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!