Post # 1
I need a little guidance from some fashionistas from the hive.
I bought this dress to use as the bottom half of my reception dress (I’m keeping the corset top of my dress on the entire time and just switching from a pickup ballgown skirt to something shorter.)
My questions is can I iron out the pleats in this skirt?
It has that acordian style pleating that isn’t sewn into the skirt like regular pleats, so I’m thinking with a strong wash and iron on a low setting with the steam on full blast they might come out and give me more of a smoothed look.
I just don’t want to start ironing and find that I’m just ruining the skirt and there isn’t anyway to go back to the original look if I can’t make it look flat.
Any suggestions? Any experience with this type of skirt loosing the pleats after washing and drying?
Post # 3
To me, skirts that are supposed to have pleats always look a little wilted and misshapen when the pleats are taken out/start losing their crispness.
Post # 4
yeah, I don’t think you’ll be able to iron them out with your at home iron.
Post # 5
i would take it to a dry cleaner and ask them. then if they say it will work you could actually have them steam/starch it, which would probably look better then you trying to do it yourself.
Post # 6
Wow, no, I would definitely not try that. For one, the fabric looks really delicate, and you’d have to turn your iron on very hot to even come close to ironing out a ‘permanent’ pleat like that. Second, are you sure they aren’t at all sewn into the skirt at the waistband? They start out totally flat at the top? That seems weird to me. But regardless, I do not think you would be successful trying to iron these out. What is the material? I wouldn’t even try washing that skirt, especially giving it a “strong wash”…even if it’s cotton, it just looks way too delicate.
Post # 7
The garment is cut and sewn with the sewing pattern taking into account the accordion pleats, it will be ruining the skirt if you try to iron or wash them out. Plus, they are probably treated to remain even through washing. Also, if you are planning on removing the top, you will have to find a way to set the zipper into the skirt, so you can get it on… super complicated and I would only try it if you are an expert in clothing construction.
The style of skirt you want is very simple. Can you or someone you know just find a pattern and make it for you the way you want? Even if the pattern is for a one layer skirt, it is simple enough to just cut an extra layer a little longer and sew both into the waistband.
Post # 8
Thanks for all the quick replies.
The fabric is some sort of chiffon I think, although it’s a bit stretchy so maybe it’s not. There’s no zipper to worry about and the pleats are definitely not sewn in at all, they start just under where the waist band is. The dress says hand wash, tumble dry on low.
In normal circumstances I would totally sew my own skirt. I do have some sewing experience including making jackets and a skirt like this wouldn’t be too tough. The problem is with 10 days until the wedding I have a million other things to do and spending hours trying to get a skirt hemmed just right without having a dressform or someone to help me is going to be much more stress than I can handle right now.
I’ll take it to a seamstress or dry cleaner and see what they say. Thanks for the input. Any other ideas?
Post # 9
Just wanted to share that I took the plunge and ironed that dress and it came out great! I used the 2nd highest setting (linen) with the steam on the highest setting (constant). I kept the iron moving but pressed hard and went over the same area several times. It hangs nicely and the pleats came out no problem! (although I did this quickly before work and it could use a more thorough ironing in some parts- you can see the areas that still look a little pleated)
-I have to mention that I can’t say this will work or won’t ruin other types of fabirc-