Post # 1
My dress is the Watters Austin- which is 100% silk organza. It has been hanging in the coat closet of my tiny city apartment since May, and I’ll be taking it in to be altered next week.
I considered taking my dress to a dry cleaner who specializes in wedding dresses to get it pressed (abandoned that idea when they told me pricing STARTED AT $365). When I spoke a woman from the cleaners, she gave me about a 20 minute lecture on how delicate a fabric organza is and how if it isn’t hanging freely, it can get permanent creases in it that even steaming can’t take out. This of course freaked me out because a) it was already wrinkled when I first got it from the manufacturer and b) I don’t have anywhere in my apartment that it can hang freely (and my cat won’t be able to get to it).
Now I’m really worried that I might be doing damage to it by keeping it in my closet. I suspect this woman was just trying to scare me into paying an absurd amount of money that I don’t need to spend and taking advantage of me as a stressed bride, but I am worried that she might be right. Anyone have any experience with organza? Can this really happen?
Post # 3
This is a great question and one I didn’t think of until now. My dress is in organza too!
I just looked up care for organza fabric and they say (ehow.com) it can be ironed on warm (not hot) setting. I figure that might work for the stubborn creases/wrinkles. I have not tried doing this but if if I do I would try first on a small patch at a hidden area.
Another tip was to hang the dress in the bathroom while you shower. The steam is supposed to help the wrinkles fall.
Post # 4
Yes! What she told you is true and it happened to my dress!!!! Be VERY careful with real silk organza. The problem is that they look like just wrinkles to us but they are actually permananet damage to the weave of the fabric. The individual strands of the fabric loosen and twist out of place and they cannot be repaired. I didn’t know this until after my dress was already ruined 🙁 It took a $725 cleaning to get it into a reasonable state or repairs.
Post # 5
My dress wasn’t organza but 100% cotton and it was already wrinkled before I walked down the aisle. :/ It was steamed right before putting it on – but once I sat down it was never the same. The ceremony photos were alright but the rest of the night it was a giant wrinkled mess. DH is photoshopping it better but sometimes there’s not much you can do…