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3-13-14: I read on EGL that Bodyline was having a free shipping promotion, so I went and checked out their inventory and see if anything caught my eye. Onepiece dress L213 was very cute and I had been eyeing it for a while, so I ordered it.

Price: ¥2,999  Shipping (Air mail): Free

 

4-7-14: Dress received. 4 weeks and 4 days (My last order last year took about 4 weeks to arrive. I don’t believe I did airmail, though)

The dress is cute, just as expected. It just requires a bell-shaped petti…which I don’t have. It looks equally good without any petti or with absolute minimal poof, as a nice sweet floral dress. I was hoping to wear it more himegyaru style but the lace screams sweet Lolita.

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The bag was pretty torn up all down one side. Thank goodness they double bag because this could have been bad! This is the local postal system’s fault, but I am still surprised. With all the online shopping I do, I’ve never seen a bag in this condition.

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Front of the dress and detail of bodice~ Check out that rose lace. It’s on many Bodyline garments. I like it very much.

I’m top heavy and I was able to fit easily in the top, but it does look strained. Take care to wear a tighter bra and watch for too much uniboob.

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Sleeve- this polka-dot lace lines the hemline too!!

The sleeves are SERIOUSLY tight and too short. They are dainty little cap sleeves that barely go down my shoulder, which would be fine if it weren’t for the fact that the elastic is both itchy and overly tight. I had deep grooves on my arm after a day of wear ):

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Back- mmm look at that shirring.

 

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(super quick lazy photo. Mega deflated bodyline petti in use)

 

The dress doesn’t wow me. It fully meets my expectations, save the sleeves. Seams all around the bodice are pretty itchy, the lace is the usual Bodyline quality. Meh. I like it, I’m going to wear it frequently as a casual dress, not full Lolita. I’m glad I caught it during the no-shipping campaign, since I ended up paying only $30USD for it.

Bottom Line: I would rec this dress to others, but check your measurements thoroughly first and think about if the sleeves will bug you/if you are ready to make adjustments to make them more comfortable.

 

 

 

Ok, to start out, I’d like to say that at least two of the failed order attempts were my fault because of a minor miscommunication with paypal, which has since been resolved.

5/10/13- I ordered a navy summer style seifuku and a new Lolita skirt……payment went through according to paypal, but over a week later, I still hadn’t gotten an email confirm from Bodyline itself. I checked and it wasn’t in trash or spam. I just didn’t get one. (Had never happened to me before)

Luckily, with the website redesign, Bodyline made it easy to find the tracking page, so I went to that, put in my email, and was able to get my tracking number.

Well, it calmed me down quite a bit to see that my order had been “Dispatch[ed] from outward office of exchange” on May 16th….

I chose to go with air mail for shipping.

6/3/13- I received my order

Communication- 2/5 If not for that tracking section of their website, I never would have gotten any information regarding my order. What happened to confirm emails?

Packaging- 5/5 Sturdy bags as usual, nothing new here

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Now on to the items themselves!!

Lolita skirt-  L353

I really wanted it in grey, but they had only black in stock in my size. Looking back, that was silly. The black colorway looks great. The front has a nice lacing section, which I’m going to tie a bit tighter to offset a little looseness in the waistband. There is a well-hidden zipper to the side and two ruffles at the bottom.  The skirt fits comfortably slightly above my waist. For construction I give it a 5/5

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IMG_1594 Close up of the zipper area

Now here comes the BAD part….the seifuku. I ordered Costume 410 in navy in size small. The stock image looks like this (left):

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The packaging was nice

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I am the same height, but have larger waist and bust but smaller hips than the model. (Hella petite by many American stores’ sizing) I struggled to fit in this costume!! The top was way too short, and even rode up showing most of my bra when I moved my arms. The skirt was too tight on the waist- luckily a quick sewing fix- and way too short. (Does not pass the bend over test- barely passes the stand up test!!) I knew that it would be short, but the measurements on Bodyline’s website did not give me an accurate picture of how it would fit.

I know that for $28 I shouldn’t get too upset. You get what you pay for, but still….I will wear a cami under the shirt, but the skirt is too small to fit shorts underneath….I own another longer skirt that matches in color, luckily.

Otherwise, it seems to be constructed well enough. No loose threads or badly done seams. The pleats on the skirt were sewn together for transport, which shows that they did take care in packaging the skirt. A minute with the seam ripper and it was ready to wear. Color matches the reference photo for navy quite well.

MY ADVICE if you want a seifuku, order costume 323 or 324, they seem to have much longer skirts. Especially if you have a long torso (the shirt seems longer) or are a taller person (aka Western)

Now, for a picture spam. Shown: zipper of skirt, zipper and snaps of shirt, bow, and detail of the back of the shirt.

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I placed my very first order with Bodyline. I bought a necklace from the “last one” section, petticoat pan049 and dress 1447 in blue (gre)

I used DHL instead of EMS, since right now shipping is $10. I placed the order on March 25th, and received the package on April 13th. The pricing was reasonable, with the dress costing somewhere around $50. The petticoat was %27, and the necklace was $7.

Customer Service/communication: 5/5

I quickly received confirmation emails, and was able to use the tracking number to check its progress. I never encountered any problems.

Speed- 4/5

I wasn’t in any hurry, so 3 weeks seemed reasonable. It came just in time for Khaotic Kon, but then I decided not to wear it.

Packaging- 5/5

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There was no noticeable damage, and each item was neatly packed into individual bags.

Construction 4/5

There were many loose threads and frays by the end of the first wear. On the other hand, the zipper is well hidden to the side and does not get stuck. (as opposed to my last dress, which had it right down the back, and jammed frequently)

The fabric is a nice and sturdy herring bone pattern, slightly nicer than just cotton. I assumed it would be a thinner fabric, but the quality of the garment is very satisfactory.

I’m also glad to see that the color is faithful to the website’s images.

There are many nice details to the dress, especially on the neckline. As you can see, the buttons are shaped like roses, and are surrounded by decent quality lace.

The sleeve is edged in lace as well, and looks very nice when worn.

As for the petticoat……wow. I didn’t expect so much poof from a $27 petti. I wore it for several hours and it hardly deflated. The only drawbacks are it is incredibly short and itchy!  I was surprised by its length, and feel a little disappointed that I can’t wear it with my longer dress. It’s still worth buying, but I really need a good pair of bloomers to wear under it in order to tolerate how itchy is can be, especially around the waistband.

Finally, the necklace! It looks pretty, but the chain is plastic and not metal. I have yet to wear it because minutes after removing it from its packaging, the chain broke. I haven’t had a chance to break out the pliers and repair it. I may end up buying a new chain to hang the pendant on.


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