Post # 1
On Sunday my grandma was kind enough to show me her wedding dress, veil, and photos. It was quite the bonding experience. Both her and I were saddened by the poor state her dress was in. She never got it cleaned (it was very dirty) and it has yellowed quite a bit.
Does anyone know if if a this 50-year old dress has any chance of being cleaned? Will it just fall apart if we try (satin underskirt and tull overlay)? I think it would just break both of our hearts to have to throw it away. I have already ordered and paid for my dress; I wasn’t interested in wearing it, but the Latino museum where they had their reception might like to display it.
Of course, I will call around, but if anyone has tried to clean an old dress, I’d love to hear how it went.
Post # 3
If you don’t get the answer for cleaning the dress don’t throw it away or keep it stashed in the closet.
Why don’t you make some lovely things out of it- like the ring pillow? Even though I’m sure that would be hard to take apart the dress to do. But why keep it ignored in the closet.
I hope you are able to restore the dress, it would be lovely
Post # 5
Sorry- but you mentioned throwing it away…
Post # 6
While I myself am completely cavalier about throwing vintage textiles in the washing machine with a capful of Woolite and a handful of Biz (and with good results usually), please do not take the chance with your grandmother’s wedding gown. Take it to a cleaner who specializes in restoring vintage textiles.
You are very fortunate that your grandmother has saved the items from her wedding, and that you have the opportunity to preserve them.
Post # 7
beesknees i think it was a resonable suggestion. sometimes the best way to preserve a memory of something is to reuse it in a way you can see it every day or reuse in other family weddings. my mother wore a bridal cap my dad’s mothers wore at her wedding which she added a veil to, & i am considering using a piece of my mother’s veil to make my hairpiece to preserve tradition in a new way. of course if it can be cleaned & displayed at a museum that would be super cool as well.
ALSO! I just remembered I saw a knot wedding (?) site (or somewhere) where the bride displayed her mother’s & grandmother’s dresses on dress forms near her guest book table. it wouldnt matter so much if it was cleaned but it’d be just so cute!
Post # 8
Piper, that is such a cute idea! It would look totally at home in the mansion we are having the reception at.
Post # 9
There are several wedding dress cleaning companies that claim to be able to restore "museum quality dresses". While I cannot attest to how well the dresses are restored, i do know it costs a fortune (at one bridal fair, I was quoted $450).