It’s here and beautiful!!

As I said, my dress came in on Friday. When I opened up the box I was stunned – the dress is so white! So much whiter than I ever imagined it could be. I have absolutely no idea how Heritage Gown managed to clean it so well, but it’s absolutely perfect and if it weren’t for the tears it looks brand new!

I tried it on last night, but like the forgetful person that I am, I didn’t snap any pictures. I’ve been on a pretty intense workout program for the last two months, and even though I haven’t stuck to the nutrition part like I should I’ve still lost some excess fat, so when I put the dress on it fit better than it ever has before! Talk about amazing motivation.

Like I mentioned before, I removed the sewn in crinoline in the dress before I sent it to be cleaned because the crinoline was weak and tearing – and also incredibly uncomfortable. While the dress was away I got two huge crinolines from my parents’ house that I’d had growing up so I was able to try them on with the dress for the first time last night. Let me just say one thing: WOW. It was so beautiful I almost cried.

One unexpected (and awesome!) thing from the cleaning was that the taffeta is now extremely soft. When I sent the dress off, the fabric was stiff, shiny, and a bit brittle. When I got it back it’s softer and not quite as shiny. Though it’s still definitely weak and thin I think the fact that it’s softer will actually make the fabric more durable.

So there you have it! The dress is back, I’m in love with it, and I can’t wait to get started on it again!

Waiting for Shipment!

Not five minutes after telling a co-worker that I hadn’t heard any updates on my dress I received an email stating that my dress is awaiting shipment!

That’s right, she’s all done and about to come home! I’m so excited and absolutely can’t wait to see how it turned out. I’ll post pictures as soon as I can.

While the dress will have been packed in a box for shipping, it was pressed before being shipped, so this is also the first time I’ll see it in a non-completely wrinkled state.

Still being cleaned…but almost done!

After not hearing an update on my dress in close to a month and a half, I emailed them yesterday to check up on the dress and see how it was holding up.

They replied within a few hours and said that lace came through nicely, which I was pretty worried about. It is a little limp and may need sizing to give it body again, which doesn’t surprise me either since it was that way when I sent it off.”There are some holes (old and -few- new) but most of it looks great,” they reported.

Apparently there’s a stain on the train that is giving them trouble since it refuses to come out – that seems to be what’s taking the extra time. It also sounds like they even stitched up some of the tears in the train to distribute the weight of the dress better, which is really awesome.

They were extremely apologetic that the dress wasn’t done within the usual 2 week time frame for rush orders. I honestly don’t care that it’s taking a bit longer (I was expecting that given the size and weakness of the dress) but their awesome customer service just makes me happier and more confident in their abilities.

If all goes well the dress should be finished and shipped out by the end of this week! So watch for an update next week when I get the dress and see it for the first time all clean!