What I wore to work a couple of days ago ... 50s wool dress: flea market, from a friend // belt: thrifted // modern vintage boots: eBay // 50s purse: flea market // 50s hat: Made In Berlin, Vintage Store // 50s-60s novelty brooch: eBay // vintage gloves: thrifted ...
Those who follow me on Instagram might know how excited I was, when I snatched up this dress from a vintage loving friend selling it on Mauerpark Flea Market a few months ago. After I wore it the first time, I decided to give it a full bath - often I give vintage dresses just a little underarm wash, to safe the fabric. My friend told me, that I could give it a cold handwash. This is what I did, I soaked it for a short while in the ice cold bathtub. When I took it out, I felt an even colder shock running through my veins ... the dress had turned into a short minidress/top thingy. I was about crying, I really thought it was ruined.
As I learned from rayon dresses, I decided a few days later to steam it. It took me three long steaming sessions - but the dress is fully back! It's as long as I got it (which is already short for a 50s dress) and I'm quite relieved and happy.
If something happens to one of your pieces, remember not to steam it as long as it's still wet, the garment has to be dry to grow back into it's former shape.