So my clothes arrived.
What a disappointment.
First, I hate it when I order something and I receive not only my garments but 50,000 clearance catalogs and a bunch of other crap that killed a dozen trees to generate and go straight into the garbage. That being said, the items arrived quickly, were packed nicely in sealed plastic, with tissue paper, cardboard and clips to keep everything nice and wrinkle-free.
I ordered this white shirt. It is a cotton knit, but looks and feels more like cotton poplin. You only realize the knit in how it stretches. The fabric was not see-through, a problem I encounter with most white shirts. The sleeves were a tad long, but to be expected with a non-petite size on me. The opening on the side for the sash to go through (wrap style) was far larger than the sash itself, leaving much skin showing (tacky). I was confused by the sash, it seemed too long to tie in back, too short to tie in front, and uneven so unable to tie on the side like most wrap shirts. Then the problem I encounter with most wrap styles – not enough fabric in the front. Would be fine if this top was part of a stripper’s costume, but not work appropriate. I even went up a size to allow for the bust, but ended up with poor results.
If it weren’t for the unusually large opening on the side showing off your midsection to the entire world, I would say this shirt would be a good choice for one who is lean, small busted and long in the torso. The fabric and construction was surprisingly decent and the front rouching was flattering, not gaudy.
The next item was a stretch poplin shirt in black (shown in red online). It too is a wrap style, but attached on the side so no wrap issues. I find that a faux wrap style works better with my bustline, and the side rouching is usually flattering, trimming my waistline.
This one did nothing for me. The right sleeve was longer and narrower than the right, almost to the point that I could not fit it on my arm. The hem of the shirt ended just a hair below my waistband of my pants – an unflattering length for most women and surprising considering I am petite and this shirt is not. Though I am between sizes and ordered a size up, the shirt was tight through the midsection and my chest was popping out of the neckline. The hem on the neckline is a foldover style that doesn’t have a hem visible. Good for this type of top, unfortunately the foldover part was not long enough and not attached correctly so it was bubbling up around the neckline. Looked terribly cheap.
Finally, the swing coat. Cotton velvet, bracelet length sleeves, I thought this would be adorable with cocktail and sheath dresses, or even a white ribbed tank and jeans for a night out with the girls. Again, highly disappointed. The velvet is the cheap type that collects lint as soon as it is removed from the wrapper. The buttonholes were not large enough for the buttons, to the point I practically tore the jacket trying to open it to try on. The shape was… lacking. No definition in the shoulders or the body, leaving the piece a bit cockeyed on the body.
So, pretty much what I expected. A disappointing result from Newport News, and a confirmation that I should still be tossing out their catalogs as soon as they arrive.