I think I have just found my saviour! Tefal have kindly sent me their Access Steam garment steamer to test and boy do I love it. It heats up in just 45 seconds and generates 22g/min of steam, there is a lot of power in this little hand held device. Just hang up your dress and you're away and it doesn't only get rid of creases it also refreshes and sanitises too. It comes with a brush attachment which helps open up the weave and allow the steam to penetrate, it's fun watching the creases disappear with just a little brush of steam. To turn on the steam you push a button which you can then slide to lock meaning you don't have to keep your finger on the trigger whilst steaming. Little things make it a joy to use, having had to try and dry my hair with a hotel hairdryer that demanded I kept my finger on the button I know how much difference this feature makes. It's small enough to take away with you too, I use dress carriers rather than fold my dresses into a suitcase and risk creases and now I don't need to worry.
It won't replace my iron and ironing board but it will make things much easier, the bits that are impossible to iron can now be steamed whilst hanging - no more ironing in creases. Bits of the bodice which get a bit crumpled after washing but not actually creased now look freshly pressed, some bits are so hard to iron without ironing in creases at the same time. Plus I can easily remove the creases out of the back of skirts from sitting on them all day without having to wait over 5 minutes for my steam generator to heat up. It is so simple yet really effective.
The first photo shows the back of my dress all crumpled after wearing
In this photo I have quickly steamed the left hand side leaving about a quarter of the skirt untouched so you can see the difference. This took only a few seconds, you just brush the garment steamer down the fabric and the creases disappear, like magic only more fun!