Steaming your own dress?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

steam from the inside an test on a small section first.x

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I was given a really good steamer as a shower gift and I have been practicing wiht it and I have to say I really like this thing…I am also seriously thinking I’m going to do my own dress-or touchups

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Yes, I totally did this. You can actually get a small, hand-held steamer from Target for about $25-30 that is easy to bring along on the wedding day and use for steaming *everything.* Steaming is not that difficult, you will not ruin anything, no need to be scared of it. Just practice a bit ahead of time and get an idea of how long it will take for your gown.

(Bonus: the steamer is great to have after the wedding too!)

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Is it safe to steam satin yourself? I was going to have my dress steamed at a salon for $65 but was worried about transporting it afterwards to my venue and leaving it over night. (It’s about 7 city blocks away and I didn’t want to put it in a cr and crunch it up after steaming).

Buying a steamer sounds like a much better option but the bottom of my dress is satin nd that makes me nervous. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

@Andyisgreat:  Yes, you’ll be just fine. Practice ahead of time, and hold the head of the steamer far enough away from the fabric to avoid getting water droplets on it if you’re worried, but you can safely steam satin yourself.

Post # 8
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Worker bee

Should be just fine but do be careful of any embellishments that may be attached with adhesive and make sure your steamer is ready and not spitting water (mine does as it condenses in the hose from prior uses or not hot enough) doesn’t really hurt anything its just water but still… ditto on test a spot first as well.

Post # 9
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Newbee

Not yet, I would also like recommendations! 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We have a large upright steamer that we got from costco a few years ago, and I wouldn’t hesitate to steam my own dress.

However, make sure you practice steaming other things.  Ours “dribbles” a bit of water in the beginning, which can leave water marks on silk.  I let it warm up for a few minutes before I steam any of my silk stuff.

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