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Wedding Dresses-Vintage Wedding Dresses Are Simply Elegant


Perfect for a Beautiful Bride and Totally Elegant

Vintage Wedding Dresses are Elegant. Wedding dresses can be costly. Have you ever considered a Vintage Wedding Dress for that special day? Vintage is readily available on Etsy. You can choose a dress that may have been previously worn but still has a lot of life. Most vintage ones have detailing such as hand beading and many hand-made details. Be sure to choose a dress preserved to its original beauty. Many available have already been wet cleaned, which is the preferred method. Wet cleaning, unlike dry cleaning,g thoroughly removes stains and dirt. Dry cleaning solutions are often reused and can leave a lingering smell of body odors from previous uses. Check out the wide variety of Vintage Dress available at reasonable prices.

Vintage is a significant investment. However, garments that once cost thousands of dollars can be purchased for a fraction of the original price. Many are available in many styles as well as from most decades. If you aren't lucky enough to be able to wear a dress passed through the generation, you can start the tradition yourself. I have seen some covered with extensive beadwork and hand embroidery for reasonable prices for extremely high quality.


Vintage Gowns

An example of a Vintage Mori Lee. Gorgeous fabric with a detachable train. Lovey white shantung fabric with webbing at the bottom of the skirt. Check out the vintage dress if you are in the market for a wedding dress. There are many handmade dresses available that were only worn once. Many of which initially cost thousands of dollars.

When deciding whether to purchase it, consider the price, the designer or brand, and if the price makes it worth the price of altering it. The dress can, of course, be made smaller; they can also be made more prominent. Some advice I have to offer is to determine if you plan to use the train; if not, it can be used to make alterations requiring more fabric. Often time the train can still be used in a minimized version.


Cleaning a Vintage Wedding Dress

Suppose you find a beautiful garment at the Goodwill or a second-hand store, but it has yellowed with age, and the previous bride dripped some food on the front of the dress. Well, fear not, you can clean it. The best way is to fill the tub with liquid detergent in the bathtub.

Here is how I clean my vintage dresses.

1. Fill the tub with warm water and liquid detergent (I use Pyrex, it has a pleasant smell and is gentle on the fabric).

2. I place the dress into the tub while laying it straight across the length.

3. I agitate the fabric without damaging the material to wet the entire dress thoroughly. Soak for about 30 minutes.

4. I then check the neckline for make-up that may have rubbed off. Suppose it doesn't come out from some old-fashion rubbing. In that case, I fill the cap of my detergent bottle about half full and dip an old wet toothbrush into it and focus on scrubbing the affected area gently, occasionally dipping it back into the water to rinse. I usually only take 1-2 gentle brushing to remove the make-up residue.

5. Next, check the sleeves for any soil that may remain. Again gently focus on rubbing and scrubbing the area until it is clean. If the earth cannot be removed, the sleeves can always be cut to remove the soiled area and hemmed to the desired length.

6. Then, with the dress face up in the tub, check for any food residue and focus on cleaning that area.

7. Lastly, check the hem of the dress for soil. This is usually the hardest to remove. Many brides wear their clothing outside or have their wedding outdoors. If you plan your vows, consider having the dress shortened to skim the ground rather than drag on it. You may be unable to remove all the soil from the hem. However, once the clothing dries, it should be unnoticeable. Besides, when you wear it, you will probably soil it yourself.

Final Steps

Once you are happy that the dress is clean and fresh, leave the dress in the tub and open the drain. I have a hand-held shower head that I usually spray on the clothing while it is still lying in the bathtub. How much detergent you end up with in the tub will determine how much rinsing you need. My final rinse is done by filling the tub, gently agitating the dress with my hands, and then draining it again. Again, you may need to repeat this step if you used a lot of detergents to clean the dress.

Leave the dress in the bathtub to allow all of the water to drain. You may want to gently move it to one side of the tub to allow the water to drain completely. Then, leave the dress in the tub for another 10-30 minutes to ensure most of the water has drained.

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Finally, take a sturdy hanger (NOT metal, it will stain the fabric), plastic, or wood. You can use 2-3 hangers if the dress is heavy; it will put less strain on the wet shoulders of the dress. I then hang it from the shower head to drip dry. Once most of the water has drained from the dress, I lay several dry beach or bath towels on the floor, then starting from the bottom of the skirt, I roll the dress like a jelly roll without twisting it to remove as much of the water possible.

