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Date: 5/14/13 6:08 PM

I bought the very last size 12 of this wedding dressbhldn monarch gown from bhldn, but it was the store sample that had been used for ladies to try on, so it has some wear and tear. I am planning on soaking some of the dingier parts (buttons, skirt hem, skirt sides at hips) in eucalan to spruce it up. Is this crazy or a bad move or the right cleaner?

Second question. If you look at the dress it is covered in butterflies which are silk organza, like the over skirt, but have no edge finishing. These have started to fray quite a bit and some are curled up and quite wilted. I am going to remove the worst and trim them then soak them in eucalan and then starch to perk them up, but was wondering if there is something I can treat them with to slow down the fraying?

Also do you think I should remove all the butterflies before soaking the dress itself, or just the worst worn ones for rehabbing?

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Date: 5/14/13 10:51 PM

It's a lovely dress but I would be very wary of washing a wedding dress because of the interfacings and underlinings. Is there a dry cleaner that you could approach with the cleaning problem? I think that once you trim the fraying bits of the butterflies they won't fray too badly; it's probably just wear and tear from being tried on.

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Date: 5/20/13 9:53 AM

Why don't you look up some of the older ways a cleaning fabric. (Think Downton Abbey) I'm thinking of something along the line of dusting chalk or baby powder on and brushing off. (Or damp tea leaves! - but I think that's for carpets)
Wash it after the wedding, with all due care, (and the flutterby's off) and then it won't matter if washing doesn't work so well. And if it does - well then, you'll be able to keep it or on-sell it.

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