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Before and After: A Diamond in the Rough

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration | 0 comments

Before and After: A Diamond in the Rough

This unique dress from the Diamond Collection was really more like a “diamond in the rough” when it arrived at Heritage Garment Preservation. While unique– embellished with silver satin flowers on the straps and zipper and an elegant satin band around the waist– the dress’ condition was hard to ignore. Thanks to good ol’ oxidization, the underarms, skirt, and veil all suffered from noticeable staining. This unique satin gown, its petticoat, and the veil were given the utmost attention and care as part of our...

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Before and After: The Process

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, General, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Preservation Products, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration | 0 comments

Before and After: The Process

Have you ever wondered how we can take an old, soiled wedding dress and make it look brand new again? We’re proud of our process– so we’re going to let you in on exactly what happens behind-the-scenes at Heritage Garment Preservation. Take this dress, for instance: When this dress arrived, we had the following information: “Designer: Liv Harris Fabric: Lace Color: Off-White Description: Sleeveless. Lace straps. A-line. Zipper closure on back. Small train. Veil: single tulle w/scalloped lace on edge. Metal comb.”       It didn’t take long for us to realize that...

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A Leap of Faith: Disaster to Dream Dress

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Restoration | 0 comments

A Leap of Faith: Disaster to Dream Dress

When Elena decided to restore a vintage wedding dress to use as her own, she had little reason to believe it could ever be as beautiful as it once was. Its unique style and undeniable beauty was enough to catch her eye– she probably thought, “Is it really so bad that it’s a bit yellowed? And stained…? And torn…? Uh oh.” Elena took a leap of faith by sending her disaster dream dress off to be restored, but her faith paid off! Vintage dresses are often yellowed–merely the effects of time–but this organza gown was practically orange! This time it was Heritage...

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Marriage and Manure – Lisa’s Story

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Garment Rescue, Heirloom Garments, Preservation Products, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Marriage and Manure – Lisa’s Story

by Lisa THE GOWN: Purchased at Curvaceous Couture. THE VEIL: My mom made the antique gown into the veil. THE WEDDING: Cambridge,  Maryland. THE STORY Lisa fell in love with the first gown she tried on.  The intricate beading was perfect; the English net ballgown skirt was gorgeous.  She wanted to incorporate her mother’s heirloom gown somehow, but the antique lace was far too fragile to even consider wearing. Her mother is an avid and talented  designer, sewer and quilter, and made a gorgeous chapel length veil that will now be preserved for the next generation. After the wedding...

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From Soiled to Shimmering

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Preservation Products, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation | 0 comments

From Soiled to Shimmering

Before and After: From Soiled to Shimmering Beth’s dress had a lot in common with a famous Disney song– “shining, shimmering, splendid” (“A Whole New World,” Aladdin). Her Augusta Jones fit-and-flare dress was covered from top to bottom in beautiful sequins overlaying the satin and lace applique. Unfortunately, while sparkles are girl’s best friend, they’re a nightmare when it comes to cleaning! A wine spill on the skirt that soaked both the lace and satin layers was just one of the problems Beth’s dress faced; it also suffered from makeup stains, sweat stains, grease...

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Guilty as charged! Beautiful gloves restored

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Restoration | 0 comments

Guilty as charged! Beautiful gloves restored

With hundreds of years of wedding gown tradition behind us, it can be hard for a bride to make her particular dress stand out. The easiest way to do this? Accessories! A unique accessory can make all the difference. Just as the wedding dress suffers sweat, food spills, grass stains, and more, however, accessories also need quite a bit of TLC (tender loving CLEANING) after the wedding! These beautiful vintage gloves came to Heritage Garment Preservation looking a little worse for wear. As expected with a vintage piece, the fingerless gloves had become quite yellowed– but time was merely...

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Grease Marks, Rusty Buttons, and Mold– Oh My!

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Restoration | 0 comments

Grease Marks, Rusty Buttons, and Mold– Oh My!

The experts at Heritage Garment Preservation are not the kind of people to shudder at an old, stained dress. But when Erica’s gown arrived in the condition it was in, it was enough for them to raise their eyebrows at least– it wasn’t the typical mild case of a deodorant-stained wedding dress. An already antique gown, this wedding dress had lived its life many times over before Erica chose it as her “perfect dress.” From the beautiful beadwork on the waistband to the unique long-sleeves with buttoned cuffs, this dress proves to be one of a kind in any era. What’s not one of a...

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Vintage Wedding Gown Becomes Valentine’s Surprise

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration | 0 comments

Vintage Wedding Gown Becomes Valentine’s Surprise

A flood of memories accompanies one look at a bride’s old wedding dress. For Christina, these memories were the key to a romantic Valentine’s Day surprise. We received a rush order to turn back the clock and restore Christina’s vintage gown to it’s former glory. When we received Christina’s vintage gown, we couldn’t help but fall in love with it just as Christina had done many years ago. Fortunately,  Christina’s satin gown had been well-cared for and was not accompanied by severe damage– but the yellowing was hard to ignore. How unfortunate...

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Delicate Vera Wang Wedding Dress Returns Stronger Than Ever

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, General, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Restoration | 0 comments

Delicate Vera Wang Wedding Dress Returns Stronger Than Ever

When Laura slipped on her sleeveless Vera Wang, she just knew that her wedding day would be one to remember. What she didn’t know is that her wedding dress, as she remembered it when she slipped it on that happy morning, would not be the same after a long ceremony and hours of reception festivities. The day of the wedding is the happiest day of a bride’s life, but that day is not an easy one; navigating through large groups of people, decorations, and refreshments for several hours throughout wedding festivities can leave a wedding dress with all sorts of sweat, spills, tears, and makeup...

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After Being Worn Twice, This Wedding Dress Needed TLC

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Garment Rescue, General, Wedding Gown Restoration | 2 comments

After Being Worn Twice, This Wedding Dress Needed TLC

The Wedding Dress is Worn Twice Claire was lucky enough to be able to get her wedding dress cleaned and boxed. Five years later she let her sister wear it but The 1984 House of Bianchi wedding dress was ruined when somebody tried to fix the sequins and pearl trim. Claire wanted to make sure we could and would take care of the wedding dress. A Wedding Dress Preservation Made Perfect With lace and bead work on the bodice, sleeves, and hemlines and 3-D flowers on the neckline, the dress is lovely. The veil also has lace appliques and pearls. When we received the wedding dress,...

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