Post # 1
This is for those who have worn tafetta dresses, or are about to and already have a fool proof game plan.
I am travelling overseas with my dress, and so I don’t have the option of picking it up in pristine condition from the bridal shop and jumping right into it.
For taffeta, what’s the best way to get the crinkles out? I’ve read that steamers can damage/ warp this fabric. I’ve also read that hanging the dress in the bathroom with the hot water running will steam the crinkles out.
Anyone have recommendations as to what works best? My dress has a pretty long train, and so i know, no matter how careful i am, it will need de-crinkling on the morning of my wedding.
Appreciate your help!!!
Post # 3
I love taffeta wedding dresses! I would say to def ask the bridal shop about this and a very good cleaner what they recommend. Also, remember, taffeta is by nature crinkley which is part of its breezy and whimsical (and in my view, beautiful) charm!
Post # 4
Thanks JoeBeth! I will ask the bridal shop when I go, but in the mean time I am wondering if I need to look into buying a steamer or something, cause I would need to order it for shipping (I’m outside of the USA).
Post # 5
There are different types of taffeta, my gown is taffeta but isnt quite smooth.. but the only thing you can do to get the crinkles out if you are travelling with it is to steam it and then it hang so some of the wrinkles fall out. But be careful when steaming the dress though, you dont want water spots to ruin your gown.
My bridal salon will be steaming my dress for me and it should be fine from then on
Post # 6
Wondering if anyone else has used a steamer on their gown. I have a pretty good one, but I’m still worried about water spots!
Post # 7
I actually used an iron! Shocking, I know!
My dress was EXTREMELY wrinkled and when I took it to get altered, my seamstress said the material was like that. Um no. I tried a steamer, but it didn’t work, so I did a test on some of my dress material that was cut off during my alterations & it worked.
So I took an iron at extremely low heat and worked out all the wrinkles and it was pretty and smooth. Here is a before an after.
Post # 8
An IRON? Really? Wow…. that was brave, but happy to hear it worked!
Post # 10
DD’s dress is silk taffeta so I will be ironing it with a good quality piece of white muslin pinned over the ironing board and then another atop the dress fabric. The iron will be set on the ‘silk’ setting and I will mist the top piece of muslin with a spritzer bottle and not use the steam setting on my iron. (Just to be extra safe!) You don’t want to risk damaging the fabric by letting the iron come into direct contact with the fabricds and a few lengths of white muslin from the fabric store are a whole lot cheaper than a wedding gown. <G>
My own gown was silk slipper satin with heavily beaded Alencon and Lyon lace applied and I pressed it in a similar manner, but from the back side so that the beading and lace were face-down on the ironing board. That way you don’t ‘squish’ the detail work.
Since you are travelling overseas either buy a multi-voltage travel iron to test here (but they are usually so tiny) or plan on going to a home store there and purchasing one. Test it out as soon as you are able to get the feel of how hot it runs. Taffeta really needs a cooler setting.
Post # 11
I steamed mine and it was totally fine – no water spots or anything.
Post # 11
Candy_Nee: what kind of steamer did you use?