(Closed) Problem: Tulle too soft after wed. dress dry cleaned – Petunia

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I really wouldn’t use starch… it can leave residues on the fabric. If you are desperate to use it, only spray the underside/inside of the garment, and don’t use too much of it. You will have to use an iron to “set” the starch spray immediately after spraying. I would be nervous about using a hot iron on such a dress.

Also, bear in mind that the iron may cause the starch to change colour and turn into a thick white paste if you have sprayed too much.

It’s a risk, but if you want to take it, go ahead! Darling Husband and I used to use starch for our dress uniforms in order to iron in creases to the fabric. His results were always a lot better than mine… I think I used too much, and that’s why it went wrong.

Post # 5
77 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

What about hairspray?  You could try just a little bit to see if it hardens the tulle and causes no effects…and no need to iron if it works.


FYI, I have never tried this before.

Post # 6
76 posts
Worker bee

I would go buy some tulle from a fabric store and see what happens when you spray it with starch.  Alternatively, I would wear a crinoline 🙂

Post # 7
1219 posts
Bumble bee

Ask another dry cleaners or bridal salon what to do.

Post # 8
2486 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

How many layers are there

is the softneas ruining the shape of the dress ?

my dress was soft tulle so I wore two

crinolines instead 

Post # 9
773 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle

I looked up a picture of the dress. If it’s just the tulle that forms the mermaid skirt under the lace overlay layer, I could say for for a crinoline to increase the volume and don’t try to do anything to the fabric. If you want the individual layers to stand out from each other more you could ask a seamstress to add a strip of horsehair to the end of the tulle. that will make it more rigid. 

I could be pretty risky spraying anything on it. I would say to avoid the hairspray for sure as that contains solvent and you don’t know what that might do to the fabric. Probably nothing, but not worth the risk. 

Definitely seek the advice of a professional before you do anything though. 

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