Restore – Restyle – Reuse

Posted by on Jul 5, 2010 in General, Heirloom Garment Restoration | 1 comment

Restore – Restyle – Reuse

There’s more than one reason to wear a vintage, heirloom dress! But certainly most people do so for the sentimental value the dress has. We recently restored and restyled this lovely communion gown to be used for a third generation. After restoring the color, we needed to find a way to bring it into the 21st century. The hemline was let down to add length to the gown, but unfortunately we couldn’t press out the permanent fold line left behind. So we covered the hemline with some trim instead. Darling!

Still wanting to add some more length, we found some similar nylon organza and made a coordinating ruffle. The result is precious and this sweet young girl wore the same gown her mother and grandmother wore for their first communion, but restyled and made her own. (Click on the pictures to see enlarged photos.)

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