Bling, sparkle, countdown and champagne! We are so close to 2018….Can you believe it? Have you decided what you’re going to wear for New Year’s Eve party? We already know sequins dresses are a total hit for the holidays, but the whole reason they are so popular is to shine on New Year’s Eve!
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Before we move on how to care our favorite sequins dress let’s talk about quick go over the origin of your favorite trends that makes us wear them all the more with gratitude. According to Smithsonian magazine, King Tut (1341 to 1323 B.C) when his tomb was discovered in 1922, his garments were covered in “gold sequins-like disks”. The sequins which was usually made of gold or other precious metals sewn on to clothing represent status symbol and some cases, used as coins for trading. In some countries such as Egypt, India and Peru, the sequins were also considered as guard from the evil spirits.
Luckily, we don’t need to wear heavy metal disks on our dress for New Year’s Eve party. Instead, in the 1930s a man named Herbert Lieberman collaborate with Eastman Kodak (yes, photo company Kodak) developed acetate sequins inspired by the acetate oil the company had been using. That’s how the sequins become much more industrialized in fashion industry.
From A to Z, there are thousands and millions of ways to clean, wash and fix falling sequins tips that you can easily do at home. But which one is really right way? Do I need to spend money to get dry cleaned? Is it ok to machine wash? Even though all sequins dresses, skirts and jackets come with care label hidden inside, here are tips so you can enjoy your sequins dress on New Year’s Eve party and feel good every time!
Machine Washing Sequins Dress
If you choose to machine wash you favorite sequins dress, button or zip up completely. Also, turn the dress inside out so that the sequins are protected. For the most protection, place the dress inside out and in a mesh lingerie bag. ALWAYS use the gentle cycle with a cold water wash and rise with a mild detergent. Set the spin cycle on the lowest speed to prevent falling or damage to the sequins.
Removing Wrinkles On Sequins Dress
The best way to remove the wrinkles on sequins is NOT by ironing it. Even ironing on the wrong side with a pressing cloth can cause the sequins to melt. Instead, use a clothes steamer very carefully.
First, steam on the wrong side and keep the steam wand at least 12 inches away from the fabric. Also, if you are lazy or don’t have steamer at home, you can easily remove wrinkles from sequins dress by hanging them in steamy bathroom for 30 minutes before wearing them. One more tip! Allow the dress to dry completely before wearing it to avoid creating more wrinkles 😉
Stop The Sequins From Falling Off
Check on your sequins dress, if the sequins have predrilled holes or not. This will determine how to fix it. If the sequins have predrilled holes, they can be easily sewed back with thread. Use a very thin and fine needle and a thread that matches the sequins. Tie a knot in the thread and draw it up to the surface from the wrong side of the fabric. Use tiny stitches and sew back the loose sequins. I wouldn’t recommend using fabric glue because some glue like this is permanent, but many fabric glues will not hold up to washing, so if you have to use fabric glue, please hand wash it and glue back the sequins again after washing.
Remove Stains on Sequins
If the stain on your sequins dress is a dirt or a non-oily food stain, then mix one teaspoon liquid dish washing detergent with one cup of cold water. Mix well and then use a cotton swab dipped in the solution to remove the stain. Keep blotting with a clean white paper towel until the stain in gone. Next, blot well with water to rinse and then again blot with a clean white paper towel to remove remaining water and allow to air dry.
Hand Washing Your Sequins Dress
The most gentle method for cleaning a sequins dress will be hand washing. Always completely button up and zip all closure and turn the dress inside out. Use a cold water and a detergent designed for hand washing. Do NOT scrub harsh or wring the dress tightly. Too much agitation can bend or break the sequins on the dress.
Drip Drying Your Sequins Dress
Do NOT wring your sequins out! Instead, let your dress drip dry before laying it flat. This can take a long time, but is the best solution to prevent from damage and stretched out of shape. The quickest way to drip dry is lay the sequins dress over a towel and this will speed up the whole process.
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The Best Way To Store Sequins Dress
The sequins dresses are the best fabric staggers. So avoid any wardrobe snarls by wrapping your sequins dress in tissue, and storing them separately from other garments in your closet. If you have any acid-free tissue paper to wrap around that is the best way to store for long term. Most sequins dresses base fabrics are made inwoven that can handle the weight of embellishments, so you can hang them. But if the dress base fabric is knit, then it’s best to fold them in between the acid-free tissue paper.
Kill The Odor With Sprinkle With Vodka
YES! Vodka is generally 40% ethanol and 60% water, the alcohol kills the germs and the smell as well as odor-causing bacteria very well. The alcohol evaporated as it dries and the dress is fresh and not boozy at all. How to get rid of odor on your sequin dress. First, turn your dress inside out. Place small amount of vodka in empty spray bottle. Spray small portion and test it out. Let it air dry overnight and it will scare the smell away!
Hope with these tips in your clutch, you’ll be able to keep your New Year’s Eve party look on point, and you will be shining like a goddess!
What are your helpful sequins dress washing tips?
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