A few weeks ago I was on a mesh hunting mission, trying to figure out what all the mesh fever was about in the Second Life fashion world. I went from shop to shop and marketplace click by click picking up demos to try. Needless to say my inventory was overflowing with demos which were a mixture of carbon copy pre-purchased mesh and incredibly stunning unique designs.
One of the items I picked up from Marketplace was an oh-so-sexy Shalini split dress from Mashooka that literally had me drooling from the photograph. To my disappointment, none of the 3 sizes even remotely fit my avatar. I would have to put Shiloh on a serious starvation diet in order to fit into the largest size. Now here is where it gets sticky… I left a one star review on the demo page stating that none of the sizes would fit my avatar, which is not an overly curvy avatar. About a week later I received an instant message from the creator, Aradhana Voight, asking kindly if I would reconsider my rating because it didn’t take into account the dress itself. Just the fact that it did not fit me. I will admit at first I was a little taken aback. Here I am up on my high horse doling out merits and reviews, how dare someone question my opinion on a piece. It IS MY opinion after all! (I jest, I am seriously not THAT egotistical lol) Then… I took a deep breath and took a look at it from the designer’s perspective. And, as difficult as it is to admit… I was wrong.
Was the dress gorgeous – YES! Were the textures beautiful and nicely shaded – YES! Would I have worn it if it had fit me. – YOU BETCHA! If I had answered no to any of those questions, then I probably wouldn’t have even considered looking at the dress. I needed to remind myself that the designers are learning too. This mesh thing is new to many of them, and has been quite an undertaking to learn, so a little patience is in order. So I swallowed my pride, put on my big girl panties and sent a message back to Aradhana. I was pleased to find that she was online. We had a little discussion where I shared my epiphany with her and she was very pleased I came to that conclusion.
As it turned out, she had been collecting feedback on her mesh pieces and using them to create 3 additional sizes to add to her mesh sets. She sent me a copy the dress pictured here called Abheri wrapped dress that included the new sizes and low and behold, one of them fit with minimal adjustments to my avatar! I paired the outfit up with a bracelet and a stunning pair of earrings from Junk, and my stand-by stiletto pumps from Hoorenbeek. You can see for yourself the hard work and dedication Aradhana put into her design, and her concern for her customers satisfaction. So color me humbled by a Second Life fashion goddess who is willing to go the extra mile, not only for her customer, but to protect the reputation of her brand which she has so lovingly created.
What Am I Wearing?
Pose: Just a Hunch .jaH. There is no next time
Skin: LAQ Thea Nougat