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With 9 days to go - time to press!
Alice Wang
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Date: 7/20/12 5:34 PM

After 10 months' work on my wedding dress, and with all the help you lovely ladies have given me, it's almost time to wear the dress!

With 9 days to go, I've started to think about how to press it. It has 7 layers and a reasonably long train, and ... wait for it... lots and lots of pleats in the bodice! why didn't I think of the pressing when I picked the design? It also has quite a lot of built-in spiral steel and covered steel boning, and a lace up back.

The outer layer is silk dupion, so I know I will need to press over some silk organza pressing cloth thingy, probably on a low temperature. Any other tips would be much appreciated!

Photos of the front and the pleats

Photos of the lace-up back

The (rather creasy) train

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Follow the progress of my wedding dress in the making and other distracting projects at: http://smoonbeam.blogspot.com/

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Date: 7/20/12 8:25 PM

Just altered a wedding dress last weekend and it was quite wrinkled because I was bustling it. I would not attempt to press a wedding dress. I have a steamer on a stand and that worked beautifully. Just held out a section of the dress and ran the wand down it and moved to another section. Too much can happen if you put an iron near a dress, some of it disasterous. You can also inquire at your cleaner's. They often will steam a wedding dress for a reasonable price. A lot of work and $$$ to risk near an iron. My DD uses her steamer on all her and the kids' clothes. It resides right next to her dryer in her laundry room. Only takes seconds. Just be sure to use distilled water.

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2013 Goal: 400 yds (again)
Total sewn in 2013 -- 225.848 yds.
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Goal for 2014 -- 400 yards (for the third time)

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Date: 7/20/12 9:02 PM

No advice on pressing/steaming from me but I need to say ... GORGEOUS DRESS!!!

JEF

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Date: 7/20/12 11:24 PM

Ditto what JEF said! Wow!!

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Date: 7/21/12 1:56 AM

Wow - your dress is stunning. What a great job you did. Thanks so much for sharing your dress-making adventures this past year, and best wishes for your upcoming wedding. You're going to be a beautiful bride. Do show pictures when you can.

As for pressing the dress, ditto the PP - I'd steam it on the dress form. And my experience with drycleaners is that the minute you mention "wedding dress", the price is jacked up sky high for a pressing. But wouldn't it be a nice treat to have someone else steam it for you after all that work?

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Date: 7/21/12 7:03 AM

What brand of steamer do you have? I recently had a similar experience.

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Date: 7/21/12 7:46 AM

What a beautiful dress!

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Date: 7/21/12 10:28 AM

I just altered dresses for a wedding party a couple of weeks ago, including the bridal gown. I'm thinking about doing this as a business but don't have a steamer yet, still a few big orders away from purchasing one. You can scroll down page 1 of this thread to view my links. You can see the dress was very wrinkly when all was said and done with the bustling. The bride had the dress in a bag for a long time too.

I allotted 2 hours for pressing time morning of the day I was delivering the dress. Part of the dress could be ironed on my board, but since there were asymetrical tucks around much of the skirt portion, that could not be placed on the board. I used my ham and seam roll, tucked it under the dress and used my iron going small section to small section. Quite tedious so if business starts booming I'm investing in a steamer for obvious reasons. It worked though. The dress was beautiful and wrinkle free.

One thing I always did for each dress every time I had to iron. I covered my board with a clean sheet and did a test press on the clean sheet. Make sure there was no gunk that could harm the dress. Then I test pressed an inconspicuous spot on the inside hemline for the heat factor--always synthetic! Believe me, I took great care in making sure the iron heat setting was perfect and the iron was gunk free. That particular iron is my "dry" iron and never gets water added for steam so there is no worry about water spots too. Just did a bridesmaids dress two nights ago the same way. Very carefully!

Pressing can be done successfully with an iron, but proceed with caution. And, yes, a steamer is definitely the way to go!

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Date: 7/21/12 2:58 PM

Ladies, you are all too kind!

Unfortunately I don't have a steamer though... is it something that is worth investing in or should I just get it pressed professionally?

Just to clarify, I definitely can't do it with my iron over some organza...?

Thanks very much.

P.s. wouldn't the steam from the steamer be too hot or dampen or stain the dupion?
-- Edited on 7/21/12 3:04 PM --

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Date: 7/22/12 11:35 PM

You could do it with an iron over a silk organza pressing cloth. I used steam in my iron with silk charmeuse and it worked beautifully. Ymmv

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