How to starch a dress at home

A magnificent airy dress is an indispensable detail when attending a gala event. The starched layer protects clothing from aggressive environmental influences (dust, dirt, stains). You can starch the dress and give it a more attractive appearance at home.

What can be used for starching dresses

In specialized salons and ateliers use special solutions and mixtures intended for starches. To carry out the procedure at home, you can purchase such a spray. It is sold at a clothing store or craft store. The advantage of purchased products is that they can process the material in hard-to-reach places: collar, cuffs, carefully work out the material in the folds of the skirt.

You can prepare the solution yourself. The main ingredient in this mixture is starch. Many people choose a product based on their personal preferences: it can be a corn, rice or potato composition. Potato gives the dress both a tough and airy appearance. Rice is recommended for products in the sewing of which several materials were used.

Thus, any of the above three products is suitable for starching.

Reference! Many also use a composition made from glue, gelatin and sugar.

How to make starch solution

The whole process depends on a properly prepared composition. With improper preparation, the skirt will not be distinguished by special splendor and stability. Otherwise, you can simply spoil the product.


  • starch;
  • water (1 liter);
  • wooden or glass spatula;
  • glass container (it is necessary to choose a bowl suitable for heating).

Starch is poured into a bowl and filled with cold water. After this, it is necessary to mix the resulting mixture thoroughly until a thick sour cream is obtained. In the process of stirring, boiling water is added. The composition should have a clear rich shade. With the appearance of cloudy streaks, the solution should be boiled for no more than 10 minutes.

Important! In the process of preparation, carefully ensure that there are no lumps. They will negatively affect the final consistency and remain on the surface of the product, which will significantly spoil its appearance.

The proportions of starch are selected depending on the material from which the product is sewn, and the type of procedure:

  1. Up to 1 teaspoon: soft type. Suitable for products made of chiffon, knitwear or chintz;
  2. Tablespoon: medium hard. The best option for silk, cotton or linen dresses;
  3. 2 tablespoons: hard type. Used for layered skirts and woolen products.

How to starch and dry the dress at home

When the composition is prepared for starches, you can begin to work. The dress itself must be carefully straightened, straighten all the frills, loops and folds.

Attention! Clothing should be thoroughly washed without the presence of stains and stains.

The finished composition must be cooled to room temperature, since not every tissue can tolerate contact with a hot solution. The dress is immersed in a container with starch solution for several minutes. Then you should get the product and carefully inspect. Untreated parts may remain during the dive. After processing, the dress must be wrung out gently, avoiding the possibility of wrinkles.

Special attention should be paid to the time the dress stays in a container with starch. It should be at least half an hour so that the consistency thoroughly impregnates the product material.

Drying takes a separate position in the procedure. The dress should be hung on a coat hanger, carefully spread out all the folds, ruffles and other decorative elements. Drying should take place exclusively at room temperature. You should not accelerate the process by any methods, otherwise the folds will be impossible to straighten.

Ironing is the final element. An appropriate mode should be set on the iron, it is better to refuse to supply steam. The material should be slightly moist, so the product can be sprayed with water from a spray bottle. On top of the dress, it is better to place wet gauze and iron it through it.

An airy and starched dress is ready.

Features of starches for children's dresses

The process of working with children's products differs in several nuances. To work, you need a hard solution. Dresses for young fashionistas consist of several layers of a skirt, so the top layer can be left. For processing, only the inner layers of the petticoat will be required. Using a soft foam sponge, the solution is applied to the inner layers until the dress acquires the necessary splendor.

When ironing, wet gauze spreads on the top layer, the material is smoothed with an iron. The lower layers can be left, processing only the upper layer. With a few simple steps, the kids outfit is ready. The skirt will be especially magnificent and airy.

Reference! In a similar process, you can process wedding dresses.

Bright airy dresses with a full skirt are very popular and always attract a lot of attention. Many products do not differ in special volume, because of which girls can refuse to buy. You can create the necessary volume yourself, carefully starched the dress at home.