The color is such a pretty blue and the neckline seems work-appropriate all on its own.
Looks divine, yes?
A closeup of the pleating at the neckline. The color IRL is close to what I saw online, it's a beautiful shade of blue. Let's take a look inside, shall we?
First of all, the copy says the dress is fully-lined. It isn't. As you can see from this view of the back, inside-out, the sleeves are not lined and they are raglan sleeves so the absence of lining is not inconsequential. There is ribbon trim partially along the neckline and I was not happy to see that "feature". J.Crew started using the ribbon trim to edge the waistbands in their pencil skirts a couple of years ago and the technique is vastly inferior to a properly tailored waistband.
A view of the front, inside-out, the sleeves are not lined and the ribbon trim used at the back of the neck ends near the shoulder. I wonder if the facing fabric at the neckline on the front of the sleeves will roll out of place. It didn't feel itchy right away when I tried it on but I'm sure that the unlined wool would irritate my skin before long.
Taking a closer look, the zipper is not sewn in straight, the lining is stitched crooked and it doesn't meet properly at the hook/eye closure.
From the outside it is a lot more obvious that the zipper is askew. The edge of the ribbon is visible at the neckline as well.
I folded the dress so I could take a photo of the sleeve stitching on each side. The invisible hem stitching is very loose and where each sleeve meets the lining the stitching ends just before the join. It's not even finished or tied off, it just ends.
The hem of the dress is also not completely stitched, ending here about an inch before the back vent. I see a fallen hem in the future for this dress.
The zipper is perfect as well, and it is a side zipper, which is more difficult.
What are your thoughts on the dress? Would the imperfections be a dealbreaker for you or do you think I'm overly critical? Have you tried any J.Crew suiting this season?