Chiffon is a very delicate fabric, often used for special-occasion clothing like dresses and wedding gowns. While the light and airy material is sheer and layered to create a loose, voluminous skirt, the material can easily wrinkle, especially when transported to the location for a special event. While having the bridal salon or dry cleaner professionally steam the dress is preferred, do it yourself to make sure the gown is flawless before walking down the aisle.
Steam the Gown
Hang the dress on a garment rack or dress form so the skirt does not hit the floor.
Fill the steamer with cold water to the maximum level line.
Turn on the steamer and allow it to heat up. Steam filters out of the head when it is ready for use. Do not touch the head of the steamer as it can burn your skin.
With one hand, hold the skirt out while separating the layers of chiffon. With the other hand, place the steamer underneath the desired layer about an inch away from the fabric.
Gently pull the steamer in a downward motion along the length of the skirt. Go slow, allowing the steam to hit the fabric. You should see the wrinkles falling out as you continue.
Repeat the steaming motion throughout the perimeter of the skirt, and continue until the desired result is achieved.
If steaming the bodice, place the steamer directly in front of the dress without touching it to the fabric. Keep it an inch away, and gently move in the downward motion.
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Jennifer J. Petrini has been a writer, stylist and fashion show producer since 2001, contributing to "Ceremony Magazine," "MANIAC" and various websites. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts in creative/professional writing and drama.
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