Post # 1
I am buying a sample dress today. My wedding is 2 weeks from tomorrow so I am very limited on time. It is just the dress they have for people to try on. I really loved it so she said she would be willing to sell it to me – it wasn’t at a sample sale or anything. I was told it would take 5 days to be cleaned so with alterations still needing to be done I really don’t have time for that.
Is it necessary to clean it? It looked like it was in good shape. It has beadings on it and an overlay with lace/embroidery so I would also worry the cleaning could ruin that.
I wish I could have bought the dress new but I am just a little short on time! Plus I saved money. Realistically I am probably the only person that would notice. It is an ivory color anyways.
Post # 3
i would definitely suggest havin the alterations done first and then seeing what shape the dress is in. Since it’s a sample, chances are, any dirt would just be along the bottom of the hem from it being moved around the store and that part might be taken completely off when you have the hemming done. If the alterations are finished and you still want it cleaned, then you can see if you can get a rush job done in the time you have, but i certainly wouldn’t make it the priority. Good luck!
Post # 4
it sounds like it’s in good shaper and you don’t have the time to send it to the cleaners, and i agree with CO919 that the priority should be the alterations. at the least, you could buy one of those small steamers (conair has a few models) and steam the dress after the alterations (if the alterations place doesn’t do that already) just to get any wrinkles out and freshen it up.
here’s one of the conair compact steamers (i believe mrs. canary blogged about this):
Post # 5
I bought a sample dress, and I never even thought of having it cleaned! It looked fine to me but now I will check again.
I’m sure it will be fine. I would just check to see if there’s any obvious makeup marks on it or anything.
Post # 6
I think it depends on the dress and how it was treated. If it looks clean, feels clean, smells clean, wear it happily. When I was trying on dresses, I noticed some salons treated their samples really, really well and others were a lot rougher on them. If you’re happy after alterations, why not wear it as-is?
Post # 7
The lady I am buying takes extraordinary care of her dresses. She runs the shop all by herself and doesn’t even have store hours – just by appointments only. Since it is just her she takes care of everything. She said she cleans the floor every day and keeps them stored in bags. I asked about getting it cleaned after alterations and she said they recommend not doing that since the dress can shrink a little.
Also, I will be getting married outside (hopefully!) so the dress will get dirty anyways walking in the grass.
Post # 8
Sounds like you’re good to go, cmk!
Post # 9
i think they typically dryclean it and the salon should be able to make a recommendation as to where. depending on the fabric, the dirt may not show as much. if you don’t think it looks off (look under bright white / sun light, just to be sure) then maybe it’s fine.
Post # 10
I’m glad she takes care of her dresses. I bought a sample too, but mine was very dirty and definitely required cleaning! I think I would take it in just to be safe…Congrats on finding a dress!
Post # 11
I would say that it depends on the dress. If it doesn’t look like it needs it to you, then you’re probably ok.