Dress Cleaning/preservation and alterations

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Which comes first?
    Alterations : (7 votes)
    58 %
    Cleaning : (4 votes)
    33 %
    Get preservation treatment : (0 votes)
    Do not get preservation treatment : (1 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    11469 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @salejolie:  I would have it altered first in case you get any spots or marks on it during the process. This typically doesn’t happen but considering the fact that you are going to have it cleaned before wearing it I would wait.

    Post # 4
    7929 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    Your seamstress will spot clean anything after alterations are done, so I would get it cleaned first. I wouldn’t want the dirty fabric on my skin over and over again and the oils are slowly eating away at the fabric’s integrity and brightness. Best to hit the reset button on that as soon as possible. Plus, as your seamstress brings in parts ofthe dress, dirty fabric will get sewn together and be on the inside of the dress where it will be harder to clean.

    Post # 6
    5697 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I say cleaning first. Is the bottom pretty dirty (mine was and still is). If it is stained or anything she can work to hide or alter that out, and being freshly cleaned and pressed it will probably lay better on you. You could always ask your alterations person what they think you should do but there’s no reason they will make a mess on it. 

    ETA: I haven’t heard good thigns about preservation. i just had my dress cleaned and I”m going to box it up, I don’t expect it to last a million years and be perfect wether it’s preserved or not. I just want to keep it for now.

    Post # 7
    444 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    An owner of a bridal consignment store told me that she always does cleaning first because some fabrics like silk can shrink. She said it happened to one of her clients who insisted on cleaning her dress after alterations…and of course, if taken fabric has been cut away, there is no chance to let the dress out then!

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