- 8 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
So… it’s been a very long weekend, people. I am just about 4 months out so my mom came for my initial dress fitting. (I had taken my dress for an alterations estimate previously but was unhappy with that seamstress, so we were going elsewhere.)
For reference, here’s that gown:
At the fitting we discovered something horrible. My dress came from the Running of the Brides and so I haven’t yet seen it in cleaned/pressed/steamed condition. It’s always had a weird diagonal fabric bulge right on the front of the bodice, but me, my mom, and the numerous seamstresses who have looked at the dress at RotB and elsewhere were sure that this was an artifact of bag storage and would be resolved by steaming and pressing.
Much to our chagrin and after a VERY long time of prodding and poking (she also called someone in for a second opinion) the seamstress delivered the bad news. The “bump” isn’t a wrinkle, it’s a defect. My dress has SIX LAYERS of fabric, and one of them was cut incorrectly, and there isn’t any way to tell which one it is. To fix it, she would have to cut apart all the layers of my dress (all silk organza), measure them, recut the offending layer and sew them back together. It would probably cost a huge amount of money… potentially thousands of dollars, enough to make a whole new dress.
So as you can imagine, my jaw dropped. The bump isn’t huge but it is VERY noticable in photos (we tested, as we were initially hoping we could get away with not doing anything). So, minor breakdown time. There isn’t enough time to order me a new dress, I really can’t afford this extravagant repair, and even if I could I am very concerned the dress would never be able to be put back together exactly right and then I’ll be down sh*t creek without a paddle.
So in total desperation, and lack of anywhere else to turn, we went to Vows. Vows is a boutique outside of Boston that sells sample and overstock gowns off the rack. Being 5’11” and a size 12 I really was NOT hopeful about this. The ladies at the store were very patient with me as I tried on practically every dress that they had in increasing sadness…. but….
THEN THIS HAPPENED!!!!
OH MY LORD. This is Enzoani Farlow, which I know a lot of ladies around here have worn.
The sample size 12 fit me PERFECTLY – perfectly enough that IT DOES NOT NEED ALTERATIONS AT ALL, beyond hem/bustle. It was like it was waiting there for me! Even better, because it was a sample, it has a few small tears in the skirt (with the nature of the skirt you don’t even notice that they are there) but because of the defects the dress was only $799 and they will fix the problems and dryclean it for me for free. I only need to pay for the hemming.
I am in a state of disbelief. So much has happened in the last few days. I am having a hard time adjusting to the change and letting go of the original dress but I am SO excited to wear this gown! Thank god my earrings, shoes and fur stole will still go great with the Farlow and nothing else has to change! Plus, I get to wear a sash, which is something I really wanted.
Phew. Still mentally processing. I’m so glad my mom was with me this weekend – I feel like I’ve been on a rollercoaster.