Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The End (I Hope) of the Dress Saga

"After the ball is over, after the break of morn, after the dancers' leaving, after the stars are gone, . . ." Lyrics to a waltz from the 1890s that was later performed by Irene Dunn in the 1936 movie Show Boat. (Fun facts to know and tell.) I remember it as an old song my Mama used to play on the piano during her afternoon performances. But, I digress.

The dress, my MOB dress, you know the one that did not fit? Well, it was time to return it to the shop for some type of compensation for my pain and suffering. After stressing over finding the correct dress, then the thrill of finding a fabulous dress, followed by the fear of it not being delivered on time, then relief that it had arrived, only to find out it did not fit, naturally the saga continued. When one of my daughter's friends picked it up for me and brought it to the beach (the day before the wedding) I was a little anxious, given it is easy to alter a piece of clothing by "taking it in" however, "letting something out" is difficult when there is nothing extra.

I tried the dress on and, alas, once again, it did not fit. Luckily, I had brought a "safety dress", not one I particularly wanted to wear given I had worn it to the wedding of half of my daughter's Bridesmaids. Anyway, it wasn't my first choice and, even in my mind, it was frumpy, but the day before the wedding and being 50 miles from the closest store, that was going to be the dress I wore.

I emailed the shop to let them know that no, in fact, the final alterations did not work, the dress did not fit, I had to wear another dress to my daughter's wedding, and I would be returning the dress. Of course I got the standard, "Oh, I am so sorry. Of course you can return the dress for a full refund," reply.

With everything else going on, it was a week and a half before I got back to the shop with the dress. When I told Sarah, the owner of the shop, how disappointed I was that the dress did not fit, her reply was, "I just do not understand, all we did was replace the zipper. Nothing was done to make the dress smaller." Duh! "The dress was too tight when I tried it on. Jordan and I discussed that." "Oh, I don't think she understood that. She just said the zipper ripped."

OK, I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to get this - "Of course the zipper ripped. The fabric through the bodice was so tight, the zipper would not close. That is why it ripped out." "Jordan still did not say anything about your having concerns about the dress being too tight. But, we will refund you the cost of the dress."

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