Feltman Brothers was founded in 1916 and is dedicated to creating timeless, high quality, hand embroidered outfits and accessories ranging in size from newborn to toddler. For Easter, we received the Diamond Smocked Dress. This company goes to great lengths to express their attention to quality even to how the dress was shipped to its customer. The dress was packaged on a dress hanger, wrapped in plastic, and sent in a flat cardboard packing box. There were strings attached to the dress that kept the dress hanging inside the box. So even if the box was jostled the dress remained intact. The dress was stuffed with tissue paper to keep its shape. In the bodice part of the dress, the tissue paper was held in by three straight pins. Although this was a nice thought, the pins were so small, hidden, and a bit difficult to remove that I actually overlooked one of the pins until I took off the dress after my infant daughter had worn it for a few hours. The sleeves of this dress were also stuffed with tissue paper.
This dress is very impressive with its beautiful smocking, the scalloped detail around the collar and sleeves, and even down to the tie loop in the back of the dress that helps keep the tie in place. The dress arrived with a loose string in the hem of the dress that was easily removable but provided me with enough reason to check the dress thoroughly for any other loose or separating stitching.
Our daughter is 10 months old and weighs 21 pounds, so we requested a size 12-month based on Feltman Brothers’ sizing chart. The length of the dress and the fit around the arms was perfect. What wasn’t taken into consideration was the sizing around the neck. This dress has a 3 button back. The top button made the fit of this dress so tight around our daughter’s neck that it made the dress pucker between the top and middle button, the scalloped collar to stick up in the front and very uncomfortable for her. If we wear this dress again, we will add an elastic hoop to close the top button instead of putting it through the button hole. This will fix the issue, but again for the quality and detail that the company pays to other features of this dress, this should be one that is looked at and considered how it can be remedied.
The dress is very breathable since it is made primarily of polyester and cotton. This blend of materials helps reduce the chance of shrinkage, the need for lots of pressing, and makes it machine washable which I loved! We put our daughter in this dress for church. I lost count of how many compliments we received on this dress and the delicateness and beauty of it.
(stains on dress)
As luck would have it, we had a disastrous diaper and the dress was not spared. I treated the stains with a stain remover and washed the dress in cold water, although the tag says warm water, in a lingerie bag, and on the delicate cycle. I was amazed that after the first wash all of the stains were gone! I hung the dress to dry. I was surprised that the dress, even after being in a lingerie bag, did not require much pressing. After washing and air drying, I put the dress back on my daughter to see if there was any shrinkage. The sizing of this dress remained unaltered after being laundered!
Overall, the appearance and quality of this dress exceeded my expectations. I was very impressed with how well it held up to my daughter’s crawling, staining it, and laundering. With babies differing in size, I would have appreciated more room in the neck to button the top button which would have made it easier to get on and off my daughter and possibly improved the fit around the neck and alleviated the pucker in the back. With a few accessories, such as bloomers and a headband, this dress would make a wonderful outfit for Easter, baby dedication, or a church outing.
Disclaimer: This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post are my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion of this product.