Lace is a go-to fabric for modern wedding dresses. With its intricate construction and romantic floral and geometric details, lace is a staple that never fails to look fresh season after season.
If you’re in the market for a lace wedding dress, consider maintenance and preservation up to and following your big day. Browse our guide for lace wedding dress tips plus cleaning and repairing different varieties of lace below.
KNOW YOUR LACE
While always timeless and romantic, different lace textures create different bridal looks depending on construction and layering. Knowing the type of lace you like and are most comfortable in will help you in the long run with your dress hunt. Here are some varieties to keep in mind:
Embroidered Lace Wedding Dress: Delicate patterns tightly stitched onto an illusion base, forming the appearance of an applique. Often, pieces of embroidered lace are on top of a separate tulle layer.
HOW TO CLEAN A LACE WEDDING DRESS
After your big day, it’s important to follow a simple but effective regimen to keep your lace wedding dress in top condition.
First, identify the stains on your dress, such as food, sweat, and dirt marks, especially at the hem.
If the hem is dirty, fill your bathtub with warm, soapy water, hang your dress above, and let the hem soak for a couple of hours. After soaking, use a toothbrush and liquid detergent to gently scrub the hemline back to its natural color.
For sweat stains on the bodice of the dress, spray the lining with soap and water solution and use a toothbrush and liquid detergent to clean out the stains. Do the same with other stains around the dress. If the soapy water solution does not get a stain out, soak the area in an OxiClean solution until the stain disappears.
If your dress requires allover cleaning once you’ve spot-removed the stains, take it to a professional dry cleaner. When complete, store the gown in an acid-free box.
HOW TO REPAIR RIPPED LACE
The intricate construction of lace makes it prone to damage, but all is not lost if you find a rip. Here’s how to best repair ripped lace on a wedding dress:
First, place your dress on a flat surface, such as an ironing board. Examine the tear and position the ripped lace accordingly. Place straight pins through the lace on to the ironing board to help keep the dress and damaged area from moving.
Using thread that is similar in color, thickness and texture as the lace, make a double length of thread and begin stitching by loosely weaving in and out of the fabric. Start on the underside of the lace that has a thicker pattern and create a knot. As you stitch, work to make your stitches blend in with the existing pattern.
Once the tear is closed up, end your stitching with the needle again on the underside of the lace and make a knot in the thread. After that, carefully trim extra threads and remove the pins from the dress. Voila! Your dress is like new!
Keep these lace tips and tricks in mind as you search for your perfect lace wedding dress and help preserve it for future generations. To find your style of lace click to find a boutique near you.