Post # 1
I bought a gorgeous dress from a consignment shop (Monique Lhuillier) for 1300. It is a once worn dress and is already the perfect length for me and has a bustle! I do need to get it taken in as it’s a size 10 and I’m a street size 2.
My question for you gals is
1) When should I get it dry cleaned? I was told by the shop that they JUST got the dress in and was dry cleaned before it was brought to them. Should I trust this and just not get it dry cleaned?
2) If I should get it dry cleaned- how extensive of research should I do to pick the best dry cleaner??
3) I’ve heard that it’s good to store it in a breathable bag. I have mine in the garmet bag that the store gave me which is white and has like a polyester like feel to it?? I have a little bit of the top zipped open and it’s in our walk in closet. Is this okay? Should I worry about yellowing etc?
Post # 3
@limekitty: why don’t you examine the dress thoroughly for wear and smells and stains and if it meets your sniff and see test, do not further clean it. Each time it’s hauled around you risk damage to it–a snag here, a sequin falling off there.
I would bet that “breathable bags” are expensive You can do the same thing by draping it in a cotton sheet, or perhaps two sheets depending on how full it is.
It’s not going to get yellow in a year. For that short of a period, you want to protect it from dust and possibly pet hair if you have pets.
Post # 4
I worked in a consignment store years ago (it is a GREAT way to add expensive pieces to your wardrobe.)
Most consignment places require that clothes are dry cleaned first but unless the dress was brought to them in a dry cleaning bag it’s impossible to know for sure.
Either way, I’d do the alterations first, then get it dry cleaned after. You’ll want to do that, not just for the alterations but also to make sure it’s pressed correctly.
I’m not sure about the bag, but breathable makes sense to me. Is the garment bag from the store or the original ML bag that the dress came in?
Post # 5
I did the full sniff test at the store- haha!
The dress is truly in pristine condition with only 2-3 loose threads at the bottom. No stains or smells. It does look like it has just been dry cleaned so I was actually thinking of skipping this step!
That sounds like a good plan! The dress apparently was just brought to them the day before (!!! fastest sale ever??) They didn’t give it to me in the original bag that it was purchased but rather a bag from their personal store.
Do you think I should still dry clean it after alterations just in case? I heard that sometimes dry cleaning can shrink the dress- truth or no?
You girls are awesome <3
Post # 6
I bought my dress over a year before my wedding.
If there are no smells or spots I would probably just not bother dry cleaning it. Mine was expensive to dry clean (cheapest reputable place I could find was over $100). I was told to dry clean it before alterations as dry cleaning could slightly change the size so I would talk to a seamstress if you plan on dry cleaning it just to be sure.
I ended up taking it to get dry cleaned a couple of weeks before the alterations started (due to what the seamstress told me). Before that, it hung in a regular garment bag in my closet for a year. No yellowing or issues at all with that and no special bag.
Post # 7
@canuckandakiwi: I disagree with alterations then dry-cleaning. If OP feels she really needs it dry cleaned, do it first! Shrinkage can happen, even with the best dry cleaning, and she definitely wants her alterations to stay true. A good steam after the alterations should do the trick.
OP, as another poster mentioned, just check out your dress. Is it clean? Does it have stains, inside or out? Does it smell okay? If it does, no need to have it dry cleaned again and go through that cost and stress. A good steam from your seamstress will make it look beautiful again.
Post # 8
Hey gals! Thanks so much for putting my mind at ease.
The entire dress actually looks beautiful from the inside slip (no marks of dirt on the inside at all) to the outside. I tried a couple dresses on in the store that look like they had accidently been tred upon (eep) that I would definitely dry clean. But from what everyone is telling me, if it looks pristine- trust that!
Thanks so much! I think I WILL skip the dry cleaning and have my seamstress steam and press it.
However- I do love everyone’s advice about asking the seamstress as well for her advice!
Thanks everyone <3<3<3
Post # 9
That’s great you’ve come to a resolution. But…..can we see the dress? XD