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I Saved This Dress From Being A Tablecloth.

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by vintageclothesline, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. vintageclothesline

    vintageclothesline VFG Member

    Truly, I did. I was at the thrift and I had looked at this dress. Was still thinking about it since me and wedding dresses don't get along..hehee. Then, two ladies were looking at it and admiring the lace..said it would make a good tablecloth. Well, they left and I snatched it up...save the vintage!

    These pics are horrible, but maybe you can tell me the best way to wash it. The lining is acetate and the lace seems to be cotton. It has a back metal zipper. It does have a label that says dry clean only..do not use coin operated dry cleaning solvent??

    So, before I ruined it, I thought I would get your advice. Should I have left it to become a tablecloth? I guess it would have had a good time at Thanksgiving or Christmas.:)

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  2. Aphrodite_Nymphia

    Aphrodite_Nymphia Registered Guest

    I actually think it is quite nice, the hanger doesn't do a lot for it, but I imagine that it would look fabulous on.

  3. vintageclothesline

    vintageclothesline VFG Member

    Sorry, these are just quick pictures. If it turns out alright when it is washed, then I will put on my mannequin.

    So, do you think oxyclean soak?
  4. Laura

    Laura Alumni

    I would probably oxyclean it.

    My (modern) wedding dress said dry clean only, and I threw it in the washing machine on handwash cycle. It came out beautifully!

  5. vintageclothesline

    vintageclothesline VFG Member

    Thanks, Laura. I am going to give it a try!
  6. BagDiva

    BagDiva Guest

    yes, l think its a tryer...try the wash and if it coem sup cleaner, which it will, then decide how to proceed....itll be lovely.
  7. Your outside lace will probably shrink a bit with washing. I just had that happen with a ruined lace dress that I dyed for a Corpe Bride costume. Although I did have to use very hot water for the dye to take.
  8. vintageclothesline

    vintageclothesline VFG Member

    Well, now you tell me as I just put it in a tub of water for a soak. Oh well, it may just be a tablecloth yet...
  9. How did you make out??
  10. Aphrodite_Nymphia

    Aphrodite_Nymphia Registered Guest

    Oh Linda, I came across all wrong, I know they were only quick pictures, but I think it is lovely anyway. I guess I just meant that it might not look great on the hanger for quick pictures, but I am sure it is lovely. Sorry for any misunderstanding. I just love the lace though, I hope it turns out alright. With that dress too I'd probably throw it in the washing machine on 30 degrees with some glo white.

  11. igotbuttons

    igotbuttons Registered Guest

    Geez, you guys with all of these fancy washing machines are making me jealous! My options are the laundromat, Mom's house w/ the circa 1970's/1980's washer or washing by hand in my bathtub! I had no idea that washing machines have temperature controls on them now!

    I also didn't know that I could pick up wedding dresses with flaws from the thrift store and dye them for "corpse bride" costumes! What a GREAT idea! And it gives an old dress a new life!

    Thanks for the new information for me to park into my brain.

  12. I've been keeping my fingers crossed that this is not a table cloth!!!
  13. well Patti all i have is "Hot, warm, cool, and cold"

    Maybe they just have those fancy machines in the Ireland where Emma is.
  14. Aphrodite_Nymphia

    Aphrodite_Nymphia Registered Guest

    Heehee ... I never realised that my washing machine was so fancy, I thought having a choice between 30 degrees delicates and 30 degrees handwash was standard! That said my mum worked in an electrical goods store for 5 years and never (when it comes to most things, much to my father's dismay) buys less than top of the range so perhaps that explains it.

    I do hope thought that this dress doesn't become a table cloth, I quite like it.

  15. Aphrodite_Nymphia

    Aphrodite_Nymphia Registered Guest

    though* posting at 4 a.m. is not recommended!
  16. bug12oz

    bug12oz Registered Guest

    you have my interest now.....please give up the juicy details if the poor saved wedding dress was saved:hysterical:

    my washer has a delicate cycle and a handwash cycle that I can't do without using a least once a day on something vintage.

    I like the ideal for the "corpse bride"thing too....I would love to go as Mortia Adams from the Adams family for Halloween someday. I have the pale skin but near the figure, the dress or the black hair.......:D
  17. vintageclothesline

    vintageclothesline VFG Member

    Emma, not taken wrong. Don't worry.

    Patty, you are too funny. The only thing my washer has is a delicate cycle. I soaked it all afternoon in a large load with about 4 cups of oxyclean. Checked ever so often and stirred it a little. :) Then washed on delicate and rinsed.

    <font size=+3>IT CAME OUT BEAUTIFULLY WITH NO STAINS AND NO SHRINKING!!!!!!</FONT SIZE=+3>:clapping: :clapping:

    I hung it to dry and it is just about dry. Cannot wait to get some pictures to show you.

    I saved the vintage!!!!

    Oh, and it's white, not cream color!!
  18. Woo hoo. :clapping: Here's to "Saving the Vintage" aka STV!!
  19. Lovely dress and so happy you could save it...

    What do those of you do that own a front loading washing machine with all the bells and whistles? I cannot *soak* anything as it uses a very little amount of water. I use the bathtub and I hate it, I need to start begging my husband to start working again on my unfinished inside laundry room that will have a utility tub, he started this room 5 years ago and never finished it. ~Tori
  20. Laura

    Laura Alumni

    Yay! I'm so glad you have a happy ending.

    I have a small tub about 9" x 12" and 5" deep (actually a hospital tub for sponge baths or some such) that I use for soaking small to medium items. I fold up larger items (like my Victorian petticoat) to soak. I handwash things in my little tub, too.

    I soak things in my bathroom sink from time to time.

    I rarely soak things in my washing machine because I prefer to be able to check on the progress, and it's hard to do in that deep, dark machine. :) I save it for very large items that I can't fit in my hospital tub or my sink.


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