Hang the dress to allow wrinkles to naturally fall out.

Steaming a Chiffon Wedding Dress

by Jennifer J. Petrini

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.

Items you will need

  • Handheld or commercial steamer
  • Garment rack
  • Sturdy dress hanger or dress form


  • Before trying to dewrinkle the dress with a commercial or handheld steamer, hang the dress on your bathroom door and run a steaming hot shower for 10 to 15 minutes. Put towels on the floor to soak in the moisture. Shut the door to lock in the steam and heat. If the wrinkles do not fall out on their own, try wrapping your arms in a clean white towel and smoothing the front of the dress.


  • Remember, do not place the steamer head directly on the fabric. Keep the steamer an inch away to avoid a watermark or burning the material.
  • Never face the steamer on any part of your body. If the material gets wet, stop steaming immediately and allow to dry. The water should evaporate, but make sure it does not leave a stain or a watermark before continuing.

About the Author

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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