I have, however, been eyeing the factory printed pencil skirt in Casbah print (they call it jade). After reading all the positive reviews I decided to bite figuring it would be a no brainer.
J Crew Factory Printed Pencil Skirt in Stretch Cotton in Jade (Size 2)
The colors are gorgeous and the shorter length is cute but makes it a bit more casual. Here's my problem. The pattern does not line up on the seams (of course) and it is unlined. Bigger problem - I seem to be in between sizes. The size 2 fit well in the waist sort of right below my belly button but the hips were a bit loose (which I don't like in pencil skirts). The size 0 fit great in the body but was tight on the waist so that I had to wear it at or above my belly button. The skirt is on clearance at the store for something around $39.97 + 40% off. For that price I might have considered but not for $52.
Factory Patchwork Mini (size 4)
This is bigger than my usual size because it was the only size they had left. I also think it was 40% off. Basically cute but not super flattering and felt a little flimsy. Cute madras.
Factory Printed Cotton Sateen Mini in Green (size 2)
This was also on clearance and as you can see it came home with me. I'm not sure I'm keeping it because WOW IS IT SHORT but with a drapey tee I think it looks pretty sporty and cute. It was 40% off plus I used my educator discount so I think it came to $20. Almost irresistible but have to decide if I can really play with my child at a park in it. Hmm...
Admittedly, as a shirt, this is a lot of look. I only like it with the sleeves rolled up or under a sweater. It's really lovely and 100% cotton as opposed to the retail version which was that icky silk blend which always rips after about 2 wears. This was about $17 after discounts I think. The fit is SPOT ON. Love.
Factory Mosaic Tunic in Seashore Green (size XS)
First off, let me start by saying that I will not be wearing this as clothing but rather as a beach cover up. The print is slightly different than the shirt incorporating a lovely pinky/peachy color. The collar and cuffs are adorable. It is LARGE in the chest but I think if I sew the deep vee up a little bit it will help shape it some more. Again, for $17 I'm not complaining!
In review :)
Factory stuff is still on the whole sub-par to retail but:
At rock bottom prices you can get a bargain AND
it is nice to get something in a print that you originally missed out on.