The good news is the dress made it! The bad news is that if I planned on breathing while having fun, it wasn't the dress for me. And it was expensive! It is going back. By pony express - the same way it got here.
I was doing some miscellaneous shopping this afternoon and happened into JC Penneys and found a glitzy little number that was (ahem) 70 percent off! I snatched that thing with my greedy little paws, pulled out my $10 off coupon and headed for the checkout. The sweet clerk told me to keep my coupon, charged me the $14.98 price tag minus $10. I am going to proudly wear my $5 Jacquespenne' snazzy top with a black skirt dejectedly hanging in my closet. Ahhhhh. Life is good.