(Closed) How do I store my dress for six months?!?!?!

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I’ve heard that you shouldn’t put it in a plastic garment bag because the plastic emits fumes that turn it yellow, but I’m not sure how long that takes. I have been storing mine in my mother’s closet in a fabric garment bag for about 6 months, maybe more, and it’s still fine.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Maybe you could take it to a good dry cleaner, one of the ones who does dress preservation, and have them wrap it for you?  I know they wrap and fill the dress with acid-free tissue, and put it in a special box.  I have also heard that you shouldn’t use any plastic.  And I would think that being wrapped and laid out properly would be better for it than hanging for six months.

Post # 5
Bee
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent

The container store sells a wedding gown storage bag.  That’s where mine is living- probably not totally neccesary but it puts my mind at ease 🙂

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Oh yes, don’t hang it….lay it flat somewhere.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

i bought mine from a sample sale about 4 months ago.  i stored it flat with acid free tissue paper between each layers (my was a sheath so i had to fold it twice but it was LOOSELY folded).  i put the dress along with lots of acid free tissue paper in an acid free box.  then every month or so, i open the box up to check on the dress and also to let it breath.  4 months later.. the dress is still in perfect shape!

i also heard a clean white sheet works but can attest to the results.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

in my above post.. last sentence.. i meant to say.. "i can’t"

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Actually, museums and theaters say the best way to store fragile textiles IS by hanging them on a padded hanger. Folding fabric can weaken it at the creases and cause tears. Now, for six months it probably isn’t a major issue but I’d rather not worry about it. I do second the folks who said use a cotton garment bag or sheet – preferably one big enough to hold the train without folding too.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Some wedding dresses are very heavy and hanging them can stretch the fabric. I don’t recommend folding it, but lay it flat somewhere if you can. Mine is on the top shelf of my mother’s walk-in closet.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - St. Clement Church, Cafe Brauer (or a big church wedding and a fancy party at a cafe in Lincoln Park.

I bought the cloth wedding dress bag from the Container Store.  My dress is lying flat in a dark closet and has been since August.  I think she is doing well!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

The shop where I bought my (sample) dress gave me a breathable cotton bag.  Mine has been hanging (though it has wide straps and isn’t especially heavy) in the closet for 9 months already, and it still has 4 months to hang.  It’s doing just fine.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

My alterations person told me to get the acid-free box and acid-free tissue from the Container Store and to wrap it up (changing the folds every month or so).  Three months to go in storage!  I will probably get it pressed (and not cleaned – it was a sample that was cleaned very well before being sold on ebay) a week before the wedding.

Post # 14
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Newbee

Another popular way is to get a brand new 100% cotton white sheet and lay them underneath and on top of your gown that is laying flat (closet shelves seem to be popular). If you have an ultra poofy skirt, maybe rotate which side is face up once in awhile just to keep it evenly poofy before you get it steamed the day before your wedding.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

The woman at the bridal store where I got mine told me to wrap it in a white sheet, place it in the garment bag (which is plastic) and hang it in the closet (but not by the straps- by those loops inside that meant to keep it on the hanger and keep the weight off the straps).  It’s been in there since Novemeber and I just tried it on again last weekend. It’s in perfect shape- not even wrinkled).

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