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Unread 11-23-2012, 06:12 PM   #1
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Washing Comissioned Cosplay

Well I had a Cosplay Comissioned for me but I am not really on talking tearms with the comissioner who made it for me so I thought I make a topic for anyone that can help me in the best way to wash a comissioned cosplay.

Here's a picture of the cosplay - http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3251879/

It's a 3 Layer/Fabric cosplay - Brownz layer with a petticoat underneath attached and zipper at the back, White and red layer with zipper at the side and snap on button's, Gold layer wich ties together with a string and the emborder belt.

The White fabric is woven damask and the gold layer looks about the same as the white but only gold.

Any Help would be much apprecaited on this as I need to have it washed on Monday

Also another question - If I've had this cosplay in a Garment bag such as these : http://www.wrdisplay.ca/catalog/2220...gown-bags.html Would it still need to be washed?
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Unread 11-23-2012, 08:44 PM   #2
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i always wash/dry clean my costumes cause u sweat in them. i think tho this might have to be dry cleaned
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Unread 11-23-2012, 08:51 PM   #3
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Here's another picture of it not as dark as the other one - http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3312261/

I would not have enough money to dry clean it on Monday we have little pest's in our apartment

Plus the dry cleaners are not always the best where I live on my best friends took a comissioned item to Perth's (Best dry cleaners here) it came back wrecked and they wouldn't pay for it to be fixed or anything.

So I'm wondering since they have been in Garment Bags for 3 weeks today if they should be dropped off at the dry cleaners untill I can afford to clean them or if they will be okay?
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Your outer layers shouldn't have to be washed unless they have come into contact with dirt - trains trailing on the ground, spills, etc. The inner layers are the ones that tend to need to be washed most often.

If you don't know what the content of the fabric is, it's going to be a crapshoot. If you know for sure that it's polyester, or a natural fiber like cotton or linen that HAS been pre-washed before construction, then you should be safe machine-washing the inner layers with a cold wash, possibly delicate cycle. But if you have no way of being able to tell what the fabric content is (whether it's natural or synthetic fibers) or whether the fabric was properly pre-washed before the commissioner started sewing, then you may need to err on the side of either hand-washing or dry-cleaning. Having strong contrast colors next to one another on the same garment (e.g. red and white) will mean it's probably not a good idea to just dump it in the washing machine, unless you know for absolutely sure that it was pre-washed or it's a poly that won't bleed or run - or shrink. Too much metal on the costume that isn't stainless is also a reason not to machine wash it, in case cheaper metals rust.

If you really can't find out what fiber content the fabric is (damask is a weave - is it cotton? Poly? Silk? A blend?), and don't have any way of snipping a tiny swatch out of the seam allowance to do a burn test, a delicate hand-wash or dryclean is probably the only thing you can do.
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Unread 11-23-2012, 09:11 PM   #5
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There's no tags or anything on any of the layer's indacating weither it needs to be dry cleaned or machine washable I didn't ask the comissioner about washing it cause I didn't think it would be an issue having them in hanging Garment bags.

I have no idea if it was washed before sewn or not so there wouldn't be any bleeding affect when I do try wash it myself I've only worn this about 5 times now and everytime I take it off it goes right into my Garment bag hanging up.

Nothing really loose or able to snap off to test before monday either for a test since the length is perfect and I really don't want to ruin the cosplay by snipping off a side of fabric that really wouldn't be noticable to anyone other then myself since I did pay alot for this to be made for me.
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Would it help to say the First layer dosn't really have sleeve's so there's no really lining in the Cosplay underneath the white and red layer ?

Picture of the first two layers when it was being made, The left side is the first layer as the way it looks even now and the right side is the white layer with the bottom of a close up picture of it - http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3320089/
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Unread 11-24-2012, 09:26 AM   #7
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Oy.
If the person who made this wants to be thought of as a professional, they should answer your question on fiber content & washing instructions, regardless of whether you disagreed on other things (unless of course you haven't paid for it, then they have ever right to ignore you).

That said, chances are the inner layers are washable, but in order to err on the safe side I would hand wash and hang dry.

DO NOT EVER put dirty garments in plastic garment bags!!! (well, not for longer than it takes to get home from a con) That is a great way to ruin them. Doing that is pretty much the equivalent of leaving a tuperware with half a sandwich in it in the back seat of your car, it can go nasty in an amazingly short period of time. If the garments are polyester, they can retain funky smells even after washing. Also, dampness from sweat can lead to mildew, which is one of the most permanent stains possible on fabric.
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Well it was more then a disagreement but I don't want to get into detail about that on here for various of reason's that I would like to keep private and in the past if possible .... it is something I won't post on any public website I hope everyone can respect that.

