Before you have the dress professionally cleaned, take the dress to a dressmaker to be sure that the dress can be altered the way you want. Then ask the dressmaker if you should have it professionally cleaned before or after the alterations - sometimes it depends upon the condition of the dress.
Here are a few questions you should ask about restoring or altering your mother's gown:
- How much will it cost?
- What color will the dress be? Sometimes they will take a swatch and restore it so you can see the color if will be after it's been restored.
- How long will it take? Normally, it will take six to eight weeks. This does not include any repairs or alterations.