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    December 31, 2011
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Pearly beads trim the edges of a gauzy, attached coverlet above a sleek dress of luminous silk charmeuse, fitting attire for a graceful gathering in a place of great refinement. Though not pictured here, a thin, self-tie string of silk at the nape of the neck ensures sleeves won’t slip off of shoulders. A Catherine Deane original, designed exclusively for BHLDN. Back zip and button closure. Professionally clean. Imported. This silhouette is fitted through the bodice. For best fit, size to the curvier of your bust and waist measurements. Can be shortened; using an experienced bridal tailor is recommended Underwire and bust cups Silk tulle and silk charmeuse shell Silk charmeuse lining All gowns require an additional shipping charge of $15 See fit guide for detailed sizing information We recommend pairing this gown with a veil in Ivory If your size is not available, please contact our stylists to place an order.-->
 
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By: jhac
Date:August 12, 2012
Location:Indiana
Age:26-30
Body Type:Smaller on bottom
Height:5'6
This dress is a labor of love, but well worth the madness...
I bought this dress after my first wedding dress was ruined by the talented seamstresses at David's Bridal. I saw this dress online after I bought my first dress. Needless to say, I fell in love and wanted this dress instead. A couple months later, BHLDN opened a store in Chicago. I went to the store to look for a bridal shower dress and walked into the wedding dress section. Once I saw this dress in person, I knew I had to have it. Luckily, my first wedding dress was ruined not long after. I made an appointment and bought this dress within days of my David's Bridal dress debacle.
What's nice is the speedy delivery in which I received my dress. I bought it in the store and it was shipped to my house within days. Normally, wedding dresses take months. Since my dress was ruined 3 months before my wedding, I was worried about the timing of its arrival. Thank goodness BHLDN doesn't have those silly waiting periods.
Now to the dress...I consider this dress a labor of love for numerous reasons. It is extremely delicate, the cup inserts showed through, finding the right undergarments, figuring out how to properly bustle the dress, the fabric (silk) wrinkles very easily, pinholes, and steaming the dress was very intense. If you damage the english netting...the dress is ruined. I had to be so careful while wearing it. There are cup inserts inside the dress. For whatever reason, they showed through once I put on the dress? My seamstress could've removed them but I didn't notice until the week before I got married. Thankfully, I noticed this problem more than anyone else and it didn't show in any of the pictures. As far as undergarments, I wore a strapless bra with seamless underwear both from Victoria Secrets. I didn't wear lace since the fabric is so thin and you could probably show everyone what's covering your lady parts. Bustling, my seamstress figured it out...she's amazing. All I know, it was a 10-point bustle using ribbons connected to one another. She never had to sew the ribbon through the outside of the silk since there were so many seams in the dress. Every ribbon was attached to a seam in the back. Wrinkles are common in silk. I didn't know this until I already bought the dress. I had to figure out a way to sit in the dress without wrinkling it (for picture purposes). What I did was practice at home...while in my dress I sat down. I flatted the dress where I sat and pulled the fabric up where my legs creased. It worked! Pinholes...yes...there will be holes...if you can avoid it, don't let anyone put pins in your dress. I don't care what "special" pins they have. Pinholes will show through and there's nothing you can do to get rid of them. If you can't avoid this, ask your seamstress to put as little pins as possible or hide them. As far as steaming, I had to learn how to steam silk since I had a destination wedding. I also didn't trust anyone touching my dress. Don't worry if you get water on the silk. It won't leave a watermark. Just try to avoid getting water on it. Steaming worked at getting out the wrinkles except for the ones that were pressed into the dress. I think during shipping, my dress was packaged in such a way as to where one huge wrinkle was made. Unfortunately, it was in the very front of the dress. I didn't have time to have it professionally pressed. If you can, have it professionally steamed BUT with huge caution. You never know what can happen! OH, and I did try ironing this massive wrinkle. Exercise extremely caution if you try to iron this dress. Honestly, I don't know what I was thinking trying that.
See...labor of love!! For sizing, I'm 5'6, 117 lbs., and 34D. I bought a size 4 and it fit me perfectly. I didn't have to alter my dress at all besides the bustle. One other thing, the boning inside the chest and torso...my seamstress removed some of it. For whatever reason, the boning poked through the silk and was visible. She kept most of it in there, but some of it had to be removed (particularly in the front of the dress).
For accessories, I bought Something Blue shoes, earrings, and a hairpiece all from BHLDN. I bought the Something Blue shoes that are suggested alongside the picture of the dress. The ivory heel with metallic accent. The earrings were pearl. I don't know their name. I originally bought a halo for my hairpiece, but it didn't match my hairstyle so I returned it and bought a couple hairpins. I didn't wear a vail because there was just too much going on with the dress plus the beauty of the dress was lost once I tried on a vail.
Overall, if you can buy this dress and can handle the labors...buy it. Don't look back. I never felt more beautiful when I wore it. I love that it's something from a different era...Downton Abbey-esque. I wanted to wear something that I believe my grandmothers would've worn. Since we didn't have their dress, this one was the next best option. Numerous people came up to me and told me that my dress was amazing, lovely, beautiful, vintage, timeless, unique, etc. If these are the words you wish to be described as on your wedding day, this is your dress.
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 Saturnalia Dress
Saturnalia Dress
Sheer silk organza straps add a sense of refinement to creamy ivory taffeta that is folded and flared into a classic party frock. From Essere. Back zip, hook-and-eye closure; removable belt. Silk taffeta, silk organza, nylon tulle; acetate lining. Dry clean. USA. An Essere original, exclusive to BHLDN Falls 23” from natural waist
 
