(Closed) Vintage Dress: Cleaned then Altered? Or Altered then Cleaned?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think it needs a good cleaning before being altered. And then another cleaning after. Discoloration and dirt are heavier around seams, which change with altering, so you don’t want to trap anything into new seams, and you don’t want anything from old seams appearing after things are moved around.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i suggest take it to dressmaker first, let them assess then ask their opinion.

my first wedding dress came dirty and lshe said i was ucky i didnt clean other wise it would be ruin.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Your seamstress will most likely ask to alter it first, then dry-clean after.

I bought a sample gown, and the seamstress wanted to work her magic first, then have me dry-clean it since the gown can pick up dirt/dust/etc. when being worked on.  You probably don’t want to dry-clean it twice (it is usually really expensive to dry clean a wedding dress).

Good luck and congrats on finding your dress!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

My dress shop suggested I get my consignment dress cleaned before alternations because the cleaning might shirk the fabric slightly and we want that to happen before we hem it and take it in.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper

Also depending ont he age of the dress be careful with dry cleaning. Old fabrics (depending on age) can not take the chemicals now used in dry cleaning. Vintage dresses of an old era need to be restored rather than cleaned!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would think dry clean first, because if any stains or discolorations can’t be removed, then why go to the expense of having it altered.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I would recommend finding a good seamstress first and foremost.  That person could tell you what kind of shape the dress is in, if it needs to be drycleaned first/last or both, and if you should bring it to someone special for restoration. 

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper

A 1970’s dress probably just needs drycleaning but definately check with a drycleaner or seamstress first because it will depend on the fabric.

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