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Wedding Dresses-Vintage Wedding Dresses are Simply Elegant

Updated on June 6, 2016

Perfect for a Beautiful Bride and Totally Elegant

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

Vintage is a great investment. 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 that are covered with extensive bead work and hand embroidery for reasonable prices for extremely high quality.

Vintage Mori Lee
Vintage Mori Lee

Check out the huge variety

This is 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. If you are in the market for a wedding dress, check out the vintage dress. There are many handmade dresses available that were only worn once. Many of which originally cost thousands of dollars.

When trying to determine whether or not to purchase it, consider the price, the designer or brand, and if the price makes it worth the price of altering it. Dress can of course be made smaller, they can also be made larger. Some advice I have to offer is to determine if you plan to use he train, if not it can be used to make alteration which require more fabric. Often time the train can still be used in a minimized version.

Lace

Lace never goes out of style!

A beautiful dress that would make anyone feel like a princess

A beautiful dress that would make anyone feel like a princess
A beautiful dress that would make anyone feel like a princess

Clean and Fresh

A little cleaning removes yellowing and freshen a dress for it's new BRIDE

A Beautiful Dress
A Beautiful Dress

A cleaned and updated dress

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

How I clean my vintage dresses.

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

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

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

4. I then check the neckline for a make-up that may have rubbed off. If it doesn't come out from some old-fashion rubbing, 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 still remain. Again gently focus on rubbing and scrubbing the area until it is clean. If you find that the soil cannot be remove 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 us usually the hardest to remove. Many brides wear their dress outside or have their wedding outdoors. If you are planning your vows outside consider having the dress shorten to skim the ground rather than drag on it. You may not be able to remove all of the soil from the hem. However, once the dress 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 dress while it is still laying in the bathtub. Depending upon how much detergent you end up with in the tub, will determine how much rinsing you need to do. My final rinse is done by filling the tub, gently agitating the dress with my hands and then draining it again. You may need to repeat this step if you used a lot of detergent 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. Leave the dress in the tub for another 10-30 minutes to make sure most of the water has drained.

Finally, take a sturdy hanger (NOT metal, it will stain the fabric) plastic or wood. You can use 2-3 hangers it 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 towel 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 beneath it to catch any drips while the dress dries completely. It will now dry very quickly.

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

HINTS:

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 stain), leave it a couple of minute and rinse. Don't leave it too long. There is bleach in it and it always seem to remove those really stubborn stains,

Do Not use liquid bleach. It will weaken the fabric full strength.

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While washing your dress count how many bead or sequins that 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.

A dress for the 60's with tailored cuffs and collar and a lovely train

A dress for the 60's with tailored cuffs and collar and a lovely train
A dress for the 60's with tailored cuffs and collar and a lovely train

How to make a vintage wedding

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

Look for Designer Labels

Wedding dresses have gone through very little change, find yourself a Vintage Designer Dress for fraction of the original price.

Here's a Real Fantasy Dress - Cinderella would like this one

This is a Cinderella dream garment. It has a taffeta underskirt and an organdy rouched over-skirt. Bow or Flowers could be added to the skirt for a very elegant 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 petite little dress with oriental styling, with a small train

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

A Vintage Handmade Headpiece and Veil

A Vintage Handmade Headpiece and Veil
A Vintage Handmade Headpiece and Veil

Look for High Quality Handmade Dress

Expertly home fashioned dresses with finished detail work will make any wedding elegant.

A perfect shabby chic dress

A perfect shabby chic dress for a Garden Wedding
A perfect shabby chic dress for a Garden Wedding

Vintage Wedding Dresses

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    • BritFlorida profile image

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      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 :)

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      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      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 :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

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

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      Valerie Smith 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      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 :)

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      solongacne 

      5 years ago

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

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      NibsyNell 

      5 years ago

      Love the one with all the lace.

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      AG 1984 

      5 years ago

      What pretty dresses!!

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      sue826 lm 

      5 years ago

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

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      ivanjones 

      5 years ago

      very nice

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      June Campbell 

      5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

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

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

      5 years ago from Washington State

      @junkcat: me too

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      cgbroome 

      5 years ago

      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!

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      junkcat 

      5 years ago

      I wore a vintage dress at my wedding.

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      LadyDuck 

      5 years ago

      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.

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      Monica Lobenstein 

      5 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      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.

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      Malu Couttolenc 

      5 years ago

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

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      Maria Burgess 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      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

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      molly987 

      6 years ago

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

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