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By: jhac
Date:February 16, 2012
Location:Indiana
Age:26-30
Body Type:Smaller on bottom
Height:5'6
Too bad it didn't look and fit better
I went to the Chicago store today with a purpose to try on this dress. I've been wanting to try on this dress for months now so I was beyond excited to get it on. As soon as I saw it, I wasn't as impressed with it as all the other dresses in the store. I mean, there are so many dresses in the store that are so much prettier! I tried on a size 4 and couldn't zip up the back fully, but I didn't need to...the dress was not good. The fabric looks "dirty" (it's a yellowish ivory) and is "poofy". The fabric isn't a clean satin, it's almost like a goose-down comforter?! I'm small and it made me look bigger?! I was really upset it didn't work out. I ended up trying on two more dresses (the cloudberry dress and lemon meringue dress). The cloudberry dress was my favorite. Too bad this dress didn't work out! It's so pretty in the picture, but doesn't look the same in person.
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 Velocity Dress
Velocity Dress
Rows of gold ric-rac swoosh and swoop around Hitherto’s sweetheart neckline, only slightly slowing as they spin down its full, party-ready skirt. Bodice has boning and bust cups for extra support. Side zip closure. Polyester, metallic polyester; nylon tulle and acetate lining. Dry clean. Imported. A Hitherto original, exclusive to BHLDN Falls 30” from natural waist
 
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By: jhac
Date:December 31, 2011
Location:Indiana
Age:26-30
Body Type:Smaller on bottom
Height:5'6
I'm sure it would look pretty on other girls
I've been obsessing over this dress for over a month now and decided to finally purchase it. I'm 5'6, 34D, and 120 lbs...this dress looked terrible on me. It was way too long and big. I decided to size up since the other reviews mentioned it was too small. I order a size 6 and don't believe a size 4 would've been any better. Since I'm bigger on top than on the bottom, I would've had to have this dress custom fitted for my body. The dress hit probably 5 inches below my knee, made me look bigger, and the top kept falling and sliding off of me. It was a mess!
Needless to say, I returned the dress. I'm upset that it didn't work, but maybe it would work for another girl?
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