Post # 1
I bought a pre-owned gown that needs a lot of alterations and I want it to feel brand new (even though it was never worn). I dont know which comes first, alterations or cleaning? Please vote and share any experiences you’ve had.
Post # 3
@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
- 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 # 5
@mrsSonthebeach: I was thinking the same think about the oils but I wasn’t trying to depend on my seamstress to do any spot cleaning once alterations are complete.
Post # 6
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
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!