 2 – Bon Voyage – I felt like I was wearing a pair of scrubs.  The fabric might have been okay if the top was fitted (and I had only paid $20 for it), but it was as baggy as a big t-shirt up top.  If someone saw me from the waist up they would have thought I was a nurse.  I thought I might fix the top myself, but decided against it as soon as I walked in the dress.  Walking is impossible unless you keep that temporary tape on.  The pleats bunch up between your legs, or if you try and walk with your legs together they bunch up in front of your legs giving you a pouch in front that rides up and verges on inappropriate.
 
Dress 3 – Appalachia – the lined top was nice to see although at this price range I would expect the dress to be lined completely.  The darts on the front of the skirt were uneven lengths, no attempt was made to line up the darts in the back of the shirt with the corresponding darts in the back of the dress.  The top fit me well if I never have to raise my arms.  The skirt is not nearly as fitted as is shown in your pictures, especially around the waist.  Like the first dress it is made for someone taller than my 5’3″ since the distance between the bust and the hips put the hips of the dress below mine and the ruffle detail in the back just below my knee
 
I would appreciate if you would refund my shipping costs as this return is not due to a wrong size but the construction of the dresses.
 
Your recent notoriety in a slew of online blogs and special interest sites is due to the beautiful *pictures* of dresses on your site.  Those bloggers and commenters’ that have not just looked at the site but actually ordered (and not received free) a dress from you, are more and more often commenting on the sad quality of fabrics and construction of your dresses.  I would also suggest adding a height component to you size chart.  I do hope you decide to improve in those areas because you have a lovely concept but with the quality of dresses you are providing customers, I do not see myself becoming a repeat customer.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@kernstreet:  This is good timing! I saw some Shabby Apple items for sale on Zulilly, and was curious about quality. YOu’re right, the photos on the site are GORGEOUS, but I want some decent construction.

Modcloth frustrates me because I’m 5’9″, and it seems like their dresses are pretty short. There’s little I can wear to work.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@spezia:  Have you tried Etsy? I got a custom-made Mad Men-styled party dress a few years back from a vendor on Etsy, and was really pleased with it. The reviews are pretty reliable, I’ve found.

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