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I made a dress for my daughter to wear in a wedding 16 years ago, and now we would like to use it again, but it has yellowed. I can't remember if the fabric is washable or not - I have had it dry-cleaned. Are there specialty dry cleaners? Or can I do something myself?
Try gently washing it with Oxi Clean or the generic, in a large basin or very clean bath tub. Depending on whether you used beads or sequins, be very careful not to wring or agitate it. I have had great results with these products on my grandfathers christening and baby clothes.
Peau de Soie is satin and does not take well to water so I would recommend taking your dress to a professional cleaner but find one that specializes in wedding dresses.
It is possible that a shop that specializes in wedding dress cleaning would also have a professional seamstress that could help with the redesigning you are wanting to do.
In the end - you will have to decide what this dress means to you and if you are willing to take a chance that it may not be cleanable at home.
My daughter was married last year and me being the person I am, I'm planning ahead for any future babies so that I can have a christening gown made out of my dress. I recently opened my 44 year old wedding dress that was heirloomed back in 74.
You could set it on a heavy blanket or sheet and wash it it mild detergent in the tub. Use the blanket to remove it from the tub and dry out in the sun.
There is an entire forum here for tips on how to whitening a yellowed wedding dress: www.thriftyfun.com/
I am of the mind to embrace the color it is now to promote the happy memories from previous wear and embrace that it is an heirloom! I know many of the ways work to whiten in some situations, but I also know I would be afraid to risk ruining it.
First off - you do not say what type of material the main part of the dress happens to be (maybe you do not know?) so it would be very dangerous for you to try anything until you are sure of the fabric type.
I would contact the store where the wedding dress was purchased or if it is handmade, contact the seamstress. Inquire about the nature of the material the dress was made of, cleaning instructions. We have a lady in our city that designs, makes wedding gowns and collects laces from all over the world; you could check your local wedding dress stores for information.
Sometimes if it doesn't come clean dying it ivory might work. Or champagne color might also work. Again check with a reputable cleaner.
Soak in bathtub with napisan overnight then rinse thoroughly I did this with my 50 year old wedding dress and it worked
What is napisan?
How do I whiten a wedding dress that is 30 years old and made of a light weight voile?
By Mary Ellen
Spray paint. Just kidding. Don't do it yourself though. This isn't one of those things you want to do on your own. Take it to a professional. I don't mean a dry cleaner. Go to an actual nice bridal boutique. They might charge you more than a dry cleaner but bridal gowns are what they deal with everyday. I say go to a nice bridal boutique because I suspect the average ones might just send it to a random dry cleaner themselves where as a nicer boutique might have a cleaner that specializes in cleaning/dying bridal gowns.
It maybe that the voile has 'turned', causing the discolouration.
Voile used to be made of 100% cotton but about 40 years ago some of the manufacturers started blending the cotton with linen OR polyester (still cleanable but harder to do if polyester content was higher than the natural fiber count), and now a lot of what is sold as voile is made in China of all polyester, which yellows over time and is next to impossible to keep 'white'.
The best thing to do is take it to the best dry cleaner in town and ask them what they think they can do about it. Look for a dry cleaner that advertises their expertise with vintage fabrics (key words, lol, but seriously), and check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been complaints before trusting anyone with a vintage, heirloom gown.
A good dry cleaner claiming to have expert knowledge of restoring vintage fabrics will know how to safely determine the fiber content of your gown, and if it is possible, how to restore it to the perfect white it originally was 30 years ago.
Well I had mine preserved Proff. And just unpacked from its pretty lifetime gold box and lace is yellow!! It's been almost 35 yrs! My sons fiancé is wanted to display at wedding. Any suggestions?
Can satin brocade be whitened after 50 years of storage? It has yellowed quite a lot.
If it is washable, you can clean it with mild detergent, and put it in the sun to dry. If not, take it to a dry cleaner.
My wedding gown is 43 years old and has yellowed. Is there any hope to clean it? I would like to donate it.
By Deborah from Snellville, GA