Then I hang the dress with a towel to catch any drips while it dries completely. It will now dry very quickly.

To store the dress for future use, I slip a vast trash bag over the top of the dress and poke the hanger through the center top. Next, take the 2nd bag and carefully get the skirt inside, put a couple of dryer sheets in the bags to keep a fresh smell, and tie the top bag to the bottom by knotting them together.


For extremely stubborn stains, I make a paste of water and Ajax cleanser(it's blue) or soft scrub (do not use Comet. It leaves a green color), leave it a couple of minutes, and rinse. Please don't leave it too long. There is bleach, and it always seems to remove those stubborn stains.

While washing your dress, count how many beads or sequins need re-sewing. You will have a difficult time finding them again.

Do not use safety pins on the dress. Although it is dry, safety pins do RUST.

Remove rust stains with a paste of either Barkeeper Friend or Zud; both have ingredients that remove rust.

An off-white rayon dress handmade with delicate pastel hand embroidery and matching crown

An off-white rayon dress handmade with delicate pastel hand embroidery and matching crown

A petite little dress with oriental styling, with a small train

A petite little dress with oriental styling, with a small train

A Dream Dress

This is Cinderella's dream garment. It has a taffeta underskirt and an organdy rouched over-skirt. A bow or Flowers could be added to the skirt for an exquisite touch. I would do them in pink!

The waistline could be accented with a cumber bun style belt with a big bow on the back. My imagination goes wild with this one.

A Vintage Handmade Headpiece and Veil

A Vintage Handmade Headpiece and Veil

A perfect shabby chic dress for a Garden Wedding

A perfect shabby chic dress for a Garden Wedding

Tell us your Thoughts

Jackie Jackson from Fort Lauderdale on July 01, 2013:

Beautiful! When I was a teenager there was a small museum I used t visit near Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds. I always gazed for the longest time at an elegant wedding dress dating from probably the early 1900s. I vowed that I would have a wedding dress like that myself one day. I didn't though :)

Jackie Jackson from Fort Lauderdale on July 01, 2013:

Beautiful! When I was a teenager there was a small museum I used t visit near Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds. I always gazed for the longest time at an elegant wedding dress dating from probably the early 1900s. I vowed that I would have a wedding dress like that myself one day. I didn't though :)

Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on June 24, 2013:

Classy! (And white is still the color of choice.)

Valerie Smith from New Zealand on June 22, 2013:

I really like the vintage wedding dresses. Mine was delustered satin with lace over satin on the bodice and long lace sleeves which were lovely. There was so much detail even in the plainest of wedding dresses in days gone by. Thank you for this great lens which brings back memories :)

solongacne on June 19, 2013:

My favorite is the Mori Lee - it's so simple and sweet. :)

NibsyNell on June 11, 2013:

Love the one with all the lace.

AG 1984 on June 07, 2013:

What pretty dresses!!

sue826 lm on May 30, 2013:

I love vintage clothing. One of my friends got married in her grandmother's dress - it was beautiful and so unique.

ivanjones on May 22, 2013:

very nice

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on May 16, 2013:

These vintage gowns are so wonderful. Today's brides would do well to consider wearing one.

MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose from Washington State on May 10, 2013:

@junkcat: me too

cgbroome on May 07, 2013:

I think vintage wedding dresses are so much more prettier than most of today's fashions. They were also more modest. I miss a young lady who prides herself with being modest. Nice lens!

junkcat on April 16, 2013:

I wore a vintage dress at my wedding.

LadyDuck on April 09, 2013:

I love these vintage dresses, they remember me my wedding dress, I still have it, it's so nice that I do not want to give it away. Very nice lens.

Monica Lobenstein from Western Wisconsin on March 07, 2013:

I agree. I love the styling of vintage dresses. I wanted so badly to wear my mom's but she was so tiny when she got married. It had beautiful pearl buttons one after another from the neck almost all the way down.

Malu Couttolenc on February 20, 2013:

Vintage wedding dresses are beautiful! I just shoot a wedding where the bride was wearing her grandmother's dress it was lovely :)

Maria Burgess from Las Vegas, Nevada on January 27, 2013:

I love the dress in your intro! Wedding dresses can be very expensive! Buying a vintage dress and having it altered would be a great way to have a unique and classic look! Nice lens!t

molly987 on September 19, 2012:

Excellent Idea. I would never have thought to use a vintage dress.

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