Post # 1
So, I was determined to try it after reading Bridal Bargains and a number of threads on the ‘Bee about successful attempts at machine-washing gowns. She’s in there right now, inside out, in a mesh laundry bag, delicate cycle. The lace hem was pretty grungy – I’m eager to see how it comes out! For reference, it’s a two-part gown: the dress underneath is polyester and rayon, with lots of embroidered lace and a fair amount of beading. It also has a removable top layer of embroidered lace with sequins, pearls, and beading. I turned both parts inside out and put them in the same mesh laundry bag, in a regular washing machine (front-loading, no central agitator). I also pre-tested the pearls, soaking them in cold water to make sure they didn’t dissolve (as some pearl beads have been known to do, apparently). Here are some pics from when we were running around outside, getting the dress all dirty in the first place!
Post # 3
Lovely pics! Hope that works out for you!
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2017 - Vegas Wedings
Im about to put a vintage dress I have in the washer. Ill be watching for an update!
Post # 5
Here’s the progress report!
– The lace overdress looked great after its first trip through the wash.
– The main dress also looked very good, but a couple of extra-grimy spots on the hem needed a little additional attention. I did some spot hand-washing in the bathtub last night with hot water and shampoo, and then sent it back through the washing machine. I also noticed that, when wet, the patterning on the lace looks darker (and hence dirtier) than it actually is; once it dries, it brightens up quite a bit. So the spots that I thought “still looked dirty” when it first came out of the washing machine actually did get pretty clean on the first go, once the fabric was dry. The extra shampooing on the hem was definitely worthwhile, though. I still haven’t decided if I’m going to keep, sell, or donate this dress, but no matter what, I wanted it to be like new.
Post # 6
Glad it is working out for you!
Post # 7
Me too! Good for you! No reason to get blinked by the dry cleaners or dress “preservation” people.
Post # 8
Here are pictures!
First one: the two sections of the gown, hanging up to dry.
Secnd one: a (slightly blurry) shot of the back of the dress, bustled. The cascading tiers of lace on the sides were really grimy and dark gray before washing – now they look great!
Total cost: $3, plus detergent and a few squirts of Shout.
Post # 9
I use to work for David’s Bridal and we did bridal/fashion shows…we always washed the dresses in the washing machine. Unless the gown is a material that can’t be washed normally, that way you did it is perfect.
Post # 10
I am so glad a fellow bee “took the plunge”! It’s sad so many places pray on the sentimental value and charge outrageous amounts for cleaning. BEST decision I ever made. :). So happy it worked for you!!
Post # 11
Yep I did mine EXACTLY the same way as you described and mine was a replica by Jasmine’s!
Came out perfectly
Post # 12
I don’t understand why you would pay hundreds of dollars when it can be washed like normal clothes? Just take extra care (like put it in a mesh laundry bag like the OP said) tie up a corset before washing or take it off and wash it separately. etc…
Post # 13
@happyface: I put mine in the washing machine and it came out great. Would not pay the ridiculous amounts dry cleaners want.
Post # 14
Okay, I’m taking the plunge! Thanks for the inspiration!!
Post # 15
Good luck! Hope it goes as well for you as it did for me!
Post # 16
I vote that this thread get a “sticky” for future reference.