But I have learned of a diffrent way I wanted to share with everyone - http://www.ehow.com/how_12046524_kil...e-clothes.html

Apprently not only Heat kills little pest's but the cold does as well, Were going leave both his Ezio Auditore wich was made by someone completly diffrent as you will see in my forum avatar and my Cristina Vespucci in the frezzer for 3 weeks instead the suggested 2 weeks.

I will let you know if this does work or not in about 3-4 Weeks I will post in this topic cause apprently freezing it should remove any order or anything from it from wearing the cosplay as such as dry cleaning or hand washing it would.
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I would hand wash before trying either of those methods if you already wore the garments, baking in body oils & sweat won't help.

Time won't help in the freezer if it isn't cold enough (most home freezers are around 30 you'll have to turn it down below that), they just go dormant when cold, they have to be frozen through to be killed. If your freezer is "frostless" (i.e. does not require being emptied & ice removed at least once a year) then the cold technique will not work. Frostless freezers actually warm up above freezing for short periods every day- this is what prevents ice from building up.

Hand washing afterwords whichever treatment you succeed at will still benefit, because dead bits should be washed out.

This topic has taken a different turn, you didn't state a bug issue in the original post. Crap happens, something like bedbugs sucks but you MUST tell the seller if the items came with them, it's a matter of public health (although I suspect you already did and thus the issues). Technically speaking, it should be reported to the municipal authorities in their area, if you are sure the critters came with the garment. On the other hand, if you didn't discover the problem until you were at or after a con and being in a hotel for a weekend, there is no guarantee that they were not picked up there. The hotel should be alerted and it's municipal authorities too.

I'm terribly sorry for the whole mess, it isn't something I'd wish on anyone. It also isn't deliberate on the part of the seller, you have to keep that in mind too.
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I would hand wash before trying either of those methods if you already wore the garments, baking in body oils & sweat won't help.

Time won't help in the freezer if it isn't cold enough (most home freezers are around 30 you'll have to turn it down below that), they just go dormant when cold, they have to be frozen through to be killed. If your freezer is "frostless" (i.e. does not require being emptied & ice removed at least once a year) then the cold technique will not work. Frostless freezers actually warm up above freezing for short periods every day- this is what prevents ice from building up.

Hand washing afterwords whichever treatment you succeed at will still benefit, because dead bits should be washed out.

This topic has taken a different turn, you didn't state a bug issue in the original post. Crap happens, something like bedbugs sucks but you MUST tell the seller if the items came with them, it's a matter of public health (although I suspect you already did and thus the issues). Technically speaking, it should be reported to the municipal authorities in their area, if you are sure the critters came with the garment. On the other hand, if you didn't discover the problem until you were at or after a con and being in a hotel for a weekend, there is no guarantee that they were not picked up there. The hotel should be alerted and it's municipal authorities too.

I'm terribly sorry for the whole mess, it isn't something I'd wish on anyone. It also isn't deliberate on the part of the seller, you have to keep that in mind too.
If the op is talking about bed bugs and not just germs, I agree a home freezer will not do it. http://www.epa.gov/opp00001/factshee...gs-faq-fs.html

By the way, if there are bedbugs in your home, you are unlikely to be able to get rid of them without a professional exterminator who specializes in it. Don't assume that they are trapped in the garment bag. They can get through very small cracks and openings.

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Well my Frezzer is a 7 Cubic Freezer standing up one and it open's from the top of it.

It does have alittle thing at the side that you can turn the temp down or up going to look at it quickly see what it say's

It's set at 6 and it's like one of these freezer's - http://www.sears.ca/product/frigidai...730-GLFC1526FW it does have to be turned down once every year for it to defrost as the ice does bulid up inside and I know the higher the number the colder it is.

I've lost the manual to this since I've had it for years but going leave the cosplay in for 3 weeks then hand wash them both and hang dry them.
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Well my Frezzer is a 7 Cubic Freezer standing up one and it open's from the top of it.

It does have alittle thing at the side that you can turn the temp down or up going to look at it quickly see what it say's

It's set at 6 and it's like one of these freezer's - http://www.sears.ca/product/frigidai...730-GLFC1526FW it does have to be turned down once every year for it to defrost as the ice does bulid up inside and I know the higher the number the colder it is.

I've lost the manual to this since I've had it for years but going leave the cosplay in for 3 weeks then hand wash them both and hang dry them.
But what kind of "bugs" were you talking about? 0.0
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