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« on: October 08, 2010, 04:43:11 AM »

maintenance methods!

to start off: I heard that you can wash your gown without loosing the stones (correct me if thats wrong) but is it also OK to put your ball gown in the dryer?  Or do the stones fall off...
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2010, 07:47:27 AM »

V washed my gown. use a wool wash in the bath the hung it to drip dry. It  only lost a few stone....
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2010, 05:14:57 PM »

I hand wash mine in the bathtub and lay them flat to dry up, then hang them up to finish drying while they're still slightly wet, that takes care of most of the wrinkles. Never tried machine washing in a pillowcase or drying in a dryer.
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2010, 08:30:43 PM »

I gently wash the body suit ---keeping skirt out of water, towel dry --has never hurt the dresses. Keeps them fresh for resale too!
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2010, 10:14:38 PM »

Ended up just washing the pits by hand and hanging in the garden to dry.  Pretty clever that, wonder why noone thought of it before Roll Eyes
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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2010, 05:09:01 AM »

I WONDER IF IT IS FABRIC SPECIFIC?
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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2010, 08:14:35 AM »

I have always taken mine to the dry cleaners - it was fine with my first dress but the second one is missing a lot of stones.  I read here that washing is best - but you are right, it must depend on the fabric.  Will have to get specific instructions on my new new dress.
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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2010, 08:59:07 AM »

When do you get the new dress by the way?

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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2010, 09:45:59 AM »

I washed my gown by hand in a tub, using a soap, then lay flat dry, lost only little bit of stones. I don't like to hang them, since if bodice or skirt are made of stretchy fabric, hanging might make dress longer.
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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2010, 03:49:35 PM »

I'm wondering what would happen if I washed my feathered gown -- what would the feathers come out like? They are glued in clumps all over the skirt...and the dress is white and will sorely need a washing before being worn or sold.
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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2010, 04:09:51 PM »

When do you get the new dress by the way?

Zac
funny you ask: I was originally supposed to get it today (I'm in Montreal) but instead we had another fitting.  Which is, as they say, just as well...
So in the next two weeks...
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« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2010, 04:11:19 PM »

I'm wondering what would happen if I washed my feathered gown -- what would the feathers come out like? They are glued in clumps all over the skirt...and the dress is white and will sorely need a washing before being worn or sold.
Well, I saw a duck get wet once, its feathers seemed to be just fine.  I'd guess ostriches have to endure rain once in a while... Roll Eyes Tongue

OTOH, far as I know there is no agency sticking feathers on ducks or ostriches...
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« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2010, 11:14:52 PM »

its liek leather, you never had to protect it whenit is on the cow..but you have to use something to prevent it from cracking on the chairs. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2010, 02:16:52 PM »

I'm wondering what would happen if I washed my feathered gown -- what would the feathers come out like? They are glued in clumps all over the skirt...and the dress is white and will sorely need a washing before being worn or sold.
Well, I saw a duck get wet once, its feathers seemed to be just fine.  I'd guess ostriches have to endure rain once in a while... Roll Eyes Tongue

OTOH, far as I know there is no agency sticking feathers on ducks or ostriches...
hah...good point. and my thoughts exactly. perhaps they will blow-dry nicely with a gentle hand.
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« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2013, 06:31:48 AM »

I read a really, really old post by Joe (of DF fame) on a now ghost town forum that one should not wet ballgown feathers if at all possible.  Not sure how you'd get around that.  Spot cleaning the rest of the dress?

And does anybody here use the stage trick that my ex ballet dancer ballroom teacher mentioned?  Using vodka to remove smells from costumes?  Or is that something you can't do, with ballgown fabrics?
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