Dear Miss Victory Violet,
How do you keep your dry cleaning bill from growing sky-high?
Since I’m beginning to purchase more and more vintage reproduction dresses and wearing them regularly to work, I keep wondering how you do it, wearing those clothes daily and not go broke :-D!
Most of these vintage reproduction dresses are dry clean only and since I’m mom of two lovely, but high maintenance little boys that don’t always take care of their sticky hands, I can’t see myself going to the dry cleaners weekly with 3 or 4 dresses, since it’s so expensive.
So are there any tips and tricks or do some of these dry clean only pieces endure a normal washing machine every so often?
Thanks in advance,
Thank you for your submission, your question is a really important one and something I know a lot of girls would want to know about!
When I first started buying from Pinup Girl Clothing, I too worried about the fact that most of them specified to dry clean only. I chatted to some friends and was assured that it wasn’t necessary for all of them BUT you do want to keep a few things in mind.
Most of the time, I will wash my cotton/polyester dresses in the washing machine on a delicate wash, making sure it’s on a cold setting and not too much spinning. Unless I have dresses that are very similar in colour or I know have been washed a number of times with no problems, I will put each dress through separately because I am paranoid about colour running.
Never ever tumble dry your dresses! Always hang them out on the line! Tumble drying could cause them to shrink and will just shorten their lifespan.
Now I’ve had one or two disasters in my time. The worst was when I put through my PUG Blue Floral Birdie through the wash accidentally with black! The white background turned a light blue/grey and I was so disappointed! Luckily a friend from the USA had a ‘colour catcher’ which I put into the wash with the dress. It lifted out the blue tinge and it looked much better!
I still do get some dresses drycleaned- it’s usually the ones with more delicate fabric like the Pinup Girl Clothing Monica Dress. I think the key thing to remember is to just be very careful- Whilst most of the time it’s going to be ok to machine wash items that specify dry clean only, remember that you are still going against manufacturers instructions and to tread carefully!
If in doubt, just dryclean!
x Miss Victory Violet
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