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Warrior needs medicine. Badly [Jan. 13th, 2010|01:03 pm]
I have braved the wilds of Rocky River and successfully taken all Christmas gifts to be returned to the post office. I even stopped and got milk on the way back.

This is a more impressive accomplishment when you stop to consider that I still feel like deep-fried death. I was so impressed with my success in walking all the way through the local Aldi's that I'm sort of pissed I didn't level up and gain new skills.

Three packages went out today. The first was not technically a return: Amy accidentally had her dad's Christmas present sent here from Amazon, so I had to forward it. Since I'd opened the box, I tucked her remaining detritus from her last visit in with his book, then carefully addressed it to her so that her dad wouldn't wonder why I was mailing him stray socks.

Package 2 was Seasons 1-5 of Mythbusters. The Ferrett-mom and I, both being women of incredible intelligence and excellent taste, managed to each buy Ferrett the exact same present. I cleverly managed this duplication by getting Ferrett to open the copies of them from me first, but then keeping the copies from her. Alas, Discovery.com allows for exchanges or refunds, not credits, so Ferrett can't just order other goodies from there. Bad planning, Discovery.

Package 3 was returning a t-shirt which was ordered in a "women's extra-large." When Ferrett held up the t-shirt, I told him they must have sent a children's size by mistake. If this is their idea of what constitutes an extra-large woman, I am frightened to imagine their idea of "medium." Karen Carpenter would struggle to get into this t-shirt. The cute would be perfect for a gangly 11-year-old boy. If Poppy Z. Brite is an extra-large person, I'll eat my hat, but this t-shirt looked about right for him. Reality-check is not forthcoming.

So off they went, clearing off my sewing table and getting one more chore out of the way. Back to curling up on the couch staring vacantly into space for me.

[User Picture]From: sapphirescarlet
2010-01-13 07:03 pm (UTC)
What I wouldn't give for some "staring vacantly into space" time! Hope you get to feeling better soon.
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[User Picture]From: merchimerch
2010-01-13 09:31 pm (UTC)
I've noticed a couple of t-shirt companies who sell women's tees that are really really tiny in XL -- the women's Ts from threadless and topatoco come to mind. I think it comes from the "girls tees must be super tight and show off their boobies" frame of reference. It's annoying.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-13 11:11 pm (UTC)
Topatoco it was. There's a difference between "tight" and "tourniquet with a funny slogan."
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[User Picture]From: libco
2010-01-14 03:40 am (UTC)
Actually that's good to know as a 40DD I'd hate to order an XL from there for sure!
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[User Picture]From: crwilley
2010-01-13 10:58 pm (UTC)
Was the shirt from American Apparel? A couple years ago some folks on Ravelry (knitting site) found the sizing schematics for the shirts, and found the amount of ease built into the shirt dropped really dramatically as the size went up - the XS had a little positive ease (i.e. the shirt was bigger than the bust measurement), and the 2X had 4-6" of negative ease (i.e. the shirt was expected to stretch 4-6" to go around the wearer).

This makes no sense to me. This is why I don't order women's shirts printed on American Apparel goods...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-13 11:15 pm (UTC)
I don't recall the shirt company, but it sounds like the positive ease to negative ease pretty much = all shirts the same size with different labels!
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[User Picture]From: crwilley
2010-01-13 11:29 pm (UTC)
I looked up Topatoco and they do use AA women's t-shirts...so that explains everything.

And it wasn't quite as bad as "all the shirts the same size" - but I think it might have been the case that while the shirt size categories go up by 4" increments, the actual shirt measurement only went up by 2.5" increments. This strikes me as poor planning on somebody's part.
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[User Picture]From: jiffjenn
2010-01-14 12:23 am (UTC)
It is those evil babydoll women sizes... they are super small... which goes against my plus size women clothing rules...(not to look like a sausage overstuffed into a casing).
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-14 01:35 am (UTC)
This wasn't even babydoll styled! I was quite irritated and included a nasty note
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-14 01:37 am (UTC)
But small. Having seen him in person, he is quite tiny. Not skinny as such, but small.
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[User Picture]From: gieves
2010-01-14 03:36 pm (UTC)
I was going to ask if it was an American Apparel t-shirt. I was on a Threadless binge for a while, but I always had to buy their XL (women's) shirts if I wanted to be able to wear anything. And I was a lot skinnier than I am now...

For a while, the XL was also the largest size they carried, which was ridiculous. Threadless now has their own shirts they print on, but the sizing is only marginally more reasonable.

FWIW, the men's sizes are marginally more sensible than the women's, but they're still geared to the skinny hipster crowd and not normal people.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-14 03:51 pm (UTC)
Skinny hipster should be its own sizing group!
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