So you’ve found a fabulous vintage garment and you can’t wait to wear it. But wait, it has a funny musty smell and 50 years worth of dirt sitting on it! Todays video should help you with the basics of getting your vintage dress all clean and smelling fresh.
Before you clean your dress it’s really important to check it over for any holes or tears. Washing may make these worse so make sure you repair them first. Generally hand washing is the best way to get your dress clean, however certain fabrics such as crepe do not respond well to water and may need to be dry cleaned. I put this one in the machine as it was in perfect condition and the fabric had been fine when hand washed. If you do choose to machine wash vintage clothes always use a pillowcase or laundry bag and a very gentle wash.
If your unsure of what your fabric is, you may want to research it. One of the best places to do this is the Vintage Fashion Guild’s Fabric Resource.
It’s always best to be very careful when cleaning vintage garments, especially very old ones so please be very cautious before washing a fragile item or a fabric you are not familiar with.
The dress in the video is a 1950s dress which I bought on eBay.