- 9 years ago
- Wedding: April 2010
Hi all, (sorry this is kind of long)
So, I got (very close to) my dream Amsale wedding gown at a sample sale a few months ago. I’ve been on a high since then b/c it was almost exactly what I wanted from my *dream* designer for a price I could afford (yay for me!)
I was told that I should take it to the dry cleaners so that they could get the dirty off the hem, etc as soon as possible. The dress is super simple and has no beading or anything – it’s just a really nice silk material – and it was in good shape. Someone recommended a place around me that had done a good job on their dress. They didn’t do dresses in shop, but they sent it to a nation-wide gown cleaning & preservation company. I thought that was a good thing, so I sent it off.
So, it was supposed to take a month to clean, but it took about 7 weeks and I was getting ansy. I picked it up yesterday instead of having it delivered b/c I wanted to make sure it looked ok b/c I’d heard horror stories about changes in fabric color, etc. I thought it looked fine…… until I brought it home. There are a few snags in the silk (which isn’t a big deal b/c you can’t see them unless you get really close)….and about an inch-long tear/rip in the fabric at the bottom of the dress in the front and some discoloration around it. I called the store and they said they didn’t know anything about it and they’re going to try to work with me to get the discoloration out and get their tailor to help with the alterations to make up for it. But a tear in the fabric – that’s pretty unfixable. If I was like 5 inches shorter (or maybe even if I wore flats), it wouldn’t be a big deal b/c it would get taken in with the hem. But I’m not that short (and I want to wear some cute heels!).
Now, I know it was a sample dress, but I would have never bought a dress with a tear in it. Esp. since the beauty of the dress is the fabric and simplicity (lack of beading, etc). It’s not ‘ruined’…….but it is messed up. So, assuming they can get the discoloration out, I don’t know what to do. Do I wear my dream dress even though it’s flawed (and just hope no one looks at the bottom of the dress)? Or should I just be thankful that I didn’t pay a lot for it and just go get another one?
What would you do?