Heirloom Garment Restoration

57 Years of Marriage Later – Pat’s Wedding Gown Story

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

57 Years of Marriage Later – Pat’s Wedding Gown Story

“I received my gown and it is beautiful!! Looks like new! Thank you so much for your expertise! Thank you again!” – Pat Parmer by Pat Parmer On April 7, 1957, at First Baptist Church in Pinckneyville, Illinois, I married my high school sweetheart Robert Parmer. He was between Great Lakes Boot Camp and his first duty station in Norman, Oklahoma. Perfect timing for a wedding! My mom and I sewed furiously on my gown. We bought the material in St. Louis for about $40. She was an excellent seamstress and would cut the skirt sections and I would pin them together and give them...

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107-Year-Old Dress Comes Back to Life!

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Before and After, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

107-Year-Old Dress Comes Back to Life!

We loved learning about the unique history of Cathy L.’s dress as we restored it for her. We hope bringing the dress itself back to life brings its history back with it. Thanks, Cathy! Viola May Howard wore this dress on her wedding day to Joseph Des Lauriers in the year 1910. Viola’s dress during restoration Viola’s daughter Rosa wore the same dress on her wedding day to Thomas Logan in June 1944. The dress was restored to the same condition it was in the first time it was worn — in 1910! Viola’s daughter Marcia also wore it on her wedding day to...

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Embellished Wedding Gown Restoration

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration | 3 comments

Embellished Wedding Gown Restoration

It’s so rewarding to see already-beautiful gowns transform during our cleaning and preservation products. These gowns obviously have special memories to go with them if the owners are taking the time to clean and preserve them for future generations to keep or wear again. Before Wedding Dress Restoration This white satin wedding dress with lace and pearl embellishments was in surprisingly good condition considering its age– however the mildly dirty hemline and yellow spots on the front kept it from truly shining the way it used to. Upon closer inspection to the hem of the dress...

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SURPRISE! A Wedding Gown Restoration Story

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

SURPRISE! A Wedding Gown Restoration Story

We couldn’t be more honored to be a part of a truly special surprise. Best of luck to Miranda and her mother Kim in pulling off this wonderful surprise! by Kim Stevens This dress is being preserved because my daughter, Miranda Stevens, wants to wear her Grandma’s wedding dress for her August 2017 wedding.  Grandma does NOT know that she is planning on wearing it and our hope is to surprise her when we go to “try on dresses.” (We’ve tried to slyly ask details and actually had to sneak into their house to get pictures!) My Mom’s name is Betty (Mathews)...

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Vintage or just old? Before and after

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Preservation Products, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration | Comments Off on Vintage or just old? Before and after

Vintage or just old? Before and after

When this bride slipped on her sparkling, ornamented gown, we’re sure she knew her wedding day would be one to remember. What she might not have known is that her wedding dress, white, shining, and perfect as it was on the day of her wedding, would not be the same after the festivities or years later. When her dress arrived at HGP, it was wrinkled, yellowed, stained, and just felt old. While vintage is all the rage, no one wants their dress to have a vintage smell! 🙂 The intricate beading was barely holding on, half of the dress was yellowed, and the stains were hard to...

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Melissa’s Wedding Gown Story: Memories to pass on

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 1 comment

Melissa’s Wedding Gown Story: Memories to pass on

Note from HGP: We love how Melissa’s gown has the crystal beading down the center – front and back. It adds the perfect sparkle! Her pearl buttons are also a rare sight- most dresses we work with use cloth buttons. We’re so grateful Melissa took the time to share her sweet story with us!   Melissa K. purchased her Allure Couture bridal gown from Flares Bridal + Formal in Walnut Creek, CA. She wed her husband Louis at the Berkeley City Club in March 2015, just 2 weeks after giving birth to their 3rd child. Their reception was held at 1300 on Fillmore in beautiful San...

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Before and After: From Pumpkin to…

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration | 0 comments

Before and After: From Pumpkin to…

If you need to be convinced to restore your wedding gown, look no further than our amazing before and after dress transformations. Some of the dresses seriously go from rags, to, well, this:   This dress transformation is certainly no exception! Pre-Transformation, everything about this dress is sort of “ho-hum.” There’s nothing that stands out despite the dress obviously being a very old, vintage piece that needs to be preserved. Unfortunately, time has taken its toll– but is it too late?   After Heritage Garment Preservation was able to work its...

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A Dress for Time and Time Again

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Before and After, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

A Dress for Time and Time Again

  It’s not often that we can see a dress come to life quite like this– we’re so fortunate to have Lisa Seago share some of the history of an amazing dress that we had the privilege to preserve for years to come.   The first time this gown was worn, it was in 1953. It wasn’t worn again for almost 20 years! Then it was worn three more times– and in the same church each time! What a wonderful tradition to have been kept alive for so long. When the gown arrived at HGP, it certainly looked as if it had some history behind it. Yellowing is a natural...

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A Vintage Dream Before-and-After

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Before and After, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

A Vintage Dream Before-and-After

We couldn’t have been more delighted to restore this beautiful and unique vintage gown. As if it couldn’t get any better, this sweet customer sent us photos a year and a half later, after her wedding, showing the gown in its full glory. It was a pleasure making this vintage dream dress come back to life for such a special occasion! “Hi Heritage! It’s been about a year and a half since you cleaned my dress for me, but I finally finished it and got married, and I wanted you to see how it turned out! Two of the pictures are what it looked like before I sent it to you,...

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The Wilsons’ Wedding Gown Story

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

The Wilsons’ Wedding Gown Story

by Ed Wilson The gown was purchased at Cora Furs, 27 Church Street Paterson, NJ. The gown was worn by my mother, Ellen Louise Coe, for her marriage to my father Howard Wilson on November 18, 1961 at the First Presbyterian Church of North Haledon, NJ.  She was 18 years old, he was 22. Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Ed! Want to read more wedding gown stories? Read more here. Feel free to share your own love story or wedding gown story in the comments or on our Facebook...

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