Moving Forward

I just got off the phone with Heritage and I gave the go-ahead on the gown and I’ve set up the payment plan! I opted for a rush fee as well which ultimately ended up being covered by our military discount (yay!).

They said the dress was some type of silk, though they weren’t sure it was 100% natural fibers. All in all she said it should hold up well in the cleaning process. It isn’t horribly yellowed so the whitening process should go well and the lace also seems strong enough, she said. The only problem could be the metal buttons on the back of the dress – some of which are exhibiting signs of rust. She said if they looked like they would be a problem they would remove the buttons and clean them separately.

With the rush fee I’m looking at seeing my dress again in possibly a month! I’m incredibly excited and more than a little nervous. The waiting game commences, but it’s nice to have some wedding-dress-free time to focus on other things like Save the Dates, catering, and the fifty thousand other details that go into a wedding.


Arrival in California

As of yesterday afternoon my dress has arrived in California and I’m waiting on a phone call.
To tell you the truth, this is terrifying.

Heritage Gown Preservation

After finally finishing the lace repair on the hem of the dress (Yay!!!) I’ve made the terrifying decision to send the dress to Heritage Garment Preservation for (potential) cleaning. 

Originally I’d intended on repairing all the lace before sending the dress away, but I realized that the amount of time I was putting into the lace would push the cleaning dangerously close to my wedding date — and I still have all the alterations to do! So after calling up Heritage I’ve made the decision to send my dress this week. 

The game plan is that I’ll ship the dress tomorrow (Heritage provided a shipping label so I don’t even have to pay to have it shipped to California!). When they get the dress they’ll evaluate it to see whether the fabric can withstand the cleaning process, we’ll have a phone consultation, and then I’ll give the “yea” or “nay” on whether to go ahead. The cleaning and whitening will be roughly $450, but since the process can take anywhere from six to twelve weeks I plan on rushing it, which will be an additional $50. The cost doesn’t intimidate me as long as the dress makes it through, but I’m petrified that something will happen to it! 

I snapped a quick (bad quality) picture last night after I finished the last lace repair. Goodbye dress! hopefully the next time I see you, you’ll be spotless, pure white, and ready for alterations! 


Remember the picture of the damaged lace from earlier, too? The repair actually ended up going really well! 



Beading Pattern

I’ve removed all the beading from the dress along with all the sequins as well. I’m going to be re-beading the entire dress when it comes back from Heritage, but I wanted to snap a few pictures just to make sure I remembered how it was beaded. I don’t particularly like the beading pattern, but it still gives me a good place to start, and I love the detail.

Here’s the shoulder/top of the sleeve:





Here’s the neckline:



The dress neckline


And here’s the cuff of the sleeve: