Sequin, bead, applique and embroidery — they all fall under the category of embellishments. Since these fabrics have extrinsic accents fashioned onto garments, they require the most care if you’d wish to keep its integrity intact. Once it is tugged forcefully, there goes the entire row of trimming. Whether it is by hand, or by machine, you’ll need to take extra precaution to prevent losing a bead, or two.
#1: Check the garment’s base fabric before washing: If the number is made out of silk, dry cleaning is the preferred method to do so. For materials like cotton or rayon, you can launder your garments at home. However, it is advisable to hand wash them instead of using a machine. If time is not in your favour, turn the dress inside-out first, zip or button it up and place it into a cleaning net. Set your washers to gentle cycle.
#2: Air dry embellished garments only: never ever place them in a hot tumble as the heat will melt the accents and deplete the tackiness of the glue. The dryer’s drum can also scratch and destroy the decorations too. Instead, dry them flat and away from the sunlight to prevent tarnishing.
#1: Iron embellished garments: the heat will loosen the glue holding these embellishments together. Instead, use a steamer when pressing out creases. Turn the number inside out before doing so.
#2: Wring them dry: especially for delicate base materials like satin or silk, wringing them will cause the accents to make pockmarks onto the number. Instead, press them dry and lay them flat.
#3: Launder metal accents as and when you feel like it: as metals will tarnish overtime, you’ll have to be extra careful when cleaning them at home. Products like vinegar and chlorine bleach will rust these metals, which can bleed into your base fabric and ruining the number altogether. Look at the guidelines when cleaning them. Hand wash is one of the way, but dry cleaning for metallic embellishments would be preferred.
Cotton, rayon or nylon are the most common materials that are finely weaved together to produce tulle. High-end tulle, also known as organza, is traditionally made out of silk. Due to its soft structure, these extravagant numbers are prone to creasing, as well as wear and tear. Here’s how you can prevent this from happening.
#1: Keep accessories at bay (or to the minimum) when donning tulle: jewellery that sports snaps and closures are generally sharp. Hence, they’ll cling onto your tutus easily, causing your precious numbers to snag if you’re not careful.
#2: Store your organza carefully: For skirts, we do not recommend clipping them up, since the pressure will destroy its shape. Instead, fold your garments lightly. Do not stack anything above them to prevent flattening and creasing. To avoid getting them stained, wrap them into a large piece of tissue, or mahjong paper, before storing. For dresses, use a satin-blend or silk hanger for storage.
#3: Hang your clothes up indoors to dry: by letting them air dry straight, you can prevent wrinkles from forming.
#1: Machine wash or spin dry your tulle skirt, ever: due to the delicate nature of this fabric, throwing your number into the washers will cause it to rub against the drums, thus destroying it. Instead, you should always hand wash, or dry clean, your organza garments in cold wash. Only use a gentle detergent when doing so.
#2: Iron them: the heat and pressure applied can ruin its integrity. Avoid using a steamer as well. If creases appear, you can try using hot steam from your shower. Seal your bathrooms well and prep it with hot shower to create steam. Bring your tulle pieces in and straighten them out by gently combing your fingers through.
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