Christening Gowns - How to Deal With Wrinkles
You might see something unexpected when you open the christening gowns or outfit - wrinkles! It could be because the gown is new and was shipped to you in a small box or maybe it was bought and stored for a long time before the ceremony. Whatever the reason is, you will need to make it beautiful for the first event of your child's life. Following are a few tips which you need to keep in mind before proceeding with the mission.
Taking care of christening gowns
You might consider taking the gown to a dry cleaner. It might not be a cheap solution, but they will have the equipment and the skills for removing the wrinkles and giving you the results you want to see. If you decide to do it yourself, then you have to learn about a lot of precautions. You need to make sure that your hands are free of any type of oil and are totally clean. Your hands should not have any stain from any type of make-up, lotion or perfume. Any of these stains could stain the christening gowns or make them permanently yellow in color.
The easy way to do it yourself is to use the steamy bathroom method. All you need to do is to hang the gown in a steamy bathroom for around 20 minutes. Then you need to smooth the wrinkles using a clean white towel or cloth. You will be surprised at how this method works well for most fabrics used for making christening gowns.
If the method written above doesn't work for you, then you need to try an iron. However, you need to remember that this is not like ironing any other clothing item like you do everyday. A hot iron can always ruin or burn the gown so you need to use it slowly and on a cool setting. Firstly, you need to see the gown properly and notice where the wrinkles are located. You need to be aware of all the designs and the embroidery, beads, sequins, laces and appliques. All of these items can easily melt or snag under the iron. The best thing to do would be to turn the christening gowns inside out for lessening the changes of any type of damage. Use a pillow cover or any plain cloth for covering the gown. Never ever iron it directly. Raw silk can be stretched out by a hot iron and may ruin the shape of the garment. So be careful.
If any of the above methods don't work, then you could try a steamer. Many people don't even want to try the ironing method because of so many difficulties involved in it. The steamer should really be your last resort. If you use a steamer for garments, then remember to hold it at a distance from the garment for avoiding stains and melting of items. Steamers should never be used directly on raw silk because stains from water will change the color of the fabric. Use the steamer as sparingly as you can to deal with christening gowns.