Post # 1
I am getting married in Negril, Jamaica and I know that my dress will need some steaming once I arrive to get out the travel wrinkles. After hearing some horror stories about steaming mishaps that ruined ruching and shrunk fabric on gowns, I am scared to entrust my gown to someone in Jamaica to steam. Has anyone ever steamed their own gown with one of those portabel clothing steams like at Sharper Image (http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=16021865)? Is this a horrible idea? Does it matter what sort of fabric my dress is?
It seems to me like it would be doable (this from a person who has never steamed anything ever) as long as I keep the steamer at a fair distance from the dress and work very carefully. I am thinking this is just going to be a light touch-up, not a total overhaul.
I would love thoughts and suggestions.
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2008 - Vineyard on the Delta
Steaming Da Dress
here’s my experience, GL!
Post # 4
I bought that exact steamer – I figured $20 minus a 20%off coupon, it was worth the risk. My wedding is at the end of April – I’ll let you know how it turns out!
Post # 5
i use a steamer at work all the time (i work in retail). granted I am not steaming fine gowns or anything, but it is really easy. I steam from the underside of the fabric, hold it 3-6 inches away (or whatever instruction say) and just go down in long vertical strokes (it helps you see where you have already steamed to keep a consistent pattern). Make sure you use clean water and the machine is clean.
Post # 6
I am sure it depends on the fabric, but mine was perfectly fine getting steamed. I picked up a $10 Conair hand steamer and it worked like a charm the day of the wedding. It’s also come in handy since the wedding-I haven’t used an iron yet since we’ve been married.